If you want to compost your kitchen waste in a completely ecological way and make organic fertilizer yourself, you can try it with a Bokashi bucket. How this works and why you should prefer this method to conventional composting is explained in the following lines.
Ecologically fertilize with the Bokashi bucket
What does Bokashi mean?
Bokashi comes from the Japanese, as you might have guessed, and is called something like “fermented organic material,” in which a gradual implementation was applied. The Bokashi kitchen composter or bucket can actually replace your organic waste bin completely and with a few more benefits.
For example, the contents of a Bokashi bucket does not smell bad, as is the case with conventional compost or bio-ton, and therefore does not attract any pests such as pests. B. rats. In contrast to normal organic waste, all valuable nutrients are added back to the soil and no harmful emissions are released into the atmosphere during the fermentation process.
Making a Bokashi bucket by yourself is quite expensive. You can find this on Amazon, for example, from 41 euros and can start with the composting same. Normally, such a bucket has a capacity of about 18 liters and you’d better buy two of them, while Bokashi matures in the first bucket to replenish the second.
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How does the Bokashi bucket work?
The secret of Bokashi lies above all in the so-called EMs – effective microorganisms. These consist of lactose bacteria, yeasts and other useful ingredients such as photosynthetic bacteria. EMs can be found either in liquid form or as wheat bran enriched with it. These micro-organisms, together with wood or spread biofuel (coal stores nutrients and then releases them to the soil longer), favor the fermentation process at Bokashi. This process should take place without any air supply. The fermentation lasts on average 3-4 weeks after the bucket is full. This creates a lot of enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids that are good for the plants and the enrichment of the soil. The mature Bokashi can then be incorporated into your bed or flower tub. In the first case, it is recommended to bury Bokashi at a depth of about 15 cm, cover it with soil and add some water plus EMs. After about 2 weeks you can then plant the plants and flowers.
Extra tip: Even during the fermentation process, you should tap the Bokashi juice regularly. This is the liquid that comes out of the drain cock of the Bokashi bucket. This is perfect to use as a fertilizer, but only diluted with water!
The Bokashi buckets have the necessary accessories in the set
How to make Bokashi: The quick start guide
- a Bokashi bucket
- EMs – effective organisms – liquid or as wheat bran
- Spray bottle for the EMs
- Charcoal or spreading coal
- lots of kitchen waste – vegetables, fruits, meat, fish etc.
Only bones should not be included in your Bokashi bucket
And this is how it’s done:
- All kitchen waste (leftovers, vegetable and Obstreste, egg and banana peel, coffee grounds, meat without the bones and fish leftovers) always cut small or crush and insert into the Bokashi bucket.
- Start with such a layer and spray with EMs or sprinkle the special wheat bran on top.
- In addition, add scattered carbon.
- Press down well with a trowel or with the bottom of a glass bottle to make the bio-mass as airtight as possible. A plastic bag filled with sand could be additionally placed on top.
- Then always close the Bokashi bucket with the lid airtight, so that the fermentation process can run optimally.
- After 6-8 weeks your Bokashi is already fully ripe and ready for use. A finished bokashi can smell slightly sour and show a white coating.
- In between, always allow liquid to flow out of the outlet tap. Strongly diluted with water (50 ml of Bokashi juice per 10 liters of water), this Bokashi fermentation is an excellent liquid fertilizer for your plants.
We wish you lots of fun and success with the fertilizer with Bokashi Eimer yourself!
Little effort, big impact!
Kitchen waste and leftovers arrive in the Bokashi bucket
Enrich with EMs
Press with a trowel
Opt for a variant of the Bokashi bucket
And make your own special organic fertilizer for your plants!