Building and maintaining a recyclable, organic living soil is the way mother nature intended to grow plants. Taking the science out of gardening we put nature back in charge. With this unique knowledge base there is no more need for purchasing bagged soils, liquid fertilizers and the like. Our mission is to create a biologically dynamic microscopic herd of bacteria, fungus, small soil-based creatures and beneficial insects that benefit the plant and your garden as a whole. This is why we call is a ‘living soil’.
The soil is ‘recycled’ after a few cycles of plant growing (when growing in containers indoors) or at signs of plants showing deficiency. This soil can be reused through small amounts of organic soil amendments being re-introduced to the recycled soil. This soil can be used for years and years through this simple re-amending.
We have had a great response from our 15 gallon post, so we decided to answer your questions here in an informative post regarding building a living soil for bigger batches in containers or outdoors!
Generally speaking, you want to apply amendments at a rate of 1/2 cup per 1 cf of dry soil mix. You dry soil mix should be:
Equal parts aeration (pumice, lava rock, perlite, growstone), homemade compost (preferably homemade EWC) and sphagnum peat moss.
1 cubic foot = approximately 6.5 gallons of dry soil
5 gallon container: 1/3 cup amendment of each
7 gallon container: 1/2 cup amendment of each
15 gallon container: 1 cup amendment of each
Fish Meal 9-4-0
Nitrogen, phosphorous, amino acids, hormones, etc.
Crab Shell Meal 4-3-0
Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Calcium, Magnesium, pH buffer, chitin, etc.
Oyster Shell Flour
Calcium, pH buffer
Kelp Meal 0-0-1 or 1-0-2
Potassium, abundant trace minerals, etc.
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