What’s bokashi all about?

The other day, I received a question from a student writing an essay about bokashi. What’s it about, basically? So very cool that this is happening! That students are writing essays and dealing with these all important issues of soil, food waste, sustainability, in a hands on, practical manner. Anyhow, just to get the conversationContinue reading “What’s bokashi all about?”

Bones! In the bokashi or not?

Finally it seems spring is here! Yesterday, I was poking around in my boxes, checking how the soil was doing, deciding which ones needed a top-up of bokashi, which plants were going to go where this year. You know, that delicious pre-season joy when everything is still possible — nothing has gone wrong yet, andContinue reading “Bones! In the bokashi or not?”

Why the soil under our feet is so damn important

How come no one talks about soil? There’s always a lot of discussion about water, about energy, about wildlife, about air. All good. But it’s always been very quiet on the soil front. But now, finally, it seems soil is up on the agenda. The global Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has got started with a seriesContinue reading “Why the soil under our feet is so damn important”

Coffee grounds. Free to a good home.

“Hello gardeners! Please take some coffee grinds for your garden!” What gardener could resist that? Well, unfortunately I had to as I was just a tourist passing by. But I was seriously tempted to drag some home to the friends we were staying with. Coffee grounds are just great in the garden. The nice thingContinue reading “Coffee grounds. Free to a good home.”

Some excellent EM recipes from teraganix.com in the US

If you’ve been into bokashi for a while, perhaps it’s time to branch out into some new zone for your experiments? Make your own activated bran, maybe — way cheaper and fun to do. Or activate the EM mother culture (EM-1®) and make your own activated EM to use in the garden. Does wonders for theContinue reading “Some excellent EM recipes from teraganix.com in the US”

Pop-up gardening in Christchurch

Christchurch, the third-biggest city in New Zealand, has had a terrible time the last years. They got hit with a huge earthquake in 2010, an even more traumatic one in 2011, and then the quakes and uncertainty just kept coming. The city centre has long been razed but the go-ahead for new building hasn’t really come untilContinue reading “Pop-up gardening in Christchurch”

Bokashi a hit in restaurants and offices in New Zealand

Just a few years ago Bokashi was something that people quietly did in their homes and back yards. A bit embarrassing to discuss it with the neighbors, bit of a hippy warning. Now it’s really gone mainstream and can be found in the best of restaurants and the most professional of offices. This film fromContinue reading “Bokashi a hit in restaurants and offices in New Zealand”

Drain your scraps before they land in the Bokashi bin!

One of biggest frustrations people have with their Bokashi bin, it seems, is that now and then it smells. Not just a bit, but really, really off. Not good for goodwill in the family or recruiting friends and neighbors to the cause. Mostly, people try to solve the problem by tossing in more bran. GraduallyContinue reading “Drain your scraps before they land in the Bokashi bin!”

Just found an EM Teachers’ Manual

Just stumbled across this great guide to using Bokashi and EM in schools. A 37-page manual aimed at teachers to help start up a Bokashi-based composting project in the classroom. Maybe not everything is relevant to where you live, but it’s something I haven’t seen before and gives you a lot of ideas for practicalContinue reading “Just found an EM Teachers’ Manual”

Bokashi instead of chemicals in El Salvador

Interesting. Inspiring. And a positive boost to the hope account. After years of hard-hitting chemical usage, local communities in El Salvador are going green. Out with Monsanto and its “free” seeds, in with EM and Bokashi. This article by Brad Nahill takes us into the world of local farmers who are fed up. The “greenContinue reading “Bokashi instead of chemicals in El Salvador”