Here at Redbud Soil Company we specialize in no-till organic living soil. Our premium soil blend is specifically designed for indoor cannabis growers, but works just as well with potted vegetables, herbs, and the like. All of our soil is mixed in small batches, and hand crafted in our Oklahoma City location.
As the marijuana industry has progressed soil companies have jumped in to try to steal your hard earned money. These companies use inferior inputs, and use next to no soil amendments, in a soil that is only designed to make it through one cycle if you are lucky. This is why so many “organic soil growers” that use commercial soil end up relying on bottled nutrients. Without them their yields and quality would be non-existent.
Commercial soil makers in the cannabis space have for to long slid by questionable ingredients into their soil blends. Ingredients like municipal yard waste compost, dairy cow compost, feather meal, blood meal, bone meal, and even bat guano, fill these commercial bags of soil. These ingredients are not necessary for optimum conditions, and they very well can bring damaging effects into your garden.
Municipal compost is made from yard waste, and tree waste from cities and counties. The amount of chemicals sprayed on the average Americans lawn is nothing that you would want to include in your no-till garden. So why would composting this be OK to add to your soil? Dairy cow compost from non-organic factory farms is filled with hormones, and antibiotics which the cows are pumped full of to keep them “healthy” enough to produce milk. This to is composted and then used in bags of soil. Composted poultry manure from non-organic farms will typically contain high levels of arsenic. Arsenic is added to the poultry feed to kill rats and mice, and this arsenic transfers into their waste and is then composted down.
Questionable soil amendments use to be the norm. Blood meal and bone meal were the standard for the old “super soil” days. This was long before anyone asked what the farm animals were fed, what hormones were injected into them, and what life long antibiotics they were on. Feather meal from non-organic sources has the same issue that poultry compost has. They both contain high levels of arsenic. Used in conjunction, poultry compost and feather meal could make your plants end up containing higher than allowable arsenic levels which will then transfer into the finished product.
Bat guano was a long time staple in the cannabis industry. It comes in many different NPK values, and can be used at pretty much any stage of growth. The major downside of it is that when it is harvested the bats habitat is destroyed. From a nutrient stand point bat guano isn't as good as many of the other readily available non-habitat destroying soil amendments. The powdered form of guano only provides available nutrients for 3 to 4 weeks. This gives guano a limited lifetime, all while destroying a sensitive part of our ecosystem.
As the soil market has expanded into no-till as being the dominate driving force for the way things should be done, these same Companies are now marketing their soils for no-till applications. When in all actuality they were never designed, or tested to be specifically used in a no-till environment. Redbud Soil Companies soil is one of the few products on the market that is designed for no-till indoor marijuana growing.
Our founder has spent the last 8 years testing, and designing our current soil blend. Through side by sides, field trials, and soil tests, our current blend has been engineered to give optimum performance in a no-till environment.
Our soil blend is not called premium as part of a sales pitch. Our ingredients have been exhaustively tested to provide optimum conditions for a no-till grow. From the compost we use, to all of the amendments in our blend, we work to ensure we are always creating the best start to your next no-till garden.
It starts with the compost
The compost we use in our soil is made in Oklahoma. The base is made from forest wood waste, and it is amended in the field other additives to create a super premium compost product that ends up being extremely fungally dominate. Once mixed in our soil, fungal hyphae begin to develop within 24 hours. It is very normal for 1 yard totes to be covered in white hyphae all over the top layer of the soil.
Our mix is comprised of roughly 5% biochar. Since our soil is designed for no-till we use a super chunky biochar that will give aeration along with the standard properties that biochar brings to the table.
The base of our soil is comprised of peat, rice hulls, and perlite. We use rice hulls that are grown and packaged in Arkansas. Our perlite also is made in Oklahoma, and only has to travel a few miles to our manufacturing facility. Since we have perlite available locally we have opted to not use pumice. Pumice is a great alternative to perlite, but if you have to ship it from across the country at what energy expense does that come at? The energy needed to make the perlite in Arkansas would be eclipsed by the energy used to ship pumice to our facility.
The list of soil amendments used in our soils are Oyster Shell Flour, Gypsum, Azomite, Basalt Rock Dust, Crab Shells, Fish Meal, Alfalfa Meal, Fish Bone Meal, Kelp Meal, & Diatomaceous Earth. They all bring their own benefits to the table, and they all work in different ways to help us achieve the goal of growing terpene rich cannabis.
What about the terpenes?
Back in the day we use to grow for flavor and smell. We had no idea that we were actually growing for terpenes because no one was using that terminology. Today the science behind terpenes in relation to cannabinoids is much more profound. So much so that we now know that a terpene rich plant will have different effects on us as a plant that is only high in cannabinoids.
The “entourage effect” was documented many years ago with relation to terpenes and cannabinoids. This effect is why different strains with different terpene profiles give different effects when consumed. The same can be said about high THC with little to no terpenes. Anyone who has tried a commercial hydroponic plant with high THC levels, and little to no terpenes, knows that its effects are limited. This same strain grown in no-till environment will have a terpene profile that is off the charts and it's increased effects are noticeable to all users.
The entire basis of Redbud Soil Company is to put the power of organic practices into the hands of ANYONE who wants to use them. Our no-till soil is a foundation in the pursuit of growing high terpene organic plants, with little to no water runoff, and limited inputs. All while focusing on the highest quality output possible.