Lenggong, Perak, Malaysia
Tue 8 Mar 2011 29 °C
Effective Microorganisms, or EM, is an organic mixture that we make to boost the nutrients in the soil and make them available to the plants in the garden.
Many minerals are already present in the soil but are not soluble, and therefore not accessible by the plants.
Chemical fertilisers act quickly to provide crops with the nutrients they need but an effective EM can do the same job just as quickly, without spreading inorganic chemicals.
We cultivate the EM in buckets with a mixture of water and manure. Then nature does its thing. We aerate the mixture every day simply by plunging a hoe to the bottom and turning the mixture over.
A whole community of different bacteria grows in the water, like wild yeast for example. These bacteria, when applied to the garden will break down the nutrients and make them accessible to the plants.
The EM can be applied to new plots of soil, or simply sprayed over existing crops. If these mixtures are used to properly manage soils, the result should be better growth and higher yield.