The Bioponica Process. Recycling nutrients to make natural plant food
Store green biomass in barrels for a silage, or haylage effect.
A natural plant food begins with green biomass. During harvest season or when there is abundant sources for green biomass, we use silage barrels. Plant matter goes into barrels to start liquid fertilizer extraction process. Fermentation is an low oxygen, acidification process that breaks the plant matter cell wall and releases nutrients. Store grasses for months at a time while retaining nutrient value. When you notice a fermented, alcohol like aroma you know that you have the makings of a natural plant food.
It’s kind of like how to make a compost tea.
It’s almost the same as how to make a compost tea. However, unlike compost tea, which is partially decomposted organic matter and low in NPK fertilizer numbers. Biomass fertilizer tea starts with fresh grasses weeds or green food discards. These go directly into the fish tank or hydroponic nutrient reservoir. Or when using the Vortex Aerator and Biofilter, place bags in tank for further processing.
The finishing steps on how to make fertilizer
Using vortex aeration and biofilter, fertilizer teas are oxygenated, mixed and microbes are activated. In this case we’re working with anaerobic microbes within the Biomass Tea Bag and with Carbon is removed. Ammonia is converted to nitrate. So in essence, what we have done is similar to how to make a compost tea but this Bioponica process eliminates the time required for composting by going direct from fresh biomass to tea.
How to Make Fertilizer
What is Fertilizer?
What is fertilizer really depends on who you ask. Manufacturers will tell you it’s primarily NPK, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. And most of the time you’ll get a petrochemical. But ask the plant. They prefer a natural plant food.
Bioponica’s science and engineering goals are to close the loop on sustainablility using effective and readily accessible devices. Our best solution is the most simple; Fertilizer Kits for recycling kitchen discards and lawn trimmings, or urine, into high NPK value fertilizer.
It is simple enough to become self sufficient with locally sourced green discards. One muse merely collect and blend these discards, submerge in Fertilizer Tea Bags or silage and dehydrate for later use. Water is then circulated through a biofilter and aeration system.
For small and medium sized systems we offer the Bucket Fertilizer Kit, consisting of a Biofilter and Vortex Aerator. This processes liquid extracts making the nutrients more plant ready for soilless growing. Less processing is needed for in-ground gardening with Fertilizer Teas.
Ask the plant. This is what is fertilizer. Plant derived, plant prescribed. And it’s good for the environment!
- Remove waste discards from the environment.
- Feed microbes and plants nourish plants without cost and impact of manufactured fertilizers.
- Grow more nutritious and healthy organic plants
- Gain symbiosis and understanding of microbes that reduce labor and effort in farming
- Reduce toilet flushing, water waste and waste treatment costs with urine recycling.
Organic liquid fertilizer teas contain sugars, carbohydrates and complex lignins and an NPK value that reflects that of the actual plant used, without loss associated dry composting.
Primordial Soup Teas are a 100% natural plant food
Primordial Soup Teas are biomass blends developed for growers to use as a natural plant food extract for growing plants in all environments, soilless and in-ground.
Starting with silaged and or dehydrated organic biomass we take our fertilizer calculator to come up with NPK fertilizer numbers that match the plant requirements. Our blends include a 222 All Purpose, a 054 Tomato Blend and a 412 Green Up Blend.
Bioponica developed a fertilizer calculator by researching plant and biomass nutrient content and calculating a formula that gives us the NPK we are looking for. It’s all there in the biomass. The difference between this and compost teas is that we’re drying and blending prior to composting. And the product is ready to make into a tea without having gone through a compost process. Within the tea bag, the composting takes place very quickly.
We can call this a compost tea but the “composting” actually takes place in the tea bag. Not on the ground where typical composting is done. As a result all nutrients are retained and not lost to the atmosphere or to leaching on the ground.
The Bioponica process was developed by a waste water engineer and a holistic physician to demonstrate an alternative method to how to make a compost tea. We call this tea a biomass tea or fertilizer tea. It’s much higher in nutrients. We did the fertilizer numbers!