How to water living soil

A bad watering practice will lead to unhealthy plants which then makes your plants more susceptible to pests/diseases as they are seen as easy prey. Improper watering (too many wet/dry cycles) is the first domino to fall which then can lead to stressed plants which if left unsolved will most definitely lead to major issues whether it be thrips, powdery mildew or spider mites.

For regular water of fast-growing plants in Eco-life soil, a good rule of thumb to follow is; to water with 5-10% of your soil volume in your pot or bed. For example, a 50L pot of soil will need 2.5L. 

When watering, apply slowly and evenly over the soil surface. This can be with a watering can and fine rose or a pump sprayer on a coarse setting. As the plants mature and grow a deeper root system, a heavier watering once a week through a watering can be beneficial.  

Pay close attention to the watering, keeping the soil moist, and avoiding wet-dry cycles is key to success when growing with the no-till/living soil method. 

If you want to perfect the art of watering, we recommend using a soil moisture sensor such as the Blumat digital or an Irrometer. By using a soil moisture sensor you get valuable data to guide you on when the next watering is needed, and how much to apply. Using tensiometer technology, both the Blumat Digital and Irrometer easily out-perform cheap moisture meters. 

If the water in your area is hard (hard water) due to a high level of bicarbonates (above 120mg/L), you should either use an acid to neutralise the bicarbonates or use a reverse osmosis filter to improve the water quality. If you are unsure about your water quality, go to your water supplier’s website and get a recent test report. Generally using soft water you do not need to use a filter or ph your water for growing with living soil.

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