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!