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”
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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?”
09. Can I use garden waste?
Bokashi is the ideal way to deal with kitchen compost, but what about all the other waste that comes out of a garden? The stuff that usually forms the base of your garden compost. Up to you, there’s no reason why you can’t do on having a traditional compost pile in some corner of theContinue reading “09. Can I use garden waste?”
08. How much bokashi?
So, your bokashi has become soil. How strong is it and what can you plant in it? As a completely general rule of thumb, around one-third bokashi and two-thirds soil is a good guide for most plants. If you’re planning to plant rhubarb, pumpkin, or any type of demanding plant you might want to aimContinue reading “08. How much bokashi?”
07. Bokashi becomes soil
I’ve been doing bokashi for over ten years, but even so I like to poke around in my ”bokashi spots” now and then to see how they’re doing. They never cease to amaze me! Every time I find some bits of eggshell, or a slow-to-decompose tea bag or a bit of avocado peel or aContinue reading “07. Bokashi becomes soil”
06. Time to plant!
So, back to the process. You’ve dug down your bokashi and you’re ready to plant your garden. How and when? Rule of thumb: don’t let roots get in contact directly with bokashi the first two weeks it’s dug down. The reason is not that the bokashi is too strong, the plants can handle that, it’sContinue reading “06. Time to plant!”