Bokashi buckets

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The Zing Bokashi Composting System, try saying that 10 times!

This system is great, its easy and straight forward. This system deals with food scraps only. The beauty of this system is that it deals to all of your meat and fish left overs, raw or cooked, bones included.

When buying the buckets you need to buy 2 systems. The reason for this is, is when the 1st bucket system is full and set aside for a couple of weeks, you need another bucket system to carry on dealing with your food scraps.

In the photo you will see there are 2 different coloured bucket systems. The black bucket is the latest model to evolve. It allows the bucket to be left in direct sunlight. There is nothing wrong with your white buckets just use as before.

Using bokashi buckets is easy  Collect your food scraps in a container,  once a day tip them into your bucket in a nice layer, sprinkle on a tablespoon of zing and then put the lid back on.

The most common misconceptions about bokashi is that the compost is created in the bucket. The process begins in the bucket but it will just look like it’s slightly pickled.  You may also see some white threads on the surface. All good. The final composting process occurs once you’ve buried the contents into the ground.

The Bokashi New Zealand has a great photo montage of how to use the Bokashi Buckets.

Trouble Shooting

It didn’t turn into compost in the bucket?

This is the most common misconceptions about this system, that the compost is created in the bucket. The process is begun in the bucket, but what you see is more of a pickling of the contents. You may also see some white threads on the surface. All good. The final composting process occurs once you’ve buried the contents into the ground.

The liquid stiiiinks!

The liquid will stink, almost strong enough to knock you over, if you don’t remove it every few days. Remove every few days and use.

How do I use the liquid?

This liquid rocks the kasbah, it has a massive concentration of biological goodies you won’t believe the results you will see in your garden.  Day of the Triffids will look lame to your plants!

The liquid can be used in a variety of ways:

  • Dilute 100 to 1 and use as a liquid drench in your gardens.
  • Dilute 200 to 1 use as a foliar spray direct onto plants.
  • Dilute 2:1 and put down your drains-shower sink toilet any of them. The biology will give your pipes a clean up, even better for sceptic tanks to help them hum.

The contents of the bucket are smelly and gross!

It may be you didn’t put the lid on correctly (needs to be air tight) or you put some mouldy food into the bucket. Possibly didn’t use enough Zing powder. Bury the contents, give the buckets a clean out and start again. Remember not to put those critters growing in the deepest depths of your fridge into the bucket. It’s like a battle of good and evil bacteria, we want the good to win, so don’t put mouldy food in to your bucket.

Remember to only put your food scraps in the bucket once a day. A caddy on your bench is useful for collecting your scraps through the day.

Where can I store the bucket?

When you’re filling the bucket have it close at hand. Under the sink, at the back door. Make it easy for yourself.  When the bucket is full leave it in a warm place. Laundry room/airing cupboard/north facing outside the house.

Don’t see the question and answer to what your looking for check out the Bokashi NZ website for more answers.

Any problems/questions drop us an email and we will get you back onto that road to composting nirvana!  drcompost@wanakawastebusters.co.nz

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