The Soil Food Web

by Alex Robles

The Soil Food Web (SFW) is an amazing thing to understand, because it helps us see the beautiful complexity in nature.  Without a doubt, It’s not a simple straight line like a food chain is.   In a chain we can easily track the energy from grass to cow to human.  In the SFW there are a lot more complicated relationships between organisms that live and thrive in the soil.   It’s also complicated by the fact that these relationships can change depending on the plants needs.  I hope my explanation of the soil food web helps you understand it a little better.

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What is nutrient mobility?

by Alex Robles

Greetings everyone, I hope your gardens are looking lush.  Since winter is among us I’m going to keep talking about nutrients, specifically nutrient mobility.  I think it’s a good thing to understand because it helps me recognize a nutrient deficiencies quicker.  In some past posts I’ve given different examples of how this works.  Right now I’d like to go a little deeper into it, but not too deep because there’s a lot more science behind it then what I’m about to mention.  Continue reading

Cannabis Nutrients part seven: Sulfur and Cannabis

What’s going on everyone, I hope everything went as planned.  Today post is going to talk about a few of the ways that cannabis uses sulfur (S) and some of signs to look for during a deficiency.  It is one of three secondary nutrients that a cannabis plant needs to thrive.  This element is so abundant in rainwater, the soil and some tap water, that a deficiency is rare to see in plants grown outdoors in the ground. Continue reading

Worm castings and its delicious tea.

by Alex Robles

Greeting my fellow cultivators, I hope everyone’s day was close to perfect.  Today I’m going to preach about all the beautiful things I love about worm castings sometimes called vermicast, worm poop or worm manure, it’s all the same thing.  I want to start by mentioning that castings are the only fertilizer I know of that has very little order and is safe to use around kids and pets as well as indoors.   The easy rule that I use for spotting quality castings is “the darker the better”, I like them to be a little darker than wet coffee grounds.  Since castings are water activated, it’s ok if I get a bag of castings and it dries out a bit. Continue reading