Create your own Soil Mix for Cannabis
May 16, 2014
Categories : Growing Cannabis
The flavor of properly grown cannabis at home is quite enticing. Using rich organic soil to grow cannabis creates a subtle aroma and taste, just like in the case of vegetables.
No doubt, this is venture will also ensure that you are self sufficient and do not have to depend on people when you want to smoke a joint. Also, growing your own cannabis ensures that you have control over the quality. Whether you decide to grow the cannabis indoors or outdoors, you will need to put soil in the pots. Although beginners may opt to use cheap bags of soil that are usually sold in many gardening centers, they will face numerous challenges. Such kinds of soils lack sufficient nutrients that are needed for growing cannabis. Also, they also harden easily and are not dry and light enough. It is therefore important to create the right mix of soil for your cannabis by following the steps outlined below.
1. Making the base
The first step when making the right soil mix for growing cannabis is looking for high quality organic soil, which will act as the base. The base soil can be defined as the regular soil that will be used in the pots without any other additives. Selecting the right base soil is very critical when it comes to growing cannabis. Most beginners will fall into the trap of cutting corners when choosing the base soil. However, this is detrimental to their venture considering that cannabis grows well in aerated and permeable soil. You should look for good organic soils that tend to be more expensive because they have the right ingredients. A balanced organic soil will usually contain several ingredients, such as peat moss, bat guano, soybean, earthworm castings, soybean meal, pumice, compost, lignite, greensand, glacial rock dust, oyster shell flour, k-mag, coco fiber, perlite and leornardite. If you find a local mix with most of these ingredients, then you should use them as your base. Never use the pre mixed soils for house plants, they contain nutrients that will harm you cannabis plant! If you can’t find the soil with the correct nutrients it’s better to start with a clean soil with no nutrients at all zo you can add them later.
2. Adding other nutrients
Considering that it might be difficult to find an organic soil with all the appropriate nutrients, you must consider supplementing it. Some of the ingredients that you need to add include steamed bone meal, organic worm castings, bloom bat guano, blood meal, rock phosphate, Epson salts, sweet lime or dolomite, azomite to provide the plant with trace elements and humic acid. Most of these ingredients are readily available and provides the right nutrients for your cannabis. One ingredient that you may find hard to get is the worm castings, but you should never fail to use them. The beauty is that you do not need a soil conditioner if you use worm castings.
3. Mixing up the ingredients
It is very important to mix all the ingredients well for effective results. You can place a tarp on the patio or garage or sweep the floor and use it directly. This is usually a strenuous activity, so be careful not to pull a muscle. Some people may rent out a cement mixer to avoid the hard labour, which is fine. The method used to mix all the ingredients properly does not matter, as long as the end results are perfect. You should start by pouring a few bags of the base soil on the tarp or floor and then making a mound. Add the powdered nutrients in the centre of the mound. Cover these with more base soil and continue alternating the two until everything is added. After this, turn the soil thoroughly using a shovel until it is thoroughly mixed. The end result is the perfect soil mix for growing the cannabis.