What can I do with EM® Bokashi?
EM® Bokashi can be thought of as a dry version of EM•1®. Although it has fewer microbes per ml, it does contain billions of microbes that can be used for a variety of applications. Here are a few of the most common uses: Recycling food waste, amending the soil, cleaning waterways and ponds, soaking up spills, using in place of kitty litter, using in place of fertilizers.
How do I make my own EM® Bokashi?
Here is a recipe: EM Bokashi.
My Bokashi isn't fermenting. Do you have any suggestions?
EM Bokashi works best at warmer temperatures. Try increasing the temperature where it is stored. Has it been at least one week in a closed container?
Do I have to use rice bran and Super Cera powder to make EM® Bokashi?
No, wheat bran is commonly used, and the Super Cera Powder is just to help condition the soil. Rice bran has more vitamins and may be a better choice as a soil amendment. You can use any dried plant material to make EM® Bokashi such as leaves, hay, sawdust, rice hulls, etc.
How long will a two-pound package of EM® Bokashi last me?
One pound should be enough for one of the buckets we supply (about 5 gallons of food waste).
How long will the organisms in the EM® Bokashi stay alive?
Depending on conditions, anywhere from one to five years. That makes an average of about three years. It is important that it does not get wet and is kept in a closed container.
What do I do with the juice that drains into the bottom of the EM® Bokashi Bucket Fermenter?
Drain every day, dilute at one teaspoon per gallon of water and feed plants. If you have too much to use, pour down the drain or into a compost pile.
Why does the juice in the bottom of the bucket smell? Has it gone bad?
The juice does have a pretty strong odor. If it smells rotten, it has gone bad. It tends to go bad in a matter of days, which is why you should drain the bucket at least every two days.
Will EM® Bokashi get rid of pesticides and chemicals in some mulch that I want to compost or in some things that I have put in my EM® Bokashi Bucket?
Yes. The microbes in EM® Bokashi are known to break down petroleum-based products. Almost all pesticides are petroleum-based.
I live in a cold climate and the soil freezes over in winter. What can I do with the fermented Bokashi in winter?
Pre-dig a hole and/or keep a compost pile going and add it to the compost pile during the winter.
I will be away for a couple weeks and will not be able to drain the juice out of the bottom of the bucket. Is there a way I can keep my buckets going while I'm gone?
Yes, start a new bucket before you leave. Take out the strainer in the bottom and add in about 2 inches of shredded newspaper (not the colored ink parts, black and white only). Add about 1/4 cup EM•1® Bokashi and fill as normal. The paper in the bottom will soak up the liquid while you are gone.