I've been all excited for the last few weeks, as i've finally got round to using Bokashi bins. I first heard about them a couple of years ago and thought they sounded like a good idea, but I already fed my wormery with my kitchen scraps and egg boxes and put the excess in the compost bins to make lots of compost, so did I need anything else? - well one of my favourite garden goodies website, Wiggly Wrigglers has great informative explanation of Bokashi, which starts with
What if there was a method of composting that was so simple that it
could easily be fitted into even the busiest lifestyles? What if there
was a method of composting that was so quick that the kitchen waste
from a large family could be composted in something as small as a 19
litre bin? What if there was a method of composting that meant that
even the smelliest meat scraps (old fish skins anyone?) could be
composted indoors; without smells and without attracting vermin? What
if there was a method of composting where the drained-off liquid could
be used to keep drains fresh?
Not even our superb composting worms can achieve all those things; but now there are some creatures that can! We'd like to introduce you to Effective microOrganisms... Ems for short.
To read the rest of their description click here
As we now live in a slightly more rural location, and I have my lovely open compost bins as well as my plastic darlek composters, I didn't want to be attracting vermin, and I do have food scraps (thanks to a picky DH and DS) and I want to reduce my landfill as much as possible, so at the beginning of the year I decided to give it a go. I bought the multi pack, which has 2 bins. They are square plastic bins with taps at the bottom to drain off the liquid, - you put a tray in the bottom that has slits in it to let the liquid fall through, and then you add your food waste as you make it. After you've put in a whole layer, you squash it down, and add the Bokashi Bran which has the Ems in it. - it took 3 weeks for us to fill our first bin, and it squashed down well, - we put in leftovers from our plates, egg shells, tea bags, bread, vegetable peelings and out of date things lurking in the fridge (jars of olives and cottage cheese) - the only thing they suggest you don't put in is bones , although reading the reviews, people have put in chicken drumsticks etc and they've rotted down fine - rotting isn't actually the right word, as apparantly the waste pickles itself. I'm now onto my second bin, so the first one is outside pikling, - i'll let you know when it's time to put it on my compost heap outside. - There is no smell in the kitchen, there is a slight whiff when you lift the lid if you've only just put smelly things in (out of date sausages!), - but then the bran gets to work and a day or 2 later, no smell.
i'm really please so far, and there is loads of stuff that otherwise would have gone into landfill, - the best thing is, as my bin bag now has no food in it, I can put it out without the foxes having a go and ripping it to shreds, - tidy garden as a bonus.
I'll update you in a few weeks time.