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Oh, the wonders of bokashi tea. If you do it right, bokashi will give you a microbial rich tea that your plants (and septic tank) will love.

What is Bokashi Tea

As your food ferments, it releases a liquid.  If you think back to the inner workings of a bokashi bucket, you’ll remember that accommodations were made for tea collection.


Depending on your food scraps, tea usually forms by the 3rd day or so.  The tea is a sort of nutritious trash juice.  This wonderful juice (not for human consumption) contains nutrients and microbes that are beneficial to both the soil and plants.  The microbes also love to eat the sludge found in septic tanks.

Bokashi Tea for Plants and Lawn

If you roam around the internet for a bit, you’ll find various instructions on how to use the tea.  The good thing is bokashi tea is forgiving and does no harm.  Some folks say to dilute the tea at a ratio of 1:100 while others say 1:1000 to use it on your plants or lawn.  The reason for diluting the tea is so that you can stretch it and spread the tiny microbes as far as you can.

If you search hard enough, you’ll even find an experiment where the tea was used straight without dilution with no ill effects.  In other words, it’s up to you how far you wish to stretch the tea.

Bokashi Tea for Drains and SepticDain

If you suffer from stinky drains, pour the bokashi tea undiluted down the drain.  The tea will eliminate the cause of the odor and thus improve the smell of your drain.

Pouring undiluted tea down the drain also helps septic systems.  The tiny microbes feed on the septic sludge.  The tea will help to keep your septic system healthy.

For more hands-on information about bokashi tea, check out the Lessons Learned from Bokashi Tea blog post.

This post was transferred from one of my other soon to be defunct blogs hvbokashi.com.

About the author: Felicia has learned the hard way that health, whether good or bad, is a result of daily choices and habits. On this blog, Felicia shares what she’s learned and the healthier choices she now makes as a result of her new knowledge. She hopes to encourage others to experiment to find alternative solutions to nagging problems (she’s also is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment).

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