The Great Bokashi Composting Experiment Part 2

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  1. Emily Peery says:

    Do a Google search or go to their website

    Certain molds are normal and good, other colors are bad. I don’t remember which. As for what to do with your bokashi scraps while your garden grows–do you have any flower beds that could use them?

  2. Rebecca Gwaltney says:

    I’ve started to use the Bokashi Composting method because it has always bothered me to throw my scraps out and I never had the ambition to start a traditional compost…besides until this year I hadn’t done any substantial gardening. I only have one bed right now and my husband is making me another but both will be being used…so I don’t know what to do with my bucket now that is is full. The other question I have is my scraps grow mold on the top between putting new scraps in. I couldn’t tell by your picture but is that normal or have I done something wrong?

  3. Michelle says:

    Amber, one way to fill those beds is by using the no-dig method. Plac a layer of newspaper down, then a layer of straw (about 10 cm thick)’ then sprinkle some blood and bone nd then a layer of Lucerne hay (or another nitrogenous plant like pea straw). You can then finish off with a layer of soil/compost. You can even just use a couple of handfuls of soil only where u r going to plant our plants, but it sounds like you have plenty of soil. You can then plan directly into the soil.

  4. Felicia says:

    Nice post. I recently started with bokashi and found that it works extremely well in containers. I bury my bokashi waste in containers and mix it with soil. Above the soil I’ve planted tomatoes, peppers, basil and more.

    As far as purchasing a kit, I’ve been able to make my own bokashi bins for about $4 each. I also have made my own bokashi bran, which cost about 40 cents a pound to make.

    If you have the time and inclination, you’ll save a bundle making your own.

    Burying bokashi in the yard is great (I’ve done it once), but so far I’ve found it easier to bury it in containers.

    I’m brand new to this gardening stuff, but I’ve found that bokashi makes growing vegetables fool proof.

  5. Emily says:

    I will say that there was a day I would have made these, so props to you!

  6. Heather-Utah says:

    I couldn’t bring myself to buy the kit at $100+. I am trying a makeshift alternative. I bought two 5 gallon buckets (on sale), 2 gamma lids-(on sale). From US pl@st*cs, I bought 2 plastic 3/4″ faucets (threaded ) and something called a “Grit Guard” tm to smash down food. Cost, including shipping $23. DH drilled the holes in the buckets(dont drill too low on the bucket) , pushed in the faucets, put the bolts on- I bought 6 months of mix. Now we just have to eat more vegetables.

  7. Emily says:

    I would add Kellog N’Rich compost, available at many Home Depot locations. Or, Gardener and Bloome Soil Building compost–I buy mine at my local ag co-op. The N’Rich is $5 for 3 cubic feet, and the other is $12 for 3 cubic feet.

  8. Amber says:

    Hi Emily!

    I have never heard of Bokashi Composting, but it sure looks interesting!

    I would love to get any advice you have for me on getting soil for my new raised beds for sq.ft. gardening! I am having one heck of a time getting started with this. Have already been in contact with the county to see if they have a compost program, but of course they don’t. We do compost here ourselves, but it’s not nearly enough to fill our 4 beds, sized 4 ‘ by 8’ each. I also just purchased 14 bags of Ladybug soil. It is approved by Mel, BTW. See it here:
    Anyways, those 14 bag were right at $300 total, and still won’t fill my beds up all the way. It is just under half of what I need? Do you have any tips or advice for me, please? I am all ears on this thing. Still looking!