The benefits of bokashi bins




By Eleanor Earl


Are you curious about composting? ? Have you always wanted to try composting but feel that you don’t have the space for a farm? Don’t want to deal with the worms? Or is your garden just too small to justify the creation of so much soil?


The bokashi bin, a smaller, simpler approach to composting might be just the solution.


Bokashi is a Japanese composting method, with minimising the odour and mess of traditional composting,, leaving a far simpler and easier solution to disposing of food scraps: from fruit and vegetables, to dairy, and even raw and cooked meats.


It’s ideal for anyone living in an apartment or smaller home with little to no garden space.


So how does it work? All you have to do is scrape your food scraps into the bin and cover the scraps with dry bokashi mix (which looks something like hay).This mix is full of microorganisms, which will breakdown and ferment the scraps, which can then=then be buried into soil adding much needed nutrients.


I’m an avid user of the bokashi bin. It has been in use at my house for years and it has more than halved the amount of rubbish that my family contributes to landfill because more or less all of our food waste is fermented and then buried in our garden, replenishing the nutrients in the soil.


The bokashi is perfect for city living because unlike traditional compost bins, it is compact enough to fit in a cupboard - mine is located under the sink! The process of fermentation means the food waste is odourless, so there is no risk that it might attract bugs or vermin. As the waste is continuously broken down and always shrinking in size, it takes a while for the bin to completely fill up. In my household of three adults it takes us about a month to fill up the bin and only then do we bury it in the garden.


There are really no downsides to the bokashi, it will reduce your personal contribution to landfill and enrich your garden – so give it a try, and leave any questions you might have about bokashi bins below.

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