Bokashi composting is not your normal composting. If you can’t find answers to your questions please drop us a note.

What can I do with the contents of my bin?

You can add the contents to your worm farm. Get them used to it a little at a time. Cover the food waste with newspaper to prevent flies from laying eggs in the waste.
You can bury the contents of the bin directly into your garden. Dig a hole or trench and cover the fermented matter with about 15cm of soil. Add more soil if you have pets. Depending on the climate, it will break down into a rich fertiliser within 7 to 14 days. Decomposition of the Bokashi food waste only begins once the waste is buried in soil.
Allow the Bokashi food waste to settle for 10 - 14 days in your garden before planting as you may burn the roots of new plants.
For established gardens, dig the food waste into holes around shrubs or between rows of trees at the perimeter of the drip line.
Make your own potting mix by filling 1/3 of a container with fermented food waste, then filling the container with organic soil. Mix it through, cover with a lid or a plastic bag. After 10-14 days your potting mix is ready.
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How long will it take to fill my bin?

That depends on the size of your household. Cutting up food scraps into golf ball size will allow more room for other scraps. Compacting the contents with a masher will ensure any liquid content is pushed through which can be drained off. A typical family of 4 would normally fill the Digester in 2-3 weeks.
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I forgot to add Earth Bokashi to the bin. Will it go bad?

Your nose is the best indicator to check all is well in your bucket. If it smells rancid then add two handfuls of Bokashi to try and reverse the process.
If the bucket continues to smell bad then you will have to get rid of it by digging a hole and adding the bucket contents to it. Mix with soil, add another handful of Bokashi bran and cover with the rest of soil. If you have nowhere to ‘bury’ it then you have to dispose of it in your weekly refuse bin.
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I'm going on holiday, should I empty my bin?

No. It is okay to leave it sealed for weeks as the fermentation process will complete and then remain stable until you put it into the ground.

However, drain off any liquid before leaving the bin for any length of time. If you are planning an extended trip, we recommend you empty the bin into the garden or compost heap before you leave for your well deserved rest.
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Does the compost drain from the tap?

No, the tap is used to drain off the bokashi juice.
Only once you have added the fermented food waste to a compost heap or into your garden soil will it turn back to compost or soil.
The fermentation process does produce bokashi juice (in addition to the fermented food waste). This is a highly beneficial liquid fertiliser.
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does bokashi produce greenhouse gases

Does this process produce bad gases?

No measurable methane and/or ammonia gases are being produced and you will not notice any bad odors. It is perfectly safe to use in the home.
Remember that this is a fermentation process. Methane in anaerobic digesters utilise anaerobic bacteria which produce methane gas.
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will dogs dig up my bokashi compost

What do I do if my dog, cat, bird, or child has eaten some Bokashi bran?

Absolutely nothing! Please note that our Bokashi is all natural and made with a mix of probiotic bacteria microbes, molasses, salt and wheat bran.
The microbes in Bokashi Bran are very common in nature and are not pathogenic. Each has a specialised function and they all work well together. These bacteria are found in our food (cheese, yoghurt, good bread) and our drink (beer and wine).
Bokashi has been used as a feed supplement for horses, cows and even dogs and cats. The idea is that the probiotic microbes will enhance gut health and therefore all over physical health.
You can find more information about this here: http://www.emsustains.co.uk/EM_equine.htm (we have no affiliation with this company and this link is for information purposes only). There's also quite a lot of information on the Web and on Youtube about bokashi and animal health; including our discussion at Spier (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6s4QVFQPMQ).
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can I compost citrus skins

Can I add citrus to the bin?

Yes, you can add all citrus. While citrus is acidic, found mainly in the juice, the antiseptic properties of citrus oils, particularly orange oil, is the reason why citrus is usually not added to traditional compost heaps. These oils will be broken down through the fermentation process.
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can i feed bokashi to earthworms

Can I feed the fermented contents of my bin to my worms?

Yes indeed, and they love it!
It's very important that you don't add all the contents to your bin all at once. Worms, especially the Red Wiggler, are tolerant of low pH (acidic) environments. But you need to make sure they get used to the bokashi fermented food first.
Start off by adding a few spoons of the fermented food waste to a corner of the worm bin. The worms initially will not like it as the fermented food waste is acidic, however after about 5 days as the ph level rises, they will move in with gusto!
Once they've moved into that waste, add some more fermented food-waste to the opposite corner. Gradually the worms will get used to their new diet. And then you can add more bokashi fermented food.
When adding fermented food to a worm bin the food needs to be fully fermented so it doesn't rot. Also it should have a good quantity of bokashi - bokashi is full of beneficial microbes which are loved by worms.
The worm casings and tea are even more nutrient rich when the worms are fed a Bokashi diet.
The real benefit of feeding bokashi fermented food waste to your worms is that they are able to process it much much faster (one of our com posters indicated that this could be 10x faster).
The reason for this is that tyne bokashi fermented food waste is pre-digested. And thus easier for them to process.
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