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The re-birth of my Bokashi bucket

Being fifty-something, I like to do my bit for the planet.

I’m not consistent. I’m not a tree-hugger. I don’t preach about the environment to the world.

I just try to make better choices, whenever I can.

Today, when I spied my unused Bokashi bucket in a cupboard, I knew I had a choice to make.

bokashi bucket

I’d bought the bucket a few years back after my sister RH introduced me to this alternative to composting – a no-odour way to recycle your kitchen waste into garden nutrients and thereby reduce landfill.

The online shop where I purchased mine is no more, but I’ve found them retailed here and in lots of other online stores.

I eagerly purchased a starter kit … and got started.

I admit, it’s much easier to throw your kitchen waste out in the big rubbish bin, rather than unlid the Bokashi bucket, tamp down the waste and cover it in a thin layer of microbe-rich Bokashi (which resembles fine wood shavings).

As the waste ferments, you tap off the nutrient-laden liquid from the bottom of the bucket, dilute it and apply it to your garden.

After three or four weeks (for an average family), the bucket is full and you bury the contents about 30cm down in a garden bed. It will compost away quickly, enriching your soil as it does.

Sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? Probably not for a dedicated tree-hugger but, for me, the motivation expired after four or so Bokashi cycles.

I tired of the bucket occupying precious real estate on my kitchen benchtop and I hid it away in a cupboard, where my conscience couldn’t see it.

Until, I found it again today.

A grumpy old woman voice in my head shouted that life is too short to bother with Bokashi.

But my inner hippy (the gorgeous twenty-something Stevie Nicks look-alike I mentioned over here) batted her eyelids and implored that I owe it to the next generation.

She is very compelling.

So, my Bokashi bucket is out of the closet again.

I’ve re-committed to the process, knowing it will make me more mindful about food waste.

I expect my herb garden will thrive as it soaks up the juicy nutrients.

I just hope that grumpy old woman wasn’t right.

If she starts up again, I plan to quieten her down with wine … and maybe chocolate (just to be sure).

7 thoughts on “The re-birth of my Bokashi bucket

  1. Being sister RH I have been remiss in the use of my Bokashi. Note living on the 3rd floor inner city with no garden gives another challenge of what to do with the Bokashi liquid (take it to friends when you go visiting?). You have inspired me and I will drag it off the balcony and bring it indoors. Bokashi!

  2. Great work, Ruby! We can compare Bokashi notes in a few weeks and see how we’re going. Perhaps you can trade Bokashi liquid for tree prunings (for your hibachi-thingy) with the gardeners of leafy Elwood. Or gift it to Serge and Gab? I’m sure you will find something inspirational to do with it.
    Bokashi rules.

    1. Thanks, reluctant! All ideas welcomed. Can you tell us more about the dry-bucket method or point us in the direction of some information? Sounds interesting.

      1. I adopted the dry bucket method because I got tired of draining the bucket every two days. Since I was using the nested bucket method, I had to carry the two buckets up the stairs and outside to the back yard to drain off the juice in the winter time. If I left the bucket unattended for a few days, the whole batch would spoil and stink. So, now I re-ferment my activated microorganisms with newspapers, spent coffee grounds, or straw, dry the inoculated carrier, and use them freely in my bokashi bucket to absorb moisture. I am sorry if I am sketchy with details, but I have never used EM-1. I have made my own rice, barley, and rye washes, but now brew kombucha tea and use it for bokashi. I am glad that you re-started your bokashi bucket! Good luck

  3. Thanks for bringing back your Bokashi bucket. Anything that any of us can do is important! Here’s another idea that my husband and I do in place of composting (and this might work well for apartment dwellers who just grow a few veggies on their balcony). If you have a rather powerful blender, you can blend your veggie and fruit scraps into a smoothie. We call it the “garden smoothie” and pour it right onto the soil. Pass it around to others on your floor. It works well! Happy gardening and saving the earth.

    By the way, this is the second post I’ve read this morning where someone was kinda apologizing for doing environmental positive things (not a tree-hugger, or activist, etc.)
    We need everyone, it doesn’t matter your politics or anything else. The health of this earth is not a liberal or conservative issue. Everyone get on board – we might save this great earth yet!!!

    1. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment, boomers1. There are options for everyone to make a difference with the future of the earth, and you make a great point about taking ownership of our responsibility, rather than apologising for it. Thanks!

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