Bokashi Composting in the Summer

I wanted to write about Bokashi Composting throughout this summer, but the scorching, moisture obliterating, dusty heat has temporarily stalled my motivation. June 2015 was the hottest on record in Vegas. Too many days over 105 degrees resulted in less time outside and more time indoors being thankful for air conditioning and ice cream.  Right now, I am not collecting food scraps in my Bokashi Composter. I’m taking a break.

However, I did need to do a Bokashi Compost transfer before I stopped composting this summer. I procrastinated for a long time before I finally made myself get outside and take care of my soil. In order to avoid the most intensive heat of the day, I did some of the work in the morning, waited, and then finished up in the early evening hours.

I started the whole process by digging a trench in an area where I want to plant more penstemons. It was a sweaty, melty, hot job, very tempting to quit.

I want to grow a variety of penstemon flowers here.

I want to grow a variety of penstemon flowers here.

Now that I have landscaping rocks in the backyard, it’s a bit trickier digging holes and getting the sand out of the way. I do my best to push the landscaping rocks to the side and then shovel the dirt into buckets.

Once I finished digging, I added the compost. The fermented food scraps had been patiently composting further while in buried buckets under stepping stones in the backyard. I have to admit, the compost is kind of gross. It can be a bit odoriferous at this point and have some creepy crawlies moving about.

But that didn’t stop me. I shoveled the compost into a bucket and transferred it into the trench. I covered the compost with a layer of soil, pushed the landscaping rocks back into place, and then quickly finished up the rest of the work.

It would be so much easier to do this work if I built raised beds, but I think the rock garden is quite lovely. The hard work will pay off when I have abundantly growing wildflowers and a variety of penstemons beckoning butterflies and hummingbirds.

Desert Marigold

Desert Marigold

Perky Sue

Perky Sue

Blanket Flower

Blanket Flower

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6 Responses to Bokashi Composting in the Summer

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  2. simian3000 says:

    I have lived in Vegas, and can one-up your heat this summer: I currently live in Phoenix!
    Do you have a little area where you can build a soil factory? I have an area next to a raised bed where I burry scraps under previous generations of fermented scraps. It only takes a minute or two, which is bearable in the early hours.

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    • Isn’t it just a bit more humid in Phoenix too? We are all definitely sweating it out in the southwest. I like your idea of having a soil factory. It sounds so productive. I’m going to have to think about it and plan for next summer.

      My big issue right now is that I am not using raised beds. I’m trying to add nutrients to the dirt under the decorative rock landscaping. Once the bokashi has relaxed a bit underground, and I want to add it to my landscaping, I have to dig up the ground to add it all in.

      Autumn is around the corner though. I don’t mind the digging so much when it’s nice outside. I like the exercise, and I get an unexpected sense of satisfaction from extracting boulders from the ground.

      Hang in there this summer. It won’t be long before second spring is here!


  3. Helen says:

    I understand your desire to stay inside. Even on an average summer day here (England), I prefer to work in the garden when I get up and then wait till early evening.

    Anyway, I hope your garden will flourish with the bokashi mix. I put my first batch in the ground in June and so far, so good.

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    • Hi Helen. Sometimes I do wake early to do some work in the garden, but I have to be careful not to make too much noise. Lately, it has been quite warm in the mornings and evenings. I’m looking forward to the autumn season. I call it second spring here. We get a break from the heat and so many plants start blooming again.

      Good luck with your bokashi mix. It is such a fun experiment.


      • Helen says:

        Yes, it is fun, isn’t it?

        We’ve just had a thunderstorm, so things have cooled down here. I agree that autumn is a great time of year….. I’m looking forward to getting on with some of the meatier jobs, soon!

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