For those of you that dont know me, I am Jerry, and am pleased to meet you. For those of you that do know me, well, its good to see you here. Its good to see all of you here! My wife and kids tell me that I have an obsession with organic gardening. I have been gardening marijuana for many years, but only in a little less than a year have I discovered the secret, and it is Gardening Organically, hence, I consider myself a student, and hope to continue to be for many more years. I am lucky enough (I think, anyhow!) to live in the country, on a quiet dead end road on 35 acres in the great State of Maine, who allows me to grow 6 marijuana plants medicinally. For probably 20+ years I needed to garden "underground", like so many. Thank God that many states are turning towards legal medical marijuana gardens! At the very least it takes a great deal of strain and stress off of our gardens. I did have a journal here at Grasscity at one time, but due to busy times - children, work, etc., I was not able to keep up on it as I should have, and so I ended up taking the journal down. I was growing with chemical nutrients at the time, and do not any more, so this should be different and I will keep up on it as best as I can. Where to start? First, I consider myself very lucky, as many of you do here at GC, to have peers that know what the hell they're doing. There is an incredible wealth of information here, and after finding this information, I have made use of it in my physical garden. You know who you are - you, whom I consider my teachers, and I am the student. Hopefully I can pass on this knowledge to others that want to learn to grow organically. There is some damn good Karma between many of you here. For me, growing organically means making use of the Soil Food Web. It means using high quality compost, which is alive, and full of beneficial bacterias, fungi, mycorrhizae, and all of the living critters that work symbiotically with our plants to help us produce incredibly healthy, disease resistant, high yielding and most importantly, high quality cannabis. I start by using a very high quality compost. I consider this my "base". To this I add sphagnum peat, as, unfortunately, compost is usually very dense and poor-draining. I then add Vermicompost,which I do make myself. Unfortunately, I cannot yet make enough for my needs, and so need to supplement with store-bought (but yet high quality from a very good source) castings, but am working on making myself self-sufficient in this area, but is for another time to discuss. I consider vermicompost our #1 soil ammendment. If I had to pick one ammendment, it would be earthworm castings - hands down. So - Compost, peat, and EWC. This is a great start, but to this I ammend further using seed meals, kelp (another biggie!), rock dusts - and, oh, jeez, a mess of other goodies. I will post my actual soil mix in another post, but am hoping that you can see where I'm going with this. I have built, with help from some fantastic people here, and with some suggestions from Tim Wilson, who is The Man at Microbe Organics, a fantastic website (check out Tims website if you are interested in compost teas) that delves deeply into compost teas, a very good compost tea brewer. I use this in conjunction with my soil program, and also sometimes make nutrient teas and other assorted witches brews with this contraption. I have several big giant totes that I use as worm bins to make my own high-end castings. Worm castings are only as good as the food they are fed. With some help from some good people here, I will be building a production, Flow-Through bin soon. My goal is to take my soil ammendments - kelp, seed meals, accumulator plants, composts, everything!, and run all of these goodies thru the big worm machine, and let the worms have thier fun with these items first, before mixing into my soil. To be able to let our earthworm friends cycle the organic goodness of these items, to let the worms turn all of these ammendments into usable plant food before they hit the soil is gold to me. I think that this could be fun. I'm looking forward to helping some people with info that they need, and really looking forward to suggestions and teachings from others, to help me better my own garden. This website is a fantastic resource and I intend to get everything that I can out of it. I'm going to post a few pictures to show you where my garden is at right now. I'm looking forward to this, and I hope that you are too. jerry.