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lasttimeround Sat 22-Apr-17 14:28:28

I'm on my first one. But sort of concerned about where to bury the waste. Garden's not that big (well the bit where you can access soil isn't big). Should I get a compost bin to add the fermented bokashi stuff to rather than trying to figure out where to bury it? - I could put a compost bin somewhere around front or side of house all of which is decked or pebble. (I am trying to slowly uncover actual garden but that's a different story)

I've 2 bokashi bins. I think each will take about 3-4 weeks to fill. It's quite cold here so I imagine that will slow down how long it takes for things you break down.

bookbook Sat 22-Apr-17 16:11:11

you need an expert - I know shovetheholly has one

KanyesVest Sat 22-Apr-17 16:36:44

<nonchalant whistle while I lurk for similar answers>

ElleDubloo Sun 23-Apr-17 07:13:27

I had 2 bokashi bins last year. They're pretty fun to use and gets rid of kitchen waste efficiently. Problem is where to empty them when they're full. Burying them in the garden isn't the perfect solution - mine got dug up by animals, and I found bones and other things scattered around the holes. Putting them in the compost bonus a solution, but I found the compost became really wet and smelly - perhaps I didn't have the right mix of other compost ingredients though. I'm fairly new to all this.

Looking forward to reading other replies.

lasttimeround Sun 23-Apr-17 07:55:34

Crap. I was just imagining lovely lovely soil in the space of a few weeks. I might add soil to compost bin.

lasttimeround Sun 23-Apr-17 07:56:57

I don't get how you compost here. I grew up somewhere warm. It was a significantly quicker process.

AlternativeTentacle Sun 23-Apr-17 07:57:05

I just add mine to the compost bin. However we are veggie and so no bones.

JeNeSuisPasVotreMiel Sun 23-Apr-17 07:58:42

What's a Bukashi bin for if not for making compost?

JeNeSuisPasVotreMiel Sun 23-Apr-17 07:59:05

Bokashi

AlternativeTentacle Sun 23-Apr-17 08:01:23

I don't get how you compost here.

If you want quicker compost, get a pitchfork. Either turn your compost into the next bin regularly, or lift the top of the bin, move it next to the current pile and pitch the uncomposted material into the now empty compost bin.

I have my compost bins on the beds that I want to use the compost on, move them regularly and pitch the uncomposted stuff into the empty bin, and then rake the composted material over the top of the bed.

If you want it super speedy - try the Berkeley method. deepgreenpermaculture.com/diy-instructions/hot-compost-composting-in-18-days/. We made a 1m cubed pile, left it for 3 days and then turned it 3 times a week and had usable compost in 31 days.

lasttimeround Sun 23-Apr-17 08:10:26

Jenesuispas- that's what j thought but it turns out it just going to give me sort of pickled waste.

Leveret Sun 23-Apr-17 08:22:48

I have used it in pots and planters. Mixed it in with compost in the bottom half of the pots and topped them up with compost. I put in young plants and hoped that the bokashi had sorted itself out before the roots reached it.
Grew some great tomatoes so I assume it all went well. Will check what it looks like when I replant soon.
(I left my filled bin over the winter so when I opened it it really was all 'pickled' and covered with the white stuff they talk about. Smelled strong but not too unpleasant.)

sunnyhills Sun 23-Apr-17 10:14:08

I think shovetheholly is the expert on bokashi isn't she ?

Have been wondering if she was ok and watching to see if she'd post here . Hope she's well .

lasttimeround Sun 23-Apr-17 12:49:17

Hopefully. I'm eyeing up big compost bins online. I'm really wary of attracting vermin and we have a fox that visits.
Thanks for that link to the hot composting. But it's Australian and I'm worried it requires higher general temps. I was the same about compost I couldn't understand why people would even discuss compost heaps of turn them. Where I grew up you just chucked stuff on a pile and it turned to soil pretty fast. Only thing was rats or stink with meat waste.

GardeningWithDynamite Sun 23-Apr-17 12:55:46

We had a bokashi bin but it didn't seem to work for us. We have a green johanna now. We've got 2 (subsidised by the council). Have a look to see if your council subsidise anything?

AlternativeTentacle Sun 23-Apr-17 13:26:13

Thanks for that link to the hot composting. But it's Australian and I'm worried it requires higher general temps. I was the same about compost I couldn't understand why people would even discuss compost heaps of turn them. Where I grew up you just chucked stuff on a pile and it turned to soil pretty fast. Only thing was rats or stink with meat waste.

A - you should not be putting meat waste in compost anyway.
B - here in the Midlands UK I made compost in 31 days. If turned regularly.

lasttimeround Sun 23-Apr-17 13:34:23

Where I grew up we composted everything - including food scraps. No turning, no drama. It was hot. It was quick.

I'm impressed at compost in 31 days in the Midlands. Gives me hope. There was a compost bin in a shared garden and I saw things that looked the same for months on end - and stuff you can buy for compost heaps plus turning etc. If all seems more difficult

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