This question was emailed to us outside the forum:
I have a worm farm in a bath tub. Can I add the ‘pickled’ food scraps which have been regularly sprayed with Maze Microbe Solution in one of my 2 Maze bokashi buckets? I understand that it can be used in a garden composting bin (which has worms in it) and of course if it goes into a garden, covered with soil as you describe, worms/castings will be in the soil. Thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to your response Philippa (The Green Granny)
Good to hear you are so active in recycling your organic residues! The ‘pickled’ food scraps out of a bokashi bucket tend to be acidic (pH of between 4.5 and 6.0, depending on moisture content and duration of fermentation process), and that is something worms don’t like very much. If your worm farm becomes too acidic, worms will not breed, disappear or die. This means, you can feed the ‘pickled’ food scraps from your bokashi bucket to your worms, but only apply small quantities at a time, and don’t apply the bokashi juice. Just sprinkle the ‘ pickled’ food scraps thinly over the surface of your worm farm and repeat this every couple of days, alternating feeding the worms with ‘pickled’ food scraps and ‘normal’ food (e.g. scraps, grass). Be careful not to add the bokashi juice unless your worm farm is relatively dry. Worms like to live in moist, but not wet conditions. Adding the bokashi juice would obviously also advance acidification of the worm farm. You can add a little lime either to your bokashi bucket just before emptying or to the worm farm to counter acidification.