Compassion in World Farming

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Don't worry - it's friendly!


I'm a huge fan of Bokashi. Bokashi is a Japanese word for a well fermented organic product. Pictured above are the results of my first Bokashi bran bucket. It might look yucky but it is actually very friendly & very good for the garden. This mixture is now going to be popped into my compost bin to decompose & is full of effective micro-organisms that will improve the quality of my compost & help to suppress diseases & pests in my soil. To read more about effective micro-organisms & the ways they can be used The Recycle Works own website on the subject is very interesting & informative.


One advantage of using a Bokashi bran bucket is that you can add kitchen waste that you normally wouldn't put onto a compost heap, like meat & fish. Because the waste is fermented & not rotted it retains more of it's energy & nutritional value which means more of the goodness will be added to your garden. It's simple to use. You need a bucket with a tap at the bottom & a perforated plate to pop your waste onto. You then add your kitchen waste, chopped into small pieces, with a handful of Bokashi bran, compact, close the lid & then just keep repeating this process. A liquid will accumulate in the bottom of the bucket & can be tapped off to use diluted as an excellent plant feed, or can be poured undiluted down your sink where the effective micro-organisms will help to clean your pipes. It's brilliant! The bucket can be kept indoors because with the lid on there is no smell at all. When you lift off the lid, instead of a getting an offensive, foul, rotting odour all you get is an inoffensive, slightly sweet pickled smell.

Why not give it a go? Your plants will receive more essential growing energy & will be more resistant to harmful bacteria & funghi. You will enjoy the satisfaction of being kind to the environment.


  1. I have never heard of this - it certainly sounds a fascinating idea - we have a huge compost heap on which we put all our vegetable waste - so shall do a bit of research.

  2. John - looks revolting but I might help you win those marrow competitions!

  3. I think I might eat a bucket of Bokashi.Thanks for your good wishes :)

  4. this is an awesome post, do you mind if i pass it on to others?

    hi sara, please don't publish this comment it is the link to my new book which i am so pleased to share with you

    it will be free until Sunday night, hope you like it, if you do leave a review please, peace for all

  5. Ruralrose - I'm so sorry but I didn't check on my blog this weekend so didn't get your comment in time to stop it being published! I also missed the link myself. Please do use my Bokashi post. I'm really keen for others to share this. Sara x

  6. it's all good, i have left the price as free for the week, i really just want others to read it and hopefully look at food more personally - hope you like it, let me know, peace for all