Aim: To test different organic nutrient formulas and additives in bioponics systems side by side for comparison.
Why its important: By doing these experiments we can how effectively different plant nutrients, minerals and beneficial microorganisms are able to support plant growth. Systems like these can run on a family’s waste urine, ash, grass clippings and kitchen scraps, to provide all sorts of vegetables with very little maintenance effort, and provide food sources in impoverished and/or malnourished developing world areas. Bioponics can be employed in hydroponics AND as drip irrigation in outdoor permaculture and agriculture, including bringing water-limited crops to year round production in tropical areas where water, not sunlight, is the production-limiting factor.
How it works: Bioponics is an organic hydroponics system for growing plants such as Hokkaido Pumpkin with their roots partially or entirely submerged in water. It can also be applied to permaculture systems through drip or spray irrigation. This can boost yields and extend fruiting seasons of shade-grown species such as cacao, which is limited by water and nutrients, not by season, and provide an incentive to adopt agroforestry shade growing methods which otherwise are not favoured due to reduced coverage and yields compared to slash and burn rainforest clearcutting.
Brief Outline of Process: Build 17 identical flood and drain systems and test each one with different fertilizer formulas in different concentrations and test supplements also and document the results of the resulting plant growth in each system.
Equipment Needed: 34x 80 litre plastic tubs , 17x small 12v pumps, big air pump & 17x air stones and tubing, 17x autosiphons, 17x vortexes, gravel, ph, do and nutrients tests
Time: 50 hours construction and testing, 50 hours writing the manual/documenting the complete process
1. Bio-fert1 grass (concentration 1)
2. Bio-fert2 urine and woodash (concentration 1)
3. Bio-fert3 grass + rock phosphate + ash (concentration 1)
4. Bio-fert1 grass (concentration 2)
5. Bio-fert2 urine and woodash (concentration 2)
6. Bio-fert3 grass + rock phosphate + ash (concentration 2)
7. Bio-fert4 comfrey
8. Biofert5 clover
9. Bio-fert1+sea minerals
11. Bio-fert1+mycorrhizal fungi
12. Bio-fert1+compost tea
13. Bio-fert3+sea minerals
15. Bio-fert3+mycorrhizal fungi
16. Bio-fert3+compost tea
17. Bio-diverse with everything – grassclippings, urine, woodash, rock phospate, ash, borage, comfrey, clover, sea minerals, effective microorganisms, mycorrhizal fungi & compost tea
Bioponics can benefit remote permaculture projects, urban horticultural permaculture, vegetable producers, small scale producers, autonomous indigenous food security plans, local markets, autonomous and students´ food groups, healthfood markets looking for high nutrient, elementally rich vegetables.
The project will take place in Cusco, then later in other parts of South America. The idea behind the Elemental Electrical suite of ecological solutions to the industrial and agricultural dilemma of the 21st century is that the projects will run indefinitely and spread throughout the world in an autonomous grassroots fashion, and that the carbon sink aspects of the biological projects will be accounted and incorporated into full historical carbon accounting offsets of industrial participants of “Pay to Purify” cleantech conversions.
This combination of monoatomic seaminerals, herbs, mycorrhiza and organic wastes is particularly comprehensive and interdisciplinary.
BUDGET: £2000 (equipment/parts: £1000, construction/setup: £500, documentation: £500)