You are here: Home > SCD FAQs > All Seasons Bokashi / All Seasons Indoor Composter questions
  1. What is SCD All Seasons Bokashi™?
  2. SCD All Seasons Bokashi is naturally fermented bran that is primarily used for composting. Ingredients include wheat bran, rice bran, purified and structured water, sugarcane blackstrap molasses, mineral rock salt, and SCD Probiotics Technology. SCD All Seasons Bokashi allows for an odorless composting system, speeding up the fermentation process of food waste. When the fermented food waste is added to the soil, it breaks down completely and adds valuable nutrients to lawns and gardens.
  3. What is SCD All Seasons Indoor Composter®?
  4. The SCD All Seasons Indoor Composter is an easy-to-use composting bin made for collecting food waste all year long. It provides a convenient collection method for kitchen scraps, turning them into rich, organic material great for your lawn and garden. The SCD All Seasons Indoor Composter includes a drainage area in the bottom of the bucket that collects a nutrient-rich “tea,” which can then be applied as a fertilizer for plants. The All Seasons Indoor Composter can be easily implemented in an indoor environment, making it useful for apartment, school, household, restaurant, business or wilderness use.
  5. What are some benefits with SCD All Seasons Bokashi usage?
  6. In composting, the product neutralizes odors, increases the mineral content, and prepares food waste to become high-quality compost.

    In the soil, SCD All Seasons Bokashi maintains high population of microorganisms, promotes germination, flowering, fruiting, and ripening in plants. It also improves physical, chemical, and biological environments in the soil and helps to eliminate soil-borne pathogens and pests, enhance the photosynthetic capacity of plants, and ensure better germination and plant establishment, all while increase the effectiveness of organic materials as fertilizers, and eliminating putrefactive soil that stresses plants.
  7. How does the All Seasons Composter kit work?
  8. SCD Probiotics’ composting kit includes an All Seasons Indoor Composter and a package of SCD All Seasons Bokashi. The system uses beneficial microbes from the SCD All Seasons Bokashi to ferment organic waste as it accumulates in the composting bucket. The bucket fits easily under most kitchen sinks, so it is convenient to access right when you need it.

    Fermentation (or pickling) retains all the energy (no heat loss) and most of the nutrients in the waste with no foul odor normally associated with food waste.
  9. How long does SCD All Seasons Bokashi last?
  10. SCD All Seasons Bokashi can last for years. There is no expiration date. The wheat bran and drying process allow the microbes to become dormant until they are introduced to their ideal environment and food source. Keep tightly closed for maximum effectiveness.

  11. How do I know if my SCD All Seasons Bokashi has gone bad?
  12. If there is green, blue, black, or brown mold on the SCD All Seasons Bokashi, this indicates putrefaction, and it should be thrown out. However, if kept sealed and with minimal exposure to oxygen, SCD All Seasons Bokashi will last for years. (Not resealing your bag after you use it may cause a white mold to grow. This mold does not mean your SCD All Seasons Bokashi is bad. Continue to use as directed.)
  13. How do I actually use the product? SCD All Seasons Bokashi or SCD All Seasons Indoor Composter?
  14. Lay down initial layer of SCD All Seasons Bokashi. Place fresh foods scraps in the All Seasons Indoor Composter and thoroughly coat every layer with SCD All Seasons Bokashi compost starter. Close the lid tightly after every use to ensure an anaerobic environment.

    Once the container is filled to capacity, let the pieces continue to ferment for two weeks and then transfer into your garden or planter. Allow at least two more weeks for the fermentation process to continue in the soil before planting your favorite veggies, flowers, trees, etc.

    Make sure to drain the liquid released during the anaerobic process from the SCD All Seasons Indoor Composter® frequently to prevent putrefaction of your compost.
  15. How is it different from SCD Bio Ag®?
  16. SCD All Seasons Bokashi is designed for small-scale composting and could be used in anaerobic composting. SCD Bio Ag® is most useful in large-scale and aerobic composting.
  17. How do these products work in composting?
  18. The All Seasons Indoor Composter is a unique indoor product used to recycle kitchen waste into an organic compost soil conditioner. The most effective method of fermenting is through anaerobic (without oxygen) fermentation. This process prepares the scraps for burial in less than half the time of conventional composting methods without any unpleasant odors.

    Used in conjunction with SCD All Seasons Bokashi, the system provides the ideal conditions to activate anaerobic fermentation that accelerates the composting process, while eliminating odors and deterring flies.
  19. How are these products unique from other commercial products used in composting?
  20. SCD All Seasons Bokashi decomposes organic food waste in half the time of conventional composting and without foul odors. This unique composting method is easily utilized in any indoor environment, making it simple for schools, households, restaurants, and businesses to compost everyday organic food waste.
  21. Is it necessary to use the product together?
  22. All Seasons Indoor Composter is designed to be used in conjunction with SCD All Seasons Bokashi; but SCD All Seasons Bokashi can be used in aerobic composting, such as poultry litter, improving garden soil, and others.
  23. What industries can the All Seasons Bokashi be used in?
  24. This versatile product is used for household composting, large-scale composting, agriculture, livestock, etc. Contact our customer team to learn more details about other applications of this product.
  25. I saw some white growth on the surface of my compost. Has my compost gone bad?
  26. No. This is a good indicator that the fermentation is in progress. White mold is a sign of beneficial bacteria. Continue to use as directed.
  27. Can we compost during the winter season?
  28. Yes. In many areas of the world, the ground is too frozen in winter to bury the compost directly in the soil; however, there are still options. The secret is keeping the compost moist. Cover the entire compost pile with a thick sheet of clear plastic. In addition to heating the compost pile, it will also prevent rain from leaching all the nutrients from the pile. You can also insulate the pile with a foot or more of hay or straw instead of plastic, if you can protect it well enough to keep it moist.
  29. Do you sell replacement parts for the composter?
  30. Yes, we do sell replacement parts. Please call customer service at (913) 541-9299 or email at customerservice@SCDProbiotics.com to get a replacement part.
  31. My compost (food waste) has retained some of its original, physical properties. Can I still bury it in the ground?
  32. Yes, the fermenting food waste in the SCD All Seasons Indoor Composter will retain much of its original physical properties but will have a pickled appearance. Complete breakdown of material will occur once it's transferred into the soil and has been in the soil from two weeks to two months - depending on climate and soil conditions.
  33. The waste hasn’t broken down in the bucket. Is something wrong?
  34. The waste will NOT decompose while in the composter; it will only ferment (or pickle). If you can imagine a pickled onion: it will still look like an onion, but because it’s pickled, it will have changed its internal structure. The single criterion to determine if the process is working is the odor. If there’s no rotting odor, then the fermentation process is working. The physical decomposition of the waste only occurs when the material goes into the soil. Here, it breaks down very quickly because the material has been pre-conditioned (i.e. fermented).
  35. What do I do with the “compost” tea that I drain from the bottom of the composter?
  36. This liquid is filled with microbes and nutrients! After you dilute the tea, you can use it directly on your garden or potted plants. Or, you can add the liquid to the toilet or a septic tank. The microbes will work to make the septic system more efficient. If not applicable, simply pour it down the sink. The microbes will go to work on your drains and keep them clean.
  37. How much should I dilute the “compost” tea?
  38. The correct ratio is 1 tablespoon of compost tea per gallon of water.
  39. When the compost is buried in the soil, will foxes and other wild animals be able to smell it and dig it up?
  40. Animals might be able to smell the fermented waste if you have not covered the compost completely with soil to assure further fermentation. You need to dig a trench 18" - 24" deep to bury the compost and mix the fermented material with soil as you add it to the trench.
  41. Is the fermented waste in the soil harmful to my pets?
  42. No. The beneficial microbes necessary to the fermentation process and found in the food waste are all-natural and chemical-free. However, you’ll want to make sure the compost is buried deep enough (18” - 24” deep), so all your good efforts end up where they belong - in your soil and gardens.
  43. When I bury the compost, should I leave it in that same spot and then later plant on top of it, or should I dig it up after a few weeks and spread it throughout the garden?
  44. As long as you allow the proper amount of time for the compost to become like soil, you can plant on top of your compost (two weeks to two months - depending on climate and soil conditions). If you plant too soon, your scraps will be highly acidic as they decompose, possibly damaging tender roots of new plants.

    An alternative is to dig it up after the several weeks and spread it throughout the garden.
  45. What is the composition of the plastic used in the manufacture of the indoor composting buckets? Are they manufactured with PCB (Polychlorinatedbiphenyl's)? Should I be concerned about PCB’s and any potential contamination of the food waste?
  46. We do not use PCB’s (Polychlorinatedbiphenyl's) in the manufacture of our buckets. The black bucket is made from 70% post-consumer plastic and 10% recycled plastic and the tan bucket is “virgin” plastic. There is no danger of any material leaching from the plastic and contaminating the food waste and therefore the not harmful to the downstream byproducts of composted food waste.
  47. Any Pictorial Instructions on How to Use All Seasons Indoor Composter?
  48. Click here Reference Guide to view the All Seasons Indoor Composter composting instruction.
  49. Helpful Composting Tips
  50. Click here Helpful Tips to view the Helpful Composting Tips.
  51. The Bokashi Bin has gone smelly. There doesn’t seem to be any one particular reason and in one case, it even happened after I dug up that which had been buried. What should I do?
  52. If foul odors occur, this indicates decay (a bad thing). Add a significant amount of SCD All Seasons Bokashi to try and reverse the process, or discard contents of bucket and start again.
  53. Why is there sea salt in the SCD All Seasons Bokashi and how much is in it? Salinity is our worst enemy here and we will spend a lot of money to get rid of it.
  54. Mineral rock salt in the product is required in the manufacturing process, but it just in a very small or negligible amount.
  55. What are the specs for SCD’s All Seasons Indoor Composter?
  56. All Seasons Indoor Composter is an easy-to-use composting bin, with two color options: Black option - 75% Recycled Plastic soda bottles, ceramics; Tan option - Virgin plastic (BPA free), ceramics. The All Seasons Indoor Composter includes two unique features, the strainer and spigot, allowing the moisture released by the scraps of food waste to be drained out to prevent spoilage. All Seasons Indoor Composter dimensions: 16"h x 10"w x 10"d. All Seasons Indoor Composter volume: 5-gallon bucket.
  57. I was given a kitchen composter as a gift. I was very excited, set it up immediately, and have been adding to it since. I have yet to see any composting in the container and it is not producing any "tea". Can you please give advice?
  58. Please make sure that it is purely organic waste that you're composting. Sometimes, if bones, cheese, coffee grounds, or other hard-to-decompose materials get put into the bucket, it will not produce compost tea easily. You will need to add more SCD All Seasons Bokashi. Also, try to add more fruits or vegetables.
  59. I'm a little confused about your product. It was recommended for people who live in apartments but the directions explain that the waste needs to be buried in the ground.
    What can you do if you don't have access to soil other than some plants and/or a small balcony?
  60. You can use planters or a traditional conventional composter. In the planter, you need to layer soil, fermented compost, soil, and gravel in order from top to bottom then cover it with a plastic sheet. In conventional composter, from top to bottom you can have: soil, fermented compost, soil, then with 1 lb. of SCD All Seasons Bokashi.

    More info is found here: Compost Made Fun by SCD Probiotics.
  61. Can I use homemade bokashi for my composting efforts?
  62. Yes, but we highly suggest to use SCD’s SCD All Seasons Bokashi while composting in your All Seasons Indoor Composter®. We do not guarantee results beyond the recommended guidelines.
  63. Regarding the ceramics that are listed as an ingredient, was it actually incorporated in the manufacture of the bucket?
  64. Please contact your account coordinator for more information; this is something that needs to be confirmed from manufacturer of SCD buckets that could take some time.