I was never into gardening because my experience with plants have not been very encouraging. My mum took care of a row of daisies for a year plus and they bloomed for her. She turned them over to me and they died within 3 months. I watered her jungle of plants for years and never experienced even a tinge of desire to plant some of my own.
I planted vegetables. The okra, tomatoes and chillies grew. The pumpkins (yellow and white) never even sprouted. One balsam plant grew... where the heck did it come from?? My long beans produced a lot for a while before they died. My husband planted some fruit trees and they grew...but then stopped growing...
So I got hold of this EM1 and tried it myself. My stunted fruit trees started putting out new leaves by the dozen! My kaffir lime trees revived...my lemon australia tree came back from the half-dead! My chillies grew big and fat! My remayong stalks became remayong plants...!
The EM1 is not meant to be used diluted straight out of the bottle (RM25 per bottle). It needs to be activated first.
This is the formula I used :
Mix in one 1.5L drink bottle (recycled and washed clean)
- two capsful of EM1 (I used the EM1 bottle cap)
- 2 spoonsful of molasses/brown sugar or white sugar (if that's all you have)
- 1 pinch of salt
- a few slices of lemon rind/lemongrass/pandan leaf (for scent) -optional-
- water that was used to wash rice (just wash 2 cups or so of rice kernels in non-chlorinated water, strain the kernels out...water should be milky in colour)
Shake the bottle and then pour some of the mix out into two other bottles.
Now you have three partly-filled bottles. Squeeze the plastic bottle before tightening the cap. Gas will be released over the next few days and you don't want the bottles to blow up.
Now keep the three bottles in a cool place, out of sunlight.
Let the gas out on the 4th day.
By the 7th day, the mix should be ready for use. You will know it was a success if the mix doesn't smell bad. Mine smells a bit lemony (I used some lemon slices) and fermented.
Before spraying on plants, mix 10ml into a medium sized pail of non-chlorinated water.
Spray on the leaves and on the earth.
Do this 2 atau 3x a week. Pick a nice sunny day. Rain will wash off the good stuff.