bio ferments

Anaerobic fermentation: Drums are covered tightly to prevent the entry of air, and stored in a cool and dry place for a period of 30 days. Thereafter it will be ready for use.

Reproduction of Mountain Microorganisms (MM)

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Reproduction of MM is a process of reproducing beneficial microorganisms, obtained from a natural forest, by giving them the right conditions for their growth.

EdibleScapes MM Recipe – Anaerobic Solid-State Fermentation (the fermentation process inwhich dry organic raw materials are decomposed by anaerobicbacteria)

  • 1 partmicroorganisms from local rainforest
  • 1 partmicroorganisms from site bamboo
  • 1 part coffee ground from local coffee shop
  • Fruit macerate(softened by partially decomposing) in worms leachate (solution fromleaching)
  • Water withoutchlorine  

Collect decomposing leaf litter from bamboo roots. Collected MM from bamboo-stands are full of bacteria and good for the garden soil. Bamboo roots secrete sugar and attract a lot of microbes.

Microorganisms have been collected from the Nerang forest (rainforest spot). Decomposing leaf litter was collected from under old-growth trees from around the roots. Samples of MM from under the trees are full of fungii, and good for shrubs and trees.

Other places to collectfrom are worm casting/bins, decaying leaf litter or leaf soil from the insideof a large lantana bush.

Coffee grounds were collected and dried out in the sun, as a source of protein and carbohydrate.

Banana and fruit juice macerate
Fruit juice macerate

As a source of energy, use fruit juice (macerate 6 days in compost worm Leachate) for microorganisms to reproduce.

Water without chlorine: Allow water to sit in the sun for over 24 hours, and the chlorine dissipates into the environment.

Procedure to encourage the growth of MM:

8 June EdibleScapes Working Bee   boys play with dirt.

On a clean floor, the decomposing bush leaves (microorganisms) and the coffee grounds were mixed well with the macerated fruit juice-worm leachate, still 40% moistened

The mixture should have optimal moisture. It can be tested by squeezing the mixture and having no water come out through the fingers.  It should form a ball that breaks easily when pressed.

It is compacted to eliminate any possible air.

Anaerobic fermentation: The bucket was covered tightly to prevent the entry of air, and stored in a cool and dry place for a period of 30 days. Thereafter it will be ready for use.

In the anaerobic MM mixture, diverse types of beneficial microorganisms were reproduced. If correctly stored, it can last up to 2 years.

In the second week of July, EdibleScapes will active MM liquid to use at the Edible Landscapes Gardens to:

  • Improves the soil health, crop productivity and quality of produce.
  • Stimulates seed germination and root growth
  • Protects the crops from being attacked by disease causing organisms.  

As well, EdibleScapes will use MM in the preparation of Bokashi, Bio-ferments and Bio-crop repellents. A portion of this organic fertilizer will be available to the Gold Coast Organic Growers community to be swapped for fundraising for the Edible Landscape Gardens and its composting program.