How To Use Bokashi Compost
When the food waste in your Bokashi bin has fermented (you can find instructions on this process here), you will be left with a mixture that is often called “pre-compost”. It’s given this name because the material has begun the process of breaking down, but isn’t quite there yet. There is still a bit more to be done before the material is ready to be used for planting. There are several different options for completing the Bokashi process and transforming your food waste into nutritious compost. Bokashi pre-compost can be:
Keep reading to find out about using a worm composting system to complete the process.
Adding Bokashi Pre-Compost To A Worm Composting System
If you already have a worm composting bin, this can be a really useful way to complete the transformation from food scraps to nutritious compost which has already begun in your Bokashi bin. In fact, a Bokashi composter makes a great addition to a worm composting system. You can use the Bokashi process to prepare foods which cannot normally be used in a worm bin (such as meat, dairy and citrus fruits), ensuring that all of your food waste is recycled at home.
Another advantage of using Bokashi in addition to a worm compost bin is that you can store food waste that is waiting to be added to the worm compost bin without it rotting and smelling bad. A Bokashi / worm bin combination is especially ideal for people living in apartments with limited outdoor space for composting.
Before adding Bokashi pre-compost to a worm bin it is important to drain off any excess Bokashi juice. The juice is acidic and could upset the moisture and pH levels of your worm bin. There are plenty of different ways to use the Bokashi juice, so make sure that you collect and store the drained liquid.
Once the Bokashi pre-compost has been drained, it is ready to be added to your worm composting bin. The important thing to remember is to add the pre-compost little and often. If you add too much Bokashi pre-compost in one go the worms won’t like it very much. However, if you add a little Bokashi at a time the worms will go crazy for it!
So, add a handful or two (I don’t recommend more than two) of Bokashi pre-compost to your worm bin. Add to the top layer, and spread out a little. If the Bokashi pre-compost looks like it contains a lot of moisture, you might want to add some dry bedding (shredded newspaper or something similar) first.
Now all you need to do is stand back and let the worms get to work! You might find that they’re not interested in the Bokashi pre-compost for the first couple of days. Don’t worry, this is normal. After a day or two though, you should see the worms move in and devour the pre-compost.
Once they’ve almost finished the pre-compost in the bin, add another handful or two. Again, spread it out over the surface of the bin, adding dry bedding if required. Before too long, the worms will have made their way through all of the pre-compost from your Bokashi bin.
Using a Bokashi kitchen composter to compliment your worm composting bin is a brilliant way of incorporating difficult foods into the system. This approach is ideal for people short on space, or those who want to complement their existing worm composting systems.