Soil Mix Questions

Hi guys,
Got some questions about soil ( or soil-less mixes). Past grows I have used horse manure mixed with peat moss and perlite ( 3 horse manure to 1 peat moss and 1 perlite). I had fairly good success with this mix. I periodically added some Alaska Brand fish pellet fertilizer ( evidently no longer available). I ordered seeds from ILGM for my last grow. I am trying to use Happy Frog Potting Soil to start the seeds in and using my horse manure mix for the grow. Since the Alaska Brand fish pellets are not available, I have used Alaska Brand Fish fertilizer 5-1-1 and Morbloom 0-10-10 but I cannot tell they are having an effect. My understanding is that the 5-1-1 and the 0-10-10 nutrients are not immediately available and must be broken down in order to be in a form that the plants can directly utilize. Is this correct? If true, how long should it take to produce a noticeable effect? Would mixing the Happy Frog ( containing Mycorrhizae) with my mix serve to introduce Mycorrhizae into my mix? I know some people do not like to use Miraclegro ( the blue powder, not the soil) but the chemicals are directly usable by the plants, right? So I should see an immediate effect from this? So could I not use the general purpose Miracle grow for veg and the bloom booster version for flower? I am trying to grow without using all the cannabis specific ( Marketing?) and use easily obtainable and commonly available supplies. Any input from the forum’s experiences and/or knowledge would be appreciated. Thanks!

I would use this to help process the nutrients that you have already provided, it’s just extra living microbes, fungi, and bacteria that will run around in your soil and feed your plants. I’m sure you can find this or something similar at your local nursery. It won’t be instant but will definitely make a big difference.
Or you could make up some tea out of some good compost, fish, bat, or probably even your horse poop and this will add life to your soil.
Just remember if you are growing with just natural organic living soil you can never allow it to dry completely because it will kill the living critters in the soil and you’d have to sdd more. And don’t water to runoff because you will wash all the goodies out of the soil (salt nutes must be watered to runoff to avoid salt building up)
Good luck :deciduous_tree: :sunglasses:

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Ooo I’ve been looking for a dry bacteria source to add along with my fish sh!t inoculation for my coco coir compost mix I’ll probably try it next grow

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This is pretty good stuff just two or three shakes (it’s like a salt shaker) per plant, water then they’re off n running

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(Original Poster) Thanks guys, for the input, but nobody has addressed the questions that I asked in my original post. Could someone consider these questions that actually have some real life experience with this in particular. Thank you.

Miracle grow is not good for growing weed I’m not exactly sure why you would think by the numbers that it would work but it always burns it and it also leaves that smell of Miracle grow in the weed and you can taste that smell when you smoke it. The happy frog question I guess making a tea out of it will give you some fungi but nothing close to what you would get from the others I suggested and why I didn’t mention h f. You can always just go to the store and buy tomato food and use it like we did before they made weed specific nutes or buy whatever fish, worm, bird, or bat shit that’s available and top dress or again make tea. I’m not sure if this answers all your questions but like before hope it helps you get to them

@schultz, you said:

…" Would mixing the Happy Frog ( containing Mycorrhizae) with my mix serve to introduce Mycorrhizae into my mix? I know some people do not like to use Miraclegro ( the blue powder, not the soil) but the chemicals "…

Yes you would introduce microbes into the mix but then you would kill them off with your chemicals. I have nothing against chemical use but it’s one or the other. HTH.

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