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Old 11-17-2012, 07:05 PM #1
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Welcome to the Next Chapter of my Organic Perpetual Journal.

I decided to finally end the Re-Invention Thread I had going because I felt that I have finally found my home with organic soil mixes and I want a place to journal the important events from the start of my first complete soil mix without using a bagged soil.
I’m waiting for a few last ingredients to arrive by mail today, but I’ll list everything that will be going into my soil mix. I will leave out the actual amounts until the day that I amend and see how it all goes.

Recipe thanks to Gascanastan and his amazing thread.
I'm learning so much lately over here -- >> https://www.icmag.com/ic/showthread.php?t=241964

1. Sphagnum Peat Moss - $24 for two 3.5 Cubic Foot Bails
2. Large Bag of Vermiworm Fresh California Red Wiggler Worm Castings- $29
3. Live Worms and EWC with Compost in a 5 gallon bucket from the local worm guy $50
4. Fresh top soil from a friends organic garden just full of good stuff. Free
5. Local 1.5 year old compost from mainly leaves, grass and sticks. Free
6. Big Bag of Coco- Croutons $10.00
7. Big Bag of Vermiculite - $10.00
8. Ancient Forest – Had this around my house NOT USING THIS. DECIDED ON LOCAL FOREST DUFF
9. Powdered Bentonite - $10
10. Ground Oyster Shell - $10
11. Ground Gypsum - $15
12. Crab Shell Meal - $30 25lbs
13. Kelp Meal - $10
14. N Bat Guano – Had this already
15. Fish Bone Meal - $10
16. Sul-Po-Mag - $12
17. Neem Seed Meal - $25
18. Alfalfa Meal - $12
19. Bag of Cowboy Charcoal - $15
20. Bag of “HydroLite” Zeolite Silica type Material Similar to Perlite for Aeration. $30

I’ll be mixing a fresh AACT with some EM-1 to inoculate the soil and help it compost for 1 month before I start using it.

I’m just learning about the EM-1 and Effective Microorganisms, it has me excited.

Once the soil is mixed and composted I’ll be filling up my 10 Gallon Dirt Bags and Running them all out.

For water, I have a personal water filter machine that is very effective. .05 Micron and I’ll be filling up a 30 Gallon Reservoir and Running BluMats for Flower and Hand Water for Veg.

T5 Lights in a 4x4 Veg Room

3 x 600W PlantMax with Phantom Digital ballast for the Flower room. Air Cooled Hoods. 4x8 Tent

Throughout the Grow I’ll be using Silica and Aloe Vera Juice for Foliar.

I’ll most likely brew a tea up for the Transition to flower.

I’m learning much right now and would sincerely appreciate any input or questions that you have as I hope that this is my best run yet.

I’ll update my Strain selection once the soil is ready and I choose my first Ladies for the Batch.





EDIT: I'm also running a version of Coots soil mix.

1 Part Sphagnum Peat Moss
1 Part Compost
1 Part Lava Rock
1 cup per Cubic Foot of the following:
Neem Cake
Kelp Meal
Crab Meal

Added about 1 cup per Cubic Foot of Oyster shell and 3 cups per of Gypsum.

After that I filled up 10 gallon container and left 4 inches or so to top dress with Earth worm castings and still have room for watering.

I like Cootz Mix, and will continue to use both and eventually mix them together.
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:14 PM #2
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Hey man just found this thread, ill definitely be watching to see how this goes for you... I'm also making my own soil mix currently but looks like it make take a bit longer than yours. I went the simpler route and just gabbed the KIS nutrient pack for 40 bucks it amends 4 c.f of soil
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That's one hell of a soil mix. You're about to have some monsters in the tent and I can't wait to see them.

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So Stoked right now.

Just ate a strong brownie.

Driving my truck around to my workshop in a minute to unload a Huge Bin of Fresh Compost and 10 Gallons of 3/4" Red Lava rock.

Then, It's time to get my mix on, finally!

I'll be brewing the tea tonight so I wont actually Tea my batch until tuesday, but by the end of the day, I'll have several huge containers full of soil with the lid on, ready to compost.

I'll snap a few pictures of the mixing just to get some photo's up on here and I'll snap some pic's of the seedlings that will be the first in this batch.


@ Soursmoker - Glad to have you here, saw your post in the living organic thread and It will be nice to see how your second soil batch does this time.

@whodatis - Thanks Mang!

@ Marlo - Stoked to see you here, I've got your theme song playing in the background just to get me pumped up right now... and for those that don't know. The WoW thread has the best music haha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ennMD1fPtXA

@ Funk - I'm getting better everyday, but his mix has been really fun to research and bring together. I can't wait to witness the results.
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Your mix will serve you well - top-of-the-line base materials coupled with viable humus and a good slant on mineralization.

Done. Finis. Ovah.

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Currently Soaking some crushed up Cowboy charcoal in fresh water with some liquid sea kelp and a little bit of liquid Humics.

Smoking a nice bowl right now of some of my frostiest Swt#4 x C99 ever. Really happy with it.

Then, back to work, So far I have the Coco hydrated and mixed with the Sphagnum, Worm Castings, Worms, Top Soil, Lava Rock and HydroLite rocks. Time to get busy!
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Your mix will serve you well - top-of-the-line base materials coupled with viable humus and a good slant on mineralization.

Done. Finis. Ovah.

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I'm excited that I'm starting to understand why it will work, as opposed to just following the recipe. Thanks for all your input.
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Got it all mixed last night, good work out too.

Realized last night that I could not find that bag of Ancient Forest, I must have used it for something, so I'm going to go get some Forest Duff Tomorrow morning from the forest around here and finish the final mix up before I Tea the Batch.

Pictures tomorrow.
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