I've been inspired by DoNothingGarden's thread to make my own potting mix for next year's crop.
I have 4 worm cafes (from Bunnings) and 2 X 100litre compost bins so no shortage of worm castings or compost.
Over the last few days I have ordered:
Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss
Malted Barley Grain
Mycogold Beneficial Fungi
Fulvic Acid Powder
Have I forgotten anything?
When I've made the soil up and let it cook I currently plan to plant a green manure crop until I am ready to start the new crop.
I'll buy some of DNG's 95 litre fabric pots when they are back in stock unless someone has a better idea.
I have a while until I need to make the mix (assuming fresh is best) so I'll be trawling the net to see how others do it.
I'm hoping that the members who make their own will be offering suggestions as I don't know what I'm doing at the moment
nice list ... should make some great soil.
when mixing your fulvic acid (sorry ... not sure about fulvic acid powder amounts, as only used the liquid version) with aloe, some potassium silicate or soap nut would work nicely. not sure if you plan on doing some IPM sprays ... if so, neem or karanja oil would also go well on your list. also, if you have access to it ... some basalt would also add value to your soil mix.
in regards to mixing - mixing earlier rather than later is better, as it gives the components a bit of time to develop into a living soil. your plan to plant a cover crop is great ... it will keep things moving along nicely until you're ready to grow.
regarding your 50L soil ... one way that you can help to make your soil re-absorb water ... depending on how heavy your fabric pots are ...
if you have a big pot saucer, put the pot into it, water normally, when you see water building up in the saucer ... stop for a while until absorbed. do again and this time leave a fair bit of water in the saucer ... in an hour or so, it will wick up and through the soil. repeat until your soil is at a normal water absorption rate or heaviness (if you lift pots to tell water levels). make sure to add aloe powder (or ritha/soap nut) in small amounts, as it will help the process.
hope it helps