Well, the majority of my research probably coming from the fine People of GC, from their personal experiences, links to finding information, various studies... I want to grow marijuana as a career. I'm not looking to make money, I'm looking to help as many people as I can doing something I have come to love. Eventually I want to move into breeding, looking to bring out characteristics that people are looking for specifically in a marijuana strain, but may not be knowledgeable enough to produce. I'm always talking about pot, or pot plants, or legislation. I feel I've also learned a lot about people, looking at where the genetics of plants originate and their characteristics, and how the melting of those extremely different characteristics can produce some of the most beautiful hybrids EVER.
But enough about that, just stoned ramblings, a bit of a back story.
I've been looking into organics for a few months now, pouring countless hours into... research. I feel like a fuckin' scientist, and with all the information I've absorbed, I'm like a fountain of information, with nothing to show for it though. At first my friends felt like I was talking some dialect of Chinese, but in time, they start to wonder, and ask questions.
And now I'm going to put all that information together with my limited funds and extremely limited engineering skills.
Finally I get 5 seeds, and pop them using "wet-paper-towel-in-plastic-bag- between-stereo-and-speaker" method (started 11/12), then a few hand fulls of old ass "Light warrior" in half of half liter bottles. Supposedly these come from a "lemon haze" of sorts. Cross pollinated with who knows what. So hey, maybe I'm already stuck with HermieGirlies.
By the end of the week, they had popped the surface (11/15-16). For several days after, I was vegging under a 125 watt blue spectrum cfl/hood.
Upgraded to 6'' pots... not a big deal but hey, they liked it.
On the 25th, I finally got a new bulb (HPS) for my 400 watt switchable no name brand ballast that I only got to use once for 2 months. The same day I got the bulb, I also purchased:
-3 gallon smart pots (off brand)
-Vermicompost soil-less mix, was a few dollars cheaper than FFOF, which was my original choice, still had same ingredients as far as I could tell, bennies included
-bag of pure EWC
-high N bat guano(jamaican)
-high P bat guano(mexican)
-palm bunch wood ash (high K)
Now... I didn't measure shit. I just went about creating a "super-soil" using about:
And, to add to that, still not measuring:
Some of the high N bat guano, but not too much, as this is only going in the bottom third of my cloth-pots. Then liberal amounts of the high P mexican guano. Looking back, I feel that I didn't properly research the way wood ash in used in gardening. I have a feeling i might have over did it, but so far, the plants haven't showed ANY burn signs. But my main worry is that it will bring the Ph to a very alkaline. So far though, I haven't added anything but straight, set out for a few days water. One plant was showing a purple stem and droopy leaves, but Looking into it I am guessing it's PH issue, which no one else seems to be having. I think that this is from mixing the regular soil to buffer the babies into the hot super soil. I think thats from the palm bunch ash. I've been using the LITFA method (leave it the fuck alone), just watering when they need it... which isnt often yet, hopefully my soil isnt *too* compact. But they arent wilting, and still growing.
The only real issue I have, is getting the money together for an inline fan. I am in the process of building a 4'' filter (4" ducting, its pretty long tho ).
This would solve my only two "main" problems. Cleaning that lovely, but incriminating smell out of my closet (i live in an apartment) and allowing me to hook ducting up to my 400 watt HPS. Been looking at many DIY's of cool tubes, and im confident that i can rig up a glass candle one for under $50 usd.
Temps are at 82-86F, too high for my liking but all I can get with out stretching my babies out. RH humidity runs low thirties to 70s.
So far, these plants are looking great to me, although I know they can be so much better. I'm always up to constructive criticism, i'm thinking about flipping to flower before they are fully mature so that I can minimize stretch, these do look somewhat sativa-ish in color and stature.
sorry these pics aren't fantastic, and they really don't show the true colors. its my 2MP phone camera.
Wish me luck on this hopefully healthy garden
pictures are leading up to now, starting the 17th. also is a picture of my closet... just so you know, this is in a studio apartment. gotta work on stealth lol.
Edited by frymaster, 05 December 2012 - 08:14 AM.