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Old 07-20-2018, 04:27 AM #1481
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Yea I made sure of that. I don't utilize my leaves at the moment and only spray when in veg. The product is certified organic and has been thoroughly looked at as residues can be on the grapes during ferment. Their new silica product I was hesitant on though as I had not used a silica powder before, but that I will experiment later. Ideally I'm gradually working towards probiotics instead of powders but they do come in handy.
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Old 09-09-2018, 03:07 AM #1482
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Let me start off by saying I am a long time hydro grower.

After reading this section of the forum for the last several months, as well as reading up on organic living soil and the benefits it provides, reading all about KNF and Hugelkultur, as well as listening to a myriad of podcasts devoted to the subject of organic gardening, I have committed myself to moving to organic no till soil for my indoor garden. (Also going to build Hugelkultur beds for my outdoor veggie garden for next year using the same soil recipe below. )

I bought 2 bales of black gold peat moss, 60 lbs of locally sourced ewc, and 2 KIS organics amendment packs. I've got 10 25 gallon smart pots on the way (going to use 8 for my grow). I'm going to reuse the medium I've been growing hydroponically with for aeration after I rinse it really, really well to get rid of any excess salts. Or I may buy new and save myself the trouble of cleaning it. Still undecided.

I still would like to source some biochar locally if I can. Otherwise I'll buy a cubic foot of Black Owl and pay the ridiculous shipping fees.

I am building carts for the bags on casters to make them easier to move about the room next weekend. Going to add a bit of plastic sheeting to the bottom to create a pseudo run off tray on the cart. Once the carts are built, I'll make the soil and start cooking it. Probably take cuttings the following weekend so they'll be ready for the soil when it's ready to be used.

Also going to build a DIY tea brewer. I've got 3 air pumps that would be collecting a whole lot of dust otherwise that I can put to good use.

That is the plan so far.
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Old 09-09-2018, 03:20 AM #1483
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:34 PM #1484
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Has anyone used this? https://www.amazon.com/Wakefield-Bio...ywords=biochar
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Old 09-16-2018, 11:06 PM #1485
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My first 2lbs of red wigglers should be delivered tomorrow and I've got their bed ready for them. Its filled with various things ive gathered from around the property. Many types of wild weeds and bits of various decaying forest matter that looked healthy to include some mushrooms and a few wild apples. To that i added a shredded cardboard box and a bit of well water. Also a few scoops of various sand and soil from various places and a bit of used coffee grounds and a filter. The path to local organics has begun.

Im going to begin my MJ growing journey on the organic side so i will have no comparison to the bottled nutes. But i for one am convinced its the best way to grow. Personal and family medicine only.

This is my first post in this thread and i wanted to thank all who have contributed.

I'll give a shout out to RatZilla here also. His thread "Turning 75" is an awesome read and his old school organic style is a joy to read. https://www.icmag.com/ic/showthread.php?t=355312 Give him a shout if you check out his thread. A Happy Birthday is in order i believe.
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My noob advice on biochar: Make your own.

Spend the 41 bucks on some firewood if you cant cut your own for free. Have a campfire with your friends and now you have biochar. Paying to ship ashes hahaha.

Or clean out the barbecue.
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Serious question here: how is "biochar different from hardwood charcoal?
https://www.amazon.com/Jealous-Devil...ref=mp_s_a_1_5

Thic could be had at any home store for probably half of what it costs on amazon.
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My noob advice on biochar: Make your own.

Spend the 41 bucks on some firewood if you cant cut your own for free. Have a campfire with your friends and now you have biochar. Paying to ship ashes hahaha.

Or clean out the barbecue.
I agree with making your own but the way to make it is with low oxygen, high temperature. Read the Terra Preta thread.

Ratz is more new school than old school BTW. Still entertaining.
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I've made my own biochar in the past (TLUD*) but last time I just bought a bag of lump hardwood charcoal. (I bought 'Cowboy' brand locally) Just need to precharge it with N, like you would if you were making your own biochar. I broke larger pieces with a hammer and then soaked it in a mix of fish hydrolysate, EWC, compost and a bit of kelp meal for a couple days.

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I just sift through my firepit that I burned regular fires with regular wood. The ashes suffocate some of the embers so that becomes charcoal. If it can't get oxygen it doesn't burn so it remains. So I just gather all remains.

Seeing it in my mix, knowing I had to spend not a dollar or do any extra work or build a barrel with holes in it etc. makes me happy.
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