I am having a hard time remembering when I started my inoculated bran flakes and newspapers. When you make your own inoculant from scratch, as I do, you end up with about a gallon of fermented lactobacillus. A tablespoon of lactobacillus, mixed with a tablespoon of molasses and a cup of water is enough to inoculate one pound of bran flakes. So, unless you are making a large batch of bokashi starter, you have over a half-gallon of lactobacillus mixture left over!
The leftover mixture only has a shelf life of a month, so I soaked about 50 sheets of newspaper today and closed them into airtight freezer bags. Then I soaked a few more sheets of newspaper, tore them into strips, and added them to my worm bins. The paper is bedding, but the worms love eating the bacteria!
I poured some more into my sprayer, added some compost tea, then proceeded to spray my garden and landscaping plants. Finally, I dumped the rest onto my freshly started compost heap. This will help break down the organic matter.
Two doctor’s appointments with grandchildren (missed the x-ray for the broken finger), a rare computer repair job, and plans to travel and help another relative cope with chemotherapy seem to dictate that I make my post today.