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What is EM?
EM (Effective Microorganisms) is an all-natural blend of beneficial microorganisms that work in concert in an anaerobic environment to provide tremendous benefits to the soil, plants and the eco-system by cleansing and revitalization.
The bacteria belong primarily to three strains, yeasts (saccharomyces spp.), bacteria that produces Lactic acids (lactobacillus spp.), and phototrophic purple non-sulfur bacteria (Rhodopseudomonas spp.).
What ingredients are in the Bokashi culture mix?
The bokashi culture mix consists of food grade wheat bran, EM, molasses, structured water and EM ceramic powder.
What happens if my pet ingests some of the Bokashi culture mix?
Bokashi culture mix is completely safe for animals, humans and the environment. In fact, bokashi can be added to your pets food as a probiotic, aiding in proper digestion and good health.
How long can the Bokashi culture mix be stored?
You can store Bokashi for several years if kept dry and out of direct sunlight.
How much Bokashi culture mix should I use when composting?
Pour half a cup of mix into the bottom of composter. Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of mix evenly over approx 2" of food scraps. Add more for meat and small bones. It is better to add more than not enough.
What is happening to the food waste in the Good Green Earth Composter
It goes through a anaerobic fermentation process, ensuring oxygen is kept out of the bucket through its air tight seal.
The micro-organisms break down the constituents of the food waste until it is effectively 'pickled'.
What food waste can be added to the Good Green Earth Composter?
All food waste can be composted using this process, including meat, fish, cheese, fruits, vegetables and small bones. It is recommended that you cut scraps and bones down to pieces no larger than a golf ball to ensure faster decomposition.
What should not be added to the composter?
Spoiled or rotting food should not be added to the composter. Do not put liquids or oils into the bucket as it may cause contents to spoil.
Do not put anything inorganic such as plastic, metals, etc. into the composter. Thats it!
What do I do with the Good Green Earth Tea?
The 'Tea' is an incredible by-product of the fermenting process. It is full of beneficial microbes, as well as enzymes, micro-nutrients, viamins and some plant hormones to name a few.
Simply dilute with a ratio of 100:1 de-chlorinated water to 'Tea' and add to plants. Use within a day or so before it spoils.
The 'Tea' can also be poured down sinks, drains and toilets to eliminate odors and unclog drains.
It is also safe and effective to use in septic systems.
I see white mold. Is this alright?
Yes. White mold is perfectly fine. It shows that the process is working well. If the mold is blue or black, this is not good. It means that the contents have gone bad and should be buried. This does not mean it is wasted. Dig a hole, put in contents of bucket. Add a cup of sugar and a some more bokashi and cover with 5-6" of soil.The contents will break down eventually.
What should the contents smell like?
You should smell a sweet pickling smell.
My composter smells putrid. What did I do wrong?
Oxygen is the enemy in the anaerobic process. It is possible that the contents have not been pressed down sufficiently to push out all the air.
The lid may not be sealed tightly. The 'Tea' should be drained off every couple of days depending on the liquid content. Try adding more bokashi and see if that helps. If not, bury contents in a hole, add more bokashi and cover with soil. You will still get nutrient rich soil in about 5-6 weeks.
My ground is frozen. What do I do with the fermented waste?
There are a few different methods for dealing with frozen ground.
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