Many seasoned farmers understand that employing the right agricultural inputs yields greater outcomes. However, the correct agricultural input might be pricey or follow the traditional way of utilizing pesticides. JADAM Microbial Solution (JMS) is a highly effective soil treatment. You might be asking what it is, how it works, and what you do with it. If yes, continue reading. As you shall see, JMS is an excellent addition to your inventory of homemade, natural additives.
History of JADAM
JADAM is more than a set of simple, low-cost farming ideas and methods; it is a community of organic farmers founded in 1991 by Youngsang Cho, a chemist, and horticulturist. The name of the group is borrowed from a Korean phrase (jayeon-eul dalm-eun salamdeul) that means “those who resemble nature.” Its primary goal is to propagate an ultra-low-cost farming system while simultaneously establishing an atmosphere in harmony with farmers, customers, and nature. Youngsang Cho spent years researching the ideas of JADAM. Youngsang Cho published the book “JADAM Organic Farming: The Way to Ultra-Low-Cost Agriculture,” which provides well-organized knowledge about the JADAM approach, armed with the material he improved over the years. JADAM chose not to patent any of its information and instead shared it with farmers through books, seminars, and a website.
JADAM, like KNF, is a method of providing a natural way of farming that almost eliminates costs. It’s a method of employing simple, straightforward concepts. Farmers use this scientific approach to demonstrate that this method of treating the soil works better than any other fertilizer, revitalizing the soil at deeper depths, and is not available for purchase. You must use natural materials found outdoors. You’re essentially importing a replica of the forest floor into your yard.
In JADAM, you may introduce microorganisms into your soil. This is done to loosen the soil, minimize compaction, retain water, and even keep non-beneficial organisms or microorganisms at bay. This works because when you bring creatures from the forest floor, where there is an almost perfect cycle of life, death, decay, and regeneration; you will bring both “good” and “bad” microorganisms, creating a balance in that soil. In KNF and JADAM, microorganisms are viewed as neutral rather than beneficial or evil. Some of the ‘bad’ must be present to feed the ‘good,’ assist the cannabis plants, and establish a healthy and robust immune system. You want to strike a balance.
Fundamentals of JADAM
JADAM seeks to deliver a farming system based on simple, convenient principles, employing scientific techniques to develop highly productive, low-cost processes and products. These govern the four core principles of JADAM.
Do as nature does
JADAM invites you to “ask nature” for solutions to common farming problems. It involves using a scientific approach and watching how nature works: how cannabis plants develop, preserved soil and even microbes interact to create a healthy ecosystem.
Adjust in time with your plants
The soil and vegetation are pretty similar to you. You can’t expect different results if we keep doing the same thing. Similarly, if something is wrong with the soil, you must adjust the way you handle it if you are to address the problem.
The good and the bad are one
You should accept nature for what it is, good or terrible. It offers the nutrients that plants and animals require to grow. You should enjoy nature on its whole, regardless of your particular preferences.
Coexistence with wild grass
JADAM advises producers to discover the benefits and potential applications of wild grass rather than wasting energy trying to eliminate it. While attracting beneficial insects, wild grass preserves and returns minerals to the soil.
How to create JADAM
Making JMS is a straightforward process. You’ll simply need a 5-gallon bucket and 4 gallons of water free of chlorine, chloramine, and fluoride. You’ll also need a stick to hang your potatoes and leaf mold from, one pound of white potatoes, sea salt (must be sea salt or the solution won’t work at all or be as effective), two socks, pantyhose or cheesecloth bags, and, finally, leaf mold with soil.
That’s pretty much it. You will have to go to the woods, forest, or mountains and look for a location where many leaves have fallen. When you’ve done that, begin sweeping them away. You should see something that resembles incredibly black earth beneath. This is leaf mold. Take it and roughly one inch of the dirt beneath it. Other microorganisms that resemble spiderwebs flowing through the soil may also be encountered. Make use of it. Bake your potatoes until they are mushy and easy to squeeze once you have your leaf mold, soil, and bacteria. Once that is completed and cooled down, gather all of the other supplies; it is time to begin the procedure. Simply follow the instructions as you go.
The procedure of creating JADAM
- Add around 15 grams of sea salt (quantification does not need to be precise) to the bucket of water. Add an extra ounce if using saltwater.
- Place your potatoes in one of the bags, socks, or pantyhose and suspend them from the stick in the water.
- Fill the other bag with dirt and hang it next to the potatoes.
- Massage the bag carrying the leaf mold and soil with bacteria until the water begins to darken.
- Massage the potatoes, being careful not to shatter them. You may see the formation of foam. That’s a fantastic indication.
- Put the bucket somewhere that fits the temperature of your soil and grow area, then cover it with a plastic bag or loose, light fabric. This guarantees that the microorganisms for that temperature range are obtained.
- Set aside for 2-5 days. The weather determines this. Warmer weather accelerates the process.
When it has completed brewing, there should be a lot of foam. This has officially reached its apex. You want to put the answer to use straight now. This is mixed in a 1:20 ratio. So, use one ounce for every 20 ounces of water (you can also use milliliters), and water cannabis’ soil around your plants. If you have to use it as a foliar spray, combine it at a 1:10 ratio.
You will see foam floating at the top after two days. You could have a strange odor. That is entirely okay. These bacteria will benefit the soil life. It is the addition of bacteria, nematodes, and other micro-life types that transform your soil into living soil. You’ll want to dilute this again at a 1:20 ratio. Then use it to water your cannabis plants.
How do you realize when it’s finally completed?
Keep an eye on the bucket; it may take a few tries to get the right time for your garden. When the activity peaks, you’ll want to utilize it since the bubbles will continue to develop. This gives you around a 12-hour timeframe to implement the solution. Since JMS does not keep well, use it all up. The bubbles will be smaller during the winter and larger throughout the summer. You need to use the solution before the foam circle develops.
When should you use JMS?
JMS can be used at several phases of plant development, from soil preparation to fruiting. JADAM suggests that the soil be soaked in diluted JMS at least four times before planting. This application gives the bacteria adequate time to go deep into the soil and accomplish their work. The JMS can be applied using a sprinkler system or before rainfall.
For tiny areas, you may also use a watering can. After planting, you can apply diluted JMS to the soil or as a foliar treatment every time you water. This, however, can be time-consuming. So once a week should be enough to maintain appropriate quantities of bacteria in the soil.
Advantages of JADAM
JADAM Microorganism Solution is one of the JADAM Organic Farming System pillars. The pricing is one of the apparent advantages. You can create 500 liters of JADAM for the price of one kilogram of potatoes, which is a negligible fraction of the cost of commercially available microbe solutions. Aside from the cost, its principal advantage is soil improvement. JMS is used repeatedly to enhance soil structure, remove pollutants, and restore soil organism balance. These efforts result in healthier plant growth and higher output for us. JMS, as a surfactant, also aids in the balance of organisms on the cannabis plant’s leaves and stems, leading to resistance to fungal and bacterial infection.
JMS’s microbial activity also aids in the release of previously bound nutrients and minerals to plants, allowing them to make the most use of less concentrated organic fertilizers like JADAM Liquid Fertilizers. When used in conjunction with other management methods, JMS reduces most of the smells related to cattle housing. Its efficiency can be increased by alternating with LAB from Korean Natural Farming. The byproducts save the farmer time and money while encouraging healthy animal life circumstances.
Can you make a JADAM Microorganism Solution without using potatoes?
Instead of potatoes, you can substitute grain or other starchy foods such as breadfruit. However, potatoes are handier and so the preferred medium. You may also use solely plant components and skip the potato media, but the procedure would be significantly slower.
JADAM Organic Farming is built on JADAM Indigenous Microorganism Solution. It performs comparable duties to Korean Natural Farming’s IMO but is prepared differently. It is simple to prepare and has several advantages. However, it has a limited utilization window that you should consider while planning. JMS is well-known for its capacity to improve the soil. However, you should not disregard its use in sanitizing animal housing, cannabis pests and disease prevention.