What is bokashie? This is a question I've been asked many times in the past. Simply put it is a method that changes the chemical structure of organic waste materials and
converts them into a product that can quickly be composted and used as a great soil conditioner. This recycling method originated in Japan and the word actually means "fermented organic matter!"
It is often referred to as a composting process which is actually not entirely correct.
But there are similarities between both recycling practices.
Both processes help us to prevent organic materials from rotting on landfill sites and return their nutrients back to the soil.
But while composting is an aerobic process that heats up the kitchen and garden scraps in large piles to up to 80 degrees C / 176 degrees F, bokashie ferments the organic waste anaerobically at much lower temperatures in specially designed buckets.
This way it is environmentally friendly and reduces the production of harmful greenhouse gases.
So how does it actually work? That's the beauty it is really as easy as child's play.
You just need your...
- fermenting bucket (20 liter / 5.2 gallons) with an inside drainage screen for the excess liquids and a tap, as well as
-some bran that has been enhanced with EM's (effective microorganisms).
Both products are available at many Eco shops and worm composting bin suppliers.If you do some research you can even make them yourself to save some costs.
When you are ready to proceed...
that gets dumped on landfill sites. The fully processed contents of your bucket can as well be added to a worm bin or a compost heap.
Note: Even dog poop can be recycled with this method without problems!
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