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Nutrient-Rich Vegetable Growing System … Bokashi E-Z Garbage Goober

Bokashi is a Japanese word that means “fermented organic matter.” Bokashi composting is fermenting organic waste to create a quick, nutrient-rich compost in the garden to grow vegetables.

This practice has been used for centuries in Japan; however, Japanese Agronomist Dr. Teruo Higa perfected the process in 1968 by recognizing the best combination of microorganisms to complete the fermented compost quickly.

The Kitchen E-Z Garbage Gobbler is a two-bucket system, one inside the other.  The top bucket has a lid with a special strap for easy lid removal and holes in it to allow any liquid to drain into the bottom bucket. 

The liquid is called EM-Liquid.  What is left in the top bucket is called EM-Solid.

General Uses for the EM-Liquid

The EM-Liquid will accumulate in the bottom of the Kitchen Garbage Gobbler bottom bucket.  If your table scraps are fruit-like apples, excess EM-Liquid will be generated, and the EM-Liquid must be drained often.  You may use the EM-Liquid straight, not diluted, as a drain cleaner or weed killer.

  1. Pour the EM-Liquid down the drain to unblock slow sinks and drains. The microbes are excellent for clearing out the grime and hair in your gutters, and it suitable for septic systems ……………………. OR
  2. Add it to your regular compost pile. This will give your compost pile a boost during the winter. Again, the microbes can remain dormant and reactivate in the spring. ……………………. OR
  3. Pour it directly onto your weeds.

How to use EM-Liquid as a weed killer

  • Locate your weed
  • Collect EM-Liquid
  • Pour the EM-Liquid on the weed
  • Repeat every few days if your weed is particularly stubborn.   By pouring the EM-Liquid directly onto the plant, it will soak into the soil and work on the plant’s roots. However, it could also kill adjacent plants. If there are neighboring plants you don’t want to lose, put the EM-Liquid in a spray bottle and apply the undiluted to the weed’s foliage.

How To Use EM-Liquid with Your House Plants

It is typically recommend using the EM-Liquid within a few hours of collecting it. If you store it for longer than a day or two it will go off – you will tell by the foul smell.

It may take a week or more if you start getting any EM-Liquid. Once it begins to form, you will usually collect some every few days. It depends on what is being put in the Kitchen Garbage Gobbler. If you are getting very little liquid, it is ok.

The EM-Liquid is loaded with microbes and nutrients. If you dilute the liquid 1 teaspoon of juice with 2-3 quarts of water and then use it to water your indoor or outdoor plants, they will get the benefit of the nutrients and microbes. The plants should show in short order improved blooms and growth.

Some dilution rates for your EM Liquid.

  • 1:100 for lawns and gardens (This includes vegetable garden)
  • 1:300 for house pot plants.
  • 1:500 for cacti and other succulents.
  • 1:1000 for any sensitive plants.

EM-Liquid is a beneficial by-product of Kitchen E-Z Garbage Gobbler, and it takes no extra work to produce. The primary use for EM-Liquid is for feeding plants by adding it to the soil. Getting the microbes down to the root level of the plants produces fantastic results for plant growth, health, and vitality. Simply put, plant roots thrive on them. Compost tea I different; it is fertilizer and can be used as a foliar spray or a soil additive. Compost tea differs from EM-Liquid in its microbial makeup.

  • Keep using it in your garden. You can still use it as a soil enhancement during the winter months. The beneficial microbes may go dormant during colder temperatures. Still, they will reactivate as the temperatures rise, as long as there is food for them to thrive, i.e., organic material in the soil.  Remember that you will get plenty more EM liquid throughout the year. The fresher the EM liquid, the more abundant the beneficial microbes will be, and the better the tea is for your plants and garden.

How to Use EM-Solids in Your Garden


  1. dig holeDig a hole or trench approximately 8 – 10 inches deep. Add the waste and mix in some soil. Burying it between rows of plants or in various spots around the garden and yard or burying it about a month ahead of planting time are the best methods for introducing the EM-Solid into the garden.
  2. It can also be added to your worm bins.  Worms love it.
  3. Be sure roots of very young plants do not come into direct contact with the waste, as it may burn them. The waste is acidic when first dug in but neutralizes after 7-10 days. It is best to wait two weeks before planting.
  4. If you don’t have room to dig a hole every time your bucket needs emptying, you can create a compost heap, burying the waste in a regular garden. Once the waste has completely broken down, use it as rich topsoil. The solid waste can also be added to a conventional compost bin.



Bring your Kitchen Garbage Gobbler to the Sustainable Center; you will be given a clean Kitchen E-Z Garbage Gobbler.

The fermenting table scraps from your Kitchen Garbage Gobbler will be used in OUR garden to grow nutrient-rich vegetables.


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