You Might Want to Try Bokashi Composting if…

Bokashi Composting

…you live in a small space. Maybe you don’t have space in your backyard to create a mounding heap of compost. Bokashi composting is an indoor/outdoor process. You ferment all of your food waste inside a small bucket. Then, you bury it outside in your garden. I have even read instructions for incorporating Bokashi compost into pots for plants, which I plan on trying out in the near future.

…you want to compost as much food waste as possible. When employing more common forms of composting, like a compost heap or vermicomposter, throwing in meat and dairy products is often not recommended. The scraps rot and decompose, which results in a disgusting smell not appreciated by most humans. This is not the case with Bokashi composting. The microbes in the Bokashi mix break down the scraps without the use of oxygen and create an acidic environment. Instead of rotting, the scraps are fermenting.

…you are busy. When Bokashi Composting, all you do is add scraps and bokashi mix to a bucket, leave the bucket alone when you’re done filling it, and then bury the compost in the garden. You don’t have to worry about temperatures, watering, turning over piles, or ratios of green to brown matter in your compost. You pretty much let the microbes do all of the work.

…you don’t like to wait. It takes me about a month or two to fill up my Bokashi bucket with kitchen scraps. Then, let the waste ferment for at least two weeks. Voila! I can add the compost to my garden. The traditional compost heap can take six months or longer to complete the process.

…you are sensitive to odors. I keep my Bokashi bucket in my kitchen. I have never had a visitor ask me, what’s that smell, because no odor emanates from the bucket. My dog isn’t even curious about the bucket. Now, when you open the bucket to put in scraps, a slight odor can be detected, but it’s not a super foul smell of rotting nastiness. It is just a weird, sickly sweet smell.

More information and links to resources for creating your own 2-bucket Bokashi system can be found in my blog post, Bokashi Composting: Inspiration for fermentation.

Information Sources:

“Bokashi Composting.” Time to Recycle. North Central Texas Council of Governments, n.d. Web. <;.

Footer, Adam. Bokashi Composting: Scraps to Soil in Weeks. Gabriola Island: New Society, 2014. Electronic.

O’Halloron, Michael. Organic Gardening’s Bokashi Composting. N.p.: Amazon Digital Services, 2013. Electronic.

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