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The following is taken from ATTRA. For more information click HERE.
Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA)
For those who buy off-the-shelf, finding appropriate growing media can be challenging. Until recently, the market for organic seedling and potting media has been small, and few commercial blends have been readily available. Furthermore, because of specific changes brought about by the Final Rule of the National Organic Program, a number of familiar products may no longer be acceptable for certified production, because they contain prohibited ingredients.
One good indication that a commercial product is acceptable in organic production is the presence of a label indicating the product is "OMRI Listed." OMRI — the Organic Materials Review Institute (1) — is a nonprofit entity that was established to evaluate products and processes for the organic industry. With the advent of the Final Rule, OMRI is working ever more closely with the National Organic Program (NOP) in determining what is and is not acceptable for organic production.
However, to be absolutely certain whether a product is acceptable for use, read the label to learn the ingredients. If any components of the mix are questionable, check with your certification agent before making a purchase. This publication will discuss many of the ingredients allowed in organic production and those that are prohibited or at least suspect.
Over the years, it has become common to understand and define organic
agriculture as farming without synthetic pesticides and conventional
fertilizers. This should not be considered a definition but a characteristic—only
one characteristic of a socially and environmentally conscious
approach to agriculture that is currently experiencing rapid growth in the
The NOSB definition, not surprisingly, is similar to many definitions of “sustainable” agriculture. Research on organic farms, done over several decades, has revealed characteristics usually associated with sustainable farming, such as reduced soil erosion (3), lower fossil fuel consumption (3), less leaching of nitrate (4), greater carbon sequestration (4) and, of course, little to no pesticide use.
My first foray into the marijuana growing adventure I thought the easy way would be to use chemical fertilizers and potting soil. When my pitiful crop came in, it was barely smokeable it tasted so bad and worse it wasn’t effective medicine at all. It had taken me months in my tiny bedroom closet to produce barely a quarter ounce of very low grade marijuana. And I still had to go to the dealer for my medicine, even after all my hard work. Eventually, I was done in by spider mites. All I could do was cry. I didn’t know a lot of people and I didn’t know any growers so I began going around the bars asking people to grow pot for me. I was rescued by a grower’s apprentice who was looking to try the new method of growing that he had just learned. When I asked him to grow for me he said, “ Jesus, lady somebody is going to kill you! I’ll do it just to save your life. You can’t just ask people that.” And he took me under his wing and showed me what to do.
The first Northern Lights #5 that we harvested was the most potent medicine I had ever experienced. After a few months of smoking organic medicine I found that the chemically produced product was vastly inferior and I could taste the difference between chemical and organic right away. I’ll never grow that chemical trash again!
First of all, no potting soil. They often have fertilizers added already and you don’t want that. They also have wetting agents, to keep the soil moist for house - plants. You don’t want that because it can cause a mold problem. Also, most potting soils are not sterile. We only use a sterile soil-less medium produced by the Sunshine company. It is sterile, holds exactly the right amount of water, drains well and doesn’t add fertilizers. We need the sterile dirt because we are creating an environment with the specific bacteria that marijuana needs to thrive. We don’t want the marijuana standing in a lot of water; we want the medium to drain well. We also don’t want to water every day so the medium needs to hold some water.
This site was last updated 06/19/11