1 week ago
Managing the soil food web (LONG post on this one!!🤓) Managing the soil food web and ignoring minerals is becoming an increasingly popular approach in cannabis cultivation. 🧐 SO...from my understanding, the premise goes something like this... Ignore minerals - they're all already in the soil! Applying them will simply damage your soil and tends to kill biology. (🤨) Use a microscope to determine the balance of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes. (🤔) You want everything present, but managing the bacterial to fungal ratio is what matters most. Cannabis thrives in a slightly bacterial-dominated soil, all the way to a slightly fungal-dominated soil. Too far in any one direction and you'll see problems. If you are tilling your soil, you should assume you have serious bacterial dominance. You don't want fungi:bacteria to drop below .75 (3 fungi for every 4 bacteria). Hitting the right ratio is controlled by feeding different things. Woody materials with a high C:N ratio promote fungi. High nitrogen materials promote bacteria. Using composts made on-site from local ingredients, you can create extracts of both fungi and bacteria. The microscope is critical in this process to determine what kind of compost you're making. By simply applying compost and extracts to your soil, you will change the ratio over time. The balance will unlock all soil nutrients your plants need to thrive. Simple! All your problems will be solved...compaction, pests, disease, and nutrient deficiencies. The approach claims to reduce labor costs 400% (not sure how) and double profitability across the board. Very bold claims! Does anyone have experience ignoring mineral levels and simply applying compost, teas, and extracts? What were the results? And if successful, did you receive soil tests before the cycle that showed your mineral levels?