I’m always on the lookout for new ways of getting Bokashi to work in the garden. Surprisingly, this turned out to be one of the better!
I’ve had a couple of cane baskets kicking around for a while, rather bottomless and sad. So a couple of months ago I plonked them straight down between a couple of rhododendrons in a bed that could need some tender loving care. Tipped in a bucket of Bokashi and left the worms and microbes to it.
Well, they did a great job. The handy thing about the basket being bottomless is that I could just pick it up and move it to a new spot a bit further along. A lovely heap of healthy soil came tumbling out the bottom when I lifted the basket and it was just to spread it out into the strategic spots under the neighbouring plants.
Does it get any easier than this?
A couple of things I did this time round:
– lined the basket with newspaper to help it get started. Second time round I’m doing it without, I suspect it won’t make a huge difference either way.
– put a couple of papers on top for the same reason, topped with a squash purely for decoration. This time round I just topped it with a heap of old leaves which I’m sure will work fine.
– I could have mixed the Bokashi with leaves (in the wheelbarrow for example) before tipping it in. That would have probably speeded up the process. But to be honest I wasn’t in any hurry for the process to run its course. And if there’s an easy way and a hard way of doing things why take the hard way…?
So how long did it take? I have to admit I just left it for a couple of months without checking so I don’t know. The end result was fine. But like all Bokashi how long it takes in your garden will depend on where you live and what weather you have. All I can say is that we’re on the slow end of the scale here in Sweden when it comes to everything temperature-related. And I was more than happy with the outcome.
So keep your eyes out for junk baskets!!! And let us know how you get on!