How To Start Composting, Using The Bokashi Bin

Feb 16, 2023by Gabby - F&F

Bokashi is a wholly-owned Australian composting company, established in 2004 by Bokashi expert, Maree O'Malley.

If you're new to composting — you'll love the Bokashi One Composter. This 20-litre bin is here to make composting at home easier. Simply, put your food scraps in your Bokashi bin, sprinkle them with the Bokashi One Mix, and allow the acceleration process to begin. We're taking you through some in-depth steps below!

How Does It Work?

The great thing about the Bokashi One Bucket is that it accelerates the composting process so that the scraps ferment and reduce in size.

The bucket has a grate at the bottom and an airtight lid to keep out bugs and help the fermenting process. Every time you add a layer of scraps sprinkle Bokashi One Mix over the top, you should drain the juice out of the bottom — this is good for the garden. The Bokashi mix contains microorganisms that ferment the food scraps. The juice produced is very acidic but a great fertilizer. 

Once the bin is full, bury it in your garden to fully compost or put it into an outdoor composter. 

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How To Use

  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 the mix for every cup of waste. 
  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. A complete breakdown of the waste and the composting process occurs when it is buried in the soil

Burying Food ScrapsBurying Food Scraps

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How To Bury Your Compost

  1. Dig a hole or trench approximately 20-25cm deep. Add the Bokashi waste and mix it in some soil. Cover the waste completely with soil. Now forget about it — there’s nothing else to do!
  2. Your soil has begun to be enriched on a microbial level.
  3. For established gardens, dig the hole around plants or between rows of trees.
  4. Be sure the 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.
  5. 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 rich topsoil. Bokashi waste can also be added to a conventional compost bin.

The benefits of Bokashi One Composting is that it's practical, simple and easy to use — being stored conveniently indoors with no bad odours. It's great for your garden, as it adds nutrients to your soil, so you get healthier food and it's a responsible thing to do — taking a huge load off landfill. Not to mention it's eco-friendly and vegan too.

Here at F&F, we also stock the Bokashi One Bench, which can be used in the kitchen for your food scraps, or The EnsoPet, (or dog toilet, as you might know it), to deal with your pet's waste that doesn't involve it going in a plastic bag and ending up in general waste, or oceans. You can shop everything Bokashi here!

For more on composting, make sure to read up on the below blogs:

A Beginner's Guide To Composting

Composting For Every Home

International Compost Awareness Week

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