Preparing Your FoodCycler Foodilizer for Gardening

Updated: Mar 11, 2021

So you've got your FoodCycler, and you've been anxiously storing your homemade fertilizer for use in your springtime garden.

This step-by-step guide will walk you through actually incorporating "foodilizer" into your outdoor spring garden.

First: A Note on NPK

NPK is a measurement you might have seen printed on fertilizer packaging (both synthetic and organic). NPK stands for Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium. These are called macronutrients, because they are the three main nutrients your plants require to sprout up big and strong.

An NPK measurement determines the ratio between these three macronutrients. Though this isn't an exact science, fertilizers high in nitrogen spike growth and plant height, those high in phosphorous increase plant strength and breadth of leaves, and those high in potassium increase water retention and the rate of photosynthesis.

The NPK of your foodilizer will absolutely vary depending on the types of food you eat. As a rule of thumb, though, the more meat products you add to your FoodCycler, the higher the nitrogen count. Nitrogen is a key component of red meat and poultry in particular, as it comes from the amino acids that make up meat protein.

For non-vegan/vegetarians, the average NPK of foodilizer is 4-1-1. We haven't tested the NPK value of an entirely plant-based diet, but we've got it on our radar!

Amending Your Soil with Foodilizer

What's soil amendment anyways? Read me and find out!

The first step in foodilizer gardening is to ensure that your homemade fertilizer is combined with your soil. This combination can occur indoors, with bought-in soil, or outdoors in your garden.

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