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Concern about Bugs, Rodents, Odors


July 3, 2019

I don't have a Tumbler Bin. I just want to compost my food waste without attracting bugs/rodents or creating foul odors. Would the Bokashi method be better? Your next Bokashi method class isn't until
11/20, though. Thanks!


Answer by JZ: It is fine that you are considering home composting.  We will help you as best we can.

A raised tumbler bin would be an OK choice if you would decrease insects / mice in your set up.   Actually insects are part of a healthy composting ecosystem and they usually stay within the system.

The Bokashi method would also be a choice for you as it is completely closed system, until the bucket contents are buried in the soil.  The Bokashi method is described on our website.  See Composting Info in our website menu. 

The website: Pro EM-1 Probiotic, EM-1, EM Bokashi Composting, EM-X Gold, Dr. Don's, Bokashi, EM, Effective Microorganisms, Soil Treatment, Digestive Health     May be useful. sells the Bokashi EM1  mix.

An even simpler way is just to bury your scraps 12 - 18 “ deep in your garden soil.  I prefer a container in the soil, so that I do not have to dig each time that I make an addition.   See Homemade Bins under Composting Info on our website to see Bucket in a Hole container.

Actually a well managed composting setup is  not  odiferous.   You might enjoy reading our webpage about Odors Management, again under Composting Info.

All the best.

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