Interesting Bokashi Article
I just came across a short, but interesting article over on the Path to Freedom blog (known as “Little Homestead in the City”) called ‘LOOK MA, NO FERTILIZERS‘. Apparently they have gone a full year without applying NPK fertilizers, yet are on a mission to double the amount of food grown!
One thing I’m a wee bit confused about is their mention of adding the EM Bokashi mix directly to the soil. There is no mention of setting up a typical bucket with food scraps + bokashi and then adding all that to the soil. Hmmm…
Anyway, I highly recommend you check out the Little Homestead in the City blog, and the Path to Freedom website in general (I’ve added them to our list of ‘Eco-Friends’ in the sidebar). It is a phenomenal resource for anyone interested in urban agriculture and sustainable living.
In unrelated bokashi news…
As you may recall, I recently added a substantial amount of aged bokashi + food scraps to one of my indoor worm bins to see how the wigglers would react. The first worms to explore the new ‘food’ seemed to be juveniles, while the adults down below seemed somewhat slower to respond. I’ve read that worms born into a certain environment are far better adapted for that environment than the parents originally introduced from elsewhere, so this may explain why the young ones were more eager to move into the new material (since they’ve only ever known kitchen waste). I suspect the older worms were waiting until the materials became somewhat more aerobic. I had a look today and they (the adults) seem to be moving up into the material more. There also seems to be a lot more pot worms (aka ‘white worms’) in there now as well – likely due to the somewhat acidic conditions.
Once I open up my big outdoor worm bin (hopefully this week) I’m going to try adding a large quantity of bokashi food scraps to see what happens. I still have a lot of material that needs to find a home so I can start the bins over again. It may be awhile before I can add it directly to the garden.
[tags]bokashi, em, path to freedom, sustainable living, urban agriculture, urban farming, compost, composting, vermicomposting, worm composting[/tags]