*Please Note - Two Options are available for this item, one is for pickup and retail customers at the standard price, one is for customers that need shipping and includes a heavy item fee. Because of the size/weight of this product and the cost of shipping, we have to apply a surcharge to cover the extra expense, the surcharge is based on the product weight and dimensions.
If you are listening to medical herb growing podcasts, you will have probably learned of Tad Hussey from KIS organics. Tad is based in the Seattle area, where he runs KIS Organics, a company that sells soil mixes, amendments and compost tea brewers to Washington State. Tad has grown up pursuing and studying the science and practice behind a living soil approach to regenerative gardening and has an exceptional understanding and depth of experience which becomes apparent through his podcasts.
Tad has been working with Black Swallow Organics to develop a new soil mix that we wanted to add to our line up. The new KIS mix differs from Black Swallow soil mix in that it was designed to have a greater overall nutritional content. Consequently, this is a mix for someone who is new to growing in a living soil, or who is not yet confident of using the teas, foliars and drenches their plants might require. With Tad’s guidance, Black Swallow has worked up a mix that will allow a new gardener to achieve a successful harvest without the addition of too many other inputs.
This powerhouse of a mix is a blend of sphagnum peat, perlite, fish compost, leaf compost, worm castings, biochar, blood meal, kelp meal, crab meal, feather meal, Dead Soldier fly frass, fish bone meal, gypsum, soft rock phosphate, alfalfa meal, oyster shell flour, Wollastonite rock dust, Volcanophos rock dust, and Huplaso basalt.
This product is sold by the cubic foot, in a bag. It does not come as a 'baled' product like peat moss. This is because a true, living soil has a significant compost content in order to contribute the diverse biology that, by definition, it contains. Consequently, the KIS mix cannot be compressed, but is bagged loose- as opposed to a heavily peated product which does not contain compost of any measurable amount. Compressing and baling a compost mix quickly leads to anaerobic conditions.
1 cu ft (28L) of KIS soil weighs approximately 25 lbs
Blood meal, kelp meal, crab meal, feather meal, Dead Soldier fly frass, fish bone meal, gypsum, soft rock phosphate, alfalfa meal, oyster shell flour, Wollastonite rock dust, Volcanophos rock dust, and Huplaso basalt.
Soil amending ingredients: sphagnum peat, perlite, fish compost, leaf compost, worm castings, biochar