In terms of how to encourage the right microbes, firstly, despite what the whippersnapper is failing to acknowledge via his last outburst, CO2 is the only measure of how healthy living soil is, unless you have a microscope and extensive training or the ability to gene sequence.View attachment 772851 View attachment 772853 View attachment 772854 @Ecompost The complexity of life and it's necessary components in a handful of dirt from a garden is difficult to accurately conceptualize. I can tend the dirt at the most basic level with NPK , micronutrients and water how do you encourage the good molds, mycelium but keep the bad stuff out. I don't think the question is whether our friend organic has grown commercially. The question should be has he grown outdoors and has he had to face Botrytis or powdery mildew. I don't know anyone who has successfully fought off botrot once it arrives. I don't care what your spacing is or how open you prune your plants or if you have the best air flow possible but your toast once it gets here. @Organikz dude get a grip of yourself with the personal attack. If you offered advise that I thought merited following I would. So I use solo cups. I had a very rough start that has nothing to do with solo cups or fulvic acid I was just putting it out there. What equipment do you have that I don't? I'm running 900 watts of 50 watt 3590's @ 3500k being pushed by the meanwell. drivers. I have another 300 watts of Cobs to attach to heat sinks and build a frame for. I was hoping to take cuts out of my main space and grow then out under 4500 lumens. I forget what my par value came in at last time but it was good right out to the periphery. What's your set up organik that lets you scoff at solo cups and preach what you think is the gospel. Let me see your plants again so I'll know how its done. I think you know a lot but have decided to stop learning. The 12 root bound, overwatered and nutrient poisoned plants just might make it. If you had given me any advise I could have actually used in this grow i would have. Well i really do hope you have a great grow and wish you nothing but the best but relax bud. You don't demand respect, you earn it.
You can count all the ppms of this that and the other, add xyz amendments, but if they aint being mobilized, then it dont matter. CO2 leaking from the soil, tells us aerobic bacteria and fungus are present and working. It is this army of microfauna that feeds plants and maintains soils system health.
Why this is such a problem for people to understand I dont get. Especially super humans like we have here, growing with organic amendments. Low CO2 levels means little to no mineralization, it can also mean little to no Oxygen. So low levels can indicate conditions favorable to pathogens like Botrytis before you plant, during growth, after harvest or whenever. The test is surely simple enough for even pot growers to understand? Aerobic organisms like say humans, and or beneficial plant based microbes, not pathogens, and animals, insects and so on in general, breathe in Oxygen, and out CO2, so knowing how much CO2 is easier than trying to measure O2 flux based on a background of 210,000ppms.
I am staggered in a community that leaps on growing innovation, to find such resistance to what is a simple low cost test which proves if you have efficient soil or not without going to the effort of counting PPMS NPK in some make believe lab situation at higher cost. I can only assume these heroes of biology are petrified their soil doesnt live up to the hype they give it?
Next, depending on the material, depending on the community of microbes. You get different microbes for compost, than you would get by adding chitin based material, or you would attract different microbes based on certain living plants, eg marigolds, clover and so on. Learning which microbes suppress BC condias and what conditions these favor will be part of the solution i feel.