Spring is the time to get the fertilizer onto the garden.
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
The last Bokashi dog poo digester was full yesterday, It is time to pull up the first and see if our theory works. The good new is that it does! Even over winter, the action of anaerobic bacteria, followed by worms and other soil critters, turned a 20 litre bucket of dog poo and Bokashi bran into about half a bucket of good stuff. No smell, no yucky liquids, just crumbly goodness! As a general precaution, I wouldn’t sprinkle it on our annual vegetables. It’s source material is poo, after all and there are many variables to consider: soil temperature, variations in bacteria on the bran, time, composition of the dig poo etc. I think its best to either bury it beneath perennials or put it through a second stage of composting such as worms (who just love eating all the microbes,) or a hot, aerobic compost pile.