Sprouted Seed Tea

seeds for sprouting

This week in the Flog:

  • Make Sprouted Seed Tea (SST)
  • Supercharge and store your SST through Fermentation!

This is a great recipe I think you guys are really going to like. Have you heard of SST (Sprouted Seed Tea)? If not you can read about it here.

SST or Sprouted Seed Tea is where you take a bunch of seeds, generally of a fast growing plant like alfalfa, and you soak them in water overnight or so, then drain and keep them moist. In a few days they will sprout.

So now you have a whole bunch of seeds that are just starting to sprout. Once you see the roots start popping out, the seeds are really […]

Good Compost Results

Organic Compost - Papaya

This week in the Flog:

  • Great Before/After Pictures From Compost Series Results
  • See the Power of Good Organic Compost

Earlier this year, I went on this crazy mission to start a big ‘ol compost pile outside on my balcony, even though we don’t have much space out thereā€¦

I ended up using many different composting methods, on a variety of input materials, to come up with a mixed compost that looked wonderful. What were the inputs? Check out the list of composting styles and methods that went into this batch of compost:

  • Cockroach Composting
  • Bokashi Composting
  • Basic Composting – layer style
  • Worm Composting
  • Basic Composting – Coconut Composting
  • Basic Composting – Composting Bokashi

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Using Super Lacto on Bokashi Leachate

Bokashi Leachate + Lacto

This week in the Flog:

  • Using Super Lacto on Bokashi Leachate
  • The awesome results after just a few days

So let’s look at how I’m using my super lacto culture. I made this culture by pouring just a little of the pure strength lacto (the 1:1 mix of lacto and sugar) into a 6 L jug with water. I then poured in a bunch of sugar. Not sure how much, like I said there are no rules with this. Maybe it was .5-1 cup of sugar. The jug wasn’t full, it had maybe 4.5L of water in it when I started. About 3 days later the jug was ready to burst it had become so hard with pressure. […]

How to Make Super Strong Lacto

Two lacto flogs in a row! That’s a record! If you missed it, last week I shared a delightful story about The World’s Most Horrible Smell and how I valiantly defeated it using plain old lacto spray.

But what if plain old lacto spray isn’t enough? What if you want to make a super digestive aid? What if you don’t have enough lacto and need to make some more? Today’s article covers this topic with a very simple How To on propogating your lacto culture.

The actual microbe propagation is only half the story. As lacto bacteria consume sugars, they convert them to organic acids and other compounds. These compounds are anti-fungal and anti-non-lacto-microbial in general; it’s the […]

How to Make Bokashi Bran

Bokashi - Layer Style

This should be a very interesting article for those practicing bokashi composting at home. If you aren’t familiar with bokashi composting, we have an excellent bokashi composting overview here. Most people doing bokashi composting get hung up on bokashi bran. Places selling bokashi supplies will always sell bokashi bran to go with the bin. It tends to be expensive, and you have to keep buying it! Fortunately, you can make your own bran very easily.

However this is where people get hung up again. Nearly all bokashi bran recipes call for using “wheat bran” as the main ingredient. If you don’t live in the states, this can be hard to find and quite expensive. However we are fortunate again, because […]

Composting Pre Finale

BSF Housing Unit

This week in the Flog:

  • Why am I cutting Pat’s Composting Series short?
  • Final episode of the Composting Series – this week!
  • Background on the Compost Tea research

This composting series has gone really well. It will be a great resource to learn about all kinds of composting techniques. If you guys are interested in composting, this series is a great place to start. Some techniques may be pretty foreign, like cockroach composting, but trust me they are all awesome and well worth the effort. The compost pile is finished now, and I’m just applying it to the garden. I will post results of that later. For now, you can review the series on the website through these […]

How to Make Bloom Fertilizer [Part 2]

Make Fertilizer - Fermented Fruits

This week in the Flog:

  • Part 2 of my 3-part bloom recipe series
  • Showing what we do with the leftovers
  • Photos to go with the recipe!

This week we’re covering the second part of the bloom fermentation recipe that I started last week. In case you missed it, you can catch up very quickly, it’s called How to Make Bloom Fertilizer. It’s really fun to make your own fertilizer, and even more fun when you understand the principles and can improvise on the classic recipe. That is what this week is about. Once again in case you missed last week’s you can catch up here.

After fermenting last week, we have solid fruit bits that are left over. […]

How to Make Bloom Fertilizer

Bloom Fertilizer - Fermented!

This week in the Flog:

  • Part 1 of my 3-part bloom recipe series
  • My own twist on the Homemade Bloom Fertilizer recipe
  • Photos to go with the recipe!

Many of my recent Flogs have covered how to make the recipes on the site – it’s just totally different to see pictures of the recipes in action. I think those can clear up a lot of confusion and help inspire people to try making these recipes. The articles have been fun to write and people have really loved them. This makes me happy – needless to say. In case you missed them, the last two were on How to Prepare Lacto, and How to Make Fish Fertilizer.

I’ve also […]

Fish Fertilizer Preparation

fish fertilizer - final product

This week in the Flog:

  • Making Fish Fertilizer
  • Photos to go with the recipe!

Some time ago I finally ran out of the fish fertilizer I made last year. Time for a new batch! I documented the process for all those interested in seeing this awesome recipe in action!

Homemade fish fertilizer is an organic fertilizing solution that allows you to move away from petroleum-based commercial fertilizer. It is made from fish which is one of the very best sources of macro- and micro-nutrients for healthy growing plants. You can make it yourself with very limited resources. And it is SCENTLESS. We have an awesome recipe on how to make it here.

In my current living situation, […]

Lacto Preparation

Lacto Serum - curds and whey

This week in the Flog:

  • Making Lactobacillus Serum
  • Photos to go with the recipe!

I finally ran out of lacto serum! It gives me an opportunity to finally publish pictures to go with this recipe. So let’s look at the process from start to finish with pictures.

I didn’t have rice wash handy for the first step. But I did have cheerios. There you go, great carbohydrate source. Not as ideal as a bran cereal or rice wash, but it will do just fine for the purpose of attracting wild microbes. Here is the ‘rice wash vessel’ with at least half air, and open on top. I left the Cheerios in for about 5 minutes, until they started […]