The more I read about bokashi, the more amazing it sounds! Often used in kitchen composters, this mixture of bran, molasses, and microorganisms is stellar at breaking down food scraps. The key ingredients are effective microorganisms (EM). These hungry little guys are awesome at turning your food waste into beautiful, nutritious compost for the garden, and they help minimize odor from the compost bin at the same time.
Bokashi composters usually involve a two-part situation. On top, you add your food scraps and sprinkle each layer with bokashi. The process creates quite a bit of liquid, so the compost sits on top of a filter which allows the excess liquid to collect underneath. This watery stuff is called "compost tea," but it's not tea for people. Compost tea is a fantastic, nitrogen-rich fertilizer for your garden!
Not only is bokashi a useful composting additive, but it's great for bio-rehabilitation in septic tanks and polluted ponds and waterways!
Rather than sprinkling the mixture into mucky water, you make balls of clay to act as a carrier, so the microbes can sink down into the sludge. There, the EM gets to work breaking down pollution and attacking problems like algae blooms.
It's simple and fun to make your own bokashi balls at home! In fact, you can even make your own bokashi mixture. Here's a video that shows you how:
So, have any of you experimented with bokashi? I'd love to hear about your experiences!