Hey all, I am transitioning from hydro to No-till gardening! I follow MountainOrganics (creator of the infamous NTG: Revisited thread
) on Instagram and he recently made an IG post
describing his "new" soil recipe which is simply:
- Very High-Quality Compost (Malibu Compost works great)
- Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss
- Aeration (Lava rock or Pumice)
Per Cu Ft of Base Soil:
- 8-10 Cups of BioChar
- 8-12 Cups of Rock Dust
That's it! No amendments! I even DM'd him on IG to ask him if the above recipe really doesn't need any amendments at all and his response was
No Need to! The beefed up minerals covers it all and biochar adds longevity!
And if i am not mistaken he doesn't even use any kinds of teas, he just does water only! BUT he does do foliar sprays of his "tonics."
He has ventured into the cannabis business world and has his own line of bottled tonics that he sells. Apparently, these are the only
foliar sprays he uses. So aside from water only he does foliar sprays and that's it! I hope to eventually dive further into the subject of his tonics, as I would love to try to emulate his tonics as much as possible, in hopes of finding what I'd like to call a bare-bones minimal-input no-till gardening system that produces quality crop.
Through this thread, I hope to learn more about soil and the life that comes with it, in general. I also hope my thread can maybe become an inspiration or maybe help someone(s) come to understand something they never completely understood before. Or I hope that this thread can maybe serve as a reference to any beginners starting up no-till soil and that others follow along to not only experience anything that I may share, but to also share any valuable information that can assist others!
With that being said I leave you with pics of my progress so far:
Brand new fresh soil! So far all I've done to it is get it wet. I plan to throw in some worms and some cover crops. Most likely cover crops will be clover, fenugreek, and maybe buckwheat or cowpeas.
I will be planting 5 plants. 3 are unsexed regular seedlings of the strain "Prayer Tower" by Bodhi. It is a cross of Appalachia and a sativa-dominant Lemon Thai. I will also be planting 2 Gorilla Bubble BX4 clones I have.