Soil Balancing Discussion

I am discussing soil testing with Tad Hussey from KIS Organics on Episode 35 of the Cannabis Cultivation and Science podcast! If you haven’t had a chance to check out the podcast, there is a ton of great speakers on there. So check it out if you have not already!

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Tuning Into Nature

If you enjoy reading, This is an amazing book I highly recommend picking up.
Tuning in to nature.
by Philip S. Callahan, Ph.D.

Quick Overview:
Dr. Philip S. Callahan is a philosopher as well as a top-grade scientist. He is also an explorer who has walked across mainland China and the Syrian Desert, observing the intricate ways of man and nature wherever he went. In Tuning in to Nature, he tells the story of a twenty-year pioneering adventure in which he succeeded in unraveling the mysteries of insect infrared communications and navigational systems. Callahan’s breakthrough discoveries about how insects communicate may ultimately lead to a worldwide revolution in agriculture. Among other benefits they may pave the way toward the development of totally new methods of insect control, reducing, if not eliminating, man’s dependence on insecticides.

What can we do with this information?
Plants have trichomes which serve as miniature antennas. Insects and plants communicate via the infrared spectrum. When a plant is weak and sick it is transmitting signals to insects. “Hey! I am weak and sick come eat me”. It was later discovered that the frequencies also correlate with PH in the plant sap.

Why are insects attacking my plants?
Mineral imbalance is often a sign of problems. Plants never have a pesticide deficiency, all problems
Often a sign of imbalance in the soil, whether it is the mineral levels and/or the lack of microbial life aka the soil food web (Bacteria, Fungi, Protists, Nematodes, Micro-arthropods) that is then contributing to a lack of microbial metabolites aka available minerals to the plant. In combination with soil, sap and water testing, growers can use handheld meters to test the plant’s sap ph and brix levels. That way as a grower you can ask the plant what it needs and can be proactive against problems before they appear.

I can come to your location and show you how to dial in your grow using these tools. Be proactive instead of reactive and use science to improve your grow. Contact link is in my profile if you like to learn more or hire me to educate you and/or your team.

Hope everyone is having an excellent day.

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Soil Amendment Recommendation

Soil Amendment Recommendations

Do you have a soil test but do not know how to interpet it? I do soil amendment recommendations for $45.00.

Cost is $45.00 to analyze your soil test results from Logan Labs. If you also get a saturated paste and water test on top of a Base Test, there is no additional cost for me to analyze the results.  I then prepare a custom amendment recommendation based on your soil test and the information you provide about your soil and crop. By using a lab to test the soil. We can monitor our “Savings account in the soil” then work on improving the biology of the soil. By balancing the chemistry of the soil, we have started down the path of being proactive instead of reactive with our approach to growing. Our Goal is that in time, this “system” becomes a non-extracting system and will need less and less minimal outside inputs.

My recommendations are taking 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 through the many healthy species of plants and mammals. This is just the start of this process and by using a strong acid to test the soil we are analyzing the chemical balance of the nutrients in the soil. The balance of all things in life is critical. It all starts in the soil.

Ready to order and have a soil test? Go here to order online:

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How to take a soil sample and get it tested

Thanks for your interest in lab testing. To get started, it is a good idea to get a baseline of the mineral properties of your soil including many of the macro and micro minerals vs solely NPK.

Here are the instructions for taking a soil sample. If you have a problem area, then you can optionally take a sample from that area as well.

How to take the soil sample.

Sample the soil from at least 15 different locations if you can take more that is better for a representation of your soil. Then all of those samples are mixed together to create a composite sample.

Use a plastic cup or shovel to scoop it up.

Place all the samples into a bucket.

DO NOT use a container made of metal !
Mix well.

Take out 2 cups and put in zip lock baggie.

Seal it well.

Go to, download and print soil submission worksheet.
At bottom of form write Complete Plus Extras. (EC, Mo,Co, Se, Si, NH4, N03)

Make check to logan labs for $60.00. This is the bare minimum to get started. If you like to know about additional options on soil testing (biological, physical, and or chemical. Nitrogen, C/N, organic release of nitrogen are a few options.) Please contact me before sending in your sample.

If you need help, Please contact me for additional options on soil testing and planning your soil testing budget accordingly.

Note: The first time you work with them you have to pay upfront. Additional tests they will bill you after doing the test.

Mark the zip lock baggie with name of sample. Example: Soil Mix 1. In the comments field. Write the type of test. (Example: Complete Plus Extras)
Mail Worksheet and soil sample to:
Logan Labs
620 N. Main St.
Lakeview, OH 43331

For more details on the process with logan labs, please review this web page:

When you get back the test result. Email it to me.

I will give you recommendations for amendments based on your soil test. The cost is $45.00 for the the base plus recommendation.

Irrigation Water Suitability.
Sometimes the water source can be causing problems in the soil. If you have never tested the water you use for irrigation. We recommend you do so. The cost is $35.00 for the Standard Water Test via Logan Labs. Take a 16oz water bottle that is clean and fill with your irrigation water. Place in the box with the soil sample. Please tape the lid of the bottle shut with duct tape. Pack the box well to ensure the soil and water sample do not break open during shipping. Write on the comments form: Standard Water Test.

Already got a soil test and need a recommendation? Order online here:

Hope that helps! Any questions please ask.

Omrita Rx3 – High CBD

Omrita Rx3 a wonderful high cbd strain.

Miguel advises that Omrita Rx3 grows well from cuttings, both outdoors in soil and indoors in coco, and he suggests using “Less nutrients and a slightly higher pH than normal.” Omrita is a very stout plant with strong side branching and large  colas.

Strain Name: OmritaRx3
Breeder: Miguel
Genetics: Juanita la Lagrimosa (female) x Cannalope Haze (male)
Grow Notes: Stretched 2x in height in flower. Flowered from clone.
Effect: Very well balanced. Helped with nerve pain. High CBD Phenotype.

Test Results from Miguel’s Grow:Test Results

Photos are of the clone grown under a T-5 light. Omrita Rx3 was pollinated by “The White” a clone only that was reversed.