How does your garden grow?

Do you get a little bit of extra special help too?

I know the way that my (edible) garden grows, apart from with the help of sunshine and water, is with the goodness of my Bokashi. Given that the strawberries on the back deck are now starting to fruit, the magic ingredient is clearly working …

Bokashi is basically an indoor composting system for your fresh kitchen waste, and the best thing of all is that it doesn’t smell. It’s a small enclosed bench-top bucket that breaks down an incredible range of food stuffs – things like fruit, vegetables, leftovers, meat (if you eat it), cheese, bread, and coffee grinds are no match for the decomposing power of Bokashi!

Basically you just place your waste into the bucket, sprinkle some Bokashi grains over the top and keep alternating layers until the bucket is full. The magical liquid that is produced as part of the microbial fermentation process is like liquid gold for the garden.

We love our little Bokashi – it’s so much more convenient than having to rush out to an outdoor compost bin (which is also more limited in what it can be ‘fed’). You can find out more about the wonders of Bokashi here.

Do you have a little gardening secret that you’d like to share? (I need all the help I can get).

22 Comments

  1. Erika Lee Sears

    How super cute is your garden! I need all the help I can get when it comes to plants. I do have a garden gnome that helps and maybe singing helps? πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Thank you! The garden has really come along well in the last few weeks … though in all honesty this is just our herb and strawberry planter … but I think it’s a very good start! πŸ™‚
      Oh a garden gnome is a really great idea … and if singing helps I’d be willing to try (though with my singing voice I may end up doing more harm than good). πŸ˜‰

  2. jan

    Another two months and I can start my garden. My winter garden in my head is always more elaborate than the real one I eventually plant.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – Oh that’s so exciting!! I bet you’re looking forward to getting the garden started.

      Haha, I know what you mean when you say the garden you have planned in your head is more elaborate than the real one … I do exactly the same thing. I figure it’s just because you’ve had more time to work through the practicalities of the plan.

      (I’m a really lazy gardener so I’m honestly the last person to give advice … haha!). πŸ˜‰

  3. Gabrielle

    Gotta love the bokashi bucket. I blogged about bokashi, worms and chooks quite a while back http://gabriellebryden.wordpress.com/2009/11/15/worms-chooks-and-mulch-local-recycling/ Due to a malfunctioning tap my worm farm is now cactus – haha – but I am going to resurrect it soon. I don’t like to use anything chemical in the garden (though my husband doesn’t always agree – heretic!), so I tend to stick with organic fertilisers, chook poo, worm and bokashi teas. Lately I have been a bit slack and have let the chooks do all the work.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – The bokashi bucket is wonderful, and I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on local recycling … Unfortunately we haven’t had too much luck with our worm farms in the past, though perhaps it’s time to try one again?
      … Seeing photos of your lovely chooks always brings a smile to my face! πŸ™‚

      I hope your worm farm gets sorted soon … I don’t like using any chemicals in the garden either (though much like you, my husband is rather partial to them from time to time … maybe it’s a man thing?). I’m like you – it’s all about the organic options.

      Your wonderful chooks do such good work Gabrielle … they’re just happy to help you out, I reckon! πŸ˜‰

  4. Kylie

    That reminds me! John got me a Bokashi for my birthday years ago, and I haven’t used it in our current place as I don’t really have a spot in the kitchen for it! I’m thinking that popping it on the lading outside our back door might work. Hmmmmmm…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kylie – I can’t imagine it would do any harm popping your bokashi just outside the back door … it’s definitely worth a try I think, and then you’ll be able to put your lovely birthday present to use! πŸ™‚

  5. Makeminemidcentury

    Oh my goodness! I’ve never heard of bokashi. But it sounds perfect. We toss our scraps into an ice-cream bucket on the bench and by the time we get to take it out to the compost bin, half the fruit flies in Brisbane are swarming around our kitchen.

    What a fabulous invention! Just another thing to add to my wish list!

    Thanks for the tip!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi MMMC – Bokashis are most wonderful additions to the household, and it sure beats having to deal with the walk out to the outdoor compost bin, AND having to deal with all those horrible fruit flies (I know that pain well).

      Bokashis are great because you don’t get that horrible rotten smell, and because they’re completely enclosed, you don’t attract any fruit flies … which is always a big positive for us Brisbane dwellers.

      Yes, add to the wish list for sure (and they aren’t too expensive either … a great investment I think).

  6. bobbi

    I have really no secret. I plant things and hope they grow. Most of the times they do! I should try with strawberries too. Last year Iu had tomatoes and they were good, and since the experiment was a success I have decide to grow more vegetables and fruit, but it’s still winter here. Can’t wait for some warm sun to start planting.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – I very much like your approach to gardening … just plant and hope they grow (that’s a wonderful stress-free and very philosophical way to think about gardening I think).

      Strawberries are lots of fun to grow (and they’re pretty easy … provided you get to the fruit first before all the other critters with sweet-tooths do). Tomatoes are great to grow too … I really should give them another go myself.

      Your winter seems so very long this season Bobbi … I hope you get warm days very soon so you get get to planting the veges and fruit! πŸ˜€

  7. Piper Larson

    My mouth is watering over those strawberries! YUM! It certainly sounds like you’ve found liquid gold. Unfortunately I just don’t seem to have luck with gardens…but I sure do like to look at them! Thanks for sharing!
    XO Piper

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Piper – It’s lovely to see you back again! πŸ™‚

      Can I just tell you that those strawberries were delicious … there is nothing quite like the sweetness of a home grown crop … I can’t wait for more fruit to appear now.

      I don’t have a great deal of luck with gardens either, but perhaps this year things will be better? πŸ™‚
      Thanks for your sweet comment.

  8. Galit

    Your garden looks so good and tasty!! I dream about having our own garden. It will take some time though… we live in a small unit at the moment but hopefully will move to a house in the hills one day!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Galit – I’m glad you’re liking the way the garden is looking … it’s always wonderful to see things starting to flower and come into fruit. Now I just need to make a start on the vegetable garden and we’ll be self-sufficient before I know it! πŸ˜‰

      At least you can spend your time properly planning what you want to grow when you make a move to a place with a garden … or perhaps you could just grow a few herbs on a balcony or windowsill now? I think greenery of any useful kind is a wonderful addition to a household.

  9. Rol

    I spent most of Saturday morning clearing out some flower beds behind the house that held a rosebush which had gone feral. I haven’t planted anything new as it’s a little too early in our year yet, apart from mini daffodils which may or may not survive the experience. My tip for clearing savage roshbushes is THICK gloves and goggles. Even wearing those, I’m nursing scratches.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rol – Oh spending a Saturday clearing out flower beds is no fun at all … especially when they contained feral rose bushes … oh no!! πŸ™

      Your poor hands … thick gloves and googles are excellent safety suggestions … I know I’ve had to battle with weeds and palm trees in the past, but never anything of the dreaded thorned variety.

      At least you’ll have the garden beds looking great and ready to get planting when the season is right.

  10. Sandrine

    Thanks for sharing your secret, sounds like a great one!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sandrine – You’re very welcome … the wondrous Bokashi has certainly helped my garden out! πŸ™‚
      xx

  11. Sonia

    We’ve got a large outside compost bin. One that spins around, but it isn’t doing it’s thing properly. Seems to take forever!!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sonia – We’ve got to get ourselves one of those big outdoor compost bins … I hope yours is now ‘doing it’s thing’ properly now? We used to have one at our old house, but haven’t quite got around to replacing it since we moved.

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