An easy, no-smell and less messy method of home composting, bokashi composting is a quick fermentation process, originating in Japan. Unlike most other forms of composting, you can add anything to your bokashi bin—not just plant-based waste—and you won’t need to turn its contents.
Our bokashi bins are available in single and double kits, which include bokashi bran—the activator which begins the composting process—and detailed instructions on how to get started with your bokashi composting kit.
What is bokashi composting?
Bokashi composting relies on the addition of a fermented type of bran, which is sprinkled into your kitchen refuse and sealed tight inside a bucket. This bran contains a bacteria called lactobacillus, a probiotic starter culture which helps to break down the contents of your specialist bokashi bin into compostable matter—or what some would consider pre-compost. This can then be added to your regular compost pile, having been broken down more quickly than if it were put there to begin with.
The end result is an almost pickled layer of mould on top of your kitchen waste, which can then be mixed into your regular compost. This process also lets you make use of more types of food waste than the more common form of composting. This is because, despite the name, bokashi composting is more about fermentation than actual composting. It breaks down your food waste by effectively pickling it, which allows it to act as an acidic activator for the rest of your compost pile.
What are the benefits of bokashi?
As pointed out above, bokashi composting works best as a way of producing pre-compost, generating micro-organisms which can help improve the quality of your garden’s soil. This will help it to retain water and, therefore, key nutrients, which encourage better growth of your garden’s plant life.
Bokashi also works more quickly and effectively than using traditional composting alone and helps you save money on any additional (and potentially inorganic) pesticides and fertiliser products. It’s also extremely environmentally-friendly, helping your gardening process become more sustainable.