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Bokashi for the Garden

By SongofJoy
January 25, 2012

Bokashi is a Japanese word literally translated as shading off. It has come to denote the process of anaerobic fermentation of organic waste that produces what is known as beneficial and effective microorganisms. The resulting organic material might be likened to probiotics for the soil.

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Name: Sandi
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Jan 24, 2012 8:42 PM CST
I don't think I've ever heard of this method of composting. I'm really interested in trying it. I have so many critters that get into the compost pile. I'll have to see if anyone around here is using this method. Thanks for such an informative article.
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canadanna
Jan 24, 2012 9:03 PM CST
I bought bokashi and added it to the cat litter. Those microbes do a good job! I have bought EM liquid and found it effective to accelerate compost tea and always add it to new plantings. I like the idea of pouring the bokashi liquid down the drain to help keep it clean. Thanks for an interesting article.
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virginiarose
Jan 25, 2012 3:54 AM CST
This is fascinating, I never heard of this stuff and so many uses! Where would I buy some?
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 25, 2012 5:14 AM CST
Thank you, Sandi, Anna, and Susan.

Susan, I think you can buy the microbe mix at most large hardware stores. I know Lowe's carries it -- or did -- because that's where I got my last bag. I bought my Bokashi kit at Amazon.
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Jan 25, 2012 5:48 AM CST
Thumbs up THANK YOU!
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Jan 25, 2012 10:34 AM CST
An informative article. I had not heard of this before.
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SongofJoy
Jan 25, 2012 10:56 AM CST
Thanks, Caroline.

I have to say my Bokashi kit didn't come with the "masher" so I'm using a big old potato masher I bought at a yard sale. Green Grin! You could also use an empty coffee can. I like that because it has a bigger flat surface ... but it's bulkier to store.
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sheryl
Jan 25, 2012 8:35 PM CST
There were some folks on the DG Sustainability forum that were wwwaaaayyyyy into Bokashi - touting it as a way to save the earth.

Me, I like the idea of being able to do something with animal waste...

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SongofJoy
Jan 26, 2012 4:49 AM CST
Yes, it works for that too. Thumbs up
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goldfinch4
Jan 26, 2012 5:24 AM CST
Great article Tee. I've never heard of it either but am definitely going get a starter kit now. Thanks!!
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SongofJoy
Jan 26, 2012 5:44 AM CST
Thanks, Chris. I hope it works well for you. I think there's a bit of a learning curve, but that is probably just me.
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Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Jan 26, 2012 6:29 AM CST
Any advice you can give us from your experience?
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SongofJoy
Jan 26, 2012 6:57 AM CST
Mash the stuff down well to expel extra air and don't skimp on the layers of microbe mix. If things to awry (smell bad), add more microbe mix and see if that fixes the problem rather than tossing it out. Green Grin!
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Jan 26, 2012 7:30 AM CST
Thank you! Always best to learn from experience!
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vic
Jan 28, 2012 12:16 PM CST
Tee, what a fascinating article and I learned so much. I'm so sorry I didn't read it earlier as I was in town this morning and could have gotten some of the microbe mix. I don't know if I'm more excited about the juice or being able to compost so much more! Wow! Thank you so much for all the info! Thumbs up
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SongofJoy
Jan 28, 2012 12:19 PM CST
Thanks, Vic. Your enthusiasm is contagious. I love it! Hurray!
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Jan 28, 2012 12:51 PM CST
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Jan 30, 2012 9:42 AM CST
I've been using EM for years and for a time made and used Bokashi for a while...until it became too much work Whistling It's hard to make here when there is so much humidity...drying became a chore...so now I extend my EM and use it in the house, compost, garden and greenhouse. When I plant anything, especially vegies, I water the seedlings in the EM, Molasses and Fish Fertilizer and my garden beds are 'worm bins'. Before planting a major plant, I put an old garbage can or large bucket with the bottom cut out of it (or big holes drilled into it) in the hole and I fill it with garbage, yard waste, compost etc....layering it allwith Activated EM (EM+Molasses)...any worm in the area hurrys over and all the 'juice' drains into the whole. With this GREAT microbial action, the valued plant/tree has the BEST living conditions.

GREAT article.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 30, 2012 10:16 AM CST
Carol, thank you. Yes, you are sort of in your own world over there. I toss EM in my regular compost bin as well.

And molasses ... that's a great thing to use with it. Green Grin!

Thanks for reading and commenting. I tip my hat to you.
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vic
Jan 30, 2012 11:41 AM CST
GREAT ideas there Carol - thank you so much! Thumbs up

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