Monthly Archives: March 2016

Rabbit Poop for Your Garden

I highly recommend, if it is possible, to get some rabbit poop for your garden.  Years ago we had our own rabbit.  Our garden grew so nicely particularly in the parts where I would dump the poop from the rabbit.

But we haven’t had our rabbit for many years so I tried to figure out how to get some rabbit poop for my garden.  I resorted to ordering it off Ebay.  The rabbit manure that I have bought on Ebay was dried out and they only sold the poop pellets.  No straw or rabbit hair.  It came packaged very nicely.  It was a little pricey because the postage was expensive.  The reason being because it was quite heavy.

Rabbit Poop for Your Garden from Craigslist

I did that for a few years and then moved on to Craigslist.  In the Baltimore Washington area there are several people selling rabbit poop.  It often involves a drive and you almost need a truck to make it worth your while.  And so you don’t mess up your car.  The rabbit poop from these farms is not packaged as nicely as the rabbit manure on Ebay.  It often is mixed with a lot of hay or straw and it can be very wet and smelly.  Just be prepared but it is worth it!

How to Use Rabbit Poop for your Garden

Rabbit Poop for your GardenRabbit poop can be used directly next to your plants.  It will not burn the plants like cow, horse or chicken manure.  I use it to make compost piles.  I layer the rabbit manure with leaves that I have saved from the fall.  The manure heats up the pile very quickly.  After a few days the compost was at 162 degrees which you can see from the picture on the left.  So the microorganisms in the pile are working very hard.  I have compost from last year that I made this way.  It is rich and dark brown and full of worms.  Here is a good article on using manures in the garden.

Bokashi Composting Advantages

I want to share with you Bokashi composting advantages. I wrote about the disadvantages earlier and some of these disadvantages are still relevant. I am so excited about some of these advantages. This winter has been a very easy composting season. I love that I don’t have to go out to the compost bin all the time. Particularly in the cold, snowy weather. Also it’s just a bother to go out and empty the composting kitchen scrap containers all the time.

Bokashi Composting AdvantagesTo the left you can see my Bokashi composting container.  When my composting container is full (I use 1 gallon plastic containers with tops) I add the scraps to the Bokashi bucket sitting right in my kitchen, sprinkle Bokashi bran over the top of the scraps and put a dinner plate on top and squish it down. I add a brick on top of the plate to weigh it down and Voila! I’m done! I often have more than one container full so I just layer it. One layer of scraps, one layer of bran, one layer of scraps, one layer of bran. When I open the bucket with all the scraps in it THERE IS NO ROTTEN SMELL!!!

Amazing Bokashi Composting Advantages

It is truly amazing how there is no rotten smell!  The Bokashi bucket is 5 gallons.  It takes 2-3 weeks for us to fill a bucket and there is no rotten smell.  If you have ever smelled rotten kitchen scraps then you know what I am talking about.  The smell is truly disgusting!  I find it hard to believe how bad they can smell.  With the Bokashi anaerobic fermenting process this smell is eliminated.  So I am loving this process!  Don’t get me wrong.  There is some odor when I open the bucket but it is a mild fermenting odor and not bad at all.  So I would say the Bokashi composting advantages are:

  1. Bokashi fermenting doesn’t smell like the aerobic composting process.
  2. Bokashi composting eliminates constant trips out to the compost bin.
  3. The bucket is compact and unobstrusive and fits into a corner of the kitchen.
  4. Once it is fermented and you bury it, it is supposed to break down faster.  ( I am experimenting with this now and will keep you posted.)

Cost of Bokashi Bran

It didn’t take as much Bokashi bran as I was told by the company. The company told me that 5 lbs of bran would do 2 1/2 buckets. For me 5 lbs. of bran did 5 buckets. That reduces the cost of Bokashi bran by more than half. One of the disadvantages that I cited was expense. So it is actually less expensive than I was originally told.

Draining the Bokashi Bucket

I read online that you have to drain the Bokashi bucket every day.  I didn’t buy the spigot bucket so I couldn’t drain mine.  The bucket with the spigot is much more expensive.  I got the regular bucket with a plastic cover.  I always wondered if it got really wet in the bottom of the bucket.  So now I have dumped out 3 buckets full of fermented kitchen scraps and none of them had a lot of liquid in the bottom.  I did line the bottom of each bucket with 8-10 layers of newspaper before I started so I am sure that absorbed a lot of the liquid.

Another disadvantage that I talked about was that you had to bury the contents of the bucket in order to complete the composting process.  I have buried the contents of two buckets now and it wasn’t so bad.  I didn’t bury it so deeply and I put a concrete square on top of it.  I had no problems with animals digging it up.  There is still the problem if the ground is frozen in the winter.  What will you do with the stuff?  I am experimenting with alternatives and I will post here when I come up with a good alternative.  You can read more here about Bokashi Composting.

See an interesting youtube video on Boakshi and red composting worms!

More posts on Bokashi Composting:
Bokashi Composting Book Review
Disadvantages of Bokashi Composting
Burying Bokashi Compost