Liquid Biofertiliser

By Ediblescapes Community Composting

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Raise organic food

Most conscious and informed people know that growing their own organic food is the healthiest and most nutritious way to feed their families. However small veggie patches don't always produce as much food as they imagine.

Nutritional deficiencies and unhealthy soil

One of the reasons of failed crops is that the plants itself suffer nutritional deficiencies from an unhealthy soil environment. Many important macro-nutrients may not be available in high enough quantities for the optimal growth and development of plants. The food that you then eat from such a garden could also have some nutritional deficiencies caused by the low transfer of micro- and macro-nutrients.

Developing liquid Biofertiliser

Good soil conditions are imperative to increasing crop production, as well as growing more nutrient-dense food for us to eat.

The application of biofertilisers can play a key role in developing an integrated nutrient management system which will improve and sustain the productivity of your edible garden while having a low environment impact.

EdibleScapes Liquid Biofertiliser

EdibleScapes' Community Composting program is developing eco-friendly and safe to use liquid biofertiliser. The process of fermenting the organic matter it decomposes and extract minerals, reproduces microorganisms and created a life-filled liquid which improves the fertility of the soil, provides optimum nutrients to plants and helps keep pests and pathogens under control.

Our liquid biofertiliser is made from left overs from the farmers markets, separated in family groups of vegetables, herbs and fruits, fermented in our anaerobic biodigester system.

EdibleScapes' fermentation process produces a liquid biofertiliser that can remineralise your garden with the correct balance of essential plant nutrients. These include nitrogen (N), potassium (K) and phosphorous (P), calcium (Ca) magnesium (Mg) and sulphur (S) also carbon (C), hydrogen (H) and oxygen (O). The essential micronutrients elements include iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo), copper (Cu), boron (B), zinc (Zn), chlorine (Cl), sodium (S), cobalt (Co), and silicon (Si).

Biofertilisers contain microorganisms that can activate a biological process which stimulates the development of plants and ensures healthy growth. These microorganisms do not function only as a fertiliser. They transform the inaccessible forms of soil elements into forms that are accessible to your plants.

We have studied many techniques to produce biofertiliser including the concept of Effective Microorganism from Japan, the Indigenous Microorganisms from Korea and the Mountain Microorganisms from Latin America (which aims to function as a soil inoculate to establish or re-establish soil ecosystems.) EdibleScapes adapts these methods to reproduce microorganisms to inoculate the two fermenting processes that we use to make our liquid biofertiliser. Over the first two to three weeks we use an urban bokashi fermentation system to separate the solid from the liquids. Next the material goes through a BIOL Super-Magro fermentation method from Brazil to anaerobically ferment agian together the liquid and the solid for another four to six weeks.

The resulting product is a ready-to-use liquid biofertiliser, which is convenient for small-scale landscapers, domestic edible gardens and community gardens.

Biofertilisers

Biofertilisers can help improve the structure, texture and water-holding capacity of the soil. Biofertilisers, being living organisms, can decompose organic matter and help in the remineralisation of soil.

The term ‘biofertiliser’ itself mean ‘live fertiliser’. Biofertilisers, also known as microbial inoculants, are a complex product of live microbes which are able to fix atmospheric nitrogen, make soil phosphorus soluble, decompose organic material or oxidise sulphur in the soil. Biofertilisers are artificially multiplied cultures of beneficial microorganisms that can improve soil fertility stimulating plant growth through the synthesis of growth-promoting substances.

Eco-friendly and pose no danger to the environment
The most important and contributing function of biofertilisers is considerable reduction in environmental pollution and improvement of agro-ecological soundness. Biofertilisers are eco-friendly organic agro inputs which cause no harm to ecosystems and bring a renewable source of plant nutrients to substitute chemical fertilisers. Biofertilisers have great potential as a supplementary, renewable and environmentally friendly source of plant nutrients to enhance plant health and contribute to soil ecology.

Liquid biofertilisers

People are familiar with conventional solid biofertilisers, also known as compost but liquid biofertilisers have a higher microbe density.

Liquid biofertilisers are liquid substances containing the dormant form of microorganisms and their nutrients along with the substances that encourage formation of resting spores or nodules. When the dormant forms reach the soil they germinate to produce a fresh batch of active cells. These cells grow and multiply by utilising the carbon source in the soil or from root exudates. This improves the plant growth by advancing the root architecture. Their activity increases root hairs, nodules and nitrate reductase. Biofertilisers produce plant hormones and improve photosynthesis performance to improve a plant's tolerance to stress and increase the resistance to pathogens, thereby resulting in healthy, stronger crops. When liquid fertilisers are applied plants can immediately absorb these substances thus offering faster outcomes.

Liquid Biofertiliser product development

Your support will help to develop the quality of liquid biofertiliser product by setting up the operation system which we can use as a research and demonstration site.

Our commitment is to transfer technological know-how on biofertiliser production for the community as opensource Creative Commons (CC) Non-commercial (NC) license, on the Public Domain (ȼ).

Get your nutritive liquid biofertiliser perks

To thank you for helping us to raise funds we have our liquid biofertiliser to share with you. We would love you to test it in your own edible garden and let us know what you think.

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EdibleScapes Coordinator

Jorge Cantellano

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