I think I am in love with my Bokashi bucket. In case you've not heard of it, Bokashi is a kitchen composting system, where you chuck all your food scraps into an airtight bucket, sprinkle a handful of this micro-organism (not as icky as it sounds - it's like handling wheat bran) and it ferments. After it's fermented (it's far nicer than your usual compost, such smells like pickles), you bury it. The idea is that your food scraps break down and become a rather ace soil conditioner.
Boy, does it work.
I present, for your enlightenment, Exhibit A: tomato seedlings of (pretty much) the same size, planted on the same day, watered the same amount, receiving the same amount of sunshine.
The tomato plant on the left is planted in soil that hasn't had the Bokashi treatment; the specimen on the right is lovin' the Bokashi-enhanced soil.
This stuff is amazing.
However, if you are going to rush out and buy a Bokashi bucket, please buy the orginal Bokashi bucket, which is sold by a family in Marrickville who have put lots of work into building the product up and showing at organic markets etc, etc.
Last week I got a press release from Bunnings announcing that they were selling bokashi systems ... of course at an undercut price (about $30 less for the bucket, I think). And probably made in China. Don't do it, support a small business!
A completely unrelated question: is this child exploitation?