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Emilya

Member of the Month: Mar 2019
yes, there is an all in one soil... what have you heard?
 

Emilya

Member of the Month: Mar 2019
I was thinking more along the lines of Sohum or one of the other living soils that can be purchased online these days, but yeah, there are a lot of great soils out there for all kinds of growing methods. @Johnbeers, is it your intent to go full organic and use one of the soils that claim to be water only?
 

SmokingWings

Well-Known Member
Yes.

If buying in the store the soil is usually called "water only" or something like that meaning that all you have to do is water when needed.

Better yet, build your own Super Soil. Using just those two words do an internet search and then using the same two words do a search on this message board. Start browsing through all the links. After a couple of hours of reading you should have the basics down on how to build a soil.

Then advance to Living Organic Soil and you could build one of those soils. Keep in mind that for a LOS project you will have to consider using 15 gallon pots.

In the long run I found out that today's Super Soil is not that far off from the soils I learned to build back in the early 1970s for general landscaping, flowers and vegetables. Difference today is the addition of a few soil amendments to provide what particular plants will need at the different stages of grow between a seedling/clone until the day it gets cut down.

During that little bit of research is a lot of fun. Even if some of what you learn is something think you will never need you are going to end up ahead of the game because you did learn something. That guy on Jeopardy who just hit the $2 million mark says that most of his answers are things he learned about while actually trying to learn about something else entirely.

Have fun.
 

gira

Member
I was thinking more along the lines of Sohum or one of the other living soils that can be purchased online these days, but yeah, there are a lot of great soils out there for all kinds of growing methods. @Johnbeers, is it your intent to go full organic and use one of the soils that claim to be water only?
I read about this sohum living soil is it true one only adds water?
 

gira

Member
Yes, as long as you do it correctly, water only... you don't even have to worry about pH.
I’m an older fixed income (aka retired) grower that would love to go organic living soil and am wondering if I can use the sohum would it still be recommended to use the dandelion fertilizers?
 

Emilya

Member of the Month: Mar 2019
I’m an older fixed income (aka retired) grower that would love to go organic living soil and am wondering if I can use the sohum would it still be recommended to use the dandelion fertilizers?
Here we get to the difference between the concept of using a fertilizer to supercharge and already thriving grow, vs using nutrients out of a bottle simply to feed to plants. Since "feeding" is taken care of in the sohum system, dandelion ferts can be used with their original and intended purpose... to make your plants bigger and your buds more numerous.
 

gira

Member
Here we get to the difference between the concept of using a fertilizer to supercharge and already thriving grow, vs using nutrients out of a bottle simply to feed to plants. Since "feeding" is taken care of in the sohum system, dandelion ferts can be used with their original and intended purpose... to make your plants bigger and your buds more numerous.
That’s what I’m looking for! Cheap and somewhat easy! I only grow three plants at a time. Have the space/lighting to do more, and did try twelve on my first grow...just too much for this old man. Besides, I like spending time and attention on plants individually.
 

gira

Member
That’s what I’m looking for! Cheap and somewhat easy! I only grow three plants at a time. Have the space/lighting to do more, and did try twelve on my first grow...just too much for this old man. Besides, I like spending time and attention on plants individually.
Regarding lights, I am currently flowering my three ladies under 1200W HPS.
 

Emilya

Member of the Month: Mar 2019
thats sort of what I was under a couple of years ago... a 600w MH and a 600w HPS, all inside a large raptor air cooled hood. It worked pretty well, but I did pay a lot more for electricity than I do now under LED.
 

Nunyabiz

Well-Known Member
Just make sure that your soil tilth is correct, very good aeration, doesn't compact, isn't hydrophobic.
And if using a super soil method go with at least 7 gallon fabric pots and if doing a true Living Organic Soil No-till then a flat minimum of 15 gallon fabric pots.

Grow your soil, let the soil grow the plants.
 
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