eww yikes that's waaay creepy lol I'd want to cleanse the place of any bad energies too... just in case! Aye, the good compost - thermal or worm or leafmold - will be the answer to all our woes, pretty sure of that too I just did a fresh assessment of my last VC and lo, I've got a bacterial to fungal balance of 596:650 µg/g of soil, that is a proportion of a bit over 1 (which to my mind would be ideal). The PE soil was at 0.2 a few days ago, meaning 0.2 units of fungal biomass per unit of bacteria, so waaaay bacterial despite sprouting fungi, too bacterial even for those who lean more towards bacterial dominance in their preference for our favourite plant (even for them, it should at least then be over 0.5 ). I still need to check on that nitrogen cycling, but AFAIK off the top of my head plants need more NO3 (nitrate) for vegetative growth, which is provided by nitrifying bacteria, but more NH4 (ammonium) instead later on. That alone could explain the signs of nitrogen deficiency the PE showed in stretch, but it's all speculative still at the mo. So topdressing that VC should push the soil into a more fungal direction, which I'll check on a week after application - and improve the conditions for providing the ammonium needed for later stages. And even when that soil has great diversity of everything in it, to keep checking during the grow to make sure no microbial armageddons happened along the way. Just to exemplify how we should be thinking when working with full microbial focus. But yes, we are prone to lose that focus, it's like a knee-jerk response somehow LOL I keep doing it myself, and it does help to tide them over too haha Of course my offer to look at your soil stands! The results may not be 100% scientifically "clean" yet, but I daresay we'd at least get a general idea where it's at at the mo. We just need to look into the mailing times, it would be good to be able to keep them somewhere around 3 days max, but there are a few things we can do to give us a bit of leeway, like taking the samples after watering - so yeah let's PM on that! Oh and a chemical soil test is probably moot for living soil anyway (unless you're checking for toxins maybe). As I currently understand it, when you test for soluble nutrients (i.e. the forms that can be taken up directly by the plant), the results will be deceptively low (because the nutes aren't freeflowing, but tied up in the microbial mass), while when you test for total nutes (which measures all forms of nutrients), the values are going to be so ridiculously over the top they'll say you have all sorts of toxicities in there? lol Cheers!