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YES my bokashi was a success!! Its beautifully incorperated into dark soil now.

Im really happy!!!!

growing food, $ 

I also want to start clothes pick ups.

All that fabric wasted, sold for extremely high prices second hand.

Instead, could be making furniture cushions, roll up beds, diapers, socks, carpets, sweaters, boots, boot covers.

More and more people are poor and homeless. These textiles can easily be converted into nomadic items we all need.

Its just... time and money and spoons..

@anarchiv ooo sounds nice! Yea the lack of stability makes it hard to plan.

Ive seen great vermicomposting set ups with phases where the worms travel up from soil medium to the waster areas with grids or large holes, they make their way up (the red wigglers anyway) to the food source, at the bottom is a drain to catch any run off.

Something similar could be done with buckets, where the lid is mostly a screen/grid, the worms travel up, and when a new bucket is full you let them migrate

@anarchiv it would be much easier to move a handful of stragglers then move all the worms every time. Only adding for to the top bucket/drawer/container theyll make their way up and when a drawer/bucket is fully composted its moved lower down in the stack.

the expensive ones are designed this way, but it could be done with buckets or modified furniture

@PentagramPip Thanks for the advice! I'm currently using a similar system for combined hot / cold composting. I'm a bit proud I managed to figure that one out myself.

@PentagramPip huh, I was actually thinking about something like that! It's bugging me that I'm not allowed to set up a composter in the garden because the landlady thinks it'll attract rats. Like... for god's sake, at least let me bury my waste then. All that good soil going to hell.

@anarchiv just an easy way to get carbon in the city. Worms are much more finicky than the bokashi bacteria and yeasts are so, i figure i well let the microbes do the heavy lifting breaking down a wide range of waste, and the worms can finish the job if the output is too high, but i will still need to give them some carbon to digest as well to balance the bin to keep them happy. In comes the cardboard and newspaper. So the worms eat pre compost and paper waste is my plan.

@anarchiv end result is mycellium rich worm casing rich bacteria rich soil. hopefully! so far its working out.

Ya i hope so! Ideally once its set up i can start some kind of service and people will get the inoculate from me, so i can make inoculate from bulk supplies, which would enable me to experiment with different fungus species and maintain their container garden epigenetics.

@PentagramPip aaaah this is great! I already give away lots of plants because I'm growing so many cuttings, but currently I'm still doing so on bought soil which is bugging me, plus I'm trying to really cultivate the soil I'm using (mycellium, nitrogen) and cycle through it.

@anarchiv yea that was my struggle too. It was a pain in the ass sourcing depleted soil from a university greenhouse (my arms are still stronger from that day) but im glad i did. Maybe a more nutrient hungry plant will deplete it enough that the pre compost can break down once you mix them. Straight from the bag its way too rich with manure.

I bought bags to get me started, now that i know the bokashi works, i can deplete it and fertilize it myself. The volume of soil should go up now too

@PentagramPip awesome. I'm so excited for the point where I'll actually be able to create a surplus of fertile soil in my home. I've for the nitrogen going for me, bokashi might be the next sensible step, and I really should read up on mycelium. what was the title of that book you were reading?

@PentagramPip @anarchiv my house's vermicompost bin is a strugglefarm, it just always ends up too wet no matter how much paper we put in it

Our outdoor compost pile, though, is going really good, except for really big things, like corn cobs and tough things like eggshells and avocado skins, is breaking down in about 2 weeks

@steven @anarchiv Yes ive heard that with a lot of vermicomposting bins, its why i want to feed them the mature bokashi pre compost.

As the bokashi breaks down the food, its continually drained. When i added it to the soil, it was spongy, and moist but not damp, Mixed in with a bit of fresh compost, some dry soil and lots of newpaper, i think would be much easier to maintain. Well see!

@steven see, that's what I am used to. you can bury the heavier stuff in a place directly beneath the sky if you don't want it to jam your compost pile. I've never used paper except for the paper I use in the kitchen. adding some depleted soil or even sand is a good idea, too. compost doesn't work if it's only carbon.
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@anarchiv @PentagramPip we added some soil a week ago as well as those newspaper ads they send you in the mail and not adding vegetable scraps to try to get it under control

@steven mail ads? those glossy ones? they don't take up any water...
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@anarchiv @PentagramPip I'm talking about the ones with the same texture as newspaper

In my house's division of labor I do the outside compost and someone else does the kitchen worm bin, I'll suggest the drainage sieve

@anarchiv @PentagramPip although looking at the wormies now it looks like the paper and the soil did the trick

@anarchiv @PentagramPip I'm constantly amazed tho at how fast the pile breaks down when I barely ever turn it

@steven I know right? I was super fascinated by it as a child
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@popstar Yea the long term plan is to begin eliminating paper waste with the worms, and then to begin using it as a growing medium for edible mushrooms as well. Then the used medium goes back to compost and the cycle continues.

@PentagramPip that's interesting. We tried mushrooms but I suspect it's just too unforgivingly hot here for them. Never had any success.

@popstar yea i plan on doing the mushrooms indoors. I dont have any outdoor space for myself. All outdoor mushroom with have to be guerilla cultivation. Im not so familiar on the subject though im really fascinated. What did you try to grow? Theres a lot of potential for mushroom cultivation in an anarchist context i think. Easy to share a jar of spawn, ect.

When i move next year i might grow a magic mushroom patch somewhere but beyond that, im landless for the foreseeable future.

@PentagramPip ah, we grow everything outside but we're drawing up plans for a small indoor setup.

We tried shiitakes and a few varieties of oysters, I don't remember specifically. They grew, sorta, but we're stunted, never fruited, and then died.

@popstar i know shiitakes like spring/fall temperate weather, dont know about oysters though except that they grow nicely on cardboard which is awesome.

Theres so much studying i have to do tbh. its a mountain of information and new terminology and overlapping skills.

But I think its worth it, turning garbage into food is too good for me to pass up.

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