What Is Organic Living Soil, And How To Use It For Growing Weed?
The best way to start a blog post is by answering the question, “What are you talking about?” In this case, we’re talking about organic living soil and how to use it for growing weed.
Living soil is different from a regular potting mix because it is made from pure ingredients that decompose with fungi and bacteria, which aids in plant growth- just like they would in nature! This type of soil also has no synthetic chemicals or fertilizers used, so it’s healthier for plants and people.
What is Organic Living Soil?
Let’s take a closer look at what we’re talking about here. Organic soil is made using composted materials, including worm castings, bat guano, humus, kelp meal, and other natural ingredients. It’s important to note that this isn’t just potting mix that contains nutrient-rich elements such as iron, magnesium, and calcium. Living soil is made using ingredients that provide water-soluble nutrients in addition to the previously mentioned mineral elements.
Benefits Of Using Organic Living Soil?
There are many perks to using organic living soil as opposed to other common potting mixes. The benefits include:
1. It’s better for you and your plants!
This type of soil has no synthetic chemicals or fertilizers used, so it’s healthier for people and the planet because fewer harmful chemicals are being released into the air/water supply.
Good news for smokers! This type of soil doesn’t often make plants taste or smell as strong due to the lack of chemical additives, so your strains will be cleaner and more fragrant.
The only thing you need to worry about is smoking/vaping too much because it tastes like real marijuana instead of chemicals!
2. The soil contains beneficial microbes
Soil such as this is full of natural ingredients that aid in the growth of plants. These microbes improve your root system and enable your cannabis to take up nutrients more efficiently and effectively, contributing to better flower production!
3. Make your own
If you’re looking to save money on growing supplies, living soil is a great way to make your own products that are just as effective at keeping your plants happy and healthy.
You can premake your mix ahead of time and have an excellent garden right out of the gate with minimal upfront costs.
You can make your own soil from scratch using worm castings, composted leaves, food scraps, etc. There are also some options on the market that you can purchase premade for convenience.
4. Better for the environment
The process of making compost and worm castings is natural and won’t cause harm to the environment. It’s also helpful for the soil- a soil with organic living matter in it breaks down faster into usable nutrients than one with synthetic fertilizers, which means that you can use your soil over again quickly.
5. Easier maintenance
There are fewer steps in the process of using living soil, so it’s easier to maintain your gardens and keep them healthy.
There aren’t as many additives to be mindful of, and you don’t have to worry about finding a balance of nutrients for your plants.
You also don’t need to add any extra fertilizer besides an organic one every couple of months! It’s simple and cheap.
6. Good for beginners
You don’t need a lot of experience cultivating plants or knowledge about specific types of soil when you’re using this type! Just follow the directions that come with your organic living soil mix, and you’ll be good to go.
7. It supports plant growth!
This type of soil offers nutrients and the conditions needed for plants to grow, including oxygen and water. Roots need air just like we do, so it’s important to keep a good amount of space between your container and the soil. This is important if you are growing your cannabis in a container with a small drainage hole.
8. It makes your plants sturdier
Your cannabis plants will be stronger and more resistant to stress, pests, weather, etc. when grown in this type of soil instead of a non-organic potting mix or a smart pot (plastic/paper pot with smart soil in it). This is because the soil properties keep the plant from drying out and provide better insulation than plastic.
9. Less risk of overwatering or underwatering!
Because of this soil’s natural composition, plants can retain water more easily and be less likely to dry out. It also allows you to water less often because the soil won’t be soaking up all of your water supply as non-organic potting soils would.
10. Higher yields
Generally, plants grown in organic living soil have a higher yield when compared to those grown in other types of potting mixes or containers. This is due to the fact that the microbes in the soil are contributing to producing more flowers!
How does use organic living soil differ from other mediums?
Organic living soil is rich in nutrients, whereas traditional potting mixes are not. Instead of synthetic fertilizers, living soil has the natural elements microbes need to live and function. When growing in living soil, you don’t need to add any additional chemicals to the mix because it already contains essential nutrients.
When watering, you’ll notice that plants tend to absorb the water more quickly, and there is less chance of overwatering. In addition, living soil retains moisture better than other mediums, so you don’t need to worry about your roots drying out.
How can I make my organic living soil?
If you want to create your own soil, you’ll need to create a compost pile. Composting is when different organic matter decays and turns into an earthy-smelling substance used as a natural fertilizer. Organic compost often contains worm castings or humus, which are rich in microbes and nutrients.
The best way to make your soil from scratch is to start with a soil base. This can be made from many different materials, such as vermiculite, peat moss, or coconut coir. After the base is established, you can begin adding compostable items. You can actually use just about any compostable organic material, including kitchen scraps like coffee grounds, fruit peels, or eggshells. You will also need microbe-rich substances.
After you’ve added all of your compostable material, water thoroughly, you may need to water it multiple times, which is fine because that means there will be more microbes in the soil!
How do I use organic living soil for growing weed?
Organic living soil is an excellent medium for growing marijuana regardless of whether you’re growing indoors or out. It has some unique advantages over traditional potting mixes because of the added microbes, such as better nutrient absorption and improved moisture retention. After you’ve prepared your soil, it is ready to be planted!
Because organic living soil has a higher CEC than traditional potting mediums, plants will absorb nutrients easier.
How to accelerate microbial activity in living soil
You can speed up the process of creating your organic living soil. One way is by using a hot composting method that involves piling your mix inside of a greenhouse. This will ensure that the microbes are fed and active as soon as possible. You will then need to water the soil every day for about a week and then once or twice per week after that. The pH of your composting pile should be between 7.0 and 8.0 for it to function properly.
If you’re hoping to make your growing experience much more efficient and cost-effective, give organic living soil a try! It may just be the thing your garden has been missing! It’s easy to compost your own material to create the potting mix, and it will provide great yields plus other benefits that you won’t find in traditional mixes.
There are many mediums out there that are perfect for growing weed, so be sure to check out our blog posts on the subject to choose the one that’s right for you!