What is Frass and How to Use it in Our Gardens?
You may be forgiven if you have not heard of Frass before. After all, a product sounding like that feels perfect for hipsters and eco-gardeners – similar to how artisanal coffee is for Coffee Connoisseurs. However, we are glad to tell you that Frass is an absolute game-changer for anyone, anywhere in their gardening journey.
What is Frass?
Insect Frass is the scientific term for insect poop. They can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on the species of insects and especially dictated by what they eat. Some produce a liquid form of Frass while others create small, dry droppings that are easy to scoop up. They tend to blend right with your plants and soil, quietly giving your garden a chock-full of nutrients they require.
The Frass we produce for our products comes exclusively from our mighty Black Soldier Fly Larvae, where every bit of it it has trace amounts of macro and micro-nutrients that are essential for our plants. Our larvae obtain essential nutrients and minerals by consuming clean food waste all across Singapore. This includes fruits and vegetable peelings, beer grains, and a special ingredient, okara. Okara is the remains after pureed soybeans are filtered in the production of soymilk and tofu. This special ingredient is high in fiber and rich in proteins, with significant potential for prebiotic function, making the Frass produced by our larvae highly nutritious.
Not all Frass products are derived from Black Soldier Flies, other Frass products you may commonly see strolling through the aisles of our gardening centers can include Mealworm Frass and Cricket Frass.
Benefits of Frass
The important question we have for today is: why should we use Frass in our gardens? And is it better compared to other types of fertilisers?
Frass can be considered a complete fertiliser. It is an all-natural, organic soil supplement with a diverse amino acid and macronutrient profile that contains the essential and necessary nutrients for all our house plants and outdoor plants including nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. Among the market benchmark for insect Frass N-P-K values of 3-2-3, our Frass has a N-P-K ratio of 3-3-5 which works perfectly to begin your vegetable garden and for your flowering