18. Dry leaves and bokashi

A somewhat slower but really smart way of making soil is to combine bokashi and autumn/fall leaves. We’ve talked about how autumn leaves can be added to a soil factory or bokashi tower to help along the soil production process. There’s another method, this time using more or less only autumn leaves. Dry leaves areContinue reading “18. Dry leaves and bokashi”

17. Bottomless bokashi barrel

Another option that works really well is to add a bottomless bokashi barrel to your garden bed. This is a great way of dealing with bokashi when you have no where to dig in your garden because every square centimeter is filled with fruit, vegetables and flowers. You can always find space for a bottomlessContinue reading “17. Bottomless bokashi barrel”

12. Best soil for your pot plants

Watering is usually a problem when you grow in containers, as they just can’t hold the same amount of water as an in-ground bed, and also because containers are usually planted quite densely. They also tend to dry out quite quickly, especially porous terra-cotta containers, and in a hot climate the soil will get quiteContinue reading “12. Best soil for your pot plants”

13. Indoor soil factory

A ”soil factory” is something we came up with years ago to describe a place where you make soil using bokashi. It can be a bucket, a tub, a bag, a planting box, a barrel, whatever you have on hand basically. The thing is that it’s used ONLY for making soil, not for growing thingsContinue reading “13. Indoor soil factory”

14. Biochar is great with bokashi

It’s really good to have some form of absorbent material in the bottom of your soil factory. The absolute best is charcoal, or biochar as it is often known. You can use the same charcoal you’d use on the barbecue as long as there is absolutely no chemical additives in it, and that is madeContinue reading “14. Biochar is great with bokashi”

15. Soil factory tips

About the soil. Use whatever you have on hand. And a 50:50 mix is often best, although you can do this however you want. The smaller pieces you have in your bokashi bucket the faster they will transform to soil, as the microbes have more surface area to work with. By the same logic, it’sContinue reading “15. Soil factory tips”

11. Containers and pot plants

You can grow a whole garden without having any real in-ground soil. The results can be fabulous. And the options are endless when you can start a garden on a street corner, a back yard, a deck, some paving, a bit of asphalt or gravel, or a terrace. Plants need water, and often container gardeningContinue reading “11. Containers and pot plants”

10. To dig or not to dig?

The basic concept of digging a hole, filling it with bokashi, and covering it over, then planting, is really all you need to know. Everything else is a variation on that theme. One of the really fun things with bokashi is that it’s quite creative. There are any number of ways you can use it.Continue reading “10. To dig or not to dig?”