Sup everyone! I'm starting up a small outdoor grow this season and I am keeping this as basic as possible. It's been a while since the last one but I'm ready for some fun. A lot of people have already started. I'm a little late to the party which is fine as I don't really want them to get too huge. It is so much fun growing outside spending time in the sun and I think what I like best is the soil preparation. So here goes! Heres a couple throwbacks from a few years ago. It was a lot of fun. Here are the new beans getting ready! And here is the beginning of new life Strain: Dutch Passion Outlaw, GenoFarm Farm Cheese, Strain Hunters Afgooey Medium: Organic soil Grow Space: 2x8x10" raised bed, 4x8x10" raised bed Lighting: The Sun Nutrients: Blood Meal, Bone Meal, Alfalfa Meal, Kelp Meal, Dolomite Lime(Powdered), Earth Worm Castings, and last but not least Love I germed the seeds a couple days ago and made LC's mix #2 for them to enjoy while they gear up for action. LC's mix is one of my favorites. It's a super solid simple mix that can be used in various ways. LC's mix #2 6 parts Fox Farms Ocean Forest or a quality basic soil 2 parts Perlite 2 parts Earthworm Castings 1Tbps per gallon Dolomite Lime(powdered) I actually made a bit of LC's mix #1 first which is pretty much the same thing. Might as well post it up as well. LC's mix #1 5 parts Coco or Peatmoss(I used coco) 3 parts Perlite 2 parts Earthworm Castings 1Tbsp per gallon Dolomite Lime(powdered) ........but I knocked it over outside and lost most of it so when I went to get some blood and bone meal I picked up a small sack of Ocean Forest for mix #2. No big deal. Alright on to the raised beds. I have a 2'x8'x10" and a 4'x8'x10". They are solid and have been holding the soil from my previous outdoor a few years ago. I decided I would amend the soil again and cleared out the natural vegetation that was growing. Recipe #1 from LC's soil mix recommendations is my choice. Recipe #1 1 tablespoon Blood meal per gallon or 1/2 cup per cubic foot of soil mix 2 tablespoons Bone meal per gallon or 1 cup per cubic foot of soil mix 1-tablespoon kelp meal per gallon or 1/2 cup per cubic foot of soil mix You may have noticed that Alfalfa Meal somehow snuck it's way into my nutrient list. Well that's because I only had a bit of kelp meal left over but I had some alfalfa meal laying around so..... I used them in combination to make up for the lack of Kelp. I know it's not exactly the same and Alfalfa provides a bit more N than kelp however it has a really nice amount of K. Should work out just fine. For the next 2-4 weeks I'll be watering and mixing my beds around. The mixing will ensure a more even distribution of the organic matter and the periodic watering will help to bring the microbes alive and going strong. Then they will start breaking down the blood, bones, kelp, and alfalfa into a usable state for the plants.