RE: [permaculture-61] Bokashi to worm bin

From: Hau-yu C.
Sent on: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:38 PM
I remember I had read something that it is okay to add Bokashi fermented food scraps to the worm bin just like the regular food scrap. You want to have a balanced brown and green materials so that the worm/compost bin will not smell. You should not dump the whole Bokashi bucket into a small worm bin.



I am planning to convert one of my 4'x8' raised beds in my school garden into a Bokashi/worm composter this spring. I will make the bed about 3 feet high, put hardware cloth at the bottom to keep rodents out, add a layer of soil,  add Bokashi fermented food scraps, and top the bed with regular soil. Then I will add worms to the beds and may grow some shady plants (I don't have enough sun). During winter time, I will add mulches/dry leaves and build a low tunnel with row covers or black plastic sheets to keep the bed warm and keep the snow out.



My school administration does not allow me to keep the worm bins indoor and it is just too much trouble to transport the worm bins between my home and school.



My objective is to find an easy way to keep the worms alive outdoor during winter time without electric heaters and without worrying the worm will starved to death during school holidays. More Bokashi fermented food scraps can be add to the beds throughout the year. Rodents do not like the fermented food scraps. I had added Bokashi fermented food scraps to one of my raised beds two years ago and did not see any sign that rodents had disturbed the raised-bed.



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From: [address removed] [[address removed]] on behalf of Dee Dee [[address removed]]
Sent: Monday, February 25,[masked]:00 PM
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Subject: Re: [permaculture-61] Bokashi to worm bin

Hi oops I meant Shalini -- sorry.

On Feb 25, 2013, at 8:23 PM, Shalini <[address removed]<mailto:[­address removed]>> wrote:

Hello all!

I am thinking of starting bokashi composting and adding the finished fermented product to my worm bin. I am a bit nervous because the bokashi pre-compost seems like it would be really acidic and potentially harmful for my worms. I haven't been able to find much information on the internet and was wondering if any of you have experience with this sort of thing?

Thanks :)

Shalini




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