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Bokashi Update – March 20, 2008

Hi Everyone! I am back from a extended (two and a half weeks) trip visiting with family, and am ready to kick things into over-drive here at Compost Guy!

There certainly isn’t a shortage of things to write about! I figured a long overdue ‘bokashi update’ might be as good a place to start as any. It has literally been a month since my last update and both my full buckets have now been sitting for at least 3 weeks (one of them for over a month).

I decided to open them up and have a look-see inside. I must admit to feeling a tad apprehensive – not quite sure what sort of anaerobic horror show I might find inside. As per usual however, I ended up pleasantly surprised. The material in both buckets still smells pleasant, although perhaps a little bit more ‘pickled’. I even dug down to the very bottom of one bucket, desperately trying to find at least something semi offensive – but alas, no luck there either! The odour from the bottom of the bin was certainly stronger, but nothing like some of the foul stenches I’ve produced by letting organic wastes go anaerobic (via improper aeration) in the past. One other thing that surprised me was the lack of liquid pooling in the bottom (may be more in the other bucket though). I think the false bottom I made with shredded cardboard must have helped to soak up excess moisture.

Of course, the real test will be when I actually empty out the contents of the buckets – something I’m hoping to do tomorrow!

As you can see in the photo above, there is also a decent amount of white fungal mycelium – something that seems to be ‘par for the course’, based on info I’ve been reading – including some comments here on the blog.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I’ll definitely post another update in the very near future!

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Written by Compost Guy on March 20th, 2008 with 2 comments.
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#1. March 22nd, 2008, at 1:50 AM.

I am very interested to find what your worms think of it. I read somewhere that it is either acid or alkaline (cannot remembe which) and I am wondering how the worms will react to it. My bucket is still not full but getting there!


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#2. March 26th, 2008, at 7:56 PM.

Hi Tracy,
I finally added some to one of my worm bins today. Nothing exciting to report thus far but we shall see.


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