How to use Soil Charge Packs - (aka The Living Soil Method, aka No-Till)
To start your grow, mix 1/4cup of Soil Charge Packs per gallon of organic base soil.
After planting, top dress ½ Tablespoon of Soil Charge Packs per gallon of soil every 21 days. Stop applying 3-4 weeks pre-harvest.
Useful Unit Conversions:
1Cu.Ft =12”x12”x12” (for example: a raised bed, 4ft x 8ft x 1ft = 32Cu.Ft.) / 1Cu.Ft = 7.5-gallons / 16Tbls = 1 Cup / 4Tbls = ¼ Cup
For indoor growers we recommend 10gallons+ of soil volume per plant. Containers / raised beds.
For outdoor growers we recommend 40gallons+ of soil volume per plant. Containers / raised beds / hole directly in the ground.
What base soil do I use?
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.
Your newly amended soil is safe to use for seeds, rooted clones, or young plants.
*When using commercial bagged soil give your amended soil a 2-week resting time before planting into it.
Add a mulch layer to cover the soil, 1-3” thick. This could be old leaves and stems cut off of plants being lollipopped or manicured, shredded up brown craft paper, straw, or even a green living mulch such as Crimson Clover. No wood chips.
If your soil is new then 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 growing containers. As long as you provide a nice mulch layer and water, they will be happy and continually mix and aerate your soil along with leaving worm castings right where you want them.
After harvest simply use a small shovel/trowel/knife to cut out a hole the correct size for a new plant to go into. If your growing container is large enough you can put the new plant right next to the old stalk from the previous grow. After planting continue on with the same ½ Tablespoon of Soil Charge Packs per gallon of soil every 21 days, to another organic harvest.
About your water source
For most gardeners the best water to use will simply be filtered tap water. We recommend using 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 simply let your water sit out for 24 hours before use so the chlorine can evaporate, it’s nice to add a small fish tank air bubbler to the water while it’s sitting for 24hrs. 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 (most of America) you won’t need to adjust it or even check it again. The Ph up, and Ph down bottled products kill the soil life. 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 do I add, and how often?
When using Soil Charge Packs, you have created a living soil. The soil is full of life. With that in mind if you were a microbe living in the soil yourself think about the kind of environment you yourself would want to live in. When we think like this, we quickly can see that you wouldn’t want to live in a swamp full of water/drowning, but you also wouldn’t want to live in a desert without water and expect to survive for long. The idea is to keep the soil moist all the time, not wet, not dry, but moist. You want frequent watering’s with little to no run-off. Using a watering system like a Blumat kit keeps the soil consistently moist. Letting your soil dry out is a common practice when using synthetic nutrients - but not here. If you let your living soil completely dry out, then a lot of the soil life will either go dormant or even die off completely. If this happens add a compost tea to get life back into your soil. Actively Aerated Compost Tea (A.A.C.T.) Recipe. No flushing before harvest, just keep adding water like normal. Click Here to read more information about soil flushing.
*General Tip - A very basic compost tea is always a nice addition to this style of growing as it adds so much great diverse life to your soil, but not a requirement. Actively Aerated Compost Tea (A.A.C.T.) Recipe.
Want to skip the top dressing, skip the mulch, and skip adding worms?
Create a Premium Water Only Soil. - (aka The Water Only Method)
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 our Soil Charge Packs. Only premium plant, marine and natural mineral inputs are used - Click Here for more
Small bags of Soil Charge Packs amend 7.5-gallons of organic base soil or recycled used soil - for a water only soil grow
Large bags of Soil Charge Packs amend 30-gallons of organic base soil or recycled used soil - for a water only soil grow
After mixing into the base soil let it rest for 3 weeks or longer to mature.
Then plant your rooted clones, or young plants. Add water to harvest.
*Tip- When starting seed(s) use a light soil mix such as pro-mix or peat plugs. Then transplant into the water only soil as they grow out of the seed starting container.
After harvest remix and reuse your soil. Harvest after harvest. (R.O.L.S. – Recycled Organic Living Soil)
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.)
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.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us and we will gladly answer them.