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    Default Bokashi/Urban composter, or worm farm?

    Hi all,

    I've pretty much always had a garden compost bin at home, but I've just moved into a unit and am horrified at how much rubbish I am making now that I cannot compost my fruit and vegie scraps. I thought of getting a worm farm and putting it on my balcony, but was wanting to know of anyone had one and do you think it's efficient, and also does it smell? Disadvantage of a worm farm though is that you can't put citrus in. Also I once it got full I don't know what I'd do with it! You need to empty it right?

    Then I remembered hearing about these Bokashi bins, and googled and also found the Urban Composter which is a similar idea. Does anyone have these? What do you think? The thing with these though is that it's only the start of the process, you have to bury it in the garden to finish off, but seeing as it's in a nice handy bucket I could bring it to my mum's house and bury it there. I'm abit dubious about putting meat and dairy in it though? And how long does it take to fill? I'm guessing you'd need 2 of them too. And does it smell? Can you leave it on your kitchen benchtop?

    Any other ideas on what to do with fruit and vegie scraps and reducing waste in a unit?

    Thanks.

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    I had a bokashi and I gave up on it, you still have to bury the waste from it - and because our garden was tiny - It ended up looking like a mole had had a field day there. In the end I went with a composting bin - obviously not something you can do in the unit - sorry I cant be of more help!

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    Thanks Beebs. Yeah I am worried that I'll give up on it too, and seeing as it's $100 or so, I'm not sure....
    Did you put meat and dairy in when you used yours? Did it smell and did it attract vermin to the garden?

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    I did - it didn't attract anything vermin, but it was very acidic, and obviously once you bury it you can't grow anything there for awhile - is it a year or something?? Anyhow - that is why I gave up on it. If I were in a flat I think I'd go earthworm farm and then use it on a little balcony garden, obviously you can't do meat n dairy - but we do what we can, where we can.

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    Thanks Beebs. Yeah I am worried that I'll give up on it too, and seeing as it's $100 or so, I'm not sure....
    Did you put meat and dairy in when you used yours? Did it smell and did it attract vermin to the garden?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    I did - it didn't attract anything vermin, but it was very acidic, and obviously once you bury it you can't grow anything there for awhile - is it a year or something??
    Oooh really... I didn't know that! Well that sucks.
    Maybe I should just do a worm farm. Hmmm....


 

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