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Apartment Composting Tour -- Without Worms!

  • May 7, 2009 · 7:00 PM
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You asked for composting tours and we delivered... visit a DC apartment to see how Wendy, a CarbonfreeDC member, composts using a "Bokashi bin"! This is a great solution for apartment dwellers who don't want to compost with worms (want worms?
RSVP for our tour on April 22) This composting set-up involves two Bokashi compost bins that are kept inside in the kitchen pantry, a small plastic container under the kitchen sink for initial collection of food scraps, and two clay pots in a small backyard for breaking down the cured contents of the Bokashi bins. A note from Wendy: "I have been using the Bokashi system for a year now after my mother introduced me to it in Australia. While the colder winters in DC slow the curing process, using a Bokashi bin is easy and you don't have to worry about upkeep all of the time which is great for me when I travel." Because of obvious space constraints, this hands-on how-to tour is
limited to 15 attendees. Please only RSVP 'Yes' if you are seriously considering taking this step in your own home.
About Composting with Bokashi Food scraps are collected in a small open plastic container during food preparation each day, then transferred immediately to the current Bokashi bin, where a layer of Bokashi mix is sprinkled over the food scraps and the Bokashi bin resealed. As liquid collects in the bottom of the bin, it is drained via a faucet and diluted with water in a bucket before being poured onto the planters and potted plants as liquid fertilizer. When a Bokashi bin is full, it is set aside for two weeks to finish curing, while a new bin is started. At the end of two weeks, the Bokashi bin contents are emptied onto a thin layer of soil in one of the clay pots in the backyard and then covered with around 1-2 inches of soil. After 2 weeks, depending on weather conditions, a trowel is used to check the status of the breakdown into soil. If breakdown is complete, the soil is either left in the pot until needed, or dug into potted plants to replenish the nutrients. Green waste from pruning in both the front and back yards is simply cut into small pieces and placed onto the planters and pots to break down in its own time and to protect soil from moisture loss.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The demonstration was very informative and easy to understand. Also got to see the real result from the compost without worms. Definitely opened up my options on composting my own food scraps. Thank so much for doing the demonstration. I'll definitely pass on the idea/knowledge whereever and whenever I can.

    May 8, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    the hosts were gracious, and the demonstration was very informative. Thanks a million for the organizer and hosts (one for each:)!!!)

    May 8, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks so much Wendy! I learned a lot!

    May 7, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative. It was helpful to be able to see first hand how the system worked and to be able to ask a lot of questions. I think I'm going to use the system.

    May 7, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    brief but very educational, and inspires me to research further (the best sort of result)

    May 7, 2009

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