Make your own bokashi bucket – a DIY step by step guide . In my post about making your own biochar , ”Emma” posted a comment that got me interested.
So… Why have I not started with bokashi? Probably because of the start up cost. I have seen prices of around SEK 800 (USD 80) and up for a starter kit. It´s a big investment to make, especially if you just want to try out what bokashi is all about. So I need to come up with a way of making an inexpensive bokashi bucket myself.
What You’ll Need to make your own bokashi bucket
Equipment / Tools
- Drill and drill bit
- 2 5-gallon plastic buckets
- Lid for a plastic bucket
- Dirt trap
- Bokashi bran or EM spray
What is bokashi?
Bokashi is a composting method that quickly converts food waste into soil. With the help of a special mix of microorganisms, all ordinary food waste such as meat, fish, vegetables and coffee grounds are transformed in a couple of weeks into a fermented compost that can be buried. When buried it is then converted to soil in record time (2-4 weeks). Bokashi enriches and nourishes the soil and increases micro-life, which benefits the plants you grow.
How to bokashi
To be able to compost bokashi, you need a bucket with an airtight lid and preferably a distance at the bottom so that liquid can be collected without soaking the compost. A tap to drain this liquid is also good. The bokashi liquid itself is a resource and you can use it as fertilizer (dilluted 1:10). It benefits the micro-life in the soil.
Bokashi composing is easy. You put your food waste in the bucket and sprinkle on a bokashi bran loaded with effective microorganisms (also called EM). The dosage is about two tablespoons per kilo of food waste. EM is also available as a spray. When the bucket is full, it is allowed to mature indoors for a couple of weeks and then you can bury the compost in a garden bed.
If the weather is cold or if for some other reason you do not want / can not dig down the bokashi compost, it can be stored inside or outside until you feel it is time.
Shopping list: make your own bokashi bucket – step by step guide
So what do we need to make our own bokashi bucket? My shopping list is as follows:
- Bucket with air tight lid 2-5 gallons
- Drain spigot with coupling
- Dirt trap for car wash buckets
Total cost for this project is about USD 10 per bucket. I made two buckets and also bought myself an extra bucket just in case.
I also bought 2 kilos of bokashi bran with EM for USD 20. It should last about six months or more.
Total cost for two DIY bokashi bucket and bokashi bran = USD 40
Make your own bokashi bucket – step by step guide
- Measure the diameter of the spigot and find a suitable drill
- Drill the hole
- Mount the spigot and screw it tight from the inside.
- Put in the dirt trap
Does this work?
I´ve been using the buckets for some time now and they are great. No smell, no leaks.
Want to know more about bokashi? Sara Backmos articles on bokahi is a good resource.
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