If you have some bokashi done or about done, you can use it for further composting in trench composting. The bokashi liquid also works great as a plant fertilizer. It can also be used to unclog toilets & purify the water.
Let's see some more applications of bokashi in the garden:
#1 Feed your worms
As bokashi is pre-digested fermented foods, it will be very easy for the worms to eat. When fed with bokashi, worms tend to grow 10x as fast & produce nutrient-rich castings. The chance of the foods getting rotted is also lower.
By feeding bokashi to your worms, you also help increase the good Lactobacillus microbes in their digestive system. These little guys will eat up the sticky smell & consequently make the worm bin smell much more pleasant.
Another way we can use bokashi is to:
#2 Collect the bokashi juice
Oftentimes, the green waste will give release some moisture in the bokashi. And that liquid gets collected at the bottom of the bucket. The good news is we can collect that juice & put it to good use.
It's recommended to use the juice the same day you collect it. Because of the fermentation process of bokashi, this juice can be a bit acidic. If you use it to fertilize your plants, dilute it with a 1:100 in water. Or 1 tsp per gallon of water.
This leachate is also great for preventing diseases & helps build the soil fertility. Alternatively, if you have toilets that are clogging up, pouring the concentrated juice down the hole can help. In some places, they also use this stuff to purify the water at low cost.
#3 Make compost tea
With the amount of bokashi collected, you can soak it in water to make compost tea. Worm castings can also be added for extra nutrients. Another way we can go about this is to make a fungal mat.
Lay your bokashi on a box of some sort with a layer of soil underneath. After about 3 days, we may see some white fuzz developing on the top. With this biology development, we can scoop out a part to use in our compost. Or you can use that to inoculate a substrate & make your compost tea. This will be a fungal-dominant tea that works great for more woody stuff.
#4 Build your garden soil
If you have a backyard or some garden space, add the bokashi directly into your soil. This can be done with trench composting or just digging and dumping. After about 2 weeks into your bokashi process, you can take it out for burying in the garden. It works great for garden beds as well.
Depending on the weather, the bokashi may take 4 weeks to further break down in the summer. In the winter, it may take months & is sometimes impossible to dig into frozen ground.
After that, when you come back, pieces of food scraps will now no longer be visible. Although some may still be recognizable because they take longer to break down. The stuff overall should now be nicely mixed in with your soil & adds lots of nutrients back into it.
#5 Feed chickens & reduce odor
This way of using the bokashi may be more applicable for folks who raise chickens in their backyard or homestead. Because bokashi contains a great amount of good microbes (or pro-biotics), feeding it to your chickens will help significantly with their digestion.
As these microbes can ingest odor, the poop that the chickens excrete out will also be less smelly. Alternatively, you can combine the bokashi with the deep litter system for your chicken coops.
For example, we could have a bedding of indigenous microbes (IMO) at the bottom, then a layer of bokashi (lactic acid bacteria) on top & whatever else materials you find useful for the job. The smell, though not entirely eliminated, will be much more reduced. About 4-6 handfuls of bokashi is enough for a small chicken pen. It contains billions of good bacteria!
Let's go bokashi-ing
Above we saw together the many different uses for bokashi in the garden. Hopefully you'll find some good ideas to get started with for your own needs. Bokashi is great for the soil–it adds vital nutrients back to it. It helps keep the smell down & can be a yummy treat for your worms and chicks. There are so many more uses. Have fun exploring!
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