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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]

Written by Compost Guy on April 1st, 2008 with 3 comments.
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#1. April 16th, 2008, at 11:25 AM.

Hey Compost Guy, i find the result of your experiment very interesting and have done something similar with my Permaculture mulch pad. I live in Metro Manila, Philippines and to explain in a nutshell our soil conditions here, its as poor and arid as it can get. After reading your experiment on the combination of bokashi and vermicomposting, i decided to do my own but in this case i used bokashi and my traditional mulch pads in tandem. As opposed to other methods which involved digging up the soil, all i did was to place bokashi directly on top of the soil and then placed my mulch pads above it. When i inspected my Bokashi piles the next day i was surprised to find it was covered with a large amount of mycelium and invited all sorts of microorganisms to feast on the remains. Two days after i was surprised to see mushrooms on top of my Bokashi/Mulch Pads. I believe there’s something about Bokashi that hastens the composting process, and urge you and many other like-minded individuals to do more experiments. I’m looking forward to the results of your experiment and i think it would be nice if we could start a discussion with other people who are interested on the subject. On a side note, might i recommend that you read the works of Paul Stamets concerning mycoremediation and the utilization of fungi in the composting process. One example illustrated by him on the rapidity and efficiency of Fungi in the composting process involved inoculating diesel-soaked soil with a strain of Oyster mushrooms known for turning diesel into non-toxic organic matter. A few days or weeks (i dont remember anymore) after inoculating the toxic soil, he and his colleagues were shocked to find huge Oyster mushrooms. What’s even more interesting is that when the mushrooms started to rot, it invited a good load of maggots which in turn invited birds whose droppings contained seeds. In effect, his little fungi experiment resulted in the establishment of a mini-ecosystem leading him to the idea that fungi are a keystone in the composting process. If you wish to talk more on the subject just contact me via Yahoo Messenger, use the email i provided for in the comment form.

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#2. September 1st, 2009, at 12:32 AM.

How do we incorporate the oyster mushrooms into out em1 bokashi to help with diesel spill cleanup ? how much and when ?

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#3. February 8th, 2011, at 2:13 PM.

I have been using the bokashi bin for about 8 months now. I am interested in starting the worm compost and would like to know more about how it worked out with adding the bokashi sludge to the worms. Are you still doing that? Any recommendations since your trial back in 2008? Thanks Sandy

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