How to use:

No till growing system for containers Credit to Clackamas Coot, Buildasoil,KIS Organics, and many other growers before me for putting this information out here.

Pot filling instructions:

1) Mix all ingredients outside on the ground if you have the space, or in a container preferably bigger than you need such as a kiddie pool or extra large plastic tote.  

2) Fill pot (15 gallons minimum) with your soil mix, watering in slowly using a sprayer, roughly 10% of total soil volume. (15 gallon pot= 1.5gallons water) Though you usually need more than this on the first watering.

TIP: Use yucca and/or aloe to help hydrate the water-repelling peat moss 

TIP: Add EM-1 and/or LABS to your first watering so that your soil is pre-innoculated with beneficial probiotics.  

3) Alternate adding in a scoopful of soil with a spray of water and mixing it in. Try and get a consistency that is fully saturated but not soggy or damp. Go slow and get everything even, stirring lots. Fill your soil up to about 2” from the top. 3-4” is about where we want it but it will settle a bit more yet. 

4) Add worms!!  Bury them a handful or so under the surface. Use as many as you can afford. Up to 500 per cubic foot is optimal. 100 to start is fine because they will multiply. When grabbing a handful of worms from your worm bin, you will generally grab many eggs as well so they will multiply over time.  

0.Sprinkle 1/8 cup bokashi over top of pot and stir it in lightly.

5) Sprinkle cover crop to cover surface of pot 

6) Top dress with a 1/4” layer of balanced dry amendments (i just use equal parts all the amendments) , or just use worm castings , or 50/50 

7) Cover with a 2-3” layer of straw mulch. Make sure to leave it fluffy enough for the cover crops to poke through 

Now you have a pot of organic living soil, ready to plant! This will be good for 3-4 harvests, just adding tap water water (let dechlorinate first), and with no PH’ing necessary. It really gets going in round 2 once roots many have penetrated the soil and worms have colonized and are populating and happy. 

Now your pot is ready for planting, and you may add a clone, seedling, or plant a seed in direct! For more guidance, check out the following links:

-seed starting guide

-plant feeding schedule

-homemade pest spray recipe

-beginners harvesting guide

FAQ