Just had to share this enthusiastic blog from Karly Winkler in Canberra, Australia — she’s studying horticulture and has a great garden-in-the-making by the look of it.
And is now a switched-on Bokashi fan!
In her words…
Back in May, I promised you an update on how my trials withbokashi were working out. Bokashi is a Japanese composting method that sort of pickles your food scraps (see my earlier post:Bokashi – A Japanese Health Spa for Plants)
Well, the results are in and …
THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER!!!
But like me, and many many other converts I imagine, she has one question with no answer.
Why isn’t Bokashi referred to more in gardening magazines?
Wish I knew!
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I’m always on the lookout for new ways of getting Bokashi to work in the garden. Surprisingly, this turned out to be one of the better!
I’ve had a couple of cane baskets kicking around for a while, rather bottomless and sad. So a couple of months ago I plonked them straight down between a couple of rhododendrons in a bed that could need some tender loving care. Tipped in a bucket of Bokashi and left the worms and microbes to it.
Well, they did a great job. The handy thing about the basket being bottomless is that I could just pick it up and move it to a new spot a bit further along. A lovely heap of healthy soil came tumbling out the bottom when I lifted the basket and it was just to spread it out into the strategic spots under the neighbouring plants.
Does it get any easier than this?
A couple of things I did this time round:
– lined the basket with newspaper to help it get started. Second time round I’m doing it without, I suspect it won’t make a huge difference either way.
– put a couple of papers on top for the same reason, topped with a squash purely for decoration. This time round I just topped it with a heap of old leaves which I’m sure will work fine.
– I could have mixed the Bokashi with leaves (in the wheelbarrow for example) before tipping it in. That would have probably speeded up the process. But to be honest I wasn’t in any hurry for the process to run its course. And if there’s an easy way and a hard way of doing things why take the hard way…?
So how long did it take? I have to admit I just left it for a couple of months without checking so I don’t know. The end result was fine. But like all Bokashi how long it takes in your garden will depend on where you live and what weather you have. All I can say is that we’re on the slow end of the scale here in Sweden when it comes to everything temperature-related. And I was more than happy with the outcome.
So keep your eyes out for junk baskets!!! And let us know how you get on!
Interesting article here by a guy in East Chicago, Scott A. Rappe, who vows and declares he knows nothing about composting. But he’s set up a great backyard, inner-city compost based on Bokashi. The buckets he’s made himself from bits and bobs and he’s tested his way through to a system that works well for him. Have a read!
By the way, the combination of dry leaves and fermented Bokashi is a good one. The leaves carry a lot of the ground-loving microbes that trigger fermented Bokashi to turn to soil. They’re also a great source of extra organic material for your garden, and give the compost that good green-brown mix. Not to mention a great way of getting them off the street and into the soil where they belong.
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