Hey what shakin DGC? I have an update/question to tell/ask. first of all I want to apologize, I still own a drug dealer flip phone and have still not moved into that whole camera era yet. so no pics, sorry. I will work on that soon though. my previous questions were asking about a living organic soil and I appreciate all the input so I could make the best educated decision. so here is what I came up with. (question at the end). I have put together 4 batches of living organic soil. after extensive research I decided to use the coots recipe as a control, the sub cool recipe, mz jill recipe, and my own concoction (we can just call it watts4life I guess?). I put the initial ingredients I had in on jan 9/10. due to where I live though I had to source some ingredients and pay the premium for shipping. that being said the neem, shrimp and crab meal were mixed in jan 23 (today). and man what a difference between all of them already. (will tell you at the end). these are the exact recipes I put together, can you guess which one is most compact? most moisture? most mycro? most heat? best aroma? these are all mixed in the 102 litre (2.6 cubic ft) black totes with lids on but cracked open.
Coots recipe: 5 gallon peat, 5 gallon, coco, 2.5 gallon worm castings, 2.5 gallon compost (50/50 fish forest fines), 5 gallon vermiculite (sourcing issues I get what I get). nutrients: 1.5 cups neem cake meal, 1.5 cups kelp meal, 3/4 cup shrimp meal, 3/4 cup crab meal minerals: 5 cups glacial rock dust blend, 2.5 cups oyster shell, 2.5 cups gypsum
Subcool recipe: 7.5 gallon peat, 5 gallon coco, 2.5 gallon work castings, 2.5 gallon compost, 2.5 gallon vermiculite. nutrients: 1.5 cups blood meal, 1.5 cups fishbone meal, 1.5 cups bat guano, 4 table spoons of mycro. minerals: 1 cup rock phosphate, 5 cups glacial rock dust blend, 2.5 cups oyster shells (oops this is not a part of the recipe, this is why you slow down when your excited. I hope it doesn’t hurt) 3 tablespoons Epsom salt, 1 cup gypsum, 2 teaspoons humic acid
mzjillgrower recipe: 7.5 gallon peat, 5 gallon coco, 2.5 gallon worm castings, 2.5 gallon compost, 2.5 gallon vermiculite. nutrients: 1 cup blood meal, 1 cup fishbone meal, 1 cup bat guano, 1 cup neem meal, 1 cup kelp meal, 4 tablespoons mycro, 1/2 cup shrimp meal, 1/2 cup crab meal. minerals: 5 cups glacial rock dust blend, 1.5 cups oyster shell, 3 tablespoon Epsom salt, 1.5 cups gypsum, 2 teaspoons humic acid.
watts4life recipe: 7.5 gallon peat, 5 gallon coco, 2.5 gallon worm castings, 1/2 gallon peralite, 2.5 gallon compost, 1 gallon vermiculite, 1 gallon bio-char. nutrients: 3/4 cup blood meal, 3/4 cup fishbone meal, 3/4 cup bat guano, 3/4 cup neem meal, 3/4 cup kelp meal, 4 tablespoons mycro, 1/2 cup shrimp meal, 1/2 cup crab meal. minerals: 1 cup rock phosphate, 1 cup diatomaceous earth, 2 teaspoons sulphate of potash, 5 cups glacial rock dust blend, 1 cup oyster shell flour, 2 tablespoons Epsom salt, 2 cups gypsum, 2 teaspoons humic acid.
So from jan 10- jan 23 this is some results so far
most moisture: 1-mzjill 2/3- subcool/watts4life 4- coots
most compacted: 1-mzjill 2- subcool 3- watts4life 4- coots
most mycro: 1-mzjill (by a lot too it was everywhere, I didn’t even want to mix it there was that much) 2-watts4life 3-subcool 4- coots(none was added though)
most heat: 1-mzjill 2-watts4life 3- subcool 4- coots
best aroma: 1/2- mzjill/watts4life 3-subcool 4-coots
im going to do an npk/ph soil test at the end of the cook. I will cook for another month or so.
my prediction is the mzjill will out perform all of the other mixes. her mix is at the top of everything I compared so far. after that I thinks its a battle for 2nd with the subcool/watts4life recipe, followed up with coots. I think watts4life mix is most likely to piss off a plant but at the end of the day this is why im doing this so lol burn bitch! (failure is an option, you only learn from it)
ok so that’s the update, any thoughts, opinions, and predictions are appreciated. now onto the questions. first of all would you transplant these to cook into the pot you will use and allow it to cook in there or would you let it cook in the bins and then disturb it? the answer to that question may be answered by this one: when would you plant your cover crop and add worms? add worms and cook in black bin then move it all and add cover crop or move dirt to pots add cover crop and worms now? im not too sure what the best course of action is here. I can only assume I want to disturb the soil as little as possible seeing as how far the internet grew in the mzjill recipe at the same time I have to turn it once or twice in the cooking process don’t I? and I would imagine worms will help the cooking process wont they? I have all the ingredients from all of these recipes now. which ones in what ratios would you use to brew a compost tea? keep in mind please that it will be fed to the plants in all these dirts at equal ratios to keep this experiment as close as possible to compare soil not anything else. (and yes I know there are uncontrollable variables because im not in a lab but im sure I will get the idea). so I don’t want anything too hot or too cold. I do like simple, at the same time I like options! lets all learn organics!!