Back to Bokashi


I mowed yesterday, and after spreading my finished compost around, I started another compost pile.  So, since it was a nice day, I turned the pile and did some work on my bokashi buckets.  Some of it is experimental, so I will try to deal with it in list format to remember all that I have done:


  • Laid out two pounds of wheat bran that has been inoculated with lactobacillus serum to dry outside spread out on my picnic table.  It has been a while coming!
  • Inoculated 28 full newspaper sheets with some of the remainder of the serum that I started 16 days ago.  Then I placed all the folded newspapers in a one-and-a-half gallon zip-close plastic freezer storage bag, squeezed the air out, and placed the closed bag in a cool dark place in my basement to allow the papers to ferment.
  • Checked my other bag of inoculated newspapers and decided to allow them to ferment a while longer before drying them.  I have my inoculated wheat bran ready for action in my “wet” bokashi bucket.
  •  Decided to try making serum from barley, instead of rice.  Why not?  Why don’t you try soy?


  • What exactly are the effective microorganisms?
  • What are indigenous organisms?  Do you have to use imported rice, non-chlorinated water?
  • How about using packaged yeast, since this is a fermentation process?  Which one, baker’s, lager beer, ale, or wine yeast?
  • How about malting or mashing the grain?  EM can reportedly survive 5,000 degrees F.

I will follow up with pictures later.  Happy composting!


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recent last-minute retiree, husband, father, grandfather, student, technology nerd, fabricator, builder, etc., trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.
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