Disaster Strikes – Bokashi Bombs!
I am really annoyed with myself. My Bokashi has not been an outstanding success, I am sad to say. The process has failed – or I have failed the process, more like. As I have been adding to my bin, I have felt that things were perhaps not going strictly to plan, mainly because of the first faint whiff of a smell that was present when I opened things up after a couple of days. Now I am sure – a small patch of greenish mould in one corner and a more pungent odour confirmed it for me – We are “in rot”. There is no ‘tea’ being produced at all and no shrinkage in the mass of vegetable matter.
Why? Well, I can think of two possibilities.
- It is too cold in our kitchen (winter is only just realising that it has limited tenure)
- I did not add enough bran mix for the amount of organic waste
Truthfully, I think it is maybe a little of the first reason and lots of the second. The instructions say, ‘add a handful’and I have small hands. I also have what could be called by some, a ‘mean’ streak. I call it being economical, but obviously in this case it is false economy, as I am going to have to toss the lot and start again – which, in fact, I have already done. So, bin one has been relegated to the deck until I find somewhere to dispose of it. It is still very cold outside, so I consider it the best place for the time being.
Bin two, is under way. This time, as a certain member of my household is away at the moment, I have removed the linen out of our hot-water cupboard and I have put my bin in there. It will be lovely and warm – hopefully not too hot – for all those little creatures. I have also added a lot more bran (can one add too much?). I carried out this operation two days ago and have not opened the lid yet, as I have nothing much new to add. Tomorrow will be crunch time and I will know then if I have resolved the problem.
I am still totally committed to this project. In my mind I can clearly see the benefits of the Bokashi system and I have to front up, anyway, because I have promised everyone little sacks of beautiful compost to use in their gardens.
Me and my big mouth!