Bokashi One - 1kg Mix
Each Bag of Bokashi One mix weighs 1 Kilo and is approximately 4 Litres in volume. It is packaged in a resealable zip lock bag.
Bokashi One Mix is made here in Australia using a mixture of wheat bran and rice husks that have been sprayed with a group of micro-organism that exist freely in nature. Bokashi One Mix is dried thoroughly so it can be stored for years with no loss of effectiveness. The dry ingredients in the mix are simply a carrier and food source for the micro-organisms which are dormant when dry in the packaging and activate again when added to your waste. Bokashi One Mix ferments the waste in the Bokashi One™ Bucket, eliminating unpleasant odours. When the waste is buried in the soil, the mix accelerates the breakdown of the waste and adds life and nutrients to the soil.
Bokashi One Mix can also be used as a great compost starter!
How it works
Put simply, food waste is layered with a sprinkling of Bokashi One Mix, in a Bokashi One Bucket. Due to the air-tight bucket and the micro-organisms present in the Bokashi One Mix, the waste ferments, the waste does not breakdown at this stage. The micro-organisms in the mix also ensure the waste does not putrefy. To complete the composting process the waste is transferred outside and buried beneath the soil.With oxygen, the micro-organisms accelerate the breakdown of the waste, supplying soil with nutrients and life. During the fermentation process inside the bucket, the waste reduces in volume due to the water content of the waste draining to the base of the bucket where it can be tapped out. This wonderful Bokashi juice is full of nutrients and is alive with micro-organisms it can be used in the garden and around the home.
The Bokashi One system significantly accelerates the composting process.
What can I compost
All kitchen waste, (which is a huge benefit of Bokashi One composting over worm farms or traditional composting), although it’s best to avoid large bones and excessive amounts of liquid.
- fruit and vegetables
- prepared foods
- cooked and uncooked meats and fish
- coffee grinds
- tea bags
- wilted flowers and tissues
Step By Step Guide To Composting With Bokashi One
Position the plastic grate on the ledge near the bottom of the bucket with the knob upright. Make sure the tap is in the off position.
Place your kitchen waste in the bucket and sprinkle a handful of Bokashi One Mix over every layer of waste. As a guide, use approximately 1 tablespoon of mix for every cup of waste. Use more Bokashi One Mix when adding high protein foods, eg meat, fish, cheese and eggs.
Check that the lid is closed tightly at all times.
Regularly drain the Bokashi juice produced using the tap at the base of the bucket.
Repeat this layering process until the Bokashi One bucket is full.
Once full, the waste is ready to be buried.
If you have two Bokashi One buckets, begin the process again in your second bucket, allowing the contents of the first bucket to continue to ferment. Continue to drain off the bokashi juice regularly.
Wash your Bokashi One bucket after each use.
Note: the waste does not break down in the bucket; it is fermenting and will reduce in volume as it loses water content. Complete breakdown of the waste and the composting process occurs when it is buried in the soil
The amount of juice your Bokashi One kitchen composting system produces depends on the type of food stored in it; so don’t be concerned if little or no juice is produced. Adding fruit and vegetables tends to increase juice production. Be careful not to add too much Bokashi One Mix as this can result in reduced juice creation.
Take care with the tap. Do not unscrew more than ¾ of a turn. If you think the tap is blocked, try clearing with a skewer.
Using the juice
BOKASHI JUICE MUST BE DILUTED PRIOR TO USE IN THE GARDEN. READ ON!
Bokashi juice contains nutrients from the food waste and is alive with micro-organisms so it makes a terrific, free fertiliser!
it is very strong so must be diluted with water at a 100:1 ratio, that's 100 parts water to 1 part bokashi juice, approximately 2 teaspoons of juice for every litre of water.
Do not apply directly to foliage.
Pour the concentrated Bokashi juice directly into kitchen and bathroom drains, toilets and septic systems. It will help prevent algae build-up and control odour. And as a huge bonus, it contributes to cleaning up our waterways as the good bacteria compete with the bad bacteria!
Bokashi juice is best if used within 24 hours after draining from the bucket.
- Minimise the amount of rotten or mouldy food waste added to the Bokashi One Bucket.
- Break or chop large waste into smaller pieces.
- Always close the lid tightly and remember to frequently drain the juice that accumulates at the bottom.
- Press down every layer of food waste in the bucket to remove air. Try using a potato masher or a pot lid, or pop your hand into a plastic bag.
- Do not add water or excessive amounts of liquid.
- Do not place the bucket in the sun.
- Wash the bucket well after each use.
- Look into community composting and gardening projects in your area.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with the process until you get a feel for how this process can work best for you!