January 30, 2011
Same old story. The past week has been loaded with teaching, house, and Dexter. When I tried to hang out with a good friend after work the other day, I actually fell asleep.
Fatigue aside, I have been wearing lots of polka dots.
And I baked an epic amount of cookies the other day.
And made lemon curd.
However, the most exciting thing is... we started a Bokashi compost!
Michael Thomas, an eager environmentalist, got in touch with Don about our family starting up one of these urban composts (no worms, no mice) in our home. Mike is doing a little experiment where he places these Bokashi composts in a variety of environments (urban couple, apartments, houses with lots of kids, offices) and we're supposed to keep track of our compost's progress and how we feel about living with it.
Awesome, huh? This is the perfect hibernation project. Don and I have always wanted to start a compost in the backyard but it just never ended up happening. Now we have the perfect excuse, and a very "us" way of doing it. With the combination of our organic stuff going in the compost and the blue bag recycling we get here in Edmonton? I am really eager to see how little garbage our house creates.
So here is how it works:
You take your compost stuffs (we had tons of coffee grounds, some mini oranges that were dried out, pear core, banana peel, mint stems, cucumber skins, and garlic skins).
Your assistant gets you the bag of Bokashi.
And you get your pail ready.
Dexter and Don sprinkle Bokashi in the bottom of the pail.
*sprinkle some more*
Add food scraps.
Sprinkle more Bokashi.
Dexter insists on more Bokashi.
Then we covered it with a plastic file folder thing (they suggest squishing it down with a plastic plate or something like that, to minimize the exposure to air, especially in the beginning before the compost is super packed down). Covered it up, and now we will repeat the sprinkling of food scraps and Bokashi as food scraps become available.
Apparently there is an amazing compost tea that we get to drain every 3ish days, and diluted with water this can be used on our house plants (or the garden in the summer). It's supposed to make the house plants go insane.
We were also told that the compost very rarely goes "wrong" and that each batch is really unique. Sometimes it has more moisture and sometimes less. This can be controlled with adding more Bokashi and making sure to give the compost a stir every now and then to make sure the moisture is evenly distributed throughout the mix.
If it does go horribly wrong, the batch can merely be dumped into the regular trash and taken away to the city's own composting system. Or if everything is broken up and you want to start a new batch? Take your mega-compost and place it in the garbage, and your compost will assist and accelerate the city's compost. So awesome.
Stayed tuned for my Bokashi updates, and if you're interested in a Bokashi experiment of your own, you can get hooked up at Ecoliving Organics or if you're in Edmonton you can find all these goodies at Earth's General Store.
The frozen roads may keep me bungalow-bound, but that won't keep me from doing regular everyday things that make ecological sense. Bokashi!