HOW DOES THE WHOLE BOKASHI THING WORK?
HOW DO I INSTALL THE TAP?
I'M STRUGGLING TO INSERT THE TAP. WHAT CAN I DO?
MY BIN IS NOT PRODUCING BOKASHI JUICE. WHY?
The amount of juice will depend on the moisture content of the food you add. For instance, high moisture fruit such as watermelon will produce more juice than old toast.
In winter your digester will produce less liquid than summer.
This is for two reasons: (a) winter food tends to be starchier and summer food contains more juicy fruits and veggies which have higher moisture content, (b) the cold of winter makes the microbes less active than the warmth of summer.
HOW MANY BOKASHI BINS DO I NEED?
You need a minimum of two bins. Why? Once the first bin is full it needs to stand for two weeks to finish fermentation. During this time you can then start filling your second bin.
Each bin will hold around 18kg of food waste. If you generate more than this you can always purchase an additional bin.
Or if, like us, you don't run your composting activity like clock work, then you might need a couple of extra bins.
THERE IS WHITE MOULD IN MY BIN. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
White mould is good. The white mould is a beneficial fungus which helps suppress pathogens. If you have white mould it shows that your fermentation is going well. When added to soil this beneficial fungus helps with water retention and helps bind soil together.
Black/blue/green mould is bad. It shows that the fermentation has not worked properly. This is a rare occurrence and is the result of the bin not being closed properly (not anaerobic), not enough bokashi has been used, and/or rotten food has been added the bin.
THE CONTENTS OF THE BIN ARE NOT TURNING INTO COMPOST. WHY?
Bokashi composting is a two step process: first, the bokashi microbes ferment the food waste (essentially getting it ready for the second step); second, add the contents of the bin to your compost heap (or compost bag or bin), or trench it under 30cm of soil, or feed it bit by bit to composting earth worms, or make your own soil in a pot or bin.