Temperature and moisture are the biggest determinants of bacterial activity. If it is below 40 degrees or above 90 degrees the bacteria will either go dormant or die. The kenkashi is activated by contact with water and will continue to be effective as long as the temperature is within that range and the soil is moist. The fact that the kenaf holds water so well helps to maintain a suitable moisture level without constant watering.
There is a more controlled bacterial population in the KENKASHI than in compost tea. Also, the kenaf holds the bacteria for longer for slower and more lasting release of the microbes without danger of evaporation.
No, it is not a fertilizer. It should be applied in combination with fertilizer or plant food. It breaks down the nutrients for the plants. That’s why it is particularly well suited to the Bokashi composting method, because the kitchen scraps provide the food that the bacteria need.
There are already microbes in the soil, but increasing the microbial population directly onto fertilizer or organic waste of any kind accelerates the digestion and decomposition.
Yes, they are essential in any kind of stressed environment because bacterial life in those environments is not constantly renewed by natural decomposition cycles in the same way as they are in a more natural setting.
Depending on the general health of the environment, the microbes may not be as necessary after a while, but it depends on a wide variety of factors such as rainfall, air quality, organic matter in the soil.
The time it takes to see results will vary depending on the specific conditions of your composting system and the type and amount of food scraps being fermented. As long as you use microbes consistently, you will start seeing results within a few weeks. Your plants will look healthier and fuller. Compost piles typically take longer, but breakdown time is cut in half with the application of microbes.
Microbes work best in conjunction with regenerative gardening and farming approaches. Chemical pesticides and fertilizers are not recommended as they effect the health and viability of microbial life, and it is advised to replace chemical approaches with microbial amendments when possible.
Our products last up to a year when kept in the right conditions; it is best to keep the liquid microbes out of direct sun and in a cool environment, like a garage or shed.
Kenkashi can be used as a compost accelerant for traditional composting. It can be mixed with food scraps and yard waste to help break down faster and product nutrient rich compost in a shorter period of time.
Definitely! Bokashi is faster than traditional aerobic composting. This means it can produce nutrient-rich bokashi in a shorter period of time, which is beneficial for people who live in cities where space is limited.
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