Originally Posted by xBOBxSAGETx
I’m thinking “soil” as my grow medium
Okay so a basic rule of thumb was given. Is that I want
1 part Canadians sphagnum peatmoss
1 part Premium Thermal Compost (up to half of that being wormcastings)
1 part Aeration/drainage
-Compost being the most important thing.
When you add something like “Kelp meal” or “bone meal” do you consider that component a nutrient? Gypsum too?
And yes from what I’m reading the “no till” living soil seems like what I want to do. Inoculating the soil with microbes that are good for the biology of the plant.
Thats pretty much it, its a good mix that works well. Do you have an easy source of compost?
Yeah, those are sources of nutrient. Gypsum would be good for calcium and sulphur it seems. Lime is a good source of Ca too and an be used to lower pH.
But in genreal a couple of nutriets is enough to get things going. Im sure there are ways to really fine tune a soil and stufy it, but thats ahead of me still.
Usually when a soil is done it has to "cook" (be left idle for a while, moist), life starts to break things down. I think a month is the standrad amound(?). Some growth might show up and you'll see a white fungus growth "santas beard", lol.
In no till people add plants that add to the soil (mostly legumes as they are particular in that they can take N from the atmosphere), topdressings of nutrients (spent coffee grinds are an easy one) and even "teas" or brewed nutrient mixes - id imagine those act pretty fast.