Here's my grow report! Let's see, where to start? Who is Pompel? Well, I've been growing a couple of years, and now slowly graduating from the Beginners School of Fuck-ups. And I made most of them. Initially began with hydro, but the torturing, mishandling and huge lack of talent made it look more like genocide than a proper garden. I learned the hard way that dirt is definitely my natural medium to work with. And it tastes much better (the end-product, that is).
OK, set-up first, I guess:
Growtents (all from Homebox):
1 Clone (125 x 65 x 120cm/4 x 2 x 2 '') – 12 t-5 21W + 2 x 125W CFL
1 S (80 x 80 x 160cm/2.5 x 2.5 x 5.3'') – 2 x 180W LED ufo's
2 L (100 x 100 x 200cm/3.3 x 3.3 x 6.7'') 1 x 600W and 1 x 400W + 180W LED ufo
1 XL (120 x 120 x 200cm/3.6 x 3.6 x 6.7'') 1 x 600W
2 XXL (240 x 120 x 200cm/ 7.2 x 3.6 x 6.7'') 2 x 600W
«homemade» soil-mix consisting of (approx 60L/2cubic ft);
35-40% heavy, organic soil
15-20% perlite – 35-40% if mixing for Auto-pot system
10-15% cow-manure compost
10-15% Biobizz coco-mix
soil-additives: 1 cup each of soluble kelp, humic acid and Mineral Magic (GHE), Bacillus subtilis, 1 ts Actinovate, 3dl/1oz. Ful-Power fulvic acid (BioAg) and ½ cup Azospirillum Brasilense (nitrogen-fixing bacteria from Xtreme Gardening) if making soilmix for veg. With every transplant I also sprinkle the root-hole with Oregonism (endo/ecto-mycorrhizae, beneficial bacteria, and Trichoderma from Roots Organics)
I might add that though this setup is beginning to get pretty set, I'm regularly tweak and experiment with additives and beneficials.
Nutrients and additives:
Main nutrients: Metrop (MR1, MR2, AminoRoot, AminoBloom, MAM and Calgreen. Additves would be soluble kelp and humic acid, Super Plant tonic (Blue Mountain Organics), Sea-Crop (Ambrosia Technology), Big Bud (AN), HPK Bat Guano (Roots Organics), Bloombastic (Atami), Superthrive, Power Zyme (Hesi), Wilguard (Canadian Xpress), Hesi Roots.
Pots and Containers:
Conventional pots early, then transplant into self-watering pots, either 6L or 15L. (From IKEA of all places!) The 15L pots has supply of air to the rootsystem by airstones. One XXL-tent has the autopot-system consisting of 18 pots.
Strains and crosses:
I have a number of strange crosses growing in the garden, most of them accidental/unfortunate/fuckups. About a year ago I kept 7 males for pollination in an attempt to make a few crosses. The males were: 2 Cannalope Haze (DNA), 1 LA Confidential (DNA), 2 PG13 (TH Seeds) and 2 the Purps (BC Bud Depot).
What was intended as a small controlled experiment ended up as a pollinating scirocco of biblical proportions. Forcing your intellect to realize that the whole crop is pollinated two weeks before harvest, is a very brutal awakening, indeed. Much the same way as waking up at 04 a.m. by someone kicking you in the groin with steel-tipped boots is. With little spikes on them.
A few seeds were «deliberate», but mostly it was totally random. Many, many thousands of them. Among the females pollinated were: Amnesia Haze (Soma), Cannalope Haze (DNA), Chocolope (DNA), Double Dutch (Magus Genetics), Hawaiian Snow (GHS), LA Confidential (DNA), PG13 (TH Seeds), the Purps (BC Bud Depot) and the Ultimate (Dutch Passion). Some crosses have been fairly decent, many... less so, but a few have been gems. Here are some I'm currently growing:
Amnesia Haze♀ x Cannalope Haze♂ (Strong, stupefying high. Big smile. No brain.)
Cannalope Haze x the Purps (I decided to re-veg this one after first growing her from seed, due to her relatively early finishing time, trouble-free and hardy, good resin production. Got about 25 of them in 12/12 at different phases. Not the biggest yield, but OK. Grows like the Cannalope, but has that sweet Purps smell and taste as well. Finishes in 55-60 days).
Chocolope♀ x the Purps♂ (Very tasty and probably my favorite. Smells intensely sweet and drags you into a deep, heavy high.)
the Ultimate♀x LA Confidential♂ (Small yielder with rock-hard buds, but good high after being properly cured. Musky, peppery taste.)
the Ultimate♀ x PG13♂ (Good yielder, but long flowering time, 75 days. A no-nonsense high that charges you directly and brutally. Taste like mint and lemon).
the Ultimate♀ x the Purps♂ (got two pheno's, one is dependable and yields medium and the second is potentially a better yielder but extremely fickle and suicidal. Nice, sweet high).
I've just finished 35 random crosses from seed, just to see what popped out. I'll present some pics of those, so you can get an impression of the strains I'm growing. Of the 35 seeds, one was a hermie, pollinating the other 8 it was sharing tent with. I re-vegged 7 of them after 4 weeks of 12/12. Probably not worth it, but I have a pathological resistance when it comes to throwing plants into the garbage bin. Even when they have the vegetable equivalent of Down's syndrome, they are still my girls. And they deserve a chance to make me high, poor little things!
I find myself picking crosses that has either Cannalope Haze or the Purps in them. The Cannalope has consistently contributed to impressive resin production, while the Purps is probably the best tasting weed I've tried so far. I still have a few seeds left of both, so some of them will hopefully be grown in this report in the near future. Hopefully a few gems will present themselves.
I grow a few strains now from seed, just long-term personal stash. Plus the excitement, of course!
Acapulco Gold (1) (Barney's Farm)
autoflowering AK47 (7) (Hopefully at least a male here, so that the rest can produce seeds for a little outdoor project in the summer)
Black Jack (1) (Sweet Seeds)
Diesel (1) (Kannabia)
DR. Greenspoon (1) (Barney's Farm)
Purpleberry (1) (Kalamua seeds)
+ some crosses....
The introduction of new strains during this grow report is highly likely. OK, pics! (Looks like I can max upload 10 pics, so I'll post them in three more bulks).