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Q. Can I put paper towels in with the food waste into my ZingBokashi bucket?
A. The ZingBokashi bucket is primarily designed for food waste however small amounts of paper towels can be added.
Ideally they should not exceed by more than 10% by volume of the total bucket contents and are best added so that they are spread in amongst the food waste.
Q. Can you advise how often one can add the fermented Zing Bokashi preparation from the bins to the SAME area of soil.
Do you have to choose different sections of a garden rather than repeat adding to the same area of soil ?
I would be grateful for your explanation on this point.
A. You can add the fermented waste to the same area as often as you like.
This is useful where a poor bit of soil needs building up or you can choose different sections of garden ahead of planting and this is a good idea when you can plan ahead and choose garden sections according to planting times.
To do this prepare areas in order of planting out and you can do this right up to the time of planting and allow a week after covering over before planting.
Q: I have had a Bokashi Bucket for some time. I thought that after the time outside in a warm spot the contents of the bucket would be decomposed but this has never happened – even extending the time the contents are not really broken down
WHY? Have I done something wrong OR have I had unrealistic expectations
A. The bokashi system is a 2 stage process with the first stage being fermentation in the bucket. Being airtight the process does not breakdown the contents as there is no oxygen.
Stage 2 is a decomposition stage and this happens when the fermented material is added to the soil or compost.
The fermentation stage is one which also conditions the food waste so that it will breakdown more rapidly at the decomposition stage.
During the winter soils often become wet and unsuitable for ease of digging, especially for the trenching and burial of your fermented food waste. Many areas of New Zealand are clay based and are prone to poor drainage and therefore impede aeration which prevents decomposition of added organic matter.
To overcome this a simple and effective method of continuing the disposal of fermented food waste is to mix this either dry soil or a bark based media into a Composta or compost pile. Dry materials should be added at a ratio of 1 part foodwaste to 2-3 parts carbon based media. This can be layered into the Composta or compost pile and covered with a plastic cover to keep rainfall out so as to maintain correct moisture levels.