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How Does it Work?


Put simply, food waste is layered with a sprinkling of Bokashi One Mix, in a Bokashi One Bucket. Due to the air-tight bucket and the microorganisms present in the Bokashi One Mix, the waste ferments, the waste does not break down at this stage.
The micro-organisms in the Bokashi One mix ensure the waste does not putrefy.

During the fermentation process inside the bucket, the waste reduces in volume due to the water content of the waste draining to the base of the bucket where it can be tapped out. This wonderful Bokashi juice is full of nutrients and is alive with microorganisms it can be used in the garden and around the home.
To complete the composting process the waste is transferred outside and buried beneath the soil. With oxygen, the microorganisms accelerate the breakdown of the waste, supplying the soil with nutrients and life.

The Bokashi One system significantly accelerates the composting process. The complete breakdown of the waste occurs once it is buried in the soil.

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What can compost

 

What can I compost

Just about all kitchen waste, essentially anything that was alive can be composted (which is a huge benefit of Bokashi One composting over worm farms or traditional composting), although it’s best to avoid large bones and excessive amounts of liquid.

  • fruit and vegetables
  • prepared foods
  • cooked and uncooked meats and fish
  • dairy
  • eggs
  • bread
  • coffee grinds
  • teabags
  • wilted flowers and tissues

Step By Step Guide To Composting With Bokashi One

 
  1. Position the plastic grate on the ledge near the bottom of the bucket with the knob upright. Make sure the tap is in the off position.
  2. Place your kitchen waste in the bucket and sprinkle a handful of Bokashi One Mix over every layer of waste. As a guide, use approximately 1 tablespoon of mix for every cup of waste. Use more Bokashi One Mix when adding high protein foods, eg meat, fish, cheese and eggs.
  3. Check that the lid is closed tightly at all times.
  4. Regularly drain the Bokashi juice produced using the tap at the base of the bucket. 
  5. Repeat this layering process until the Bokashi One bucket is full.
  6. Once full, the waste is ready to be buried. 
  7. If you have two Bokashi One buckets, begin the process again in your second bucket, allowing the contents of the first bucket to continue to ferment. Continue to drain off the bokashi juice regularly.
  8. Wash your Bokashi One bucket after each use.
Note: the waste does not break down in the bucket; it is fermenting and will reduce in volume as it loses water content. Complete breakdown of the waste and the composting process occurs when it is buried in the soil

Burying Bokashi Waste

 
  • Dig a hole or trench approximately 20-25cm deep. Add the Bokashi waste and mix in some soil. Cover the waste completely with soil. Now forget about it – there’s nothing else to do! Your soil has begun to be enriched on a microbial level.
  • For established gardens, dig the hole around plants or between rows of trees.
  • Be sure roots of very young plants do not come into direct contact with the compost as it may burn them. The compost is acidic when first dug in, but neutralises after 7-10 days. It is best to wait 2 weeks before planting.
  • If you don’t have room to dig a hole every time your bucket needs emptying, you can create a Bokashi compost heap, burying the waste in a regular spot in your garden. Once the waste has completely broken down, use it as a rich top-soil. Bokashi waste can also be added to a conventional compost bin.
 

Burying Bokashi Waste

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Bokashi One Juice

The amount of juice your Bokashi One kitchen composting system produces depends on the type of food stored in it; so don’t be concerned if little or no juice is produced. Juice production takes about two weeks. Adding fruit and vegetables tends to increase juice production. Be careful not to add too much Bokashi One Mix as this can result in reduced juice creation.

Take care with the tap. Do not unscrew more than ¾ of a turn. If you think the tap is blocked, try clearing with a skewer.


BOKASHI JUICE MUST BE DILUTED PRIOR TO USE IN THE GARDEN.

Bokashi juice contains nutrients from the food waste and is alive with micro-organisms so it makes a terrific, free fertiliser!

  • Bokashi One juice is more effective if used within a day of collection.
  • When applying to the soil around your plants dilute with water at a rate of 100:1 or 1 Tablespoon to 2 litres of water.
  • When spraying over leaves dilute with water at a rate of 500:1, 1 teaspoon to 5 litres of water.
  • Undiluted bokashi juice can be poured directly into kitchen and bathroom drains, toilets, and septic systems. It will help prevent algae build up and control drain odour. And as a huge bonus, it contributes to cleaning up our waterways as the good bacteria compete with the bad bacteria!

One Bucket or Two?

You may prefer to set up your system using two buckets. One of the benefits of having two buckets is the convenience. If you have only one bucket, when it is full the waste needs to be buried immediately to continue to use the system, with a second bucket the waste can be buried at a more convenient time before you fill up your second bucket. Also by rotating the buckets the waste has more time to ferment (especially good for homes that produce a lot of waste), the longer the waste ferments the quicker it will breakdown in the soil, and additionally, more wonderful bokashi juice is produced.

 

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Signs of success

 

Signs of Success

The Bokashi One system is easy to use and it is highly unlikely that you will strike problems. A good sign which you may notice when the lid is removed is a subtle smell of pickles or cider vinegar.

Occasionally, particularly for longer fermentation periods, a white cotton-like fungi growth may appear on the surface. This is also a sign that the process is working well.

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Troubleshooting and Helpful Hints


Any black/green mould or a rotten smell is a sign of a an unhealthy Bokashi Bucket. It may be due to several factors:
  • Always close the lid tightly and remember to frequently drain the juice that accumulates at the bottom.
  • Press down every layer of food waste in the bucket to remove air and reduce air pockets. Try using a potato masher or a pot lid, or pop your hand into a plastic bag.
  • Do not place the bucket in the sun.
  • Minimise the amount of rotten or mouldy food waste added to the Bokashi One Bucket.
  • Break or chop large waste into smaller pieces.
  • Do not add water or excessive amounts of liquid.
  • Wash the bucket well after each use.
 
What do I need to get started?

A Bokashi One Buckets or two and a bag of Bokashi One Mix. It’s that simple!

  • Look into community composting and gardening projects in your area.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with the process until you get a feel for how this process can work best for you!
  • You can always give us a call for help or advice! Call 1300 902 880.
 

 

 

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