Meet Louis Miller. He makes great soil.
“Biochar (created by burning wood in the absence of oxygen) is one of the key ingredients in our soils and one of the things that sets us apart,” Miller, owner and founder of Miller Soils, said in a recent interview with SativaCOMM.
“We control the temperature and amount of time the wood is burned to create a biochar with a high (80 to 90 percent) carbon content and a small amount of ash,” Miller said.
The biochar in the soil absorbs water and nutrients and then releases them over time for use by the plants. The result is that growers need less water and nutrients to grow their plants. In fact, Miller said, “overuse of water and nutrients are among the common mistakes I see being made by growers.”
Miller Soils also contain microbes, fungi and other ingredients specifically engineered to produce healthier cannabis plants. In all, more than a dozen ingredients go into their soils. The organic environment within the soil makes plants less susceptible to pests and disease, reducing the need for pesticides and other chemicals.
“Consistency is key, especially as grows get bigger and growers begin to expand the footprint of their operations,” Miller added. “If you’re in Washington State and you’re using our Red’s Premium Blend in your greenhouse operation and you move to Connecticut or Florida or Illinois and you want the same product in the same greenhouse operation, we can provide that.”
Miller Soils also makes custom blends for customers who want them. And they do soil rebuilding so their customers don’t have to throw out all of their used soil at the end of each growing cycle.
Sustainability is important to Miller. Miller Soils uses local sources for its soil ingredients whenever possible. And the wood it uses for its biochar comes straight from the forest, usually from beetle kill or wood collected from forest restoration projects. “We’re helping to increase the sustainability footprint of the forest,” he said. “And it helps support a lot of good jobs all based around sustainability.”
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