Loading... Please wait...

Our Newsletter


Bokashi

uncropped-theo-cmyk.jpg

Click here for the Bokashi Store front

 

What is Bokashi Composting?

Bokashi Composting is a unique indoor product used to recycle food scraps into an organic soil conditioner and create your own homemade plant food. Bokashi means fermented organic matter. Bokashi composting uses anaerobic (without oxygen) fermentation to break down food scraps very quickly while avoiding rotting odors.

What can be a difference maker in your garden and improve the environment?  Bokashi bins are an affordable compost system (just $25 after the City of Austin rebate for qualified residents) that collects the miraculous bokashi tea and shows a difference in your plants in less than 3 weeks! 

Bokashi Composting can use all of your food scraps, including meat scraps, small bones, cheese, milk, fats, oils and greases, as well as vegetables and fruit.  It is an excellent solution for juicing leftovers.  Why?  Because it ferments food scraps instead of letting them rot – similar to the pickled eggs, pickled pigs feet and sauerkraut.  Fermented food scraps can be buried straight into the soil without leaves, tumblers, turning, screening, mixing etc. requiring the least amount of work with a shovel.  Bokashi composting gives you the fastest results, upto 17x faster cycling of your nutrients than conventional composting. 

The best part is that most of the work occurs in air-conditioned kitchens or on your shaded back porch, making bokashi Austin’s preferred method of composting during the summer months from June-September.  Is Bokashi composting the right solution for you?  The majority of Austin households are 2 people or less (65% of residences), making Bokashi the ideal composting solution as compared to tumblers and compost piles which can dry out quickly during the summer time and don’t get enough nitrogen flow.  For product videos, click here.

Microbial Earth announces ‘Bokashi PLUS’ a new bokashi bran that makes better soil and improves odor capture in the bokashi bin.  Ask us about Bokashi Plus!
Less work, less mess, less fuss while doing something good for the environment.  Bokashi makes an excellent Mothers’ Day or Father’s Day present!

 

Why use the Bokashi Bin?

The Bokashi Bin produces a nutrient tea to feed to your garden and house plants, breaks down food scraps in less than half the time of conventional composting, and greatly increases the population of beneficial microbes.

  • Enables composting of all food scraps-including meat, dairy and oils- diverting them from landfills

  • Convenient and indoor solution

  • No rotting odors (FAQ)

img-4419.jpg

How to use the Bokashi Bin

Add your food scraps to your Bokashi bin once a day (you can include meat and dairy as well as traditional compostable material).

Every time you add food scraps to your Bokashi bin, make sure the majority of food scraps are lightly dusted with bran. After a week or so, you will be able to drain the nutrient tea from the spout at the bottom of the bin. Once your bin begins producing tea, drain it every 2-3 days and dilute in a gallon of water.

img-4829.jpg bokashi-bran-add-4391.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Notes: Drain the nutrient tea out of the bin every 2-3 days.
Dilute the tea in 1 gallon of water. Immediately pour the solution on the soil around any plants in your home or garden. For quick and easy disposal, pour tea (of any dilution) down a drain to help clean the drain. Rinse with water.

img-4789.jpg

img-4895.jpg

 

Using the Scraps (after final fermentation in the bokashi bin (note: due to the price drop in bokashi bins, we are no longer recommending a "secondary" pail, but to let food scraps continue fermenting in the bokashi bin.  Instead, we recommend a second bokashi bin due to the new lower cost, lower shipping costs, and continuouse ability to drain the nutrient tea, and of course because of less work!): Dig a trench about 6-8 inches deep, put the scraps in the trench and cover with at least 3-4 inches of soil. In 2-4 weeks, the scraps will have completely decomposed into rich soil. Or: Add the scraps to a traditional compost system (pile or tumbler). This is OK even though you may have put items (e.g., meat, dairy) in the bokashi bin that you would not ordinarily put in your other compost system. The microbes from the bokashi bran will enhance the performance of your other compost system and accelerate the production of compost.

click here to download a PDF with detailed instructions

 

Green30 Challenge Rebate Application

Take the Green30 Challenge! By downsizing to a green 30‐gallon trash cart and taking a composting class you may qualify for a rebate on a home composter. As part of Austin’s Zero Waste goal to reduce the amount of waste Austinites send to the landfill by 90% by the year 2040, rebates of 75%* of the value of a purchased home composter are being offered to Solid Waste Services residential customers.

click here to download the application form. 

Click here for the city of Austin's rebate page with links to the online class.

img-5157.jpg

Owner Patrick Van Haren pouring nutrient tea into a compost pile

img-5142.jpg

To improve the health of your soil, bury the food scraps in your soil that have been broken down in your Bokashi bin.