Indoor Composting

Indoor Composting

Perhaps you do not have the room or inclination to make a full-sized outdoor garden compost stack.

Thankfully, even a little amount of compost can be highly helpful.

This short article describes an approach to composting your food scraps that can be done right in your house.

Bokashi is a fermented product, typically rice bran or wheat bran although it can be made with many other kinds of waste materials such as sawdust, grain mash from breweries, and other grain scraps.

Bokashi is fermented by blending it with the liquid microbial inoculant called Effective Microorganisms (EM). It’s done today because it makes a few of the most incredibly helpful organic matter possible for the garden, but traditionally, it was also a method of utilizing waste products.

It has much of the very same advantages as garden compost, but the process is fermentation, without air, like making red wine or pickles.

It’s actually much better for the environment than composting due to the fact that no carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen compounds or water vapor are volatilized into the air during the process, and some people argue that the completed item is consequently more healthy.

The little container that I use to make it isn’t going to make a big distinction for the environment, but it can be done on a bigger scale if you prefer.

I’ve made a lot of bokashi with sawdust, even if that’s what I had readily available.

But in this video (from the Smiling Gardener Academy), I made it with straw, which isn’t rather as useful for bokashi as a smaller sized product like bran or sawdust, but still ended up all right:
Bokashi is made by filling a container such as a five-gallon pail roughly two-thirds complete with the substrate in order to leave space for stirring. You can optionally add in some rock dust for extra nutrients.

You make a mixture of EM, molasses, and water, usually at a ratio of 1:1:100, which is 2 teaspoons each of EM and molasses per quart of water. In this liquid, you can optionally blend liquid kelp, fish, and/or sea minerals, again, for nutrition.

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Indoor Composting