Secrets? Well, if you were me, you would think a lot of these things regarding cannabis soil life are secrets. This statement is based on all the growers I babble with, and their routines revolving around growing. Also, based upon many (many) gardens I have visited. The phrase ‘COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TENDENCIES’ comes to mind, almost always.
If you are growing in living soil, you really need to understand some basic truths. Truths I have found to be vital, if you want to grow the very best cannabis. When I say: “It’s all about the microbeasties.” I’m being literal. Microbeasties is the word I use for the soil life, in general. The microbial life as well as the very small life forms, like soil mites etc.
Using my TLO (True Living Organics) methodology, growing in living soil, and leveraging Mother Nature, I have changed a few things about my own lifestyle. Indeed. I don’t drink chlorinated water, or cook with it, or use ice cubes made from it. Hell, my animals don’t drink chlorinated water. I avoid as many non-food items in foods as possible. Colorings, flavorings, and “preservatives” especially. No stupid vitamins… But I digress; let’s talk about your plants, and how happy they could be, yes?
Cannabis Soil Life and Microbiology
Here’s the great part about the cannabis soil life, you don’t need to understand microbiology to any degree beyond basic. Knowledge is always good, but it is easy to get “lost in the weeds” when delving into technical microbiology details. Today my approach is simple. I’m just going to show you how to stay out of their way, leverage their abilities, and how to NOT fuck with them.
Treat the Microbeasties Like Your Pets
The microbeasties are your number one means by which your plants not only get food, but get the food they want/need at the time. Slamming food into plants like most liquid fertilizers do, not only fucks with your cannabis soil life hard core, but also force-feeds nutrients into the plants they neither want or need. Consistency is the magic word here my esteemed homeskillets. Good nutritious living soil, and good water. Keep both consistent, that’s where the true power lies.
You see, there are a million gazillion good soil mixes, as long as they are diverse regarding what’s in them, the microlife will literally evolve—very quickly in fact—into your personal environmental situation. Your plants do this as well, in concert with the soil life. Just keeping everything consistent allows the microbeasties to work their “magic” on your plants. The final product will blow your mind.
The Grower’s Hand Interfering with the Cannabis Soil Life
- The act of feeding your plants is bad. Don’t think of it in those terms, because if you are doing it right, you just create a diversified and consistent environment where Mother Nature can wield her considerable powers on your final product’s quality—both size and resin. The microbeasties are the true living farmers here. Take care of them and they will totally handle the plants.
- Use PPM (read by using a TDS meter) to guide your hand with your water. There is no need to ever use a tea, or liquid bottled nutrients on your plants, ever, no bull. Keep PPMs of your water around 55-65 PPM, dechlorinate if needed. The plants and the microlife count on consistent water, like groundwater. Any additions of liquids are highly counterproductive.
- Do not consistently add packaged microlife to your living soil in your growing containers. This wreaks havoc on the microbeasties. Keeping them in a stage of constant chaos, with no equilibrium. Seems to me the microlife take about 2 weeks to evolve considerably into the environment. Have a little patience and see the power.
My recycled soil is about a decade old now. However, whichever way you choose to go on your soil choice for your cannabis gardens, you will find the little formula below highly effective. I did. Your cannabis soil life will really thrive when you use a lighter touch on just about everything. Same goes for the types of product s below. In a typical 3-gallon container flowering smaller plants, I would use about ½ teaspoon of the Bigfoot product for the layer 1 inch below where living roots will touch at transplant.
As far as the Mykos product, I use as much as I see fit for the situation. But in a typical transplant into a 3-gallon container I would sprinkle down about a heaping ½ teaspoon just before placing the root ball down on top of it.
The Madness to the (Rev’s) Methodology
Here’s how I do, using the types of inoculants shown below in the photo, with the actual placement shown in the illustration above. First of all, I use the product on the left (the Mykos) at every transplant, and when I first plant (aero) rooted clones into soil. The 100% pure mycorrhiza (endo) is all you need or want here. I use the product just under any root ball I am placing into a new container. Also, great to sprinkle directly on the roots of freshly rooted aero-clones just before planting into soil for the first time.
The Bigfoot product is quite powerful, and in my living soil it does not seems to work very well in direct contact with living roots, as the other Mykos product is good for. However, about 1 inch below if I use a small amount of this Bigfoot product, I can sure tell the difference. I use this product only twice during the entire life of the plant. When sprouts are transplanted into their first containers. Also, the plant’s last transplant into the flowering containers they will finish in.
On the left (photo above) is a 100% pure Mycorrhizal (Endo) product for direct contact with living roots. On the right is a product containing Mycorrhizae along with other nutrient elements, like some kelp, and humic acid. I do not like using this type of product for direct contact with living roots. But I do like it a lot, used as shown above in the cross-section illustration. Both of the above products are in granular form.
A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, heh heh. Especially when it comes to amateur microbiology. As peeps learn a little, they often seem to become sort of myopic, like OCD-ish, regarding certain specific microbeasties while ignoring almost all the others. There are gadzooks-bazillions. Diversity is the word, and always remember the true wisdom is knowing you know barely anything regarding the big picture of how Mother Nature (physics) works. Allow for that whenever possible, righty-O.
Hey, here’s a cool article also in this genre amigos, so maybe check it out: Rev Up Your Living Soil – Skunk Magazine. If you want any garden to end up stellar, start with killer hearty, viable, exotic, and sexually healthy seeds. Breeze by KOS and have a looksee😉
Hope you enjoyed today’s read. Great buds are really all about what’s not in them—truly. Smoking a little Blue Rhino 1947 today. What a ride, with smiles for miles. True happy-weeds that can cause spontaneous laughter—LoL! L8r G8rs…
- REvski 😊
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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.