Fertilizer

Basics of the fertilizer
Don't let your flowers and plants go starving

Contrary to what many people know about insects, they DO poop, and the droppings normally go by the name of frass. Not only having essential nutrient elements, it also poses beneficial microorganisms which are known as plant growth promoters (PGPs).

Types of frass

Some insects produce a liquid form of frass while others create small, dry droppings that are easy to scoop up. They tend to blend right in with your garden plants and soil, which is why you probably never noticed them before. In either case, these droppings have more benefits for your garden than you probably realize.

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Mealworm frass is what’s left over after the worms eat wheat bran, carrots and draff. Draff is a food waste that is a byproduct of the brewing industry(Brewer’s spent grain or BSG). This ‘poop’ is a dry, sand-like substance that makes a unique and great fertilizer!

Pure nature

Frass contains all the natural elements to make your soil rich and productive without any chemical ingredients. It is not harmful for water run-off into lakes or streams. Our frass is impurity free and contains no additives or elements that is not usable for the plants. without smell and easy to use, simply because our mealworms are never fed animal droppings. They are raised only on wheat bran, draff and organic carrots or similar natural waste products from farms.

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It goes for all plants

Mealworm droppings kalled frass is the perfect fertilizer for all of your flowers, plants, vegetables or lawn in a highly concentrated form and organic form. When you use Bug-farm insect frass to add nutrients to your garden, you are essentially feeding digested plants back to your plants. Therefore, making it a perfect form of plant food to use all year around.

Because insect frass is made entirely from digested plants, it’s full of the nutrients that plants require to grow robustly. Insect frass is also one of the only sources of chitin that is available from plants. Obviously, making it a simple way to access this valuable substance.

What is frass?

Nitrogen-4.2%
Phosphorus-2.70%
Potash-1.6%
Sodium-63mg/100gms
Iron-27mg/100gms
PH 7.3

Nursing the soil

Compared to mineral fertilizer, water soluble P concentration is five times lower in the presence of frass, which prevents P from loss and sorption into soil constituents. More importantly, addition of frass stimulates soil microbial activity. Frass has a great potential to be used as a partial or a complete substitute for mineral NPK fertilizer. This is especially relevant in the context of a reduced availability of mineral fertilizers while being consistent with circular economy’s principles.

Frass has a great impact on soil fertility due to its high nutrient and labile C (Labile carbon is the major food source for soil microbes) content and the Bug-farm frass has not been heated. Therefore we maintain the high level of living organismes in the frass.

Using Bugfarm fertilizer

General application tips

There are different of ways you can apply insect frass to your flowers and plants. The method to use depends on the use you want to put your garden compost towards.

Before applying insect frass to your garden, it’s usually best to pre-mix it into soil or compost. However, if your plants are already growing you can mix some insect frass in water and keep it for several hours. Then, use it to drench the roots of your plants.

  • For fertilizing raised beds: Plan to add a 250 gram of insect frass to 1 m2 of garden space. Then, gently dig the top half foot of soil up, watering it thoroughly before mixing in the frass. For continued benefits, you can top dress the bed with more frass every few weeks throughout the growing season.
  • For making a mix for potted plants: Plan on adding one 1-2 spoonfull of insect frass per 1 liter of potting soil. Then, add a sprinkling on top of the soil every few weeks for added benefits.
  • For an insect frass flower tea extract: Add a 30 ml of insect frass into 1 liter of dechlorinated water and use it to drench the roots of your plants within two hours of mixing it. If you have extra you can store it in the fridge for up to a week. This is due to storing it at room temperature causing it to go bad quickly.
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250 g. Bugfarm fertilizer

Here are some additional tips for getting the maximum benefit out of the Bug-farm fertilizer. Frass is not a pesticide or a fungicide. Although, it works to prevent both predator insects and pests from harming your plants. For this reason, you don’t have to worry about frass killing beneficial insects or nematodes. Insect frass can be used in hydroponics systems so long as you drain out the frass pieces before running the frass tea through the water pipes. Otherwise, the indissoluble pieces of frass might get stuck in your pipes and bring down the system.
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The Importance of Chitin

The English word “chitin” comes from the French word chitine, which was derived in 1821 from the Greek word χιτών (khitōn) meaning covering.

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Chitin is a 100% natural biopesticide

  • Origin

    Closely related to cellulose, chitin is a naturally occurring molecule that is found in the exoskeletons of insects.

  • Benefit

    Chitin’s benefit to plants is that it causes them to be fortified from their cell walls out. When used in fertilizer, chitin triggers the immune systems of plants. Thus, causing them to rev up and defend themselves against predators like root-feeding nematodes and disease pathogens in the soil. The presence of chitin triggers plants to think that insects are eating them. Thus, causing them to build up their cell walls and release natural insect toxins as a defense.

  • Natures shield

    Though chitin doesn’t act as a pesticide, its presence prepares plants to better withstand a pest-filled onslaught, should one come.

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All year all places

The amount or percentage of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium in a fertilizer can be quantified by what is called the N-P-K ratio or N-P-K rating.

The N-P-K rating can indicate the proportion of each macronutrient that the fertilizer contains. The first number can represent nitrogen (N), the second number can represent phosphorus (P), and the third number can represent potassium (K).

For example, a fertilizer can have a N-P-K rating of 2-1-1, and a fertilizer with a N-P-K rating of 4-3-2 can have a higher strength of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium than the fertilizer with a N-P-K rating of 2-1-1

Perfect for indoor plants, vegetables, and flowers. This 250 g. Bug-farm natural Organic Fertilizer 2-3-2 is a great all year inhouse and outsede fertilizer