In this article we will talk about the basic pillars of the EM technique that centers itself around the soil’s micro-life. The symbioses that certain micro-organisms form with plants can benefit our marijuana plants so much that it can make it hard for pests to attack. Don’t forget that this technique is used in agriculture in countries like Japan, with the result being that vegetables are free of any traces of chemical fertilizer or heavy metals.
The taste of the vegetables produced with these techniques will always be better than those produced using other methods (chemical fertilizers).
A little bit about the history of the EM technique (Effective Micro-organisms) and Bokashi
The words Bokashi is Japanese and means “fermentation”.
Fermentation has been used by humans since the beginning—clear examples being beer, yogurt and cheese. It has long been responsible for providing beneficial microbes to humans, helping to regulate basic bodily processes such as digestion.
Every culture has reaped the benefits of fermented foods, human and plant alike. In my personal opinion, the rise of industry in vegetable production has been responsible for the disappearance of these time-honored techniques, replacing them with chemical fertilizers for increased production volume. I can’t deny the fact that using these types of fertilizers do achieve higher yields, but I can assure you that they will never be able to compete in terms of quality achieved when using this technique, since the production of smells and tastes will be much greater than with the use of classic fertilizers. In 1970 the Japanese farmer Teruo Higa discovered that a combination of 80 different micro-organisms were capable of positively influencing the decomposition of organic material, resulting in a beneficial process for the environment and the creation of new life.
Basic concepts for Lactobacillus production
The procedures for the preparation of the mixture aren’t expensive and in many cases, we can find the necessary materials in our own home.
1- Put rice and chlorine free water in a water bottle and shake. Doing this we will be able to get all of the starch out of the rice. Once we see that the water has taken on a whitish color, strain it and return it into the bottle where it was previously shaken with the rice in it. The strained rice can be saved to be eaten later.
2– Put the cap on loosely and set in a cabinet or similarly light-free area. (5-7 days)
3— Then, strain off the top layer that has formed on the mixture and keep the liquid in order to continue with the process.
4- Measure the quantity of rice water that you have and add one part fermented rice water to 10 parts milk and leave this to sit for 5 to 7 days.
5– After, you will see that another top layer has formed. This can be used for your garden, divided it into small quantities in order to distribute the micro-organisms.
On the other hand you will also have the liquid solution in which beneficial microbes can be found, though in an inactive form.
6– Add a spoonful of molasses, or honey if you don’t have molasses, in order to keep the micro-organisms fed (active) and you can keep the solution in a fresh, dry are for use.
7- To make use of it, you should mix one part of the liquid with 20 parts chlorine free water. Now your EM-1 solution is ready.
A trick in order to know if we have done everything in the correct order and haven’t make any mistakes, is to smell the mixture once the process has finished. If the mixture has a strong rotten smell, we should throw it out since for one reason or another, the mixture has been contaminated by other agents and hasn’t come together correctly.
If on the other hand, the smell is of fermentation, but light, we can use this mixture, as long as it is always with chlorine free water.
Benefits of this mixture for marijuana plants
This mixture can be used as much with recently germinated plants or cuttings, as with growing or flowering plants, since the mixture will be providing beneficial microbes that they need at all stages.
You will see that plants being treated with this mixture are much less likely to contract illnesses, since these microbes are symbiotic with our marijuana plants, helping them to confront all sorts of adversaries.
Another factor that we should keep in mind is that the use of beneficial micro-organisms improves the quality of the soil and increases its absorption of nutrients. For that reason, we should remember to add this fertilizer once a week in order to avoid soil depletion.
Another interesting thing that has been noted with the use of beneficial micro-organisms is that it has been able to eliminate bothersome smells in pig farming, since it can contribute beneficial organisms when given along with food to our companion animals, helping to eliminate the bad smells associated with their waste and helping their intestinal systems.
Later we will talk about the Bokashi concept, and other preprations like EM-5, but that’s for another post.
Until then, thanks to all our readers and healthy green to all of you!
– To all of my readers: sorry for the error, and I hope that it hasn’t caused you any problems.