What is living soil?

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I’m Ellis Smith reporting from the SoHum warehouse here in Denver, Colorado.  I want to talk to you today about, “What is Living Soil?”.

Living Soil is a little bit different than your traditional way of growing with salt-based nutrients whether you are using a liquid base or a dry salt base amendment. 

Traditionally, these chelated nutrients are just allowing all of the micro and macronutrients to be readily available to the plant and having it uptake immediately. 

What happens with Living Soil is, we do it a little bit different where we can use the same growing mediums minus rock to use it as our base. We can’t use coconut coir, but we can use peat. But the foundation of it is really using worm castings from a compost. 

You can use other compost mixes. We do a Sohum compost. We use Burma compost, and we use a combination of macro and micronutrients that are coming from all different kinds of plant and animal byproducts, whether it’s kelp meal, bone meal, these types of things. We are using Azomite, these different kinds of minerals.

And what we’re doing is, they’re not chelated, meaning, they’re not readily available to the plant uptake.  So, what we’ve done is, through that Burma compost, as well as some other proprietary beneficial bacterian fungus-like, microbrizin that you guys are aware of, bacillus bc’s, these things. 

We have put this into the soil along with a lot of the nematodes and other great things in the worm castings to really come and chelate food and soil for the plant. 

Meaning, these microbes, these bacteria as well as the fungus, they’re going to eat all this food we put in there from the plant-based and animal byproducts. They’re going to eat all that material up, and when they poop it out, it’s called an “exudate”.

That’s going to make this now chelated, all that food and macro and micronutrients that they’ve chewed up, making that readily available to the plant to uptake.

In a nutshell, that’s what Living Soil is.  We are allowing what Mother Nature has been doing outside for thousands and thousands and millions of years, millennials, and replicating that into the soil. 

So, it’s no different than what we’re doing with the liquid-based fertilizer making that readily available, we’re just using a different approach to get that chelation process to happen by using microbes to chew that stuff up, poop it out, and make it readily available to eat. 

That’s Living Soil.  Stay tuned.  We have more content coming to you.

Different Uses for SoHum Living Soils – Home vs Commercial Usability

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Hey, Ellis Smith here at the SoHum Living Soils headquarter in Denver, Colorado.

Thanks for tuning in today.

I get a lot of questions about what are the different uses for SoHum if it can be used on a commercial scale? Is it better for a home use? And the answer is yes to all of those.

We have used it originally for the home use, that’s how we originally developed the soil. But over the last, geez, I’d say 10 plus years now, I’ve been using this commercially on large scale. And so it can be scaled with the right automated watering systems. You can do a top drip systems.

We like to recommend using a bottom feed watering system, but that’s your choice. And then if you’re a home grower, top water hand watering works great. Bottom feeding works great as well, though we like to use a capillary feeding system. There’s a couple of different brands out there that make them, check them out, but SoHum is very versatile for that use.

I personally use it at home. I put one plant outside in the summertime. My workflow is pretty simple and stupid. I do use an automated watering system to where every Sunday I go check out the reservoir.

I empty out the remaining one gallon of water left in that reservoir. I refill it back to that 10 gallons that it will hold. I don’t really check on that plant until every Sunday to refill that water. And so it works great at home, it works great on scale.

We’ve got clients and partners of ours that have never grown before and are growing under 1000-watt lights and under that metric of pounds per light.

They’re able to get two pounds of light for never even growing before with our system. With the right techniques and pruning and training in the right environment with the vapor pressure deficit, we’re seeing folks break the two-and-a-half-pound barrier per light, even three pounds, if you know what you’re doing.

So SoHum can be scalable. Great for the home user as well, who wants a simplified solution. Check it out, give us a call.

We’d be glad to kind of walk you through the different options on how you can scale this or what you can do to improve your backyard or basement experience.

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Adding to Soil & Replenishing

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Hey, Ellis Smith here reporting from the SoHum Living Soils headquarter, here in Denver, Colorado.

Thanks for tuning in.

I want to talk to you all today about a lot of questions we’re getting on, if the soil ever runs out of food or if I don’t ever have to not add nutrients to the soil.

Some people think that you can just water the plant continuously for round after round after round and the soil will continue to feed the plant. And so I want to just help understand that, go to our website, we’ve got a great tool for you to check out our best practices and to really show you how SoHum Soil works.

There’s only a certain amount of food built into the medium to feed your plant and your container size will dictate how long your plant will be able to eat during that duration of growth. And so I highly encourage you to go check and out the website, look at these best practices, I give you an example of what I’m talking about.

My recommendation on how I grow and through a lot of my systems are like this: I take a fully-rooted clone and I make sure it’s got good established roots. I will put that in a 1-gallon-sized pot and I will grow that plant for about 21 days. And it will probably get to where 16 to 20 inches, depending on the strain and variety.

Ideally, I’ve got anywhere from 8 to 14 tops on that planting, it’s pretty bushy. At that point, the plant is pretty much used to bolus food over that three weeks on that 1-gallon-sized container. If I let it go past that point, I will start to see some deficiencies happen in that plant, some yellowing and some other things if I don’t get in front of it quicker and address, either a transplant or pour nutrients on it, which I’m not trying to pour nutrients on it, I’m going to transplant.

So then I’m going to go to my 7-gallon-sized pot which will be the final home for my plant.

And so what I’m going to do with that 7-gallon-sized pot is put that 1-gallon transplant into it. I will ‘vege’ in that pot size for three weeks in that 7-gallon-sized pot, and then I will go to flowering directly after that. And I will usually flower from anywhere from 65 to 70 days, depending on the variety.

Some may go a little earlier, some may go a little later. But for the most part that is the schedule set out that if I were to flower anywhere past that or ‘vege’ the plant longer than that, the plant will run out of food and I will need to add supplemental feeding. So if you will get online, check out our chart.

It will really help you break down your container size to use, what type of vegetative time you can expect associated with your flowering time to ensure that, with the process you can just add water the whole life through.

Is that simple? Check it out sohumlivingsoils.com. Thanks a lot.

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Raised Beds & No-Till systems with Sohum Soils

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Ellis Smith here at the SoHum Living Soils headquarter in Denver, Colorado.

I want to reach out to the audience here and talk about using SoHum Living Soils in raised beds or no-till.

We get quite a bit of phone calls from people calling and asking if they can use SoHum for that. And the answer is always yes.

We know that a lot of folks are using kiddie pools and tarps in their basements or their garages to mix their own super soils just so they can build their own medium to put into their raised bed or no-till growing solution.

Well, don’t go and break your back and do all that stuff. We’ve got the right product for you by SoHum. It’s a great product to use for this, reuse it over and over and over in your system.

Just make sure you know how to reamend your macro and micronutrients that is taken out after that first round harvest. But, please check it out.

SoHum works great for your raised beds and your no-till systems. Thanks.

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SoHum Living Soils for Veggies

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Ellis Smith here at SoHum Living Soils here in Denver, Colorado. Thanks for tuning in.

I want to talk to you today about using SoHum in your vegetable gardens. Grows great tomatoes, peppers, whether hot peppers, bell peppers, Poblano peppers.

You can grow great kale and chard with it.

I have a hard time growing leafy greens and these types of things with it. It can grow strawberries, anything that’s fruiting. Give it a whirl, give it a shot. We have seen just tremendous yield improvements from all types of things I’m growing with SoHum in a vegetable garden.

Tomatoes: I’m getting four to six times more yield. The sets are literally four to five times larger as far as the tomatoes themselves.

The seed production coming out of these vegetables will blow your mind when you see what SoHum will do to this.

I promise you won’t regret growing all your veggies in SoHum. The taste and the flavor will stand out, which is why we grow cannabis with it too.

Check it out. Thanks.

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What is the best soil for growing?

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Alright. Ellis Smith here, with SoHum Living Soils. I hope y’all are doing well today. I want to reach out to y’all and talk a little bit about what is the best growing medium or growing soil for growing cannabis, or any other vegetables for that matter.

There’s a lot of choices that you can look to use and it can be very confusing. There’s a lot of great products on the shelf as you go into a grow store. It can be very, very overwhelming, as you know, uh, to see all the different products on the shelf. There’s a lot of great reputable ones. I won’t name any brands.

But just when you go in there and look and see, you’ve got to truly understand what type of growing methodology are you doing.

Are you going to be using a liquid-based fertilizer? If that’s the case, you can go in and buy some kind of inert medium, whether it’s coconut core or peat-based. And those will work great, by just using a liquid line off the shelf and using one of those products. And there’s a lot of options out there in the marketplace.

Go ask the guys who work in the grow store who they recommend as far as a great vendor for their growing medium. And depending on how flexible you want to be with that coconut core or that peat-based perlite mix, you also can go in and add worm castings and still add your liquid fertilizers if you want to. You can do top dressings with a bat guano and these things, while still using liquid fertilizers.

Or, you can get away from the liquid fertilizers. Look at those coconut coir based mediums, look at those peat and perlite based mediums, and start to look at some of your alternatives for, obviously, adding the worm castings of Vermont compost, looking at other beneficial bacteria and fungus, and adding this into the soil.

And then also looking at bat guanos, kelp meal, a bone meal — all these different spectrums and you can mix that in and use that as fertilizer.

So depending on what you want to do, there’s plenty of options out there for you to use. It’s just a matter of what makes sense to you. Pouring bottles and getting all these different pH-up and pH-down, checking parts per million — all this is going to require a lot more attention to detail so that you don’t mess this up, but you can be very successful at it.

Or you can go buy some living soils like SoHum Living Soils that are pre-made for you, that all you have to do is just go buy a bag and just out of water. Or for the guys that want to make their own living soils or kind of playing both sides, but using some of these dry amendments and using liquid fertilizers — go for it, knock it out of the park. It’s so flexible. You can have so much fun with this.

So I recommend you go figure out what is your taste, what works for you in your time and your commitment to being able to do it weekly. End of the day, do you enjoy the end product of what you’re smoking?

We know that it is getting very, very expensive to buy a product at dispensaries. And if you are legal in your own state to do this, this is going to save you so much money by doing it at home.

So I highly recommend finding the ability to tinker and play and learn and see what works for you. So, I don’t really have an answer to what’s the best growing medium? There are so many different options, but take advantage of going out there, tinkering, and learning for what’s going to work for you.

Ellis Smith at SoHum Soils. Come back and see us next time.

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