3 Reasons Why — As a “Salt Grower” — I’m Starting My First Living Soil Bed

Ben Owens
2 min readSep 12
Most of the amendments I’ll be using in my coco + compost bed buildout.

When I first started growing, I was dead set on growing organic.

I didn’t know why, other than, as a consumer, I believed it was “better.”

At the time, I was using organic bottled nutrients, and continued to run into problems. Admittedly, I was a brand new grower, which was a big factor in my success overall.

Ever since, I’ve been running the New Millenium (bottled mineral nutrients) line with great results; the products deliver exceptionally, and the customer service goes above and beyond to help end users — hobby and commercial growers alike.

But, over the past few months, I’ve had a growing urge to try my hand at organic again, this time, without the bottles.

Here’s why:

Reason #1: Water Hash

Without fail, the hash makers that I know seem to have all eventually found their way back to organic methods, and those that run living soil and all natural setups appear to have seen improvements specifically for water hash in both yields and profile.

As a hobby hash maker, any advantage in both of those categories is welcome.

Reason #2: Never Stop Learning

As growers, it’s easy to get comfortable and complacent.

We find something that works, and, if it’s not broken, why fix it?

Well, the counterargument to that is that regularly challenging yourself with new techniques expands your overall understanding, even if you decide to go back to what you liked before.

So, in an effort to practice what I preach, I’ve created a forcing function in this new project.

Reason #3: Friendly Arm-Twists

Where would we be without that gentle nudge of encouragement from our peers and mentors?

I’m lucky to have found nudgers in both, and my friend Weed Shanty showed up at my house the other day for a sesh and blessed me with a 3x3' fabric bed that just happens to fit one of…

Ben Owens

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