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#1 SouthernGrow

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 12:28 PM

I know everyone's prob. gonna say go buy me a new bag tho. Anyway been with the FOXFARM stuff soil and all and just thought maybe as long as ya add the BIG BLOOM and other's would it be just as good as in buyin new soil with the same stuff added, Earthworm casting and the Bat Guano and such ?

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 08:29 PM

Soil should ONLY be reused if your previous grow with said soil was done 100% organically. Fox Farms Big Bloom is organic so you'd be fine with that. HOWEVER, if you used grow big, tiger bloom, beastie blooms, open sesame or cha ching it would be best to ditch that soil. Those aforementioned nutrients are either organic based or completely synthetic. Synthetic chemical nutrients contain salts which build up during a grow negatively affecting the soils cation exchange capacity. 100% organic fertilizer such as bat guano, seaweed extracts and compost tea do not contain salts so they do not build up. With all this said, you can reuse organic soil up to three separate grows.

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#3 SouthernGrow

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 09:36 PM

Thanks again E 1, Guess it's a new bag of FF SOIl then. Or would some kind of soil say from lowe's be as good as long as i have most of all the FF stuff too add as needed ?

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 04:47 PM

If I may ask, why only three separate grow?

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#5 Enlightened1

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 05:31 PM

If I may ask, why only three separate grow?


It prevents the chance that some anaerobic bacteria will not colonize the soil negatively affecting plant growth. It's not set-in-stone that you have to discard the soil after three grows, it's just a precautionary step I take. It's always good to start fresh once in a while!

As for the soil from LOWES, there is a brand that I would recommend you use if you are tight on money at the moment. The soil is Kellogg's Patio Plus potting soil. It contains earthworm castings, sea kelp, chicken manure and bat guano as well as small bark pieces and perlite for drainage. It's a little weaker than FFOF so you can add guanos or seaweed to your soil as an amendment. The soil costs $4.97 a 1.5 cu ft bag. It's good stuff! I've used it both indoors and out with great results, only downside is fungus gnats once in a while.

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 03:24 PM

Ok just came from my local LOWE'S and they didn't have or never heard of the KELLOGG'S brand. So i stoped by a couple of flower shops and one had a brand called VELET GREEN with a MUSHROOM COMPOST, Didn't buy it because wasn't sure about the mushroom stuff in it. But the other shop said it was some good stuff for growing but maybe not for what we grow here. So anyone ( E 1 if your here ) here ever heard of it ? Yeah the FF SOIL where i live is about $ 29.00 for the big bag, Yeah low on bucks here right now. So with this info. on the VELET GREEN if no ones heard of it wouldn't it prob. be ok with a good organic soil and just add my FOXFARM BIG BLOOM along with my other FF stuff ?

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 02:26 AM

What about flushing the pot a couple times, let it dry out in between or just flood the pot till clear water. then go dump the soil out on a tarp stir it up and mix in organic amendments. Then put it back in and you should be good. As far as bugs in soil you can get sheet pans or a crap dish for the oven, just bake your soil at 200 degrees, keep a window open not the best smell, or before using treat it with some Neem and flush it properly before using.

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 06:03 AM

switch to canna coco and reuse as many times as u would like..fantastic grow medium 100% organic

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 07:08 AM

That's strange that LOWES did not carry the Kellogg's patio plus... It's at every LOWES in my area. A yellow and black bag.
Anyway, I don't see why the velet green couldn't work. I say as long as it's organic, work with it. You could add perlite, coco coir and amendments and you'll be golden.
I can't believe FFOF is $29 a bag where your are! That's plain ridiculous... Here we pay $17.95 per 1.5 cu ft bag, and if you work where I work you get wholesale discount which is $11 per bag.

I suggest looking online... There are plenty of vendors who ship soil online for much lower than most stores, some offer free shipping too!

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 02:17 PM

Yeah E-1, I live kinda down south on the east coast and the local grow shop is high on everything and too buy the FF SOIL off the internet along with shipping would be way to much ! So i think your on the west coast where you have more of a choice of place's too shop right ? And even buy ya seeds or smoke right outta the store if ya had too. Maybe one day here i hope !! And thanks for the info. you been giving. Gotta get something going soon so maybe have something by Christmas i hope... smokebowl

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 10:28 PM

Hey E 1, I got in touch with the makers of the KELLOGG'S SOIL and they said they only sold it out WEST of the USA at Lowe's and Home Depot and not out here on the East coast. Just my luck ... frown

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 06:30 PM

That sucks man... I'm sure you can find it online and have it shipped for cheap or free even. Most sites will ship to the lower 48 states. Try and look up NGW "national garden wholesale" and see if you can get the Fox Farms OF shipped to you. I'm sure they will...

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 02:59 PM

I know everyone's prob. gonna say go buy me a new bag tho. Anyway been with the FOXFARM stuff soil and all and just thought maybe as long as ya add the BIG BLOOM and other's would it be just as good as in buyin new soil with the same stuff added, Earthworm casting and the Bat Guano and such ?


You can reuse soil if the nutrients you have given it are organic. In fact your soil will 'mature' as an ecosystem the longer it's being fed with organic nutes. However the opposite is true if you use chemical fertilizers as they will 'exhaust' your soil with a build up of chemical salts.



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