Good question! Excellent observation.ok, I'll bite. How do you keep the CEC levels high, along with the organic matter, if you take out compost? Are you saying pay for extra EWC? Or do you have something else that will be a substitute?
I would love your help with my soil next year. Should we do this through PM's? People could learn a thing or two if we make our own thread, or continue in this one?
Use a compost that is low in K. or no compost and use solely ewc. You are correct reducing the compost and solely using ewc will reduce the tcec.
Have seen a test come out at 10-17 cec without compost vs 21-30 cec with compost.
Fungal compost with low K at 16.5% and ewc 16.5% has put me right at 5% K with 21 tcec.
Another option if you can get it add quality topsoil at 10-15% to increase the CEC.
I am testing adding clay to a soil less mix to increase tcec. Real soil is sand silt and clay vs soil less being peat and then the rock dust/aeration adds some sand content.
Yes feel free to pm.
Will help to prevent any confusion while working out details/problems and also makes sure the instructions are clear
Also keep in mind NOT all inputs are not equal. details matter.
DTE neem cake vs ahimsa neem cake for one example.
Some debate over lighter soil and more volume or a bigger battery (higher cec).
I find a majority of growers only cover the chemical aspect (if even that) and are missing the big picture of the entire system.
Take this into consideration: the geological, the chemical, the biochemical and the biological performances by which the numerous streams of life take off from the soil and continue to flow.
We can test for a baseline for many of these variables.
Then monitor how things are progressing. Do not assume but actually monitor the entire system.
Soil biology, texture, c02 respiration, weak acid all will provide more data about what is happening in the soil. Melich 3 is a good start to see the savings account and get away from "growing blind". But there is more testing and tools available.
Just because it is in the soil does not mean the mineral is available to the plant and/or the biology is working to get minerals into the plant.