How to use Soil Charge Packs
Step 1: Mix in 1/4cup of Soil Charge Packs per each gallon of base soil.
Step 2: After planting top dress ½ Tablespoon of Soil Charge Packs per gallon of soil volume every 21-30 days.
Step 3: Stop top dressing 2-3 weeks before harvest.
Add water - that’s it!
For indoor gardeners we recommend 7.5-gallons+ of soil volume per plant.
For outdoor gardeners we recommend 40-gallons+ of soil volume per plant.
What base soil do I use?
Homemade Base Soil Recipe:
2 ½-gallons of Sphagnum Peat Moss
2 ½-gallons of Aeration Amendment (pumice, perlite, vermiculite, lava rock, rice hulls, bio-char etc.)
2 ½-gallons of Worm Castings or Vermi-Compost. (or a mix of the two)
1 Cup of Oyster Shell Flour (Link to Oyster Shell Flour Packs if you can’t source it locally - Click Here)
If using a High-Quality bagged Soil such as Roots, Nectar #4, Fox Farm, Happy Frog, Kings Gold, etc.
6 ¼-gallons of high quality commercial bagged soil
1 ¼-gallons of worm castings
Scale the base soil recipe up as needed.
*Tip - Home improvement stores carry 5-gallon buckets with 1-gallon marks on them for measuring out ingredients.
After mixing the Soil Charge Pack ingredients into your new soil it is safe to use for rooted clones and young plants with no worry of burning.
When using commercial bagged soil give your amended soil a 2-week resting time before planting into it. *Tip- When starting from seed(s) use a light soil mix such as pro-mix or peat plugs. Then transplant into the living soil as they grow out of the seed starting container.
Add a mulch layer to cover the bare soil, 1-3” thick. This could be old leaves and stems cut off of plants being trimmed or manicured, shredded up brown craft paper, straw, or even a green living mulch such as Crimson Clover. No wood chips.
Add a handful of red wiggler composting worms to each container/plant. These worms will thrive, self-populate, and even self-regulate their population right there in your soil. As long as you provide a nice mulch layer and water, they will be happy and continually mix and aerate your soil along with producing worm castings throughout your soil.
After harvest simply use a small shovel/trowel/knife to cut out the old stalk, but only cut out a hole the correct size for a new plant to go into and leave all the rest of the roots right there in the soil. This is how you continually get organic matter throughout your soil in this style of gardening where we are reusing soil over and over. If your growing container is large enough you can put the new plant right next to the old stalk from the previous harvest. Sprinkle 1-2 Tbls of Soil Charge Packs directly into the hole, and then plant. After planting continue on with top dressing the same ½ Tablespoon of Soil Charge Packs per gallon of soil volume every 21-30 days and add water.
About your water source
For most gardeners the best water to use will simply be tap water or filtered tap water. Use chlorine/chloramine free water as to not hurt the living soil microbes. Contact your water company for a water quality report (some are online). If your water has chlorine then let your water sit in a bucket for 24 hours before use so the chlorine can evaporate. If your water has chloramine instead of chlorine then we suggest using an R/O filter system to reduce it. If the pH of your water source is somewhere between 5.9-7.5 you won’t need to adjust it or even check it again. Never use pH up and pH down bottled products to adjust the water pH. IF you need to lower the pH of your water use Citric Acid powder from the health food store. IF you need to raise the pH of your water use Baking Soda. We do suggest to check the pH of your water at first as there are many different water sources in the world, but the real fact here is that most people will never need to adjust, or even test the Ph of their water again. Finally, you can get rid of that finicky pH pen!
How much water should I add, and how often? Click here for more about watering.
No soil flushing before harvest. Click Here to read more information about soil flushing.
Want to skip the top dressing, skip the mulch, and skip adding worms?
Create a Premium Water Only Soil.
A water only soil is a soil that will only need water added the entire growing season, no top dressing, mulch or worms are needed.
This is not your standard “Super Soil” Mix. No need for layering of hot/light soils like common “super soil” recipes. You will use this soil like a standard soil, with no layering. Safe for young plants. No common “super soil” ingredients like Blood meal or Bone meal are used in Soil Charge Packs. Only premium plant, marine and natural mineral inputs are used - Click Here for more
Simply mix in 3 ½ cups of Soil Charge Packs ingredients per every 7.5-gallons of organic base soil.
Mix in enough water to make the soil clump up when squeezed into a ball and then crumble apart when released.
Let the soil rest 3 weeks, longer is great just keep it from drying out. Preferably in temps of 60°f - 80°f - indoors or outdoors, wrapped in a tarp or stored in drums/totes with the lids cracked open for air exchange. These 3 weeks will let the Ph stabilize as the microbes get settled into their new homes, gain populations, and start breaking down the Soil Charge Pack ingredients.
That’s it! You’re now ready to use your soil. Plant and add water to your predictable and consistently excellent organic harvests!
After harvest remix and reuse your soil. Harvest after harvest. Commonly referred to as Recycled Organic Living Soil, aka R.O.L.S.
R.O.L.S. Soil Recipe:
6-gallons of used soil, old roots and all!
1 ½-gallons of worm castings or vermi-compost. (or a mix of the two)
¼ - ½ gallon of aeration amendment (pumice, perlite, vermiculite, lava rock, rice hulls, bio-char etc.)
2-4 Cups of Soil Charge Pack Ingredients.
After mixing in the Soil Charge Packs let the soil rest for 3 weeks, then it's ready to plant into for another water only organic grow.
Add water to harvest.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us and we will gladly answer them.
Useful Unit Conversions:
4Tbls = ¼ Cup
16Tbls = 1 Cup
1Cu.Ft = 7.5-gallons
4ft x 8ft x 1ft = 32Cu.Ft.