Garden Solution

EM-1® Microbial Inoculant is a probiotic for plants and soils. Other beneficial microbes, worms, and insects, benefit what it is used regularly as it often either becomes a food or secretes beneficial substances that feed other beneficial microbes, such as mycorrhiza.
Use a combination of EM-1® Microbial Inoculant and TeraKashi Bokashi Fertilizer to grow incredible plants in your garden and landscape. Whether you grow organically or not, EM-1® is the solution for you. Explore this section to figure how to incorporate some EM Technology® in how you grow.

EM-1® Soil Treatment Guidelines:

  • Prepare the soil with lots of organic matter. 
  • Spray till wet with a solution of 1 ounce EM-1® per gallon of water. You can use a hose-end spray and set at 1oz per gallon. 

EM-1® Foliar Treatment Guidelines:

  • EM-1® foliar treatments are best applied in the morning before 10am and in the evening after 3pm.
  • A hose-end sprayer is recommended to use for application of the EM-1®. If a garden hose cannot access the garden a handheld or tank sprayer will work.
  • EM-1® can be added to water or foliar spray solutions that include liquid fertilizers, mineral supplements, or teas. Add the EM-1® to the spray solution just before application. 
  • You can use 1oz per gallon to spray flowers. 
  • For best results, spray at least once per week, but no more than once daily.  

Cut Flowers:
One of the biggest problems with cut flowers is that they wilt (called shrink in the floral industry). Florists use all kinds of synthetic products to treat and attempt to prevent this from happening. EM-1® is a great way to keep from having to use these chemicals at home, and the flowers with stay fresh longer too.

Just add EM-1® to their water. It will keep the gunk from forming in the water and will also prevent the water from starting to smell, while keeping your cut flowers beautiful and fresh longer.

Extend the bloom time of your favorite cut flowers by adding just 1 teaspoon of EM-1® per gallon of water.

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Growing A Beautiful Lawn with Effective Microorganisms®
A great looking lawn can give a tremendous amount of satisfaction to any homeowner and a well maintained lawn improves the value of your home. Please visit The Sensible Gardener and Landscaper to learn more about lawns and turf. Remember, the most important factor to successful gardening is to have nutrient rich soil that is loaded with beneficial microbes. Effective Microorganisms® is an essential part of a successful program. In addition to our EM® Organic Soil Conditioners, Fertilizer Amendments & Compost Accelerants, you can also add humates and Mycorrhizal inoculants.

Recommendations for a successful EM-1® Program:

  • In the spring apply 1 pound EM-1® Bokashi per 100 square feet of lawn and 1 pound Terra Powder per 1,000 square feet.
  • Apply the EM-1® with any type of sprayer or inject EM-1® into an irrigation system once per week from end of frost to hard frost (spring through beginning of winter). It is best to apply EM-1® in the mornings or evenings, before or after rainfall/irrigation, and after mowing.
  • Use with organic or conventional fertilizers.
  • Use a "mulching mower" to chop and re-deposit grass clippings. Spray EM-1® on the turf after mowing. This enables the clippings to rapidly breakdown into stable organic matter for the soil. Organic matter particles provide a home for EM-1® to establish in the soil.
FrequencyRate
Every 1-4 weeks1.5 oz / 100 square feet, 15 oz/ 1000 square feet, or 5 gallons per acre
Sprayer setting: 1 ounce EM-1® per gallon water (1:100)

One gallon of EM-1 Microbial Inoculant, used directly from the bottle, will treat 8,400 square feet. If you activate the product, it will treat 184,800 square feet! As you can see, it is in your best financial interest to learn how to make Activated EM-1!

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When irrigating a garden with EM-1® moisten the top 3-4 inches of soil to ensure that the EM-1®penetrates into the rhizosphere (root zone), or apply after rain.

EM-1® soil treatments should be more frequent during your first couple of years of use to ensure the populations of beneficial microbes in EM-1® are established. Over time, EM-1® will improve soil structure, moisture retention, and nutrient cycling allowing EM•1® application frequency to be reduced. Applications are not soil specific or plant specific. However, in sandy soils that tend to not hold moisture, the addition of organic matter is crucial to success with any product. Follow some of the instructions for making bokashi or compost with EM-1® in addition to a regular EM-1® program.

Based on years of experience we have learned that the optimum application rate for average soils in most climates is equal to a rate of 40 gallons per acre per year for the first one to two years. The will result in an average household with a 1/2 acre of yard buying 1 gallon of EM-1® per year and activating it into 22 gallons of Activated EM-1® for use on all landscaping and gardening areas, including vegetable gardens, flower gardens, and lawns. You may wish to have a soil analysis before using EM-1®. Soils that have higher levels of organic matter and have not been treated with conventional synthetic fertilizers will require significantly less EM-1® than soils with low organic matter and those that have been treated with synthetic fertilizers, are compacted, and have had high incidences of diseases in the past.

For best results, incorporate EM-1® with lots of organic matter, getting the organic matter percentage up to 3% or higher. Combine EM-1® with organic (carbon-based) materials such as humates, plant wastes, and/or animal manures on a regular basis. Also practicing minimum tillage will help maintain that organic matter.

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The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi

The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi

EM-1® Soil Treatment Guidelines:
Prepare the soil with lots of organic matter. On farms, we have growers applying 5-10 tons per acre per year. Compost, worm casting, or fermented food waste would work.

Spray soil till wet with a solution of 1 ounce EM-1® per gallon of water. You can use a hose-end sprayer and set at 1oz per gallon. We are shooting for roughly 40 gallons per acre per year of Activated EM-1®. Generally, we suggest applying up to 3 gallons per acre per week of Activated EM-1 throughout the growing season.

Follow up with weekly foliar spraying as follows:

EM-1® Foliar Treatment Guidelines:

  • EM-1® foliar treatments are best applied in the morning before 10am or in the early evening after 5pm. 
  • A hose-end sprayer is recommended to use for application of the EM-1®. If a garden hose cannot access the garden a handheld or tank sprayer will work.
  • EM-1® can be added to water or foliar spray solutions that include liquid fertilizers, mineral supplements, or teas. Add the EM-1 ® to the spray solution just before application. 
  • You can use 1oz per gallon to spray all landscape plantings. 
  • For best results, spray at least once per week, but no more than once daily.

Calculate how much EM-1 you need:

SizeAmount EM-1® per yearAmount Activated EM-1®
per week
1 Acre (43,560sq feet)2 gallons1 gallon
1,000 square feet5.88 ounces2.5 ounces
100 square feet0.58 ounces0.24 ounce /half teaspoon
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The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi

Growing great tasting highly nutritious vegetables starts from the soil. Be sure to produce the best soil possible. This starts with building soil structure with high populations of beneficial microorganisms and nutrients. We offer several ways to do this in our site. These include making compost, making bokashi with plant and/or animals manures and fermented food wastes. Use all these methods and combine with weekly applications of EM-1® and soon you'll be producing nutrient dense vegetables that have better flavor and last about twice as long as store-bought produce.

EM-1® Soil Treatment Guidelines:
Prepare the soil with lots of organic matter. Refer to the Compost, Bokashi Method and Fermented Food Waste information in this site for some ideas.
Soil can also be conditioned with our EM-1® Rice Bran Bokashi. For a 100x4 foot bed (400 square feet), we would use 20lbs of the EM-1® Bokashi.
Spray till wet with a solution of 1 ounce EM-1® per gallon of water. If you have an irrigation system, you can get a fertilizer injector and set it to 1:128 and treat with EM-1® once per week in your irrigation cycle and treat with a nutrient solution once per month. If using organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion, you can mix together at a rate of 50/50 and run through the irrigation system together.

EM-1® Foliar Treatment Guidelines:
Foliar treatments are a great way to increase available nutrients, especially ones that do not travel up the plant, to increase nutrient levels near the fruits. This is done at least once per week starting at sprouting and going all the way up to day of harvest. The vitamins, enzymes, and all other nutrients in EM-1® help support vigorous plant growth and pull in other nutrients in the foliar mix.Foliar Spraying
You can use a hose end sprayer and set at 1oz per gallon and follow these guidelines at least once per week.

  • EM-1® foliar treatments are best applied in the morning before 10am and in the evening after 3pm or 4pm.
  • A hose-end sprayer is recommended to use for foliar application of the EM-1®. If a garden hose cannot access the garden a handheld sprayer or tank sprayer will work. 
  • EM-1® can be added to water or foliar spray solutions that include liquid fertilizers (conventional and organic), mineral supplements, or teas. Add the EM-1® to the spray solution just before application. 
  • You can use 1oz per gallon to spray flowers.
  • For best results, spray at least once per week, but no more than once daily.
  • Spray leaves until moist.
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The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi

The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi

Treating a pond with Effective Microorganisms® once per month (And, we're usually talking about Activated EM-1®) will keep enough beneficial microbes in the system to keep nutrient levels low enough to improve overall water clarity. Interestingly, EM-1® also has the ability to neutralize salts, such as calcium, and prevent them from crystallizing on surfaces, a great benefit with water fountains using hard water. It will also clean the crystallized salts off the surfaces it comes in contact with.

On average, for a healthy pond or water garden, EM-1® Microbial Inoculant is applied once per month. The rate is 1 part EM-1® for every 10,000 parts water. Allow several weeks to a couple months for the EM-1® to work. Some slime (muck) from the bottom will slowly rise to the surface. Leave it and let nature do its thing as it will disappear shortly.

This chart is a quick reference guide to figure how much EM-1® you may need.

Pond Volume
(Gallons)
Amount EM-1® Microbial Inoculant (Monthly)
5,0000.5 gallon
10,0001 gallon
50,0005 gallons
100,00010 gallons
325,000 (1 acre foot)32.5 gallons
700,000 (1 acre foot x 2 feet deep)
70 gallons
1,000,000100 gallons

Higher concentrations are only necessary under extreme conditions where sludge and muck are choking out the pond. When the pond resembles a wastewater lagoon more than a pond, apply at the suggested rates every other week until the water clears. Once the water clears, reduce application rates to once per month for maintenance.

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Aerobic Method:
The turners and tumblers for composting are designed to allow air into the materials you wish to compost. Compost, by definition is the aerobic breakdown of organic matter. It is a rotting process. During this process, turning the contraption often and adding water keeps the materials moist. Adding Activated EM-1® to a compost pile helps increase the air flow into the pile, increasing the aerobic microbe populations in the pile. This means you can get more air transfer in a pile with less turning...or less work!

Add 10 ounces of Activated EM-1 ® for every cubic foot of material (or 90 ounces for a cubic yard).

Static Pile (Anaerobic Method):
This is usually for larger items like sticks and leaves that will take a longer time to break down than grass and food scraps. These piles are usually left for about a year and may be turned once or twice during that time.

Add about 10 ounces of Activated EM-1® for every cubic foot of material (or 90 ounces for a cubic yard).

Trenching:
Get rid of those piles and just dig a hole or trench. After digging a hole or trench that will hold all the organic materials you want to break down, simply back-fill the hold with the materials. As you add them to the hole, spray them until moist with a mixture of water and Activated EM-1 ®

Add about 10 ounces of Activated EM-1 ® for every cubic foot of material (or 90 ounces for a cubic yard).

Bokashi Method (Semi-anaerobic):
This is a quick fermentation method that is centuries old. Organic materials (carbon: leaves, grass, wood chips, etc.) are collected and piled. If adding fresh manure (cow, horse, chicken, pig, rabbit, etc.), mix at a ratio of 1 carbon: 20 parts manure.
As the materials are piled, water with a solution of EM-1®, molasses, and water (1:1:100). The moisture content of the pile should be about 30-35% moisture.

Once this is achieved, cover the pile with a tarp and weigh down with rocks and/ or boards. Fermentation will take about two weeks. The longer you let it sit, the better.

After the fermentation cycle is complete, the materials are ready to incorporate into the soil. You will likely see white mold on the pile. This is a beneficial mold and is a sign of success. Depending on what was used (food scraps, etc.) you will not want to mulch with this material as it will attract animals. If it is made only with plant material, you can mix it with compost or bark mulch to use as a mulch.

For piles larger than a cubic yard, the application rate of Activated EM-1 ® Microbial Inoculant is about 1-1.5 gallons per cubic yard, diluted into the water use to reach proper moisture for composting.

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The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi
The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi
The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi
The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi

The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi

Bokashi Composting: Why Bokashi Composting is Right For You

Introducing the Bokashi Composting System
Build healthy soil for lush gardens and delicious vegetables with Bokashi!

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The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi
The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi
The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi
The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi

The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi

Composting: easy as 1, 2, 3...

  • Fill the bucket with food waste 
    Simply add leftovers and sprinkle Bokashi in layers coating the food and close with the airtight lid. If you are using the bucket without a spigot, be sure to layer an inch of Bokashi rice bran powder at the bottom of the bin before you start adding food.
  • Let the bucket rest
    Once the bucket is full, let the food waste ferment for 1 to 2 weeks. If you are using the Deluxe Bokashi bucket with the spigot, drain the nutrient-rich fluid every other day. Use this liquid fertilizer to feed your garden or houseplants. All it takes is 1 teaspoon of this liquid per 1 gallon of water!
  • Reap your rewards!
    After the food waste has fermented in the Bokashi bucket, you can use the end product to improve the environment in several ways. Bury the waste in your garden, add it to an existing compost pile or worm bed, or feed it to livestock!

Reap your composting rewards!

  • Bury the waste in soil 
    Simply add to an existing garden bed or soil that needs amending. For best results, dig a trench, add in food waste, mix in some soil, and cover with 4 to 8 inches of soil.
  • Feed to livestock
    The pickled food waste is loaded with live beneficial microbes, vitamins, and amino acids that are excellent nutrient sources for your animals. 
  • Feed to your worms
    Worms love this stuff! The fermentation process softens the food waste, so the worms have an easier time breaking it down and it's loaded with the live bacteria worms just love to eat!
  • Add to your compost pile
    Simply dig into the compost pile and add the fermented waste. The abundant beneficial microbes in the food waste will speed along the composting as well!

"Bokashi" is Japanese for fermented organic matter and the Bokashi method does just that! The Bokashi compost system utilizes rice bran and beneficial microbes to break down materials into
a high quality soil additive. Faster, more compact and far less smelly than traditional food waste composting, Bokashi makes going green and repairing damaged soils easier than ever. Whether you live in an apartment, condo or home – your Bokashi compost kit will give you the means for efficient food waste composting. And, because the Bokashi system utilizes fermentation rather than decomposition to break down foods, there is no rancid smell to attract unwanted pests.

Teraganix offers two different Bokashi solutions: First we have the Bokashi Food Waste Recycling System
as seen on the left. It includes two Bokashi buckets, two easy-open lids, and 5lbs of Bokashi bran. This kit's buckets do not have a drain or collection system, making the process a bit more hands-free.

Our second kit – as seen on the right - comes with one fermentation bucket, 2lbs of Bokashi, one
easy-open lid, one sieve, one tamper, and one scoop for measuring Bokashi bran. The Deluxe
Bokashi Bucket Fermenter features a sieve and spigot to collect the liquid produced during fermentation.
This liquid is a concentrated fertilizer that can be used to feed all your plants inside and out of the home.

All our Bokashi buckets are specifically designed for the Bokashi system for recycling household
food wastes. They are compact for convenient use in the home and feature flexible, easy-open, air-tight lids.
The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Fermenter bucket is also infused with EM-X® Ceramic powders that accelerate
the fermentation process even more. Recycling food waste just doesn't get easier than this!

Once fermentation is complete you simply add the entire contents of the bucket into a hole and cover with
soil. Hose out the buckets after each use. The result is a low effort, high reward food recycling experience
that makes going green easier than ever.

Choose the Bokashi Composting System that works best for you!

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  • 2 buckets
  • 2 easy-open airtight lids
  • 5lbs Bokashi
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The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi
The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi
The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi
The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi

The Deluxe Bokashi Bucket Food Waste Fermenter Kit with 2 lb Bokashi

  • 1 bucket with spigot
  • 1 strainer
  • 1 pry-able lid
  • 1 scoop & 1 tamper
  • 2lbs Bokashi
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