COMPOST PILE CONSISTING OF GARDEN WASTE
The easiest way to process your bokashi food waste is in a traditional compost heap that has been piled up with garden waste.
This garden waste will include:
- grass cuttings,
- raked leaves,
- old plant leaves that have been trimmed,
- twigs and branches.
It is best to send the twigs and branches through a shredder or mulching machine.
Open a hole inside your compost pile and “cocoon” the food waste inside.
The food waste will then decompose with the rest of the garden waste and produce the most nutritious compost.
You should turn your compost heap every 2 to 3 weeks for best results. Make sure that your compost has about 60% moisture in order to raise the temperature and sterilize any weeds. You can check the moisture content by squeezing a handful of compost and there should almost be a drip. Throw the compost through a builders sieve for a finer consistency. The EM inside the bokashi speeds up the decomposition of the organic waste. Where a traditional compost heap would normally take between 7 and 10 months to be ready, garden waste with bokashi food waste added will be ready within 7 to 10 weeks, depending on how hot it is.
Sometimes chicken bones, corn cobs and avo pips haven’t completely decomposed so it is advisable to just send them through the shredding machine.
Green garden waste is high in nitrogen whereas brown garden waste is primarily carbonaceous. As a garden owner, you will need to find a way of disposing of your garden waste. If you choose the composting route, you will return valuable nutrients to your garden. By doing this, you will no longer need to buy large amounts of expensive fertilizer.
An essential piece of equipment in your garden shed is a shredder or mulching machine. The shredder reduces the volume of the garden waste by an average of 75%. In this way, you save space in your garden and turn your compost quicker.