What to do with bad Bokashi?

After a couple of months sitting forgotten and neglected in the weather, our Bokashi bin lid got several cracks in it.

That’s a bit of a disaster for the microbes that do the work for us, they’re anaerobic and don’t like fresh air and sunlight (they’re the teenagers of the microbes world).

The result is usually a green mild, such as the one you can see in the picture below. Seeing this means one thing – too much oxygen!

With Bokashi composting, you’ll often see a fine white mold on the surface of the scraps you are composting. This is normal band it’s one of the species in the Bokashi ecology. Green mold is an unwanted invader.

So, what to do about it?

‘Bokashi it’ is my answer. Cover it with more scraps and a squirt of Bokashi liquid and it will be pickled along with the rest of the organic material. Cutting off the oxygen by putting more scraps on top of it, pressing them down and sealing the kid of the bin better will resolve the situation.

With this bin, today, I buried the lot in the garden because I was taking out the old model dog poo digesters and making room for more planting.

One note, if you must disturb the green mold, do it upwind or wearing a dust mask. The spores will fly off at the slightest disturbance. I’m not sure if breathing them in will cause health issues, but I reckon it’s better to be safe than sick.

3 Replies to “What to do with bad Bokashi?”

  1. Hi there! This blog post couldn’t be written any better! Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept talking about this. I’ll send this post to him. Fairly certain he’ll have a very good read. Many thanks for sharing!


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