Frequently Asked Questions
How can we be sure that BlueSky Organics products will pass microbiological content requirements (<1000 CFU)?
There is no significant evidence to suggest that organic food has higher microbiological content. In fact, for tomatoes it has been shown that organic production can reduce Salmonella infection. This is due to organic production often having superior calcium and magnesium nutrition, which helps plants to develop a stronger cell wall.
In addition, microorganisms are a foundation of true organic production and it is important to recognize that. This means that instead of being worried about microorganisms in the room, the bud should be kept clean. This especially means not getting soil on the bud. Environmental conditions in the grow room, biosanitation and ventilation are key to producing clean bud in any system and organic production is no exception.
It is also important to point out that an organic soil can reduce unwanted microorganism populations because it represents a pre-colonized system in which there is competition for resources. This competition means unwanted organism populations tend to stabilize rather than experience a population explosion. This stabilization is a core organic production principle.
Is it normal for FERT-ALIVE to be “chunky” or not entirely viscous?
Fert-Alive will thicken the longer it is left to settle as it is an organic, microbial-active product. It is recommended that you “shake well” before each use; efficacy will not be affected (the more you mix/shake it the better it will flow). Please ensure that Fert-Alive is pre-diluted with water and mixed thoroughly if applying through any sort of fertigation system.
With many other soils, the nutrients start to deplete over time; how long would you suggest the nutrients in your soil typically last? Should I start adding my own nutrients to the soil?
The answer to this question is highly dependent on what strain you are growing. If you are wondering about ‘Vegetative’ growth, it usually takes 6-7 weeks before Nitrogen is depleted. For ‘Flowering’ it depends on the length of Veg (in weeks) although we suggest adding nutrients to maximize yields and quality however we have seen great results by just adding water.
Does using Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) effect the microbes in my soil?
Hydrogen peroxide is normally used as a disinfectant to kill microorganisms and thus would likely have an adverse effect on the mycorrhizal propagules; particularly root fragments where the fungal mycellium is exposed through the dry, porous plant tissue. Spores are more resilient – the effects will depend on the concentration of hydrogen perioxide used. We would not recommend using mycorrhizal propagules in water that contains hydrogen peroxide.
If you inoculate your plants and use water without hydrogen peroxide and allow the mycorrhizae to get established, using hydrogen peroxide would not likely have an effect (unless used very frequently and at higher concentrations.)
What is the best way to use the BlueSky Organics compost tea blend? Where can I purchase the necessary equipment for brewing the tea?
When it comes to brewing compost tea, the more dissolved oxygen the better. To achieve high oxygen levels you should use a compost tea brewer – build your own or find online / local retailers. The simplest and yet very effective method is to use an airstone and air pump, plumbed into any reservoir. Airstones and air pumps can be found at any local hydroponic retailers, pet supply stores and many home-and-garden outlets. Simply attach an air-line (or spaghetti hose) to your pump and run the other end to the airstone. Place the stone on the bottom of your compst tea reservoir – a bucket will do! – and turn the pump on, letting it run for the entire duration of the brew (24 hours). This creates an aerobic environment which allows the beneficial bacteria to flourish and multiply. Without constant aeration, you will end up with anaerobic environment – aerobic = good, anaerobic = bad – in which the bad bacteria and sometimes mold/fungi can take over – causing septic conditions that ruin your tea! This is easy to determine by the “septic” odor that occurs when a brew is not aerated propely (can happen approximately around the 48-hour mark). If this occurs, DO NOT FEED this brew to your plants – either reintroduce air until the smell dissipates, or discard the mixture altogether and start over.