Is Bokashi Bin Composting Difficult?

No. In fact it’s ridiculously simple. In fact, I think Bokashi bucket composting it’s far easier than traditional composting. Why? You don’t have to tromp out to a bin every day to dump watermelon rinds and eggshells. Instead you store the compost in covered buckets in your home or garage. Every week or two I have to bury a bucket in the backyard, but that’s it.

Since Bokashi Bin composting allows you to dump all food waste (including grains, meat, bread, seafood and all fruits and veggies), we have processed all of our own food garbage for nearly a year now. Where is all of it? Surprisingly, all the food scraps from a family of four have very quickly turned into a small mound of dirt in a garden bed.

How did we manage to turn so much food into dirt so quickly? The Bokashi that you sprinkle on the food as you dump it in is packed with microrganisms that eliminate odors and accelerate the decomposition process. They use the food waste as nutrients and produce enzymes, vitamins, amino acids and trace hormones that are hugely beneficial for your garden beds. While the buckets sit in our garage, the food waste ferments so that by the time it’s ready to go in the ground, it smells lightly of pickles. When buried, it turns to dirt within a few weeks in the summer but takes a bit longer in the winter. Since we live in Oregon, we can use Bokashi compost all year. In colder climates, it may be limited to the summer months.

I buy a bag of bokashi at our local gardening store for about $15, but bokashi is also available online. And you can even make Bokashi yourself!

Friends and family think I’m a bit loony for by bokashi composting tendencies, but I continue to be astounded by how easy it is. Are you with me?


  1. This is actually exactly what I need. We live in the city where the yards are postage stamp sized and there is not much room for the compost to take forever.

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