In my previous post about organic fertilizers, I have already shared with you how we make fish amino acid (FAA), fermented fruit juice (FFJ), and fermented plant juice (FPJ) as fertilizers for our moringa farm. We have started making our own rice bran compost, but before doing that, I had to prepare one important ingredient, the Effective Microorganism (EM-1) concoction.
Effective Microorganism (EM-1)
After one week, my EM-1 concoction is ready. For the rice bran compost, we mix rice bran, our EM-1 concoction, sugar, water, some salt, and either FPJ, FAA, or IMO. We pack them in airtight plastic bags and containers and wait two weeks for it to ferment. After two weeks, the rice bran compost is ready to use. This saves us a lot of time as opposed to traditional composting. I used to collect left over/scrap vegetable and fruit peeling and put them in our composting bin, but it takes 3 months for the left overs to ferment before I am able to use them.
Rice Bran Compost
Good rice bran compost will have white molds, similar to the one in the picture above. If the rice bran compost has either green, blue, or black molds, it means the rice bran did not ferment correctly and they will have to be dried and re-fermented.