Hey-hey everyone. Rev here, and today I want to start those of you that are willing, down the composting path. Why? Because you can literally use compost combined with your used soil to make new, incredible soil. Don’t worry about your assumptions about composting. It doesn’t have to be smelly, or bug infested; not at all. Today, I am going to guide you towards making cannabis friendly compost, in particular. At home. All you have to do is eat decent (real) food, and/or have a good hookup for cannabis friendly composting matter.
I was going to do a trippy article about my experiences in a jury, but they never even called me to appear during my term. My girl kept telling me: “If you just be yourself, there’s no way they are going to select you.” LoL, I’m not sure how to take that—wink.
If you just dial in the things that I am going to show you in this article, you will reap some serious AF bennies. I promise you that if you follow what I tell you here, you will be blown away by the results you can achieve. Cannabis friendly compost is just like any good compost. I just target it specifically to favor cannabis plants’ needs/wants. Only one other thing you will need is good water. Water should be just about neutral pH (7.0 pH). It should be between 40 and 70 PPM. That PPM should be dissolved minerals like groundwater has. It also needs to be chlorine/chloramine free.
Cannabis Friendly Compost is All You Need—No Bottles Please
Now, my very green friends, here’s the most important part. Once you start using compost, adding any liquid nutrient from bottles is bad. Bad, as in counterproductive. The only microbial life you will want to use is Mycorrhizal fungus. Endo type. Again, it’s counterproductive to use liquid nutrients. If you want to see the amazing things this can do, don’t modify it. Just use good water on your plants. Have a little faith, baybee … have a little faith.
Several aspects of growing in this pure all-natural style ( True Living Organics 2nd Edition by Rev ) will seem counterintuitive. That’s mostly because the nutrient companies have polluted all of our minds regarding how you grow plants. I call this “The Synthetic Mindset,” and it is your number one nemesis here. Be mindful of it. You aren’t feeding your plants. You are allowing them to feed themselves. They’re really good at it.
I’m going to keep this article very simple. The technical aspects are deep and convoluted. The good news is you don’t need to know them in any great detail. You just need to understand the style. I’ll show you how to make kickass compost. Especially, cannabis friendly compost. The cannabis friendly compost is also uber effective on tomato, and strawberry plants; just FYI. The true secret of magical compost is diversity. Let’s do a couple lists first, below. Read on…
A Couple of Quick Lists
Making great compost doesn’t need to be stinky, or messy, not at all. You just need to add a lot of different things, without adding any “bad” things. All compost is essentially cannabis friendly compost, and here’s a list below of common compostable materials. Make no mistake, the list of possible additions is broad. The list that follows is partial to be sure. You can get crazy and compost things like jellyfish. But, let’s just keep it simple today—wink.
You’ll want your compost to stay moist. The wetter it is, the more likely it will get super anaerobic (see below) and smelly. So, dial in your moisture levels as appropriate to where you are composting. I’m a huge coffee drinker. I am adding at least one used coffee filter full of brewed coffee grounds, per day. My compost collecting bowl in my kitchen stays pretty wet. I collect a ton of killed cannabis plants and trim that is dry, that I also add. I use two collection locations, 1 indoors, and 1 outdoors in a shed. Dial in your wet and dry additions for moisture control/balance.
Good Basic Compostable Matter
- Egg shells.
- Vegetable scraps and spoiled vegetables.
- Melons and squashes.
- Rice and pasta raw or cooked.
- Coffee and tea grounds, used, including filters/bags.
- Straw, shredded paper, tree twigs, bark, and leaves.
Specifically, Cannabis Friendly Composting Matter
- All extraneous cannabis plant matter. Chopped up stems, and leaves. Rootballs, and even seeds. Roaches, and vape duff as well.
- Plant matter in general. Broccoli, alfalfa, spinach, tomato, rinsed kelp, pesticide free lawn clippings, and tree leaves.
- Vegetables and fruits, fresh, bad, cooked, or raw. Bananas and peels. Cantaloupes and rinds. Coffee grounds and filters, used. Carrots, and all squash, and squash seeds, including and especially pumpkin. Tomatoes, and grapes. Asparagus, spinach, and broccoli.
- Other matter. Cut hair, and nails—dye and treatment free. Egg shells, oyster shells, crushed. All rice, Basmati rice especially. Mushrooms, and feathers. Crab shells, crushed. Blood meal, Chicken guano, and bat guano.
Some things you add will just simply be stinky. Things like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and asparagus. Also, any time you add guano it will get stinky. Fish is uber stinky. Guano and fish also bring a higher chance of “summoning” bugs, like gnats. Not a bad thing at all, but location will be key to when you add these things. Stinky can be additions related, or anaerobic related, cannabis friendly compost includes some stinky additions. Keep the stinky ones outdoors.
Small Additions of These are Good
- Steer manure.
- Fruit skins.
- Pine needles.
Don’t Add These
- Salt or powerful spices.
- Meat (fish is alright, but will bring bugs and smell).
- Fat, butter, and grease.
- Preservatives, pesticides, artificial flavors, and dyes.
Cannabis Friendly Composting—Methodology, Using Aerobic and Anaerobic Microbial Life
Making cannabis friendly compost does require some smelly additions. Don’t sweat it, we use two locations to collect this stuff and get it started. One indoors, and the rest outdoors. I use a large bowl in my kitchen (photo above) to collect a lot of stuff in for a week or so. Then I dump it all into the larger container (a small tote) out in my shed (photo below). Anything I’m adding that I know will be smelly or attract gnats/flies, I just toss straight into the outdoor/shed tote.
Controlling your moisture levels before actually composting all your additions is easy. Let some things dry out and let other things stay wet. For example, I add some cannabis trimmings, killed plants, and chopped up stems, wet/fresh. I let some of it get dryer. Dry leaves work well if stuff is too moist. Too moist isn’t a problem for any reason besides smell. Anaerobic and Aerobic decomposition (composting) are both fantastic, as long as living roots are not present. We only want aerobic microbial activity in our soil, once living roots are present.
In both of your cannabis friendly composting collection containers (the bowl and tote), decomposition will begin. You will likely see mold. No worries, you like it, don’t sweat it, that mold on top isn’t smelly either. Anaerobic decomposition will happen in both containers on the bottom. The smells won’t waft out until you dump them. Within a day or so, any anaerobic smells will fade away. It only takes exposure to air to fix that.
If it is hard for you to get many egg shells, get yourself some ground oyster shell in a box, from Down to Earth brand. Mix about 1 tablespoon of oyster shell per bowl full (1 US Dry Gallon) of composting materials. This bowl holds approximately 1 gallon when the bowl is totally full of matter. The pH effects and the calcium are both big plusses for cannabis friendly compost.
Anaerobic decomp is important too. It has beneficial effects, like creating some sulfur for your cannabis plants. Sulfur is needed (in micro small amounts) for kickass smells and flavors. Using a compost tumbler is the best option to actually finish making your compost. Using just a pile is fine too. However, I would not just put this pile on the ground. Use a tarp underneath it so all the good stuff doesn’t leach out into the soil below the pile. You could make your final compost in rubber animal troughs like in the photo below, as well.
Keep the pile exposed to air always. Keep it out of the rain. Turn it over often to keep it aerobic and not stinky. Mix in a little blood meal, or bird/bat guano, once you make your final pile to finish your composting faster, and better. Blood meal is uber rich in many nutrients cannabis loves, like iron. It will also jack up the amount of microlife at work in the pile bigtime. Blood meal is uber cannabis friendly composting stuffs—wink. Check this article out for more info here: Blood Meal
Additional Cannabis Friendly Composting Information
If you use bagged soil, mix your finished cannabis friendly compost 50/50 with it. If you are adding used soil with root balls as material, you can make your compost like 80% of your soil mix. Using blood meal to catalyze the decomp processes will allow your compost to finish in 2 or 3 weeks. Adapt to your particular surroundings. Use what is available to you, for composting. Grocery stores have a lot of bananas, broccoli, and melons/squashes that they have to throw out. All excellent for super cannabis friendly compost. Get a hookup.
Use the compost as a top dressing as well. About 2 inches thick is all good. Using your used soil with root balls after harvest, as a major part of your composting materials, basically is just recycling your soil. Making the new soil insane! Insane baybee, no joke. Just add water. It’s just 1, 2, 3… From the bowl, to the tote, and then into the pile, rubber trough, or compost tumbler, to finish up. Boom! Simple man.
As long as you are adding a wide range of compostable organic matter, you don’t really need to worry about adding any other nutrients. If you feel your diversity is a bit weak, or your compost is lacking in size… Well then, add some dolomite lime, some alfalfa, some bone meal, and some greensand or kelp, just before you actually compost it. My number one piece of advice here is get a compost tumbler if you can. Supreme ease making tons of killer cannabis friendly compost. Link: My Favorite Compost Tumbler.
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I'm The Rev, and I have been with SKUNK for about a decade now. I hail from Southern California, spent mucho time in Northern California, and now reside in Southern Oregon; always coastal. I am an all natural style cannabis grower and I have written a couple books on the subject - check out True Living Organics 2nd Edition on Amazon - I have been growing for over 45 years, and I have been breeding cannabis for over 30 years. Check out kingdomorganicseeds.com to see some exotic selections. Growing connoisseur cannabis is what I teach mostly, growing it in living soil without using liquid organic nutrients to feed the plant. I am also a highly skilled synthetics grower, hydroponics, aeroponics, DWC/SWC/NFT, Ebb and Flow, and soilless, but I cringe when smoking synthetic grown herbs, so for the last 15 years or so I preach the artisan style of all natural growing, specializing in container growing. Cheers and welcome aboard.