Lennyjr358's Quest for Organic Perfection

Discussion in 'Organic Grow Journals' started by lennyjr358, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. Here we go again!
    I started another journal a few months back for my grow. In that, I used bottled "organics", so I didn't think it was the right fit for this forum. Well no more! I am using an organic super soil (bagged), along with compost and organic dry fertilizer. I am always looking for input from experienced growers, so feel free to stop by and let me know what I'm doing wrong! This should be fun!

    Setup:
    Tents: 2 1mx1m htg supply agromax grow tents
    Lights: veg=110w pll-55 compact t5's
    Flower: 315w CMH
    Strains: HSO Amherst Sour Diesel
    HSO Blue Dream
    Paradise Orignial White Widow IBL
    Bomb Seeds Bubble Bomb
    Soil: Coast of Maine - Stonington Blend
    Fertilizer - Coast of Maine Stonington blend plant food and fish bone meal
    Compost - Coast of Maine Lobster Compost

    My plan is to grow the plants in 5 gallon pots. When they move to flowering, I will top dress with a good layer of compost and some of both fertilizers.

    Compost tea: This may be controversial, but I am a man of science. All of the benefits people claim from compost tea are also benefits from just having an alive soil with plenty of decayed organic material (compost) for the already present microbes to break down. Also important, the few scientific studies that have been done on ACT have found inconclusive evidence of any benefits, and by brewing them with no knowledge of exactly what species of bacteria you are increasing (very likely not all species originally present), you are potentially exposing yourself and your family to harmful bacteria. It is my opinion that all of the benefits that can be had from compost tea can be had from the compost itself without going through the process of making the tea. But hey, I've only taken a couple soil biology classes, so I could be very mistaken.

    Anyway, now that that's out of the way, Here are my girls so far.
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    The 3 bigger ones are clones from my last run, all topped to let the bubble bomb catch up.

    Thanks for checking out my grow! Stay tuned for more updates!
     
  2. So far, I am loving this style of growing. Compared to my flowering plants, which are being grown with "organic" bottled nutes and therefore won't be posted here, this whole giving 'em water thing is pretty nice, haha. And they don't seem to mind one bit! If anything, the mix was a little TOO strong for a couple of the plants, so I have no doubt this soil will grow strong, healthy plants. I can't wait to harvest the flowering tent and get these girls under the CMH!

    Anyway, here are some pics from today
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    I think I may have created a couple Franken-plants with my topping, haha. But the bubble bomb is taking its time catching up.

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    She's trying her darnedest, but her indica genes are getting in the way. I'm a little concerned because I know the diesel and blue dream are gonna take off once they get under the CMH, although that's not exactly the worst problem to have.

    Anyway, thanks to everyone who checked out my journal. More updates to come in a few days.
     
  3. Wow, it's been almost a week since the last pictures! I've been slacking, apparently. Things are really coming along nicely. My flowering tent is almost ready for harvest, and then these lovely ladies can get a taste of the CMH. I'm going to be running down to the garden center to pick up some lobster compost to topdress. I will also be adding in some organic plant food and fish bone meal. Give the microbes some time to start breaking it down before flower in a few weeks.

    Bubble Bomb
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    She's gonna be bushy! Look at those nodes just ready to explode!

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    Still debating topping these again, just to give the BB some time to catch up.

    Group shot:
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    So far, the Stonington Blend seems to suit these girls just fine. Nothing but healthy growth and vibrant green plants.

    Thanks for checking out my journal.
     
  4. I just gave my girls a top dress of Stonington Blend plant food, Fish bonemeal, and lobster compost. I have to say, Coast of Maine is the perfect name for the company, because my whole grow room now has a faint hint of ocean and fish food, haha. But everything is coming along well. Just another week or so until they go under the CMH.

    Bubble Bomb:
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    Amherst Sour Diesel:
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    I had to prop her up with extra compost, but she's standing now!
    Blue Dream:
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    White Widow
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  5. wow, it's been a while since my last update. The girls are all moved in to their new home, under the 315W CMH.

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    MUCH better than the florescent and the girls seem to be loving it.

    I seem to be having a problem with my Blue Dream, however. The leaves are closing up, like a taco, and new growth is somewhat twisted.
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    I have not adjusted, or even checked, my pH. I was under the impression that it isn't necessary with a super soil grow. Any ideas on what might be going on?

    The good news is that the other 3 girls are looking great! The Bubble Bomb has caught up to the white widow in terms of height, although as it started later (and from seed) it was never topped.
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    It does have some slight "burn" on some leaf edges, but I'm not convinced it is nute burn. It showed up after my last neem spray, so maybe that has something to do with it. Either way, she never seemed to slow down.

    The Amherst Sour Diesel is looking ok as well, but in my last run it hermied during flowering. It was right next to the vent in that run and may have gotten some light at night, so I'm not culling it until I can verify it is genetic. I have one going outdoors as a test and will be paying very close attention to this one after the flip.
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    The white widow is looking as good as it has over my past 2 grows with it. I tell you, this is one stable and healthy plant. I've never seen a single problem with it. Clones are just as healthy and vigorous as their mother was, which I can't say about my other strains. The do fine, but this one seems to thrive.
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    As always, thank you so much for checking out my grow. If you have any idea what might be going on with my Blue Dream, I would love to get your opinions.
     
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  6. 12/12 is upon us!

    The girls got switched over on 8/31, and also got their last haircuts. Other than the switch, not much to report. The Blue dream is starting to look better (these pics are a few days old, but she looks even better today). I took a bunch of pics, hope you enjoy.
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