Let’s make some soil. So what I have done
is I went down to the store and I bought some good soil. Fox Farm, some Roots Organic, and some good old Black Gold and some of this great stuff here this Ancient Forest from General
Hydroponics. It’s really full of this old composted stuff and then also a few of these. These
are called well Hydroton is what this brand name is, but they are expanded clay pellets
and they hold water on the inside as well as air. So these things are really good to
mix with your soil and they don’t break down. Well, they do but very little. Anyway, I’m
going to put a few shovel fulls of these in the mix today. So, let’s get mixing. Let’s
take a quick look at some of these soils first. Let’s take a look at this roots soil. Here’s
a handful right here. It breaks up real easily. It’s got plenty of perlite. My God, it might
have thirty eight maybe forty percent perlite in there. That’s that white stuff and then
it looks like its got peat and other compost or something. I can’t tell what all is in
there. Maybe, oh yeah , coco is in there as well. This is going to be a real light draining
or I mean a light mix that drains quickly. All that perlite really makes a difference.
Okay, we’ll just toss a bit of this in here. I think I’ll uh. Let’s see, what do I have
here. About a quarter of a bag. So, I think I’ll throw that light mix right on the bottom.
Now, we’ve got a little bit of this Black Gold here. This an old classic formula. We
used to grow with this in Oregon years ago. It was the hottest thing happening, but you
know, I know it’s full of a peat moss and sometimes that stuff bunches up or balls up
a little bit. Let me dig this out. This is what we got here for a close up. Now, you
can see this is completely different soil. Actually, let me compare the two. This one
is Black Gold and this one is Roots Organic. So you can see Roots Organic is way darker
and it’s got a lot more a perlite in it and Black Gold here is real light stuff. It’s
full of moss, peat moss. It’s what it looks like to me. Well, that’s what I know it’s
full of and it’s got a few other things, but man there is a lot of peat moss in here. So
you know that this is going to hold a ton of water. So, that’s got to be lightened up,
but when I mix the two together like this. What I get is something that is a little bit
lighter. I’ve got a lot of perlite in there and everything and then I’ve also got a lot
of peat. So it holds water a little bit better. See that’s a different mix. I’m going to
mix a couple more things with this. Okay, so that’s what it’s going to like when I mix
it. I’m going to throw in…this is right at about a half a cubic yard or I mean
a half a cubic foot that I’m throwing in. So I just happened to have a little bit more
of that. Nothing to scientific about this, but I’ll tell you this part is important.
See I got one soil right on top of the other. What I’m going to do is take my little sawed
off shovel and mix this up a little bit. Let me just turn this around. You got to watch
it. You might want to either spray a touch of water on this and if dust bothers you wear a mask.
We’ll mix these two soils up first and then we’ll add another one. That way we get a cleaner mix all the way through.
Mixing soil, I mean you got one shot at it. Once you plant it, you can’t dig it up and
mix it again. Okay, so let’s look at what we can put in next. This is this Ancient
Forest soil. It’s Alaska humus and it’s one hundred percent organic like the rest of the
mix except for the perlite. That was heated. We going to throw in about a quarter bag here.
That will bring this mix up to, oh I don’t know, about five percent of what were going
to mix in here. Let’s take a close look at this stuff here. Oops, I got to grab some.
Okay, now if we look at this. This looks like that kind of dirt you dig up next to the old
tree that’s been in the shade for a long time. Where everything has been able to compost.
This is the kind of soil you dig up and it’s just full of things. Little microbes, little
critters of all kinds. Anyway, we mix this with this soil and it kind of holds everything
together and really adds a bunch of trace elements and everything. Okay, so we mix that
up. We don’t have to mix that a ton, but I’ll mix up what I got. Notice, I’m mixing each
element separately and then at the end everything is going to be way better mixed. Okay, let’s
put in another bag of soil here. This is what I’ve got left. It’s from Fox Farm and it’s
called Ocean Forest potting soil and it’s ready to use. Let’s take a peek at it and
see what it looks like. Well that looks pretty dark full of perlite. Perlites a little beat
up. Oh, let’s see, there’s a few branches in here. So they put some kind of a compost
mix in it and it’s also got some light stuff. It’s a little bit of bark chips. So they put
bark chips in it. It means it’s got to be PH corrected its acidic. Yeah, here’s a couple
more bark chips. So it’s pretty good stuff. It’s a little rough. That’s why I’m mixing
it with these other soils.So we get rid of some of this stuff or at least dampen it down a little
and the price is right. So you can’t complain when the price is right. So let’s throw a
little bit of this dirt in here, soil as it is and start mixing it up again. Now look.
Look at this. Let’s just do a little experiment. Let me throw this soil in right there. Look
how the soil color is different. It’s darker. This is darker than this. There’s a lot of
peat, that Black Gold has tons of peat in it. You can really tell. We’re going to have
to lighten that up a little bit more. This Fox Farm will darken the soil and you know it’s got
to be full of good organic compost just seeing those little branches in there. Oh boy, this
is getting to be pretty full. It’s going to be a job to mix this now. The main thing is
to get a real good mix until the soil looks pretty homogenous. You know. So it’s all the same color and same consistency and stuff and then do that and then time to add the next element.
So let’s go to our next element here. Next is Hydroton. They hold air on the inside as
well as water and do a great job of aerating the soil and these are also used in hydroponic
setups or hydroponic gardens. I’m just going to put a few handfuls of these in here and
mix them. I don’t know, I might put as much as five percent, but I don’t know if I would
go with that much. It’s just kind of thing I’m looking at by the eye. Oh boy, that dust
can get to you. I think I better just sprinkle a bit of water on it. To get rid of that dust.
Sprinkle it over here. There, now there all wet. All the dust is gone. I can move them
around no trouble. Now, let’s do a little mixing. You don’t want to put to much water
in. just enough to settle the dust and too if you put to much water in you’ll learn real
fast that the mix gets very heavy. So, I think we can use a couple more handfuls. Let me
throw in a little bit more. A little water. Okay, the dust is gone. Okay, we’re looking
pretty good here. We got our soil pretty well mixed up and if we need anything. Anymore
of these little pellets we can put them in later. So, I’d say we go to the next step
and that’s filling this bucket up and next some plants. So, let’s go. Now, I’m putting
this soil in the bucket like this so that I can just transfer it to the pot real easily,
because working out of here or pouring soil out of here just doesn’t work to well. So,
the other thing i can do is just set my pots in here, but if i set my pots in here they’re
going to get all dirty on the outside and that means it’s going to create more work.
So actually transferring it to a bucket and then from the bucket to the little pots is
a lot easier and that’s what we like. Easy stuff.