Hi all this is I think the most important ones on this forum. It seems though to be one of the least visited. I wish I had put more thought in my soil before I started this, my first grow.
Even coming here I expected to see at least a few that talked about what they did about the soil. I am wondering if people learned the way I seem to be at this weed farming. Trial by error.
Well the one thing I can tell you beginners before you put your seed in the soil take a minute to learn what needs to be in it and why. Don’t miss the easy ones.
If you go and get a bag of organic composted soil like Fox Farm you don’t need to add too much to it. You could even cut it some with some Canna Coco. This is purified dirt and basically neutral just a medium to help hold the roots. You can add in some seaweed for iron and sulfur to put a bit of acid in the soil as well as aerate it. But speaking of aerating this is absolutely critical. You need to put some perlite in the soil. Mix it well and you can easily use 16 quarts of perlite and your plants will thank you for it.
What I have found is that the perlite allows the water to drain away and gives the roots pockets of air to help grow. It is funny I don’t see much of that mentioned until I got to investigating it in my own failures. The one key ingredient I needed.