Hello everyone, thanks for coming by! Been doing hydro for a bit now, always wanting to go perpetual, but couldn't. Found myself at a trade off: Finally grow perpetually but have to switch to Organic OR Stay Hydro but no perpetual Obvious choice isn't it? I'm a first timer again! :'D Won't mention all my equipment this time, so ask if ya care. All I'll be focusing on is the recipe I'm following for my soil mix and the grow plans. The amount of research I've done is insane. Mostly cause it never led me anywhere besides gaining knowledge of my ingredients, basic procedure, and all sorts of experiences from all sorts of growers with all sorts of recipes...didn't learn one drop of factual information that rings true unconditionally. Save yourself the headache and just follow a reputable recipe. Go from there. Also, SHOP LOCALLY (if you can). I would've spent double the total costs going solely through BuildASoil. Still gotta buy stuff from them, which I know I'll be overcharged for, but it's the only trustworthy place left I can get powdered Gypsum, Yucca extract, and Basalt. 10 cu. ft. Soil Recipe: Base: 40% Peat Moss (Sunshine) 40% Pumice + Lava Rock 20% Compost(Bu's Blend) + EWC(Brut Worm Farms) Amendments(per cu.ft.): Crab Meal @ 1cup (4-3-0 Ca14% DtE*) Neem Meal @ 1/2cup (6-1-2 DtE) Alfalfa Meal @ 1/2cup (2.5-0.5-2.5 DtE) Kelp Meal @ 2cups (1-0.1-2 DtE) Fish Bone Meal @ 1/4cup (4-12-0 Ca14% DtE) Malted Barley @ 1cup (gonna try and find it locally before being robbed by BaS**) Gypsum @ 1/2cup (Ca22% S17% BaS) Yucca Extract Powder @ 1TSP (BaS) Basalt @ 4cups (BaS) BioChar @ 8% of total soil (Wakefield)(guessing it will charge during cook) * DtE- Down to Earth ** BaS- Build A Soil Total Measurements: 4cu. ft. Peat Moss, 4cu. ft. Aeration (2cu. ft. Pumice & 2cu. ft. Lava Rock), 2 cu. ft. Organics (1cu. ft. Compost & 1cu. ft. Earth Worm Castings) 10cups Crab Meal, 5cups Neem Meal, 5cups Alfalfa Meal, 20cups Kelp, 2 1/2cups Fish Bone Meal, 10cups Malted Barley, 5cups Gypsum, 10tsp Yucca Extract, 40cups Basalt, 0.8cu. ft. Biochar Cooking for 2 months, EDIT: THIS RECIPE NEED ONLY BE COOKED UNTIL IT COOLS DOWN AFTER A FEW DAYS. It only got to 120f for about 4 days, then started to cool down. Seems like a lot huh? I'll modify the recipe on the fly if needed and update the lists. The original recipe I'm following is the first page at No-Till: Revisited by Mountain Organics. "1:1:1: CSPM (Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss) : Pumice/Lava rock : Compost - Malibus B/U is an excellent choice if it is available in your area. Amended per cuF with: 1/2 - 1 cup Neem or Karanja 1/2 - 1 cup Kelp 1/2 - 1 cup Crab/Crustacean meal 1 cup MBP (Malted Barley Powder) 1/2 cup Gypsum (nice Sulphur source) 4-6 cups Basalt 6-8 cups Bio-char" Obviously I've added a tad of Fish bone, alfalfa, and Yucca. My reasoning for each.. Fish bone 1/4cup: For some added P, without de-stabilizing the formula too much. Alfalfa 1/2cup: Straight up for Trianconatol, so i split the 1cup Neem to half/half Yucca 1TSP: As a wetting agent inside the soil I upped my Kelp to 2cups just for extra K, without de-stabilizing the formula too much. Obviously I changed the ratio of the base soil as well. Reasons: You cant split 10 cu ft in thirds without doing stupid measuring. 4 cu.ft 4 cu ft 2 cu ft = 10ft. Perfect. Easy. Cheaper than 12cu ft. Also I've read much stuff that suggests a lower percentage of compost. I was originally going to do 50%peat, 30% aeration, 20% compost. I felt the Bio-char will add aeration anyways, but whatever. 40-40-20 it is. I worried that much peat would dis-balance things. Training: Will be mainlining, scrog is too much work for not a cemented equal pay out. Plus, I've never mainlined. The best I've ever trained was when I just eye-balled it and didn't strictly follow any training technique...so *shrug* EDIT: Didnt cook for 2 months. This recipe is ready the moment it cools down to 80f. Only had 4 days of 120f. Watered with Recharge. Suggestions/Warnings?: I welcome all advice, criticism, and insults.