Worm farms, Bokashi bins, Hungry Bins and How to Make Cold Compost

The great part about organic gardening is it’s all part of nature’s cycle. We plant the seeds and the seedlings, we watch them grow and we harvest beautiful organic produce like this. But with the produce we have a lot of waste. That waste we now put back into our composting systems and through the system it goes back into the garden and feeds the next generation of our vegetables. If making hot compost is not your thing or you don’t have much waste, there are a few options for dealing with your kitchen scraps. There are worm farms for small amounts of waste, and Hungry Bins for larger amounts of waste. You can’t put onions or citrus or any kind of meat in these but that’s better than putting organic material down a wastemaster or in your rubbish bin. The resulting matter is all broken down and can be used anywhere, and of course there’s worm tea as well. You can make a worm farm in any size or shape of container. These baths work perfectly well. Then there are Bokashi bins which take everything, even meat. This is because the additive ferments the waste material. There are no rotting smells as the waste breaks down. Bokashi bins make liquid too which needs to be diluted around 100 parts to one before applying. If you’re not making compost after putting your scraps in Bokashi bins, you need to trench the fermented material directly into your garden. A bit of lime helps to decompose and lessens any rotting smells. You can trench kitchen scraps directly into your garden as well. Then there’s a thing we call cold compost. This suits households which have more rubbish than a worm farm or Hungry Bin can cope with, but less space than what you need to make hot compost. There are no real rules of what you can add to your cold compost or when you add it. You can just layer it as you need to get rid of your waste. The addition of a handful of garden lime gets things moving along. And as with hot compost, it’s best to finish your cold compost with the addition of some water. This bin’s been composting for about 6 months now. It’s broken down to the point where it’s now useable in the garden. It’s full of beneficial bacteria and fungi and earthworms and is rich and black. Once you become an organic gardener this becomes part of your daily life. Waste can be used in your compost or your worm farm or your Bokashi, or may be used in all of them.

6 thoughts on “Worm farms, Bokashi bins, Hungry Bins and How to Make Cold Compost

  1. Personally I prefer to use animal manure in to get it started instead of lime as lime is only to affect soil ph when you use your compost

  2. My fave is to do cold composting right on the no dig beds. The other is vermicomposting inside and outside. Bokashi is the 3rd.
    Happy gardening and blessings

  3. I'm glad you are composting and gardening organically. And I appreciate the video. But please turn off the water as you prepare your food. It kind of defeats the purpose to be eco conscious while wasting water…

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