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    I 'Bokashi' too. I find it takes me 2/3 weeks to fill the bin then it sits for a couple or so weeks or until I have a place for it. Generally I bury it in the garden under the next bean trench or where some other hungry feeders are going to be planted. My runner beans grow like they are expecting a giant to come down I do recommend you plant it quite deep - we had a fox dig one up once, luckily before the beans were planted.
    I have 3 bins, one bought and 2 made from my son's aquarium salt buckets and can just about manage with these. We do have a food waste bin from the council but it rarely has more than a few bones in it.

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    I had some Bokashi bins too, and similar problems to the above. I stopped using them after 3-4 goes as I was adding the pickled waste to the compost bin but it was attracting rats. I have the bins in my shed, and was thinking of using them for growing things but like the idea of using it for nettles.

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    I have atumbler. Find its nice and quick breaking things down, but you do need to turn it frequently. I also added a bit of chicken poop pellets to speed things up. Does need a good seive though as some things break down quicker than others.

    The downside is when its full, its very heavy to tumble. Actually when its not full I find its very hard to tumble. I'm 5'3 and dont seem to have he height needed to turn it over so that job has been allocated to OH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suky View Post
    I 'Bokashi' too. I find it takes me 2/3 weeks to fill the bin then it sits for a couple or so weeks or until I have a place for it.
    What do you put in yours? I only put stuff in that can't be composted conventially so it takes a lot longer than that to fill but am always curious about different regimes.

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    Default Bokashi beats composting to a pulp

    I've noticed people saying they only use the bokashi for non-compostables. This is a stupendous waste.

    Bokashi is anaerobic fermentation. Bokashi bacteria ferment the material and produce lactic acid which 'preserves' it. Virtually no gas or heat is produced (which is why the sealed bin does not warm or inflate) and you can capture the small amount of liquid.

    In contrast, both conventional types of composting, aerobic and anaerobic decomposition, lose a very high proportion of the energy in the raw material - well over half - and a fair share of the nutrients too. That's because of the different bacteria at work.

    Aerobic bacteria decompose the material and produce large amounts of heat and the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2).

    Anaerobic bacteria also decompose the material but by a chain of slow, cold reactions produce large amounts of high-energy methane gas (CH4). Methane is 23 times more potent a greenhouse gas than CO2; bad news.

    Most compost designs leach nutrients into uncultivated soil underneath them, whereas bokashi liquid, diluted, is used as soil food.

    Anyone who only uses bokashi for non-compostables and puts compostables into compost is ... well, think about what you are doing, guys. Do you want to feed your soil? Do you want to put carbon into the air rather than into the soil?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GYOMalcolm View Post
    Anyone who only uses bokashi for non-compostables and puts compostables into compost is ... well, think about what you are doing, guys. Do you want to feed your soil? Do you want to put carbon into the air rather than into the soil?
    There is no way I'm going to add bokashi bran to everything I compost, would bankrupt me and I'd need to find space for hundreds of bins. Totally impractical and unrealistic. A bit of perspective, we're talking about home composting, I'm not sending it to landfill. Anyway, mulching with my home made compost works very well, smothers weeds, keeps moisture in and generally improves my soil.
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    I've got a couple of bokashi buckets that I got about 7 years ago. I got cheesed off with them because the plastic divider near the bottom kept disintegrating. I managed to fix that a few times but I also got fed up with having to buy bran all the time. I have wormeries now. They look after themselves better and I don't need to buy anything to keep them working. They need a bit of cardboard every now and then and a bit of lime for which you can use egg shells ground down.

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