Even pet waste can be recycled with Bokashi

I’ve had a few questions lately about cat litter and how to use it in conjunction with Bokashi. There’s a lot of good information here on Bokashicycle, a great US-based company working with Bokashi in many applications.

But the basic principle is sprinkle some Bokashi bran in your cat tray now and then, it will help absorb odour and speed up the subsequent breakdown process. You can also do a special Bokashi bucket for dog and cat poo, just use a standard airtight bucket and use newspaper or the litter itself to absorb any liquid. The key thing here is to bury it in a flower bed — not your veggie patch. Just to be on the safe side.

Personally cat litter isn’t something I know a lot about. Our cat Dipsen, proudly presented above, is well and truly an outdoor cat. The kind of guy you like to have taking care of the place, that is at least when he’s not sleeping or keeping himself warm on my computer. But we live in the country, with a wheat field 5m from the kitchen window. Yep, you got it — wheat field = mice and that means a busy hunting cat doesn’t have far to go to have fun. But he keeps the house and sheds nice and rat free for us.

On the plus side, this means we’ve had plenty of scope for doing rat-and-mice bokashi tests. I know it’s hard to believe but mice/rats just aren’t keen on Bokashi. The pH is too low, it’s too acidic in other words. Given that we have a good setup for testing I regularly put bags of Bokashi out in strategic spots to see if they’ll get any small furry customers. And so far not a nibble. So I would say the theory holds. But if you’re worried you could always do a small scale test, a bit of Bokashi in a plastic bag (sealed of course) and put it out in a likely spot. Let us know how it goes!

And good luck with those cat trays!

Bokashiworld on facebook

I’ve just set up a facebook group for Bokashiworld (I think! I hope!). So far it has a proud membership of 1 (one). Me…

So if you’re a facebook user and would find it easier to follow this blog there rather than here please go ahead and join me!

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Oh, and please feel free to have your say. It’s an open forum and there’s no marketing of products involved — the main thing is we give each other a hand to share new ideas and help more people get started. If you have any good stories from wherever you are in the world it would be great to share them. Even better if you have pictures.

See you there!!

A good news story!

“Salvation Army workers getting compost business off the ground.”

This is one of the better, I promise. Just read this and your day will be off to a good start. We can ALL make a difference. And thank god there are some guys out there showing the way.

Read the article from the Billings Gazette in Montana>>

Bokashi + leaves = a bucket full of soil!

Leaves are something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. Quite possibly because I have a hell of a lot of them to rake up. FINALLY we’re free of snow here and after nearly six months of being covered in white stuff a hopefull green-brown lawn has appeared.

But winter surprised us last year (doesn’t it every year?!) and the leaves were left just lying where they fell. Normally I shuffle them up into garden beds and under bushes, paradise for worms and even, unfortunately, for snails.

But probably leaves are one of our greatest unseen resources. We all have them, even in the city. But the focus is always on getting rid of them. Yesterday I drove past a guy who was cleaning up his footpath and sweeping leaves and gravel down into the stormwater grate. Bizarre!

So what if were to do more with leaves and Bokashi in combination? Together they make fantastically good soil. We encourage people here to fill a number of standard-issue sacks with leaves in the autumn and toss in their bokashi buckets during the winter. Put them out in the sun when spring comes and sooner or later you’ll have soil.

These guys have been doing fantastic work with the concept. Real hands-on projects on a bit bigger scale than we have at home in the kitchen. First, a standard fermentation in the bucket. Then the bokashi is layered with leaves and left to turn to soil. The end product is therefore a batch of great soil rather than a batch of half-icky fermented food waste.

So smart and so down-to-earth. It seems to me like this has to be the way to go in the future. There are sure to be a million possible variations on the theme — but the basic idea is to work with what you have instead of work against it.

Imagine a super soil factory like this at the back of every garage, apartment building, shop and office block. Takes a little bit of imagination and a bit of planning and reschooling but the outcome can only be good. Local communities producing the one thing they just can’t get enough of — good fertilising soil, using a couple of the things that they just can’t get rid of fast enough — food waste and old leaves.

Exciting, isn’t it? And the really good thing is that there’s nothing to lose by giving it a go.