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Does your council subsidise Bokashi bins? 6 Replies

If not, why not? Christchurch and the Queenstown Lakes District Council do. Which other councils subsidise bokashi bins and activator?

Tags: subsidy, activator, bins, Bokashi

Started by Megan. Last reply by Katherine Wheatley Dec 29, 2011.

Is anyone using Bokashi bran and/or Active EM with their poultry yet? 2 Replies

Hi,I am new to poultry but have noticed some interesting stuff on internet around both Bokashi bran and/or Active EM use in poultry feed, water and general husbandry. Has anyone here got some…Continue

Started by Mo Buttner-Jenkins. Last reply by Mo Buttner-Jenkins Oct 29, 2010.

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Comment by Megan on November 29, 2011 at 8:06pm

hello Flo, I picked a great tip from Hester's blog about bokashi where she suggested using a potato masher to press everything down - obvious once she'd pointed it out :) alot less messy than bare hands which is what I'd been doing up until then.

Comment by Flo on November 12, 2011 at 2:33pm

I have been led to believe that your bokashi bucket contents are most nutrient rich for your garden if applied directly and planted straight into (or at least within a week or so). The composting micro organisms in bokashi (anaerobic) are quite different to that in your compost heap (aerobic) and possibly richer. Having said that, their shouldn't be any issue putting them into your other compost, it's just you would probably loose the 'bokashi-ness'.

Another tip: my bokashi bucket greatly improved when I was advised to put a plastic bag over the top of my chopped food scraps and press it firmly down to get rid of as many air pockets in the bucket as possible. You then leave the bag covering the scraps until you put more in and repeat the pressing. The guy who told me (our local bokashi rep) this also said to collect your food scraps in a bowl and only add them once a day at the most to avoid too much aeration in the bucket... that'll also be why we need to buy expensive air-tight buckets.

Comment by Bev G on November 12, 2011 at 1:24pm

I'm new to Bokashi - just got my bin today and haven't set it up yet but am very excited to be able to use all the scraps that my worms won't eat.! I have a very small garden so instead of bury the bokashi contents and planting on top I understand I can use it as 'green' in my compost. Would this still apply in a tumbler composter? 

Comment by Julie Hayward on July 10, 2011 at 9:21pm
Thanks Megan for your advice.  I had never heard of bokashi.  I will try and get some and try it with my food scraps with aview to making my garden boxes soil healthy and productive again.
Comment by Jools on February 10, 2011 at 2:02pm
Thanks so much Neville - yes I can see a few things I am doing wrong namely leaving the juice in the bottom bucket for too long and keeping my scraps in another container before transference to my bucket.  We have had high temperatures in Gisborne so that's been a factor too.  Cheers for the advice.
Comment by Neville Burt on February 10, 2011 at 1:55pm


Number of reasons  for this

Food waste added may have already been in slight state of decomposition.

Maggots [ flies] should appear only if eggs laid on food prior to adding of flies has had access prior to lod being sealed.

If on top of lid usually as result of food juices .

When adding protein rich foods such as fish/meat sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of Zing. and press to remove  air.

For contents of bucket  the odour - sprinkle with a tablespoon of sugar and bury the contents as normal but a little more deeply.

Wash your bucket with clean water and then freshen with a rinse of vinegar.

Also ensure you are removing any juice from bucket every 2-3 days. this is important in these warm days we are experiencing.



Comment by Jools on February 10, 2011 at 1:13pm
Help please!  My Bokashi has suddenly developed a rotten smell (like S**t!).  I had added some prawn frames (which I've used in the past with no ill effects).  It also looks like I have some (dead) maggots on the lid.  How can I correct this?  Do I have to get rid of the lot and start again or can I just dig a really deep hole and bury the lot?
Comment by Neville Burt on January 13, 2011 at 4:03pm

Mould growing on the juice is a normal thing . It should be white in colour and is fine for use. If black or green dispose of  this  to waste drain as not suitable for garden /food use.

Comment by Mirko Wojnowski on January 13, 2011 at 4:00pm

Yvonne you're not talking about the white flaky stuff are you?

Shouldn't have other mold I don't think... you could consign this batch to your drains...

Comment by Yvonne Nikolaison on January 13, 2011 at 3:42pm
I seem to have mould growing in my liquid in the bottom bucket. Is this still ok to spray on the garden? I haven't come across this before.

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