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Bokashi Update – March 26, 2008

Bokashi Food Waste Added to Worm Bin

Today I added some of my finished bokashi mix to my large indoor worm bin. What was interesting was that it was from the bucket that had the poorly fitting lid, and I must say the material didn’t smell nearly so pleasant as when I checked on it last week (after it had been brewing for several weeks). While it brewed I had the other full bucket (which does have a tightly fitting lid) sitting on top of it, helping to keep it sealed. Now that it’s been exposed to air it is starting to smell like a regular anaerobic mess of food waste!

Regardless, I know it will end up as a tasty buffet for my worms, although they may not be interested in moving into it right away – we shall see. I added a layer of shredded cardboard to the bin before adding the food waste to provide a bit of a buffer zone for the worms, in case they are not happy with the new material.

I opened up the other bokashi bucket for a whiff and it still smelled quite good, so I suspect the odours are in fact due to a changing of the ecosystem as a result of oxygen getting in.

Anyway, I’ll report back once I see what happens in the bin!

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Written by Compost Guy on March 26th, 2008 with 4 comments.
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#1. April 9th, 2008, at 9:02 PM.

I’m interested to know how your worms reacted to the Bokashi. I’ve wondered if the acids (and potentially alcohols) resulting from the fermentation process might be a problem for them?


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#2. April 10th, 2008, at 1:32 PM.

Hi Chris,
What I’ve found is that there is definitely a period of time required before the worms will start actively feeding on the material. Once it started smelling more ‘earthy’ and pleasant I noticed a lot more adults venturing in. I ended up adding some more in the same bin and that seemed to send the worms down again, but I’m sure they will be back up again once the aerobic microbes take hold and start getting rid of some of the nasty residuals.

This week I dumped a LOT of fermented bokashi scraps into my large outdoor worm bin and will be interested to see what happens there as well!


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#4. September 12th, 2011, at 4:19 PM.

Hi Compost Guy,

so, how did the experiment continue? And are you still feeding your worms with your kitchen bokashi? Is it something you would generally recommend like that the worms really prefer the fermented food scraps to raw ones?


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