Maybe you’ve heard the term “living soil” many times, or maybe you’ve landed here because you are wondering if a soil can really be considered “alive.” And if so, what does that mean to your indoor, organic cannabis plants? Should you opt for living soil over another growing medium? Does living soil require a lot of research, knowledge or maintenance in order to maintain a healthy and productive plant? We are here to answer all of these questions, and likely many more. Keep reading to find out all of the reasons we adore planting in living soil, and would never use another medium anywhere on our entire farm!
In living soil (and the greater practice of permaculture), we appreciate all of the interconnected and mutually beneficial life cycles thriving among our soil. As a matter of fact, we begin to view our plants as ONE of these lives that the earth is sustaining – and our crop is merely one product being produced, but we never regard just a singular aspect – everything is part of a greater dynamic. This is key in order to prevent soil nutrient depletion, as well as for pest management, and disease control.
Understanding The Composition of Living Soil
Living soil specifically involves establishing a healthy base of soil in whatever container you plan to use to create your plant’s ecosystem. This environment will eventually house many species, so choose wisely. Choosing the right container is a very important first step. Keep in mind that your plant’s roots must not ever dry out, but having excellent aeration will also help in preventing mold and root rot.