Effective Microorganisims

The Difference Between Bokashi and Compost

Posted by Eric Lancaster on

I have seen a lot of discussion on the net where people are confused/wondering about the differences between compost and bokashi. Since Bokashi is a foreign terms (it's Japanese, meaning fermented organic matter), I can understand. Some visuals would help. Luckily, our sister company in New Zealand loaded a video showing how to use the food waste right out of the buckets. You can see it is quite different than compost. Here are some simple explanations that should help get people get the idea. Composting is the aerobic breakdown of organic material. In order to make a proper compost, materials are turned,...

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Pet Odors: Flooring and Carpets

Posted by Eric Lancaster on

We all love our pets. However, it is inevitable that somewhere along the line there will be an accident. I remember I had a cat that used to like my wood stove...during the summer when the stove wasn't hot. Late in August, I noticed the living room started smelling a little funky and realized, for some odd reason, the cat was urinating on the bricks behind the wood stove. Had I not known about EM1, I don't think I would have ever gotten rid of the urine. And, cat urine has a horrible smell!!! I soaked the bricks with some Activated EM1 mixed...

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What is "bokashi"

Posted by Eric Lancaster on

Bokashi is really a term. It is Japanese for "fermented organic matter." The closest thing I would relate it to is silage. Silage is hay or grains that are fermented for livestock feed. The feed is collected in large piles, some water is added, and the pile is covered and allowed to ferment for an extended period of time. The fermentation process causes the lignin in the grains to break down so it can be easily digested by the livestock. Today most commercial feedlots go through so much feed that they do not have the time needed for the fermentation...

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Cats and skunks

Posted by Eric Lancaster on

When I lived back in Massachusetts there were a lot of skunks in the area. During the summer you could not mistake the smell. You would be driving along a wooded road and out of nowhere that smell would invade your senses! The thick stench of a nocturnal animal...the skunk. Your mind would flash to the old cartoons of Pepe Le Pu walking around with his tail wafting the odor trail... It you get too close, look out! The smell will bring tears to your eyes. While I was growing up, I always heard horror stories of dogs coming home...

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