This weeks reader question is can mealworm frass be used as fertilizer?
The short answer is mealworm frass fertilizer is great for your garden.
Mealworm Frass Fertilizer Explanation
Mealworm frass is the leftover material after you clean your setup. It is mostly mealworm poop, although it might also have some bedding, food, and eggs included (and that is okay for your garden as well).
- Mealworm frass has a high nutrient level
- Mealworm frass is also a great soil inoculate (it introduces beneficial bacteria and microbes into the soil).
The biggest downside to using mealworm frass fertilizer is when you get it wet it can have a smell (similar to your mealworm setup so it may not bother you). Personally I am not fond of the smell of mealworms. For this reason, I generally throw the mealworm frass into the compost bin instead of directly on the plants. The good nutrients will be introduced to the compost that way and it works as a great compost inoculate.
It's yet another way to recycle resources on your homestead! Raise mealworms for your chickens and use both the mealworm frass and the chicken poop in your compost pile to be added to your garden.