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.
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.