In this issue we talk getting ready for Spring, and have added great eZing subscriber discounts available until August 4th .
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Getting Ready For Spring

Preparation for spring and the new gardening season will most likely, or soon will occupy your mind.
To get the best from your garden we recommend that you follow this simple process.
  • Start by making a plan or sketch of your garden plot and mark out areas where you might best plant out your early crops.
  • Next, physically mark out the area in the garden itself so that you can maximise space. Take into account the width each particular crop will take e.g. a cabbage will need more space than carrots.
  • Dig trenches along the planting lines and gradually fill these with your ZingBokashi fermented waste and you will soon have a small area ready to plant over once the weather and temperature allows. Continue this process across your garden as space allows.
  • If you haven’t already done so, a dressing of compost together with an application of lime [preferably fine lime] will greatly assist the build up of soil organic matter.
he image above is 10 days following the application of fermented food waste into the soil and shows beneficial fungi growing on the soil surface – a good sign.
The image above is 10 days following the application of fermented food waste into the soil and shows beneficial fungi growing on the soil surface – a good sign.

Also recommended particularly for root crops is a dressing of a quality phosphate product such as Guano. This is recommended plant root development and phosphate greatly enhances root crops.

Once up and established all crops will benefit from 1-2 side dressings of the soil microbial inoculant EarthZing and regular spraying of the juice extract from your ZingBokashi system [dilute 1part juice to 500 part water and spray 7-10 daily for best results].

Good gardening and lets get back to Earth.


Order EarthZing and/or Guano by Sunday 4th August and receive a discount of 10%.  
Just enter Coupon Code ezing13 at the checkout to receive the discount.


Significant Food Waste Reduction at Milford School

Last year a food waste recycling system was set up at Milford School on Auckland’s North Shore.

Teacher Michelle reports -

Since we began using the Bokashi System at Milford School, we have significantly reduced the amount of food that goes into landfill from approx 60% to less than 5%. We have also produced compost for our school gardens and taught/demonstrated to the children how to run the Bokashi system which in turn teaches the concepts of sustainability and organic gardening. Each class takes it in turn to host the Bokashi bin for their syndicate of classes, for a term. 
Children also help to dig the Bokashi into the gardens and we use the Bokashi juice to water/fertilise our school plants.

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Many other NZ schools are also following this process and similar results are not uncommon plus the education benefits to children are enormous. 

 

A couple of questions from users

Q. I was just wondering why your website says not to add meat bones to the bokashi?  Even if the EM can't ferment them, lots of people dig their bones into their garden.  Would it not be okay to dig them in along with the rest of the bokashi compost? 

A. Yes, you can add fish and meat bones however note that meat bones are very dense and will not decompose for many years. Fish and chicken bones being less dense will break down in the soil reasonably well. So really it is a personal choice.

Q. Should the juice be diluted before putting on the plants in the garden?  If so, what percentage of water should I use?  How long can I keep the juice before it loses it's beneficial properties?

A. For application to plants, juice should be diluted 1 part juice to 500 parts water approx 1-2 teaspoons per 5 litres of water. Juice should be removed from your bucket each 2-3 days and is best used as soon as possible. Juice can be stored in an airtight bottle for later use if refrigerated, though should be kept for no longer than 7 days.    

Guano

Guano

Mainphos Guano fertiliser is a product derived from seabird droppings and is totally organic. On special this week only for our loyal eZing subscribers.
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EarthZing 2.5kg

Earth Zing
SOIL ENHANCER

Add extra Zing to your soil.  Earth Zing is formulated to complement your fermented waste, improving the fertility of your soil for even better plant growth.  Also on special to you for the next week!
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