embokashi.jpg Justin mixing up a batch of EM Bokashi using bulk organic rice bran and organic molasses

One Year Milestone

Justin proudly remarked that’s been one year with out applying any organic NPK fertilizers to the garden. So what are we using to grow and maintain such healthy and productive plants? Every week Justin sprays a solution of EM (now available on the Peddler’s Wagon)

How long have we’ve been using EM (Effective Microorganisms)? Justin keeps a daily garden journal and from his records he say’s we’ve been using EM (and Bokashi) now for about four years. But it was one year ago that we “went cold turkey” and decided not to apply any organic NPK supplements or fertilizers.

Not only is liquid EM applied weekly in the garden but sprayed in the animal enclosure as well to control odors. The Bokashi made with rice bran and molasses is useful in breaking down organic matter or applied in the garden as a microbial innoculant.

EM is a natural, probiotic technology developed for over 25 years around the world. It is based on beneficial and effective microorganisms (“EM”). The microbes in EM are non-harmful, non-pathogenic, not-genetically-engineered or modified (non-GMO), and not-chemically-synthesized. The basic groups of microorganisms in EM are lactic acid bacteria (commonly found in yogurt, cheeses), yeast (bread, beer), and phototrophic bacteria (“cousins” of blue-green algae).

EM Uses

Crops & Soils
Field Crops
Horticulture & Greenhouses
Foliar Feeding
Poultry-Livestock & Odor Control
Orchards & Vineyards
Seed Treatment
Making Compost Teas
Worm Castings

Bokashi” is a Japanese word meaning “fermented organic matter”. It is a system of odorless composting, where carefully selected, “effective” microbes or “EM” are used to decompose organic kitchen waste. Similar to the wine-making process, this system relies on fermentation rather than putrefaction. Bokashi is made using a combination of sawdust and bran that has been inoculated with the microorganisms. It takes about ten days to do its work, and in the end you are left with nutrient-rich liquid compost. The system will also allow you to compost meat and diary products.

via TreeHugger

:: Resources ::

EM Composting & Garden Guide (PDF File)

Using Bokashi

EM in the Garden

EM & Bokashi Products

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