Garden Compost Instructions
Emptying the Bokashi Bin
Step 1. Bring the full bokashi bin to the garden compost area. If you haven’t already, drain liquids using the bottom tap (you can collect it for plants, or discard it over the compost pile).
Step 2. Bring bin close to the compost fence, get a hold of the wheel axes and tip it over the pile with the lid open to empty its content.
Step 3. Use a garden hose to clean/rinse the bin and the steel plate for next use.
Step 4. Use a pitchfork from the aquaponics to spread and cover the emptied content with soil or compost. This will ensure proper composting, and keep smells that attract pests/rodents away.
Step 5. Bring the clean bin(s) back to the patio, and make sure to fill in the Bin Tracking sheet (scan QR code).
Maintaining Garden compost
When: In the Spring before gardening; In Summer to add mulch over crops and to prepare the compost for the Fall.
Step 1. Make sure there are no bad smells coming from the compost. If you notice bad smells this may indicate a few things: 1) High pH (acidic): in which case, add wood-ash over the pile to bring up pH levels. 2) Needs cover on top (i.e., soil). 3) Needs aeration, in which case, follow Step 3.
Step 2. If the pile is getting to high, use pitchfork to transfer content of one pile to the next. This will also aerate the compost and speed-up the process. Do this only once every couple months.
Step 3. Extraction of Comp0st: To extract compost, you will need several things:
- Tools: Pitchfork, shovel, plastic sheet, wheel-barrow and sifter (as well someone to help you with the task)
- Time: This process is labour and time-intensive so the more hands on deck, the better.
Place sifter on top of the wheel-barrow, and shovel compost on top. Then, swerve the sifter back-and-forth to separate fine particles from coarse ones (which can go back to the pile).
Do this until wheel-barrow is full, and unload compost unto the plastic sheet until you have the desired amount of compost needed.
You can always store surplus compost unto the large white bag located at the left-hand side of the compost.
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