So if you recall my previous posts (Parts 1, 2 and 3 linked here) from this last spring about mixing my own vegan potting soil to grow my garden plants in. I grew a variety of different plants from tomatoes, kale, flowers of different varieties (not cannabis unfortunately), collards, swiss chard, peppers, lettuce, etc. I feel that while this was a first trial it wasn’t very successful. The plants did grow in the soil mix, they weren’t very vigorous. So next year I think I need to add more nutrients to keep the plants growing fast and strong. I did end up repotting my tomatoes and they took off as well as adding some pelletized happy frog nutrients which really made them go crazy.
To make my mix better I want to cook the soil for the winter, so pre-mix it with everything from last year, plus cottonseed meal, alfalfa meal, a vegan fertilizer (pelletized), as well as some beneficial microbes. I will be mixing this up soon so it can sit until spring so all the components can break down and be more easily taken up by the plants. If I can get my hands on some barley meal I have heard it is good source for phosphorus so that will help out blooming. I haven’t yet located a place to get that. If you have any other suggestions please let me know. My veggies did end up producing well so it didn’t hold them back much as I noticed changes needed to be made, I did make those adjustments. Like all things in life this is a learning lesson, one that I am enjoying! Each year I hope to make this better and better. And I will continue bringing you additional information as I learn and explore other amendments and methods.
I hope you all are doing well out there, feel free to contact me about anything that might be on your mind.