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Digester and/or/vs Bokashi?

 
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Hi y'all:

I have 2 dogs (a poochon, 15lbs and an eskie, 20 lbs) and i want to dispose of their poo without using bags. but i'm having trouble understanding the differences between a digester and bokashi; and whether i can incorporate the two.

I have a 3.5 gallon bucket with a screw on lid.  The plan is to cut the bottom and bury it in a sunny spot by the driveway. I would prefer not to have to dig out the bucket but I'm unsure of how fast (if at all) the waste will process and i figure that removing the lid every day to add more poo will affect the anaerobic decomposition. I can make bokashi (bran)starter from newspaper and rice (and or milk) from one of the the youtube recipes.

Questions:

Am i better off having 2 buckets, so when one is 3/4 full i can let it digest while filling the other one? I can't just have holes in the ground. my soil is super sandy and my dogs are diggers. Plus there are raccoons and rats in the area. Also, also, i would prefer my bsfl not have any contact with dog poo. Also, also, also, house flies are a HUGE concern to me (can't stand them)😒

With the bucket in place, i make the "deposit" and add bokashi bran on top; right? do i need to add anything else like rain water or compost?

Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated!!😊
 
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I've never heard of using a bokashi method to deal with dog poo.  Interesting...

We've used the bucket-in-the-ground technique with decidedly mixed results.  Even using the dimensions of the Doggie Dooley system we found it to be too small and too slow.  We tried using a big 55g or so pickle barrel but drilled the holes wrong so it never worked quite right but I'd suggest considering the largest container you can bury.

I found that the material doesn't break down quickly enough to flow out the holes. Even when regularly watered the rate of solid outflow was lower than input rate and so the bucket just fills up.  Irregular yard cleaning and filling with a small bucket is really a losing proposition, although I really like the idea of filling a large bucket and then sealing it for fermentation - that sort of batch work would be better suited to us.

Now it may be that our soil is too slow to absorb, our temperatures aren't right, our dog food is the wrong type etc.

Let us know how it works for you



 
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I've been excavating a drain-field that is completely choked with wormcasts, and the worms are thin red things so I guess they're the Red Wrigglers you can buy at a Live bait place therefor you might throw some of them in.
 
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