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Composting and Bokashi Workshop

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Willetton Community Garden

6 Glenmoy Avenue

Willetton, WA 6155

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Rob Gulley teaches the Twin Bin composting method, an excellent way to for householders to turn their kitchen scraps, weeds, etc. into a good volume of great fertiliser. For people with small garden space or with worm farms Brenda will also teach residents about the bokashi kitchen composting method that will fertilise soil and create highly nutritious liquid to use around the home and garden.

Subsadised equipment demonstrated in the workshop will be available for order or purchase. Please indicate if you are interested in purchasing equipment with your RSVP and bring cash on the day.

Enquiries to sustainability@canning.wa.gov.au or contact Sustainability Officer, Kylie Wrigley on 08 6229 4435.

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Twin Bin composting

Rob Gulley teaches the Twin Bin composting method, which seems to be the best way for householders to turn their kitchen scraps, weeds, etc. into a good volume of great fertiliser. When one bin is full, it is left to mature, and the second bin is then started. This method is far easier to manage than a single bin where new material gets mixed with old.

It's important to bury the bins in around 100mm to prevent rodents and cockroaches having free entry. So that means bins with trapdoors at the bottom aren't suitable. He recommends the Tumbleweed 220L bins with a well-fitting led and no holes or trapdoor. They will be on sale at the workshop, for $50 each, plus a corkscrew aerator designed for use in bins of this type.

Bokashi kitchen composting

Rob will also teach the Japanese bokashi kitchen composting method, which is mainly for people who don't have the garden space for two normal outdoor compost bins. Some worm farmers also do bokashi, which can deal with with all the yucky scraps the worms don't like – meat, fat, cooking oil, fish, citrus, etc. There will be bokashi buckets and microbial mix for sale at the workshop.

The bokashi bucket lives in the kitchen or laundry and a microbial mix helps the food scraps to ferment instead of rot. The contents of the bin, when full, are then buried strategically in the garden, to fertilise existing plants or to prepare a fertile patch for growing new plants, especially veggies. A high powered liquid is also drained from the bin regularly, which is diluted and used around the garden, for pot plants etc.

Don't forget to see what other sustainable living workshops are put on by the City of Canning www.canning.wa.gov.au/Events

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