Proof: Bokashi Compost Grows Better Plants

I never intended to do a Bokashi composting experiment, but that’s just what happened.

When I planted three cherry tomato seedlings, somehow they each ended up with different amounts of Bokashi compost.

Plant #1 was planted along the fence, facing South. It had no Bokashi compost whatsoever. I back-filled the hole with the garden soil I dug out.

Plant #2 was planted right beside Plant #1. This time, though, I back-filled the hole with soil from my Bokashi soil factory. This is a mixture of Bokashi compost, potting soil, and top soil.

Plant #3 was planted on my Bokashi vegetable garden beside the house, facing West. It only gets afternoon sun, which worried me. This is a raised lasagna garden. I built it above ground with the following layers: newspapers; fermented food from my Bokashi buckets (probably 4 buckets worth, most of them I kept from the previous winter); top soil; and, straw.

By the way, I started these cherry tomato seedlings from organic seeds. They all started at the same time, and they were the three largest seedlings at the time that I planted them in the ground.

I was shocked when I saw the tomato plants about a week or so later. How different they look from each other!

Plant #1:

bokashi compost experiment plant without bokashi

This tomato plant, which did not get any Bokashi compost whatsoever, is barely bigger than when I planted it in the ground. The bottom leaves are turning yellow. The plant is not even 4 inches high. It looks quite pathethic. Now let’s look at:

Plant #2:

bokashi experiment soil factory

I backfilled this plant’s hole with soil from my Bokashi soil factory. Now this plant is 5 inches tall, with thicker stems and greener leaves than Plant #1. And now for Plant #3. Drumroll….

Plant #3:

bokashi compost experiment

This tomato, planted over Bokashi compost, is 6 inches tall. It also has more and bigger leaves than the two other plants.

Can you believe all three plants started out exactly the same size?

Granted, Plant #3 faces West, which, if I understood correctly is actually a DISadvantage, right? Tomatoes love sun, and Plant #3 only gets a few hours of afternoon sun. In the morning, our house shadows over it.

Aside from that, the only difference among these 3 plants is the amount of Bokashi compost they have received. As we can see, the more Bokashi, the better the plant growth.

So, are you doing Bokashi yet? If yes, share your results! If not, why not???

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