Traditional compost piles tend to be less active during the winter as the core temperatures drop. Bokashi composting offers a great solution for composting your food scraps during these colder months (and in colder climates). You can continue to compost all of your food scraps in your bokashi kitchen composter through the winter.
You can continue to use your indoor bokashi kitchen composter in the same way as during the rest of the year. Keep adding your food scraps and sprinkling on the bokashi bran. There are just a few simple things to consider when bokashi composting in the winter:
Snow may cover your garden during some (or all) of the winter and your soil may be too frozen to dig into. But don’t worry, there are still a number of ways in which you can add the bokashi pre-compost to your garden. Read more.
Hi Jess, The bokashi microbes do best at temperatures within a few degrees of room temperature. The greenhouse will likely be hotter than the optimal conditions for bokashi to succeed.
Hi Can I keep my bokashi bucket in a greenhouse that reaches high temperatures? Thanks J
Hi Marko, I just replied to your email too, but in case you didn't see it I just posted your question (and answer) here: http://bokashiliving.com/question/winter-transport-concern/ Happy composting :)
So, I'm interested in buying the Bokashi Starter Kit. I live in an area that is currently seeing temperatures drop below freezing. I'm concerned that transport and delivery of the EM bacteria would end up killing them along the way before they can get inside my nice warm home. Would you recommend waiting until the spring to place my order? Where do you ship from? Does your transportation ensure care for this temperature constraint?
Place your Bokashi Bucket where it is easy for you to use but out of direct sunlight and away from any heaters. Inside your kitchen, garage, laundry room or basement are great places to keep it.
When done correctly you’re Bokashi Bucket shouldn’t smell. Foul odors come when you don’t add enough Bokashi Activator, add too much scraps at a time, air gets into the bucket, or you’re not draining your bucket. Address these issues to fix a stinky bucket.
It’s good practice to drain your Bokashi Bucket or at least check it for liquids every 2-3 days.
Alongside your garden bed, around trees or in an area where you plan to plant are garden are great places to bury your fermented food scraps. Anywhere in your yard is fine too. We like to bury ours in a plastic storage bin with some soil or compost. In about 4 weeks, it’s ready for planting!