• Bokashi as a Soil Amendment, Compost Accelerator and Compost Tea Brew

    What else can I use the Bokashi Activator for? Another great question–again, we’re glad you asked….

    Adding Bokashi as a top dressing helps to supercharge your soil.

    There are at least three other easy, wonderful things you can do with Bokashi Activator. Each 1 lb bag of our Bokashi Activator will literally have at least 10 BILLION beneficial microbes in it. And as our previous blogs have detailed, those microbes are great at fermenting food, breaking down organic matter in plants, enhancing plant health, making humans happier, and a bunch of other things.

    With all those beneficial microbes, what else can you do? First, you can add Bokashi directly to your soil to help enhance the microbial life there. Dirt can have wonderful amounts of nutrients in it, but until it has a good fungal and microbe profile, it’s still just DIRT. Adding these living elements literally brings that dirt to life, and it becomes soil!

    Potting soil is an excellent example–it’s very rich in nutrients, humus and organic matter–but often has to be sterilized before it can be shipped. That means most of the living organisms are killed–to include the microbes. Add a cupful of Bokashi to potting soil, and hang on for the ride! Those microbes will super-charge that soil! That’s why you’ll often hear or see us refer to our product as Bokashi Soil Probiotic. And it’s literally that simple–add one cup to one cubic foot of soil and mix–nothing else to it! Bokashi also works great with any other organic amendments you add to your soil, as it helps to ?break down these materials and makes the nutrients more readily available to your plants.

    Bokashi Mixed Into Soil
    Some golden Bokashi ready to be mixed into some soil

    A second use for Bokashi is as a compost accelerator. Things can get a little tricky here, but if you’ve got a good compost pile going that you don’t plan on turning for a week or so, throw a handful of Bokashi in the middle of the pile, and ensure it’s completely covered. You will be STUNNED at how fast the organic material in the compost pile breaks down, and how much hyphae will grow in that pile! This won’t work if you’re still turning your pile on a very regular basis…Bokashi microbes need to avoid air for at least 4-5 days to work well, so that’s why we say put it in the middle or at the bottom of the pile, where it won’t be disturbed.

    Finally, for those folks out there who brew microbial tea, add a teaspoon to your normal tea recipe. Bokashi absolutely super-charges microbial tea brews, often reducing brew time by 4-6 hours! It’s literally that simple–just add a single teaspoon to your normal mix, and don’t change a thing–just check the brew much earlier to ensure it doesn’t get away from you!

    We’d love to hear other uses for our Bokashi Soil Activator! If you’ve got any other ideas or uses, post them here or shoot us an email at!! Have an aloha-filled day!

Comments (2 )

  • admin / 2016-10-13 05:02:47

    Thanks for the tip!

  • Sammy / 2016-02-14 03:57:42

    July 14, 2007 5:10 am We usually save and reuse our yorgut containers as seed starting pots for the spring. Just use a nail and punch 3 hole in the bottom of each one.Larger containers can be cut down and used similarly. Although, more often or not we use the larger size to store leftovers, or the cream which comes off our twice a week gallon of Raw Milk.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where should I put my Bokashi Bucket?

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.

What do I do if my Bokashi Bucket smells bad?

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.

When should I drain my Bokashi Bucket?

It?s good practice to drain your Bokashi Bucket or at least check it for liquids every 2-3 days.

Where should I bury my Bokashi Bucket?

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!