Bokashi, No Place to Bury It

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admin asked 11 months ago
I recently attended two composting classes: a basic home composting class and a composting class using the Bokashi Method. I selected this method because I live in a condo with a small patio that has been covered 90% with tiles. (There remains a small patch of dirt measuring 10 feet long by 16 inches in width, super hard, and covered in a lot of gravel.) Therefore,  I was hoping to put a raised bed at the front of the condo since I’m in a remote section. However, I was informed that condo rules don’t allow for raised beds to be placed on the front entrances of the apartments. My dilemma is this: I now have a full bucket using the Bokashi method, which I have sealed and will remain unopened for another two to three weeks, but I don’t have a place to bury it. Is there a place where I can drop it off? Or, can I get a small tumbler and put the “pickled” Bokashi compost in it? I that’s an option, do I have to mix it with soil and how do I keep the moisture from evaporating? I would appreciate your help in this process.

4 Answers
admin answered 12 months ago
Answer by MR:

My first suggestion would be to look at the restrictions placed on you by the condo a bit more closely. Are containers of any size allowed? I could understand a rule against raised beds if they are so large and heavy as to be unmovable and therefore “permanent”. That would limit the adaptability when a tenant moves out and the next tenant doesn’t want the raised bed. But if large containers that can be easily moved are permitted, you could still have a suitable gardening situation that would enable you to mix in the contents of your Bokashi bucket and create a contained garden with great soil.
If that’s not a possibility–or even if it is, but you still find yourself with too much Bokashi compost to use in your containers–I’d suggest looking for the nearest community garden and donating it to some knowledgeable gardener(s) there. Or, when I was selling at the Downtown Growers’ Market from 2000 until 2012, I had an exchange arrangement with several of my regular customers: They would collect their kitchen scraps (the same things that you’re putting into your Bokashi bucket) for the week, bring those to me in a plastic bag, and I would give them a fair amount of bagged greens, seasonal fruit, or eggs. Then I would compost the kitchen scraps in my compost bins. (I have a farm with horses and chickens, so I’m composting on a larger scale, although I have used and taught the use of the Bokashi method.)
Finally, if you put the contents of your bucket into tumbler, you’ll be going from an anaerobic system to an aerobic system. So in order to keep things from beginning to smell bad, you’d want to add some soil to it, and then you’ll be faced with the same dilemma about where to put that wonderful soil when it’s finished. Try the options above first, before you invest in a tumbler.
Please don’t hesitate to write if you have further questions.

admin answered 11 months ago
Answer by RR:
Now here’s a dilemma – I tell people:

No place to bury?

  •  Donate to a community / school garden
  •  Give it to a friend with a garden
  •  Rehabilitate old potting soil
  •  Add it to your compost pile/bin or worm bin – but why?

“The best, most appropriate use for the bokashi pre-compost is in the soil.”  Adam Footer or I’ll even take it. Problem is, I actually don’t know how you go about donating it. You could probably take it to the Corrales or OSVC demonstrations sites and leave it, but then you’re donating her bucket as well. Putting it in a small tumbler is a waste.

admin answered 11 months ago
Answer by JZ:

You could:

* Move some rock onto your patio (10’x16”) loosen compacted soil by soaking it with water, then dig 12” x18” hole then bury Bokashi in it. Keep adding / amending to that space and will eventually have fertile soil to grow veggies, etc.

* Bucket contents may be added to a covered plastic storage container or large flower pot, then mixed with soil in that container.

* A homemade trash can bin on patio would work too:NMSU: Bernalillo County Master Composters: Plastic Container Bin

* Per their website: Home | Little Green Bucket.  Have expanded their service area.  You could consult with them.

admin answered 11 months ago
Answer by JZ:
You could:

* Move some rock onto your patio (10’x16”) loosen compacted soil by soaking it with water, then
dig 12” x18” hole then bury Bokashi in it. Keep adding / amending to that space and will eventually have fertile soil to grow veggies, etc.

* Bucket contents may be added to a covered plastic storage container or large flower pot, then mixed with soil in that
container.

* A homemade trash can bin on patio would work too:NMSU: Bernalillo County Master Composters: Plastic Container Bin

* Per their website: Home | Little Green Bucket.  Have expanded their service area.  You could consult with them.