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.