New soil fox farm?

#1

I just got some “Fox Farm Ocean Forrest” soil from a local grow shop by my house. I have read about cooking the soil to remove bugs in the soil. Should i go head and cook the soil or be able to use it from the bag? Also what would be the best way to cook the soil? Thank for the advice

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#2

I have never heard of cooking soil to get rid of bugs. I wouldn’t do it unless the manufacturer says it’s OK. Good healthy soil is also supposed to have microorganisms and fungi in it, which I think would be adversely affected by getting baked - no pun intended :slight_smile:

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#3

You should not have to but all I do is keep it in the bag In the sun for a few days but you really shouldn’t have too @jscherencel

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#4

@Sixpackdad @jscherencel
Fox farms does cook their soil before bagging. However if it was packaged on a Friday or a Monday just like anything sometimes quality gets shoved aside.

Like Hogmaster stated, leaving in the sun for a bit will work, otherwise an oven will have to do.
I had a grow once where I had aphids appear from no where, and it was winter outside, so that tells me more than likely it came from the soil I purchased.
This grow I used straight from the bag no issues. But sometimes it does happen.
If you want to see the story check out my first grow. Well documented photos in there.

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#5

I’ve done it in foil pans on my grill. I agree with others that it’s not necessary. Sometimes you’ll get some knats and sometimes you won’t. There are other measures for dealing with them if need be. Another thing worth pointing out is that cooking it will likely have some negative effects on the good things in soil too.

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#6

It will also stink like hell.

#7

I had thrips last December with ffof. I’ve never seen them before.

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#8

Pasteurize soil at 180F (82C) for 30 minutes. Finally something I know about.

It won’t hurt the soil at all and you can cut that down to 160F; just heat it for a longer time.

Something I don’t see mentioned here anywhere yet is pasteurized steer manure kneaded into the surface of the soil is a great way to fertilize and since it breaks down slowly, it can supply plants needs for a long period of time and won’t burn plants. Never grown any kind of crop that did not benefit greatly from steer manure.

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#9

Cooking at those temps won’t hurt the soil per se but will kill all the beneficial critters that they inoculated the soil with.

#10

Try some diatomaceous earth powder, just mix into soil. Its made from crustations like barnicles… Good for your soil and the stuff is like glass to anything w an exoskeleton… And yes completely safe for humans… Old farm boy here…

#11

It’s a judgement call. I may be new to this, but lots of experience with growing. I grew up with fruit orchards and a few acres of garden. You want to be a purist, you will at times lose crops; sometimes most of a crop, unless you deal with it. Any method you use to get rid of bad pests, will also kill other things in the soil. I believe it’s best to start with a problem free environment out of the gate.