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Ammending Living Soil (after first run)

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I've just finished my first grow in my living soil bed and have just done a soil test to see where I am and what I should do before I plant the next run. 

I thought it'd be better to put it up here so others can see the results and I can get some input from others about what might be the best things to amend with. 

I took 5 samples from the bed mixed them all together and then removed as much mulch and stones as possible. I then added x4 volume of distilled water to the soil in a jar and shook for a minute. Then I let it settle and took the samples from the translucent water layer that separated from the solids.

Heres the results:

 

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What does everyone think any ideas of what I should look at first?

 

 
Posted : January 12, 2022 1:56 pm
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@yoshi nice bro

looks like your bed still has a good amount of np and possibly a little less k !

id be amending using the premixed Life-cycle from ecothrive at the (recommended) rate of 250g per 40-50L as i'm in pots..

as you're in a bed i think you should be top-dressing your dry amendments ... a rate of 20-30g per 40-50L every 2-3 weeks in recommended from ecothrive 

Does this make sense? which nutrition provision are u using ? 

I think your bed still has enough food to keep going with topdresses basically at this point 

will you be sowing seed direct into the bed next or small plants ? 

Time to pop some more beans 😗

 
Posted : January 12, 2022 2:44 pm
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@chillbert Thanks mate I mix all my own bits and amendments really so I was just going to try and correct the K and leave the rest. 

@twisted has recommended looking as some different Ashes as I don't need too much so Im just thinking about maybe adding some ash, I want to see if bio char would do the same thing but cant seem to find the NPK value of it. 

My plan is to run regulars next time so I was thinking about putting 8 or so sprouted seeds into solo cups then put those solo cups into the bed as last time when I ran small pots sat on top of the bed they dried out very quickly. 

 
Posted : January 12, 2022 4:59 pm
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