Saturday, March 2, 2013

DIY Bokashi Composter

For the past year I have been researching composting methods.  I have a VERY small yard.  So, my needs are limited by that.

I tried using a trashcan with holes drilled in the bottom that I rolled periodically.  What happened with that.....  a RAT (from my crazy neighbor's yard) chewed a hole in the bottom.  I DO NOT want to have the crazy people's infestation on my property.

So...I gave up for a bit.

Then, I found bokashi composting.

After doing a lot of searching, I determined this was the method for us. Supposedly, bokashi can handle all types of food products, meat, dairy, vegetable...whatever, without paying attention to any green/brown ratio thing.

For the last 6 weeks, I have been collecting our family food products in large ziploc bags and putting them in the freezer. comes the fun part....I researched how to make my own bokashi composter.  And I made one!!!!

Here are all the steps....

I started with two buckets that I bought from my local home repair supply center. They cost me $5 each.

I drilled holes in the bottom of one.

Then I used some left-over screening to cover the bottom of it.
The big deal was adding a spout to the bottom of the 2nd barrel.  With a great deal of advice from my FIL plumber, I put a faucet into the 2nd barrel to drain the liquid. 

I drew a circle around the faucet that I intended to use. 

Then....because I didn't have a 3/4-inch drill bit, I drilled small holes and then used the bit to ream out the edge of the remaining bits...until the faucet/spigot fit.

Once it fit, I used a waterproof, silicone sealant to seal off the spigot.  I also used the sealant on the screw holes that held the spigot in place.  Once it was in, I also used the sealant on the inside openings to seal them off.

24 hours later... the bokashi composter was ready to use.
I took all the bags I had stashed in the freezer out.  I alternated each gallon bag with a handful of the Bokashi mixture.

 When I was done, with the 8 bags, this is what it looked like.
Then...because Bokashi is an anerobic process (ie, needs to have no oxygen), I put a kitchen trash bag over top.
 Then I carefully filled the top of the bag with water....creating a seal over the to-be-composted waste.

And lastly, I placed the lid over the whole thing.

Will update in a few weeks when the composting portion of the hopeful experiment is completed.

1 comment:

Charissa said...

So, how did it work?