Got a bucket? Speed up the composting process with bokashi

Improving soil with compost is crucial for robust plants, but traditional composting takes time. The Bokashi method, developed in Japan in the 1980s, offers a faster alternative. Using an inoculant containing beneficial microorganisms, Bokashi composting ferments organic waste anaerobically.

The process can be completed in as little as 10 days in a simple 5-gallon bucket. This method not only speeds up composting but produces a nutrient-rich end product. As ingredients are added to the bucket, they’re sprinkled with inoculant and sealed to minimize oxygen exposure. The bucket produces a nutritious “compost tea” which can boost plant growth. Interestingly, while regular composting avoids meat and dairy, Bokashi can handle them, as the fermentation process eliminates pathogens.

Post-fermentation, the material can be buried in the garden, added to traditional compost piles, or used in various ways after further decomposition. Thus, Bokashi offers a quicker route to enriching soil.

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