“LOOK MA, NO FERTILIZERS!”
Justin mixes up a bulk batch of EM Bokashi
This was Justin's suggestion for the title of this post and I thought it was pretty cute.
Early Sunday morning, when it was still overcasts and drizzling, Justin made up another batch of EM & Bokashi. Bokashi is EM mixed with bran and molasses and allowed to ferment. I really like when he makes up a batch, the yard smells so sweet -- like someone's baking. Of course mixing bran and molasses you would expect such a pleasant smell. After a few weeks, this recent batch of fermented EM Bokashi mixture will be applied it directly to the soil.
Justin is quite proud that we've gone 1 year without applying any NPK fertilizers on our small scale urban garden. And to think that we are trying to almost double our poundage without any NPK application - are we crazy? Well, I would think so, but Farmer D and Farmer J have other growing methods in mind.
Farmer J is passionate about growing food and takes the job seriously. For seven years now he has kept daily records of the growing ons in the garden. If I ever can decipher his scribble should be quite a read. There's entries about what was planted, where, the weather, etc, etc.
Farmer Justin is also in charge of watering and applying helpful soil amendments in the garden. Applications which include compost, EM and rock dust. Every Friday Justin mixes up an application of liquid EM and sprays it over the entire yard/garden and animal enclosure.
"Quite simply, without phosphorus we cannot produce food," says Dana Cordell of the Institute of Sustainable Futures, based in Sydney.
Phosphorus is the "P" in NPK. So with the recent news wires and anniversary of our commitment to be NPK free this fertiziler crisis shows that we are plodding along on the right path. There are, indeed, alternative, more natural growing methods to growing our own food.
Let's get growing!
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