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Microorganism / July 24, 2016

Americans buy here EM

Effective microorganism (EM) products are liquid probiotics for the garden.

I don't know what it is about them, but they often produce incredible results after using them for just one growing season.

They certainly have for me and for my garden. When I say for me, I mean for me - yes, you can drink certain EM products, too.

I even wrote a post about how to make your own grape EM (you need a mother culture to do this).

I started using EM myself and in my garden in 2005. I noticed a slight improvement in my digestion and a big improvement in the overall health of my garden.

I even experimented with removing rust with great success. There are all kinds of interesting uses for effective microorganisms.

But when I started selling effective microorganisms products is when I got to see, or at least hear, the results they can produce, because of the feedback I received from my customers.

Let's get into exactly what EM is. Effective microorganism products were originally developed for agriculture where they were found to improve compost and soil organic matter breakdown.

That's really what the basic goal was back then, in the 70s and early 80s.

The microbes used are back then are similar to now - mostly fermenting microbes. Many of them are important for making yogurt, bread, wine and beer.

They're very common microbes - it's just when they're brought together in specific proportions that the magic happens.

Eventually, EM started to be used in other areas. It can help plants beat diseases such as Botrytis and insects such as weevils.

Not that it’s a pesticide. It’s just that microbes help defend plants against predators, and just as important, improve plant health so plants can defend themselves.

The mother culture is not something you can make at home, but you can buy it from me here if you're in Canada or from this company here if you’re in the U.S.

Actually, to be clear, the product I sell is a different product than the original EM that I have found works just as well, but since effective microorganism is a brand name, this product is called Efficient Microbes.

Most people tend to use the terms "EM" and "effective microorganisms" to describe a whole group of similar products that are on the market, but EM and Effective Microorganisms are either registered trademarks or trademarks of EM Research Organization, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

So back to what this Efficient Microbes product does in your garden. The simplest answer is that the microbes do most everything that beneficial microbes do.