A Greener Hudson Valley with Bokashi

| May 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Whether you live in an apartment, house or farm, you can do your part to contribute to a greener Hudson Valley with bokashi.

What is Bokashi?Recycling Trash

Bokashi, which is Japanese for fermented organic matter, is a way to ferment household organic matter (food scraps) for quick decomposition. Once the food is fermented and introduced to soil, it fully decomposes in a span of 4 to 6 weeks. Compare that to traditional composting which normally takes several months.

How Does One Bokashi?

Because the fermenting process is anaerobic (without air), it can be performed in any airtight container. The only ingredients necessary for bokashi are an airtight container, food scraps (including meat, fat, bones and other items not usually placed in a traditional compost), bokashi bran mix and a final resting place for the fermented matter.

The bokashi bran mix is a dry mixture made up of wheat bran, molasses’s, water and beneficial microorganisms (the same organisms found in foods like yogurt and sauerkraut). In a lasagna-like fashion food is added to the container followed by a handful of bran mix sprinkled on top. Close the container until it’s time to add more food.

Repeat the layering process until the container is full. Because the bokashi bran mix ferments the food scraps, the food does not rot. The microorganisms go to work in fermenting the food. It takes on the smell of pickles with a hint of apple cider vinegar (a much better smell than Flowersrotten food in a trash can).

Final Resting Place

When the fermented container is ready, it’s time to introduce it to the soil. Households with yards can bury the fermented matter in the yard or garden. Within two weeks of burying the scraps, the soil above the buried bokashi is ready for planting. Within 4 – 6 weeks the scraps are fully decomposed.

For apartment and condo dwellers without yard access, you can bury the fermented food in a large container with ordinary soil. In 4 to 6 weeks the food will decompose and you’ll have a container of nutrient-rich soil. Or, if you have a balcony or terrace, try creating a container garden.

Why Bokashi?

Bokashi is a chemical free way to nourish your plants, garden and lawn. Just like with traditional composting, bokashi produces a “tea” rich with beneficial microorganisms. You can dilute the tea and water your plants, vegetable garden and/or lawn with it. Plants also thrive with a foliar feeding of bokashi tea.

Hudson Valley Bokashi

The beneficial microorganisms not only improve the condition of the soil but the tea provides an easy to digest nutrient rich organic mixture that plants love.

With the growing concern about chemical fertilizers, excess chemical runoff and our ever-increasing carbon footprint, Hudson Valley residents can do their part to reduce waste and give back to the environment. For more information on bokashi in the Hudson Valley, visit Hudson Valley Bokashi.com

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