Wednesday, June 20, 2018

How to use the Bokashi Recycling System

What have you heard about composting? For some, the idea of composting can be a bit intimidating and even unpleasant. You may have seen the waste recycling units, and come to the conclusion that they’re cumbersome, require constant upkeep, and cause bad smells or swarms of insects in your home or garden. Contrary to these beliefs, composting is a relatively simple process and requires little maintenance after setup. Plus, everything you compost is one less thing in the landfills, so it’s great for the environment!

Take a look at our full video on using a Bokashi Food Waste System: 

The Bokashi Recycling System

Composting is an effective method of reusing organic waste from your kitchen. In only two weeks, you'll have valuable organic matter for your garden. Starting your own food waste recycling system is easy and affordable. You can either make your own compost kit with Bokashi bran or purchase a unit from a specialty retailer like TeraGanix.

A store-bought Bokashi food waste fermenter kit includes a sturdy plastic bucket and lid. Each recycling bucket has a spigot on the front, and inside, a durable strainer to separate solids from liquid. Each kit also comes with a bag of Bokashi bran mix.

How to setup a Bokashi Food Waste Fermenter

If you recently purchased - or are planning to purchase - a Bokashi recycling kit, use these tips to setup your unit and start composting:
  1. Place the strainer at the bottom of the bucket.
  2. Sprinkle a handful of the Bokashi mix inside, taking care not to clog the holes in the strainer.
  3. Add kitchen scraps to the bucket. Break down larger food scraps into smaller pieces, and pierce the skin of grapes, tomatoes and similar foods.
  4. Fill the bucket approximately two inches with food scraps, then sprinkle another handful of Bokashi mix over the top. Place a heavy plate on top to compact each layer and release air.
  5. Continue to alternate layers of organic material and Bokashi bran until the bucket is full or you run out of scraps.
  6. Completely seal the lid when finished and leave for at least two weeks
The sealed bucket can be kept in a convenient place with easy access, such as the cabinet under the sink or even in a closet. You can add all types of food scraps to your Bokashi recycling kit, including meat and dairy. Do not add inorganic materials like foils or plastics. If you start to notice an unpleasant smell, add more bran mix to the bucket. There should be a slight brine smell, like pickles, but no bad odors.

Every few days, use the spigot to drain off the liquid at the bottom of the recycling bucket. This liquid is known as Bokashi tea and can be used around the house or garden. You can pour the liquid down sink and tub drains in your bathroom, kitchen or laundry room. The Bokashi tea helps to unclog drains, keep pipe interiors smooth, and eliminate unpleasant odors. You can also use the liquid as a very powerful fertilizer for your plants. Just add one cup of Bokashi tea to four gallons of water and spray over plants!

Once the composting process is complete, bury the contents in your garden. Composting is a great way to reintroduce healthy microorganisms back into your garden and repair damaged soil. Learn more at last week’s blog post: Natural Remedies to Repair Damaged Soil.

The Negative Effects of Pesticides

Using pesticide lawn treatments are a common way for gardeners and farmers to keep unwanted pests and insects out of their fruits and vegetables. However, these chemicals can have a negative effect on our lives. Fortunately, organic repellents and treatments, such as EM 1, are becoming more popular and available over the past few years, making a healthier garden more available to us.

Just how do these chemical pesticides affect our lives? Check out some of their potentially harmful effects on our heath and children.


Although pesticides are not the sole cause of autism, they may be a heavy part of the equation. The condition has been arising in mothers that were exposed to chemicals while she was pregnant and in the early years of childhood. Scientists believe that too many chemicals are affecting the neurology bugs, such as staying off of your plants or causing them to die, it is probably affecting the neurology of children too.


Cancer has been linked to many chemicals that assist in agricultural growth. Scientists have found that these pesticides have been associated with not just one, but many types of cancer. By simply applying these chemicals to their garden, one is exposing themselves to the risk of breast, prostate, brain, bone, thyroid, colon, liver and lung cancer.

But even when one is exposed indirectly to pesticides, such as through parental use, it has been found to affect children in a terrible way. A study has shown that when a woman is pregnant with a child and is exposed to the pesticides, it can increase the risk for brain cancer in the child. Parental exposure includes before the child’s conception, during gestation and after birth. When the parents are exposed to the pesticides may also play a role in the different cellular changes for themselves that lead to cancer.

Infertility and Birth Defects

While we are the topic of pregnancy, one of the most well-known negative effects of pesticides is infertility. Infertility is commonly and consistently found to be a result of exposure to pesticides and agricultural chemicals. A popular weed killer that is used on golf courses and agriculture is Atrazine. Atrazine has been found in the tap water of many homes. This may be a reason why miscarriage and infertility rates are on the rise. Roundup has also been found to cause various birth defects in pregnant women. Pesticides do not only effect women. That same chemical in Roundup has also been known to damage or kill testicular cells in the first 48 hours of exposure. Other chemicals affect males too. The chemical used in strawberry fields and apple orchards have been found to lower testosterone levels.

So how can we avoid pesticides and pesticide exposure? Do not use pesticides on your garden and buy organic food. If your budget does not allow you to eat all organic, try to just buy organic fruit and vegetables. Making a small change can make all the difference in your life and in your children’s life!

The Health Benefits of Probiotics

We hear the word probiotics tossed around quite a bit these days. Whether it is at the grocery store or the doctor’s office, probiotics seem like an important topic about your health. However, what exactly are probiotics and how do you get them? Probiotics are a group of good bacteria that occur naturally in your body. Although they are naturally found in your body, they also can be found in common foods, like yogurt and over the counter liquids and supplements. These “good” bacteria are there to help control the harmful bacteria in your digestive system. Probiotics aids in digestion, bloating and is also known to help those who have irritable bowel syndrome.

There are two ways that probiotics are believed to protect our body. The first way is that they play a huge role in our digestive tract. Our digestive tract needs the right balance of good and bad bacteria, however, sometimes our lifestyle choices get in the way of that healthy balance. Sometimes, things like food choices, lack of sleep, stress, drugs and alcohol can influence and shift the amount of bacteria that is in your system. A healthy digestive tract will filter out any sort of toxins to prevent from damaging it. When it comes to healthy nutrients, the digestive tract will absorb it and help deliver it to necessary parts of our body.

However, bad bacteria does still play a role in our bodies so our digestive tract cannot eliminate all of it. There is a need for both the good and bad bacteria to be perfectly balanced in our bodies. When the balance is off or shifted, that causes problems such as diarrhea, muscle pain or urinary tract infections.

Probiotics also have a major impact on our immune system. Our immune system is vital when protecting against harmful toxins like germs. When it doesn't function properly or is weak, we can suffer from allergic reactions, autoimmune disorders, and infections. By maintaining the correct balance of probiotics and bad bacteria, our system should be able to protect against these disorders and infections. It is never too late to restore the balance in our immune system, anytime it is reestablished, our system can benefit.

An easy way to get the good bacteria in your system is by taking a daily liquid probiotics such as PRO EM 1. PRO EM 1 is a powerful liquid probiotic that is dairy, wheat and soy free. It is made from all natural and organic ingredients. Unlike yogurt, it has no added preservatives, added sugars or dyes. PRO EM 1 is friendly for almost any diet. This liquid probiotic supplement uses three groups of live, beneficial digestive enzymes to cleanse and remove toxins from your body.
PRO EM 1 daily probiotic cleanses and supplements utilizing a cutting-edge technology known as EM Technology. This EM technology involves using a broad spectrum of beneficial bacteria, digestive enzymes and all of their metabolites produced during fermentation to provide a more complete probiotic and benefits to the digestive system.