Danny Danko’s Magic Organic Mix for 5-gallon Buckets
- 3 parts Canadian sphagnum peat mix, coco coir or Pro-Mix
- 1 part large chunky perlite
- 1 part worm castings
- 1/2 cup greensand
- 1/2 cup of dolomite lime
- 1/3 cup of Peruvian seabird guano
- 1/4 cup Epsom salts
Mix it all together and soak it all down for at least a day or two before you plan to use it. This is to get all the contents blended up and oxygenated. It should be wet throughout but not over-saturated. The first few waterings should be done with plain water as the fresh planting mix is fairly “hot” (nutrient-rich).
Let water sit out for at least 24 hours to evaporate chlorine that will kill off your beneficial microbes. Airstones at the bottom of the bucket with an air pump will speed up this process as well.
From then on, use compost teas and diluted liquid seaweed throughout growth and add some high-phosphorus bat guano tea during flowering. No need to flush towards the end, simply use milder tea for the last two weeks of flowering. Some natural yellowing will occur on fan leaves but this is a good thing, as nitrogen is leaching out of the plant’s cells.