The ability for microorganisms to produce and release various metabolites stimulating plant growth and favourable health is considered to an important factor in soil fertility.
Until more recently than most agricultural experts would like to admit, we thought of the soil as nothing more than a matrix to hold plants and minerals. But due to a few ground-breaking scientists, like EM founder Prof Dr Terou Higa, we have a better understanding of the bacteria and fungi that make up our microbiome, leading to breakthroughs in soil science. These breakthroughs have shown us
Otaki-based organic gardener, Kath Irvine has been growing all the vegetables to feed her family of 6 for a couple of decades now. She gives advice to prepare for when the seasons change and how to get the best out of your garden.
We are happy to announce that we have developed a brand new product for your garden. Combining the power of EM and a Fish Hydrolysate to give your garden the biological boost and all of the nutrients and trace elements it needs to thrive.
A soil conditioner can be useful for improving soil structure and drainage. It can eliminate unpleasant smells in the home, improve water quality in aquariums and ponds, and accelerate composting. Organic soil inoculants are a type of bacteria that can be added to the soil. A healthy ecosystem will include hundreds of millions of beneficial microorganisms in each teaspoon of soil.
How much time and hard work have you invested in your garden this growing season? As we approach the summer season, don’t let poor soil conditions undo your earlier efforts. Soil health has a direct link to plant health. Plants thrive and fail based on what is available in garden soil.
Island Bay School in Wellington showcase some great Veges grown with EM
Waiheke Island Organic Gardener Claire Mummery showcases her great results with EM.
EMNZ customer Bernard Hall shares his experiences using EM (Effective Microorganisms) on his Lawn, in his Garden and also to remeidiate following the Earthquake
Microbial inoculants are soil amendments that can be added to your soil to improve the overall quality of your soil, as well as enhance the growth of strong and healthy plants. Microbial inoculants are a blend of microorganisms that work with the soil and the soil life to improve it's fertility and health.
We are currently running some germination trials to show the impact the EM has when applied at sowing.
In the below video we interview Annelies the Agropolis project coordinator. She explains what Agropolis is, the purpose of the initiative, their challenges and how EM and Bokashi are helping the project.
A video of Bernard Hall EMNZ customer about his experience using EM to enhance his compost and garden. Bernard has completely shunned using chemicals in his garden and uses EM and compost to provide all of the nutrients and soil health he needs with the additional bio-protection benefits. We also look at EM as a compost stimulant.
Outdoor ponds and water gardens are a beautiful addition to any backyard. If you live in a warm climate, a water feature can substantially lower the temperature in your yard, and there is nothing more relaxing than lounging outside and listening to the sound of water on a hot summer day. Keeping your pond water clear and pristine, however, is difficult
Nutrient dense food is the organic farmer’s Holy Grail. The key to achieving a nutrient dense harvest is making sure the plants have ready access to the nutrients themselves. This can be achieved by setting up the right ecology for your garden. If you are somewhat new to gardening, here are three highly effective strategies that you may not have considered.
For a quick how-to on best practices in building and maintaining an organic garden, follow the following six steps.
Microbial communities work in synergy to out-compete antagonistic communities of microbes. This is a balance between "positive" and "negative" microbes. Many microbial species (the good ones) kill or inhibit bacteria, fungi and nematodes (the bad ones) that attack the root systems important for the exchange of valuable nutrients in the soil through competitive exclusion.
More and more home gardeners are using organic practices with excellent results. The next logical step in gardening is to strive for sustainability. This is a philosophy aimed at the preservation of both healthy soil and precious resources. You want to grow organic crops that are good for your family, but you also want to take responsibility for the wellbeing of your land and family.
Use EM as a foliar spray to increase growth and maintain the health in your plants. Research has demonstrated that applying nutrients through their leaves is a great way to increase micronutrients in plants to supplement deficiencies in the soil. EM can be applied the same way and mixed with plant nutrients for enhanced foliar fertilisation.
EMNZ products have a positive effect on soil fertility, creating an environment where a seed is more likely to germinate and thrive. This significantly increases the number of germinated seeds. It will also influence root growth positively which has an important role in nutrient uptake and the growth of the plant. In legumes, we see an increase in nodulation with applications of EM at sowing.
These days, it seems like you have to sell your dietary soul to eat cheaply. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be costly...unless you grow your own! Yes, by establishing a "survival garden" loaded with all sorts of enduring fruits and vegetables, you can not only weather a financial storm, but a literal one as well.
Welcome to the darkest month of the Year. June is the first month of winter and although it is generally warmer than July we do get the occasional wet spell or frosty morning. The days are short and dreary which doesn’t promote enthusiasm to do much outside in your spare time, not that there is all that much too do in the garden.
Don’t miss your chance to see an internationally renowned speaker near you. Dr Ravi Sangakkara will be visiting the upper North Island in early June to give a series of seminars on how our communities can grow healthy food sustainably while also reducing waste and our carbon footprint.
Inconjuntion with ZingBokashi, EMNZ is proud to be supporting the Agropolis urban farming initiative. Specifically we are sharing our knowledge with the community group on composting and using EM to enhance their urban farm.
We hope you are enjoying the change of season. Autumn is a fantastic season for the home gardener with crisp air, and long days, it is ideal for the jobs that need doing following summer. Autumn is a great time for planting a new lawn, planting trees and shrubs, and of course planting the vegetable garden for winter.
At this time of the New Year we are seeing peak growing periods for many of our favourite fruit and vegetables. Microorganisms still play a vital role in ensuring the health, strength and productivity of a plant.
Instead of chemicals that can harm the environment, and even pose risks to the people enjoying their perfect lawn, an organic microbial inoculant known the world over as EM, deliver the same results with residual benefits to your garden. Our EM1 Garden is a blend of beneficial microorganisms that helps to create an optimal soil environment for a healthy, attractive lawn.