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What is Earth Bokashi?

Bokashi is a an anaerobic fermentation composting method. The advantage of the bokashi system is that it allows ALL food waste to be composted.

When added to food-waste in an anaerobic digester these microbes work in symbiosis to ferment the waste thus preventing rotting and ridding it of pathogenic bacteria.

Bokashi was developed in 1980 by Prof. Teruo Higa a soil scientist from Japan.

Today bokashi is used all over the world as one of the solutions to reduce food waste going to landfill.

Earth Probiotic’s “Earth Bokashi” is made with South African indigenous microbes.
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setting up your earth bokashi bin

How do I insert the tap in my bucket?

This is a simple and easy process and requires not glue.
Simply push the tap into the hole on the bucket. When you hear a “click” it’s inserted properly and will be leak proof.
If you’re struggling to insert the tap simply leave the bucket in the sun for about 10 minutes. This will soften the plastic and the tap can then be pushed in with ease.
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I have "worms" in my bucket!

These are usually fly larvae.

There are two reasons for this:

1/  Flies work very quickly and lay eggs in your food waste collection container.  They then hatch in the bin but if it is kept closed they die from lack of oxygen - while adding a little more protein to you bin.

2/  The flies get into the bin through an opening as the bin is not closed properly or the tap is left open.  Always make sure you bin is closed and only opened once a day when you add your food waste into the bin.

An adult fly deposits eggs which mature into larvae within 8 to 24 hours. The larvae mature into pupa within 4 to 7 days. The pupa matures into an adult fly within 10 to 20 days.

However, these larvae (maggots) generally die in the bin as they do not have the required oxygen to survive.
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beneficial mould in your bokashi bin

There is mould in my bucket!

White mould is good. The white mould is a beneficial fungus which helps suppress pathogens. If you have white mould it shows that your fermentation is going well. When added to soil this beneficial fungus helps with water retention and helps bind soil together.

Black/blue/green mould is bad. It shows that the fermentation has not worked properly. This is a rare occurrence and is the result of the bin not being closed properly (not anaerobic), not enough bokashi has been used, and/or rotten food has been added to the bin.
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what to do with your bokashi juice

What do I do with the Bokashi juice that I have drained off?

The liquid removed is loaded with microbes and nutrients and makes an extremely effective natural fertilizer. Bokashi juice is acidic and should be diluted at a rate of 1:300 parts water which can be used to fertilize your pot plants or garden.
A dilution of 1:500 is ideal for spraying onto foliage, do not spray directly onto blooms. Your plants will benefit from these nutrients and microbes with faster growth and bountiful blooms.
Remember to use the juice within 24 hours as it contains living bacteria, after this period the Bokashi juice loses its effectiveness.
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What else is the bokashi juice good for?

Use undiluted and pour down your drains. It will help keep the drains clean and odour free. It is very useful in preventing sludge from building up and blocking drainage in septic systems and is a good way to minimize problems in your septic system.
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how to dilute your bokashi juice

Should I dilute the bokashi juice?

Bokashi juice is very powerful. So yes, you do need to dilute it!
1:100 for lawns.
1:300 for gardens and pot plants.
1:500 for succulents.
1:1000 for any sensitive plants.
DO NOT USE THE BOKASHI JUICE TO FERTILISE FYNBOS.
Fynbos does not like to be fertilised and the Bokashi Juice is too acidic.
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can bones be composted

What can't I add to my bin?

Large bones as these take a long time to break down - but they’re OK if you want to bury them deeply and forget about them.
Lots of liquid as this can spoil your bin and you may not be able to revive the bin with extra Bokashi bran.
Any food that is rotten or starting to go off.
Animal faeces, especially if you are going to add your bin to your vegetable garden. Animal faeces contain pathogens which are harmful to humans.
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