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complete list of Bokashi and AFM benefits and related products

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List of known Bokashi uses and derivatives:

  • wet Bokashi: 2 month shelf life; useful-summary-of-bokashi-making
  • dry Bokashi: 2 year shelf life for pre-composting kitchen waste; dry the wet bokashi with lowest-setting-oven or heat-mat or in the sun; store sealed in shade
  • chicken feed: wet or dry bokashi to reduce manure smell + improve gut health  
  • livestock feed additive: 1-2% by weight to grain, silage, haylage or hay;  (gut health)
  • Bokashi Tea: 1:3 (finished bokashi solid: water); brew 1-2d; use as fertilizer
  • Bokashi Juice: (the liquid that collects at bottom of pail) smells strongly if not collected within 48hrs; 100:1 water:bokashi_juice;  use as fertilizer
  • Bokashi solids: put in worm bin OR bury 6" in garden / planters OR bury in compost 
  • Odor control: spread over animal wastes, garden soil, animal pens, or on compost; drastically changes micro-flora.
  • Bokashi Balls:  bokashi + activated FM kneaded into mudballs placed at bottoms of ponds, rivers or sewage lagoons
  • the word "bokashi" as a verb: we can now say things like "your cooking experiment failed; just bokashi it"

List of known AFM (Activated Friendly Microbes) uses and benetis:

  • Odor control,
  • Sewage treatment
  • Toxic waste remediation.
  • Pond and waterways remediation
  • compost accelerator (by up to 35%)
  • soil treatment for gardens, crops and pasture
  • converts soil to zymogenic soil (truly sustainable) with continuous use
  • Greater crop resistance to drought, salinity, excessive heat,/cold, disease and low light;
  • Animal waste/bedding, barn manure
  • Protecting building materials,
  • Animal health (in feed and drink)
  • Antifungal/mold treatment, (New Orleans)
  • Lawn/turf treatment
  • Insect repellent
  • Bokashi and bokashi derivatives
  • Biomass preparations for conversion to biodiesel
     
      
Warnings and Notes:
  • does not compensate for failure to establish proper ratio of C:N
  • Benefits for Septic/Sewage/Sludge: massive odor reduction, H2S, H4, mercaptans, sludge, pathogenics, toxic molds, flies, bad algae      reduction in BOD (biological oxygen demand), COD (chemical oxygen demand), SS (suspended solids), DS (dissolved solids)     increase in DO (dissolved oxygen), speed and efficacy of waste digestion, greater throughput, nutrient quality of product reduction in nitric acid, nitrous acid, sulfuric acid, nitrates, nitrites, Cd, Cr, Hg, As, Cu, Pb, Ni, chromates, phosphates;  reduction in rust/corrosion of metal equipment, normalisation of extreme pH, and the need for toxic waste management products;  reduction in chlorinated hydrocarbons, pesticides, herbicides, aldehydes, formaldehydes, nitrosamines  ;   requires "breaking in period" few days - 2 months (odor control is quick, but other factors may actually get worse for a while); can decrease sludge biomass from 15% to 90% over time  (add molasses daily to septic system to unclog it over several months);  sometimes septic systems are already hopelessly clogged and should be dealt with prior to hoping AFM will solve the problem; healthy used septic system: SAEM 1:20000 volume of 1:1:10 EM once and again a month and 2 months later;   ongoing treatment for new waste: add AFM 1:10000 of  1:1:20 AFM daily; 
  • Benefits for soil:  increases in beneficial microbes, fungi, soil mycorrhizae, quality of produce, brix, storage life, health, hardiness,
    resistance     
  • avoid applying strong concentrations to buds and flowers (causes burn-off due to lactic acid content, or flower fermentation) 
  • avoid applying to soil within 2 weeks of planting germinating seeds (causes fermentation of seeds) or use very low 1:20000  treating bare soil: 1:1:600 AFM:molasses:water 24hrs;  1gal/acre/month decrease to 3-4mo after 2 yrs unless soil in really bad shape
     

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