In today's troubling ecological times, many households are eager to give mother nature a helping hand. But where do we start? There are many ways an individual or family can help out without drastically altering their lifestyle and composting is a great example. A trip to your local hardware store will give you a glimpse of the wide range of composting solutions available nowadays. This article will teach you how to use my favourite composting system: The Bokashi Bin.

A Bokashi style system provides households with a revolutionary, simple and convenient method of composting . Because of its small size, odourless and simple operation, the Bokashi style is an increasingly popular composting solution. By following these simple steps, you'll be able to turn your food waste into rich fertilizer for your garden and reduce landfill.

Things You Will Need

Bokashi Bucket

Bokashi Bran

Food Waste


Potato Masher

Step 1

Bokashi Bin

Place food waste in Bokashi

Step 2

Bokashi Bran on Food Waste

Cover the Waste with a generous layer of Bokashi Bran

Step 3

As the Bokashi juice builds up, drain it into your cup. (dilute the Bokashi juice at a rate of 1 teaspoon to 2-3 litres of water to use as fertiliser, or alternatively use undiluted as an organic drain cleaner)

Step 4

Repeat steps 2 and 3, pressing down the waste as you go with the potato masher

Step 5

Once the bin is full drain off all excess liquid before digging a trench 2 foot by 1 foot wide.

Step 6

Bury the solid Bokashi waste

Step 7

A Bokashi Garden

After 2 weeks the solid waste should be converted into rich fertiliser which can be distributed around your garden.


Tips & Warnings

When composting food waste with a higher protein content (i.e. eggs, meat or fish) use more Bokashi Bran than usual


Be sure to drain off Bokashi juice regularly to avoid disturbing the fermentation process.


Only turn the tap one quarter turn to avoid breaking the mechanism


Bokashi juice cannot be stored for future use.

To avoid burning, never apply undiluted Bokashi juice to plants or shrubs.

Try to bury the solid waste away from immediate contact with tree or shrub roots as the waste can be quite acidic before it is neutralised by the soil.