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Harvest

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March 13th I harvested OG Brulee from Covert Genetics. 

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Photo Inhibition: LED light bleaching

Light bleaching caused the tips of the flower to lose color. Only the buds that were closest to the light were effected so I assume it is because my light was too close. I've heard mixed reviews about whether or not this is harmful to the quality of smoke. I'll make an update when I smoke it. 
According to MyHydroLife, this is called photo inhibition. 
 

Source: https://www.slideshare.net/enochtaclan1/plant-physiology-report-autosaved

Source: https://www.slideshare.net/enochtaclan1/plant-physiology-report-autosaved

Source: https://www.slideshare.net/enochtaclan1/plant-physiology-report-autosaved

Source: https://www.slideshare.net/enochtaclan1/plant-physiology-report-autosaved

Inhibition of the activity of photosystem II (PSII) under strong light is referred to as photoinhibition. This phenomenon is due to an imbalance between the rate of photodamage to PSII and the rate of the repair of damaged PSII. In the “classical” scheme for the mechanism of photoinhibition, strong light induces the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which directly inactivate the photochemical reaction center of PSII. By contrast, in a new scheme, we propose that photodamage is initiated by the direct effect of light on the oxygen-evolving complex and that ROS inhibit the repair of photodamaged PSII by suppressing primarily the synthesis of proteins de novo.
— https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0005272806003665
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12.25 Update

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12.25 Update

Happy Festivus!

Its been awhile since I posted an update and my garden is lookin sexy

Products I'm using:
-4x4 bed from Grass Roots Fabric pots
-Microbes from Cultured Biologix
-Soil from Paonia Soil Co
-OG Brulee from Covert Genetics

IPM:
-Spraying with Dr.Bronners for pest control
-Used an essential oil spray one day and tried out Big Time Exterminator

Also using:
-Hemp mulch to retain moisture and feed microbes
-Cover crop mix with Rye grain, common vetch, faba bean, red clover. Cover crop will take nutes from the air and put them into my soil for my plants to use. Pretty trippy if you think about it. 
-LEDs from Platinum Grow lights- p450

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11/27- Added hemp mulch which I soaked in microbes from Cultured Biologix

12/12- Took some clones of Xena because I'm pretty sure she is female. (Xena is the giant one in the middle)

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I put some of my mushroom jars in with my tent for a lil Co2 boost

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I start spraying daily or every other day with Dr.Bronners when I notice this bug with two spots is still hanging around. No one yet has been able to ID it. I thought it was a two-spotted spider mite because it looks like it has two spots but the spots look different. 

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As of today (12.25) I haven't seen this lil guy in a couple weeks now. I've been spraying obsessively and I think it might be under control. I'll keep my IPM game on track though. 

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12/12- Cover crop is coming up on my smaller plants. They look happy :)

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12/14- My oyster mushroom mycelium is starting to grow. I will be working with this mushroom a lot so I think I'll start a seperate blog on mushroom growing. 

Agar plates of oyster mushroom! 

Agar plates of oyster mushroom! 

12/15- Started to Flower! 

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When I flip to 12/12, I have to zip my tent all the way up and when I unzip it in the morning it gets super humid. It was at 88% one morning! That soil holds a lot of water so that is probably part of it.

I started to set up my inline fan to take the humid air out but I was confused at first. When I first hooked it up, the tent blew up like a balloon and I was worried that it would damage the tent or the plants. I turned the fan around so that it was sucking the air out instead and this made the tent go concave. 

I was also worried that the tent going concave would damage the tent or plants but I asked instagram and everyone said this should be fine. I got a speed controller for the fan so I can make it less powerful. I opened a little vent on the bottom where light couldn't get so that fresh air could still come in. I zipped myself inside the tent just to make sure no light was coming through and it was good to go! 

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Dec. 19th- I started a seed sprout tea (SST). I sprout the same seeds that I use for cover crop and I blend them up and dilute them to water into my garden. Seeds contain enzymes that my plants will use to turn the nutrients in my soil into a plant available form! 

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My smaller plants are coming along too! These were popped from seed a month after my bigger ones

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Today I confirmed one male and I think I might have another but I'll give it another day or so just to be sure. 

That's all for now!

Much love!

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Indoor Update

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Indoor Update

Just wanna give a quick update on how my plants are doing and some things I learned.

So I popped these seeds of OG Brulee on Oct. 5th on the full moon
Nov 5th I transplanted them from solo cups into my new 4x4 Grass Roots Fabric Pot with Paonia Soil's Bomb Mix. 

The one up front wasn't lookin too hot at first but she is def perked up now!

I had a problem with leaf curling which I think was caused by my light being too low so I raised it up to 18 inches. Temps at 70, humidity about 55, Ph should be good. 

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I noticed a lil thrips and/or mites damage so I put a leaf under the scope and found this lil fucker...

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It is hard to tell and I've had many different people tell me many different things but I think I'd have to agree that it looks like a two spotted spider mite. I have started spraying with Dr.Bronners every night when the lights go off. They seem to be under control and all new growth seems healthy. 

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I STILL need to lay down my cover crop, I be slackin! But I started to soak them the other day and they should be ready to plant tomorrow! Hemp stalk mulch is coming soon as well :) 

I'm hoping they will show their sex soon so I know how many plants I will really have. I'll have to chop n drop the males. They will turn into compost which my plants will eventually get more nutrition from. That's the magic of No Till living soil baby! 

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I'm working on making my own compost tea brewer like Tim Wilson's. I keep messing it up and I had to go to the store like 3 times already so I got frustrated haha but I will have it up and running soon. I'll need to start making compost teas asap! 

I also tried to make some FPJ (Fermented Plant Juice) which I also fudged up lol. I half assed it when I should have full assed it. I didn't weigh out my sugar and I'm thinking that I didn't add enough. I got a black mold on the top so I had to trash it. Next time I will be more precise. Check out this video if you wanna learn more about FPJ:

I think that's about it for now. Much Love

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Indoor - Round Two

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Indoor - Round Two

Getting my indoor garden set up and I will start blogging my progress every week. 

I popped some seeds of OG Brulee from Covert Genetics on 10/05/17
Today (11.05.17) I transplanted into my new Grass Roots 4x4 raised bed

Here are all the products I'm going to be using:


 

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I will also be:
-collecting my own microbes called Indigenous Microorganisms
-making seed sprout teas
-making Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ)
-compost teas
-I'll add some worms and cover crop
-I have some hemp stalk that I will chop up into mulch

 

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As you can see, the babe in the front isn't looking great. Hopefully, she will perk up in her new home! This is 'The Bomb' soil mix from Paonia Soil Co. It should have all the goodies she needs! I will only have to use straight water for the first couple weeks. 

I added some rocks and blocks of wood that I will try to inoculate with mushroom mycelium! I'm trying to grow just the way nature does. It's going to be a magical jungle in here eventually. I'm going to start sprouting my cover crop now :)

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Stay tuned to see how it turns out! 

Much Love,
Herbal Visionz

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Lessons from my first indoor harvest

Lessons from my first indoor harvest

I learned a lot from my first grow and wanted to share some things I think are important. There is so much more to learn, it is exciting!
I made some mistakes along the way but "mistakes are the tuition to success". Every time I make a mistake, I will do my best to learn from the mistake so that it will never happen again. Mistakes help you grow in many ways ;)

I had some trouble with
Even Node Spacing:
You can control your node spacing by...
LST
Mainline
Scrog
FIM/TOP
Temps
Light distance
"Too much distance between internodes is not a good thing. Some strains, like sativa varieties, may naturally grow taller and stretch more than other strains. However, if the internodal distance is too long, branches and stems become weaker. This means that buds will have to be supported during flowering, with the risk that the branches will snap otherwise."

"If we want to prevent stretching, we’ll need to know what causes it first. Genetics can play a major role here, but for our current intents and purposes, we can throw it out. Beyond your choice of strain, you don’t have much control over the plant genes. What you do control is the environment! The two primary factors you’ll be monitoring are heat and light."
https://www.theweedblog.com/how-to-grow-dense-and-bushy-marijuana-plants/

Cation Exchange Capacity
"Cation exchange capacity (CEC) is a measure of the soil’s ability to hold positively charged ions. It is a very important soil property influencing soil structure stability, nutrient availability, soil pH and the soil’s reaction to fertilizers and other ameliorants"

"The clay mineral and organic matter components of soil have negatively charged sites on their surfaces which adsorb and hold positively charged ions (cations) by electrostatic force. This electrical charge is critical to the supply of nutrients to plants because many nutrients exist as cations (e.g. magnesium, potassium and calcium). In general terms, soils with large quantities of negative charge are more fertile because they retain more cations (McKenzie et al. 2004) however, productive crops and pastures can be grown on low CEC soils."
http://www.soilquality.org.au/factsheets/cation-exchange-capacity

This video really helped me understand:


Relative Humidity
"the amount of water vapor present in air expressed as a percentage of the amount needed for saturation at the same temperature."
"In all stages of cannabis growth your plants will have a constant need to intake water, and the amount of water they need fluctuates with the humidity in your grow room. When the humidity is high, cannabis plants use their leaves to absorb moisture from the air which causes them to drink less water from their roots. Conversely, when the humidity is low, they will pull more water in through their roots.
Since humidity changes how much water your plants drink, and the water you give your plants have nutrients in them, being in control of humidity gives you increased control over your plant's nutrient intake."
http://www.growweedeasy.com/humidity

Vapor Pressure Deficit
"Vapour-pressure deficit, or VPD, is the difference (deficit) between the amount of moisture in the air and how much moisture the air can hold when it is saturated. Once air becomes saturated, water will condense out to form clouds, dew or films of water over leaves."

Herbin Farmer has a helpful video about it:

 

Powdery Mildew
Powdery mildew is not systemic. Its endophytic. 
Spores remain dormant until conditions are right. 
UV-C light will kill spores. 
PM can stunt growth. 
PM produces ascospores, a sac-like ascus enclosed in a fruiting body called a chasmothecium (pictured). 
Liquid water on leaves inhibits spore germination. 
“Unlike most fungal pathogens, powdery mildew fungi tend to grow superficially, or epiphytically, on plant surfaces. During the growing season, hyphae are produced on both upper and lower leaf surfaces, although some species are restricted to one leaf surface only. Infections can also occur on stems, flowers, or fruit. Specialized absorption cells, termed haustoria, extend into the plant epidermal cells to obtain nutrition. While most powdery mildew fungi produce epiphytic mycelium, a few genera produce hyphae that are within the leaf tissue; this is known as endophytic growth.
Conidia (asexual spores) are also produced on plant surfaces during the growing season. They develop either singly or in chains on specialized hyphae called conidiophores. Conidiophores arise from the epiphytic hyphae, or in the case of endophytic hyphae, the conidiophores emerge through leaf stomata.”
http://www.apsnet.org/edcenter/intropp/LabExercises/Pages/PowderyMildew.aspx

 

Conidiophores

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Foliar spray
I learned why you shouldn't foliar spray with the lights on...
", intense light can produce light reflection from water droplets that causes your leaves to burn."
http://www.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/how-to-foliar-feed-your-marijuana-plants/

"foliar spraying burn happens when the curved surface of the droplets of water create a lens, magnifying the light and burning small spots on your leaves where the droplets were"
https://forum.grasscity.com/threads/foliar-spraying-burn.170215/

Fungus Gnats:
I had some fungus gnats get into my tent and realized that the only plant affected was the plant that didn't have cover crop yet. I think the cover crop might have helped deter the fungus gnats because the gnats might not be able to get into the soil as well. I added some diatomaceous earth to the affected soil and it seemed to work.
http://www.growweedeasy.com/fungus-gnats

I think that is about it! Can't wait to see what I learn in the next round! If you have any suggestions for what I should be learning, please let me know! Thanks!

Learning Goals for next round:
Learn more about how LEDs work
Learn more about IPM (Integrated pest management)
 

Much Love,
Herbal Visionz

Living Soil Recipe

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“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.”
― Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

 

                             





Here is the soil recipe I’m using and a lil info about all the ingredients! 

1 Part Oly Mountain Fish Compost
http://olyfish.com/
Oly Mountain Fish Compost® and Oly Mountain Organic Compost® are registered organic compost materials, high in organic matter and soil-building nutrients, sold through quality retail outlets in our communities.
Oly Mountain Fish Compost is a virtually odorless compost and soil additive that is high in nutrients that takes over two years to become a finished product”

1 Part Sphagnum Peat Moss
http://www.epicgardening.com/sphagnum-peat-moss/
“The most important benefit of peat moss is the material’s absorbency. Peat moss retains water much better than average soils, which increases the absorbency of any potting mixes and garden soils that use peat moss.”
This is why I’d like to find an alternative to Peat Moss:
“Peat moss is a nonrenewable resource. The biological processes that create peat moss takes several millennia, with peat reserves growing less than a millimeter every year.”

2/3 Part Pumice
http://naturesfootprint.com/products/pumice-rock/
“Pumice rock is a type of igneous rock which is formed from molten or partially molten material. These types of igneous rocks are classified as volcanic.”

  • Increases bulk density of potting mixes.
  • The porous nature of pumice rock allows it to hold vital nutrients in the microscopic surface pores, which helps regulate fertilizer feedings. It can even be supercharged with nutrients before it is added to the growing medium.
  • Excellent conditioner for soils that need increased aeration and drainage.
  • Loosens the density of heavy clay garden soils, letting in the air and water plants need.
  • Holds moisture in the soil, reducing watering requirements by as much as 35%.

 

1/3 Part Rice Hulls 
(I’ve heard that you can’t use perlite if you are going to reuse your soil because it turns into a cement like material. Rice hulls will break down easier so you’ll have to add more when you reuse your soil but I think its a better alternative for aeration)

5% Pre-Charged Colorado Bio Char
http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/making-biochar-improve-soil-zmaz09fmzraw
Bio Char is so cool! “coarse lumps of charcoal are full of crevices and holes, which help them serve as life rafts to soil microorganisms. The carbon compounds in charcoal form loose chemical bonds with soluble plant nutrients so they are not as readily washed away by rain and irrigation.” 

Acadian Kelp Meal @ 1/2 Cup per cubic foot
http://www.acadianseaplants.com/plant-growth-development-products/soil

  • contains a wide range of naturally occurring plant nutrients and trace minerals essential to plant growth, health, and productivity;
  • features naturally-occurring trace minerals that are naturally chelated;
  • is more readily available for plant uptake than minerals supplied in inorganic form;
  • acts as a nutritional supplement which releases its nutrients as it breaks down;
  • is an excellent source of organic matter composed primarily of carbohydrates such as alginic acid and mannitol; and
  • contains alginic acid and mannitol which also act as effective chelating agents for micro-nutrients and contribute to building soil structure.

Neem Cake  @ 1/2 cup per cubic foot
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neem_cake
“Neem cake organic manure is the by-product obtained in the process of cold pressing of neem tree fruits and kernels, and the solvent extraction process for neem oil cake.”

Crustacean Meal @ 1/2 cup per cubic foot
Crustacean meal could be shrimp, crab, or a combo depending on the season. I wonder about using this product since Fukushima has gotten much worse:
http://www.collective-evolution.com/2017/02/12/fukushima-radiation-spikes-to-record-levels-its-really-time-to-shut-down-all-nuclear-power-plants/

Brix Blend Basalt @ 2 Cups Per Cubic Foot
“An all purpose paramagnetic rock dust for remineralization”
http://store.rockdustlocal.com/BrixBlend-Basalt-40-lbs_p_12.html

Gypsum Dust @ 1 Cup Per Cubic Foot
http://www.croplife.com/crop-inputs/micronutrients/the-role-of-gypsum-in-agriculture-5-key-benefits-you-should-know/
-Source of calcium and sulfur for plant nutrition.
-Improves acid soils and treats aluminum toxicity
-Improves soil structure.
-Improves water infiltration.
-Helps reduce runoff and erosion.

Oyster Flour @ 1 Cup Per Cubic Foot
https://www.planetnatural.com/product/oyster-shell/
• Excellent source of calcium
• Supports strong root development and uptake of all minerals
• Improves soil texture and aeration
• Raises pH in acidic soils

Top dress(flowering):

Worm Vermicompost: 10%

Pinto Bean Compost: 10%

Prospectors OMRI listed Compost: 10%

Premium Oly Mountain Fish Compost: 50%

Canadian Sphagnum Peatmoss: 10% (Water Holding and Texture)

Pre-Charged Bio Char Made In Colorado: 10%

Fresh Comfrey Leaf  1% by Volume or about 2 Gallons of Rough Chopped leaves per yard.

Kelp Meal – 1/2 cup Per Cubic Foot

Neem Cake (Just Enough for some pest control) 1/4 Cup Per Cubic Foot

Fish Bone Meal – 1/2 Cup Per Cubic Foot

Gypsum – 1 Cup Per Cubic Foot

CytoPlus

 

Cover Crop:

  1. Flax – Carter
  2. Clover – Yellow Sweet
  3. Clover – White Dutch
  4. Clover – Medium Red
  5. Clover – Crimson
  6. Lentils – Indainhead
  7. Millet – White Proso
  8. Vetch – Hairy
  9. Vetch – Common
  10. Cowpeas – Iron and Clay
  11. Buckwheat – Mancan
  12. Pea – Forage


Add that all together with some mulch and red wigglers and you are good to go!

When I water, I usually switch it up between SST, Mammoth P, Aloe, EM-1, and I tried out a sample of ‘Peak Harvest Grow’ from Elevation Organics. Next round I’ll be doing some compost teas as well!
 

 

 

2.5.17 update

2.5.17 update

So it has been about a month since I started flowering (1.2.17) and my tent is starting to smell like candy! So exciting!
I really need to invest in some Method 7’s so you can really see whats goin on…

 

 



I started using using Mammoth Microbes on 1.24.17 but made the mistake of using 7x the amount that I was supposed to! I was a little worried it would mess with them but its been a couple weeks now and they look great!

 










My clones are looking good but I realized that I might have taken clones from a male lol so right now I only know that one of my clones is actually female. Such a derp move! I was just excited about taking clones and wasn’t thinking.













I’m poppin some beans of Nana’s Fix (Pollen Nation Genetics) tonight and I’ll wait for the full moon next week to pop some more!






Check out this info about how the moon effects plants, Its pretty interesting and makes me want to learn more about the effects that the moon has on everything:
Just as the moon pulls the tides in the oceans, it also pulls upon the subtle bodies of water, causing moisture to rise in the earth, which encourages growth. The highest amount of moisture is in the soil at this time, and tests have proven that seeds will absorb the most water at the time of the full moon.”
http://www.gardeningbythemoon.com/phases.html


Thats it for now! Thanks for reading!

Much Love,
@HerbalVisionz

 

Aloe Tech Clone Update

This is an update on the clone experiment that I blogged about HERE






I did some clones with just tap water, some with tap/aloe water, and some that I soaked in an aloe filet overnight and transferred to soil in the morning.

The clones in aloe/tap water looked like they had healthier foliage than the clones in straight tap water..









 

Front- Soaking in Aloe- greener leaves. Back- Soaking in tap water- more yellow leaves

Front- Soaking in Aloe- greener leaves. Back- Soaking in tap water- more yellow leaves







BUT…the roots in the tap water were longer and whiter. Two rooted…

 

















he clones that were soaking in Aloe/Tap water had shorter roots and they weren’t as bright white…3 rooted but not long enough to transfer yet.









 

The clone that I let soak in aloe overnight then transferred to soil the next morning seemed to be the healthiest with the longest roots. I started with 4 of these but I made the mistake of using a humidity dome that was too small and the others dried out and died overnight. I thought this one would die too because it looked so bad but she came back in full force!

Soaked in aloe filet overnight. Transferred to soil in AM. Healthiest.

In conclusion, I think I will try the overnight filet tech again. I’m not sure if it was the soaking in the filet or the fact that I put them in soil right away. I’ll try another experiment where I soak a bunch in the filet overnight then I’ll put some of those in soil and some in tap water. I’ll also try taking clones and putting them straight in soil without the filet.

Experimenting is fun!

I have three transplanted now..

Much Love,
Herbal Visionz

 

 

 

1.5.17 update

1.5.17 update

POSTED ON JANUARY 5, 2017BY HERBALVISIONZEDIT

On 12/30 I confirmed 3 more females so I transplanted and topdressed.

Getting crowded!

12/31 I thought I found 2 more females so I also transplanted/topdressed. Found out a couple days later that one of those was a male and it wasn’t looking super good so I wasn’t too upset about it.
Transplanting from the Smart pots is really difficult to get the pots off plus they rip out some of the roots. Next time I will only use Smart pots if I have room to grow seed in the biggest pot so I don’t have to transplant. I really like the Earth Box so far so I might just buy more of those next time.
I also noticed that there wasn’t a lot of root action going on when I transplanted. I thought the roots would be everywhere but most of them looked like this:

Scraggly looking roots

This one looks much better but this is from the one that I transplanted into 15 gal but then discovered it was actually a male.

1/2 I started flowering! So excited! After a night of having the tent zipped up all the way, I woke up the next morning and my humidity was at 84%! Not good! I guess I’ll have to buy a dehumidifier for night time. I’m worried because I found a couple leaves that look like PM but I’m not sure. I sprayed with Dr.Bronners and I have a sample of Big Time Exterminator coming so hopefully that will help.
I had some LABS going but I messed it up. I found some green/black mold growing on top so I threw it out. I think I should have extracted it sooner and next time I’m going to use an air lock that will let CO2 escape but not allow other microbes in. This time I only had a cloth covering the top so that was a mistake.

Bottom left corner you can kinda see the black starting to come in

On 1/4, I found 4 males! It is sad having to chop my beautiful plants but I put them to use by juicing the leaves to put in my smoothie and I’ll use the stems to grow Oyster mushrooms on! Males aren’t completely useless I guess 

 

 

Yummy juice!

 

YAY! More room for the ladies!

I still have one more plant to sex but 4 females isn’t too bad. I’m learning a lot and I already have a lot more respect for growers everywhere because now I see how much time and commitment it really takes and I’m not even done yet!

Much Love,
Herbal Visionz

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12.29 update

12.29 update

On 12.27,  I transplanted Deanna Troi (Sour Krush) into a Earth Box! I think I am going to like the Earth Box more because it makes watering super easy and it has wheels so it’s easier to move around which really helps because I am a tiny person and lugging around a giant 15 gal smart pot is harder. I just wish they were more vertical then horizontal because they take up a lot of room.

 

 

Before I left for the holidaze, I got my soil all ready to go. When I got back it was covered in benefical mycelium! So cool! Some people on Instagram told me that this is a toxic mold and I should throw it out or else I could get people sick. lol this is not true. Too many people assume that all fungi/bacteria are harmful but that is not true. Here is some info on Streptomycetes
“Streptomycetes are gram-positive, mycelium-forming, soil bacteria that play an important role in mineralization processes in nature and are abundant producers of secondary metabolites. Since the discovery of the ability of these microorganisms to produce clinically useful antibiotics  they have received tremendous scientific attention”

 

While I was gone, my roomie switched my lights to 12/12 for a couple days to find their sex. They need to sex soon because they are getting too big for their 2 gal pots and I wouldn’t want to transplant if they are males.

Today I found another female! Woo hoo! Thats a total of 3 confirmed females now! I transplanted her into a 15 gal smart pot, topdressed, and added some worms. This plant is JK Rowling (Sappy Sour). She was my smallest plant for a long time because she was in a shitty small plastic container but she came back in full force once I transplanted her into a 3 gal smart pot. Now that she is in a 15 gal, it’s going down! 

 

So far, I haven’t done anything for IPM (Intergrated pest management) so I’m looking into doing that soon. I’d like to think that my plants are healthy enough to fight anything off but I guess it is better safe then sorry.

I have a sample of some 420 Pest Bully that I will use. I’ll also use Dr.Bronners. I’m getting a sample of Big Time Exterminator as well.

Today i also combined my rice water microbes to milk to start up LABS . That will help with pest management as well!

Yesterday, I got a sample of Mammoth Microbes and I asked PFA how they felt about it. Most people had really good things to say so I’m excited to try it out.

From their website: “Our natural supplements unlock nutrients that are chemically-bound in soils or hydroponic systems and convert them into soluble forms that plants can easily take up through their roots. Our supplements contain a consortia of live microbes that function as self-replicating bioreactors that are 30x better at liberating nutrients than the average microbial community. Like micro bioreactors, our beneficial bacteria continually produce enzymes that function to mobilize nutrients in the growth medium. MAMMOTH P naturally accelerates the nutrient supply to plants to increase plant health, quality and yield.”

You can get free samples HERE

 

I kinda fudged up my clones that were in Aloe. The humidity dome wasn’t the right size so my clones dried out overnight. I tried to bring them back to life but two died off. I’m surprised the other 3 came back because they were looking really sad.

Opps 

Looking a lil better now

My plants on 12/22

12/29. Getting a lil crowded- once I find the males there will be more room

That’s it for today!

Much Love,
Herbal Visionz

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Yellowing Leaves

Today I finished mixing up my soil to get ready to transplant into 15 gal smart pots. I also watered all my plants with Aloe water- I created a blog to keep track of my watering schedule HERE

I noticed one of my plants had some yellow streaks and was a much lighter green color than the rest. I hit up PFA and they said it could be because I need to transplant(shes in a 2 gal right now) which I think sounds right because I’ve noticed she hasn’t grown as much as the others.

They also said I should topdress and feed a compost tea. I had just watered with Aloe this morning so I just topdressed for now and I’ll add some microbes to my next watering.

I don’t have time to transplant until Tuesday so hopefully she will be ok until then!

 

 

 

That’s it for today! Happy Holidaze 

Much Love,
Herbal Visionz

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Mixing Soil

I asked the instagram world if I should start flowering soon or if i should let them get taller first. I love hearing everyones opinion and I got a lot of good feedback.

I decided to wait a week until I flower since I am heading to the East coast soon and won’t have much time…

But in the meantime, I got my soil mixed up and ready. My finger is broken so it was easier for me to mix the soil with my feet. I think I might do that every time actually, it was easier on my back too.

The soil I got comes super hydrophobic so you have to mix up the water and soil real good or else you’ll have dry pockets and your plants are gonna have a bad time. I have a big plastic bin that I use to mix up the soil and water. A tarp might be easier though.

I have 5 no till kits from BuildASoil and I’m going to try out one EarthBox.

Today I started my blue corn SST to use next time I water.

I started my LABS today as well! It’ll be ready to use in about 2 weeks.

I took some more clones so now I have some clones that are in straight tap water, some in RO Water with Modern Microbes, and some I left in the aloe over night then put in soil. It’s fun to try different things and see what works for you.

I also defoliated the bottom leaves and cleaned them up a bit. I like to put the leaves in my smoothies, its super good for ya!

 

I’m excited to try out the Earthbox! Its cool because you water from the bottom and the soil wicks it up when its needed. I only bought one of these but now I kinda wish I got more because it has wheels so its way easier to move around and it makes watering super easy.

Here is a video on how it works:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMorYCoPdLo

That’s it for today! Thanks for checking out my grow blog 

Much Love,
Herbal Visionz

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Watering Schedule

Watering Schedule

12/16- water all plants with sst
12/19- water all plants with EM1
12/22- water all with diluted aloe. switched plants around
12/25- *out of town* Roomie watered plants with SST
12/29- Water with Aloe and Modern Microbes. Transplanted
1/1- Watered my yellowish plant with a lil modern microbes
1/2- Watered Jill Stein w/ MM. Start 12/12
1/5- Transplant females and watered
1/15- Watered with Aloe Water.
1/25- Watered with Mammoth P (accidentally used 5x more then I should have! I read the measuring cup incorrectly like a goof! Hopefully it doesn’t mess with them too much)
1/27- watered with aloe and sst
2/1- Watered with “Peak Harvest Grow” from Elevation Organics. Got a sample from Indo Expo and decided to try it out. Its Fish Hydrolisate, Kelp, and Chilean Nitrate
2/6- Watered with EM-1
2/13- water with Mammoth (all plants including veg)
2/16- water with aloe and EM-1. All plants except 2 cover crop clones
2/19- Watered veg plants (straight water)
2/23- Watered plants in flower (Seaweed+Humic Acid and Modern M)
2/28- Watered all plants with SST
3/4- Watered all plants (except smaller seedlings) with SST and EM-1
3/9- Watered all plants with Mammoth P and leftover SST
3/11- Watered w/ Mammoth
3/14- Watered w/ Mammoth and Elevation Organics
3/18- watered w/ Recharge

cloning with aloe

I saw my buddy on the Probiotic Farmers Alliance facebook group do this with his clones and I thought it was a cool idea!

I think every organic grower should have an Aloe plant! Not only are they fun to grow but they are full of goodies like enzymes, saponin, Salicyclic acid, vitamins, and amino acids.

Lets check out why these are so important:

Saponin
“In plants saponins are found especially in plant skins where they form a waxy protective coating. It has also been found that saponins are a major part of the plants’ active immune system and function as a ”natural antibiotic” for plants.”

Salicyclic Acid-
“Salicylic acid is involved in local and systemic plant defense responses against pathogens. It plays a role during stresses such as drought, chilling, heavy metal toxicity, heat, and osmotic stress. SA can volatilize and warn neighboring plants of attack.” furthermore, aloe has a wide range of nutrients, and it also contains growth hormones and natural rooting compounds.”

Enzymes-
“Soil enzymes increase the reaction rate at which plant residues decompose and release plant available nutrients.”

Amino Acids-
“Amino acids can also serve as biological sources of both carbon and nitrogen and are found in the rhizosphere as a result of lysis or cellular efflux from plants and microbes and proteolysis of existing peptides.”

See how cool Aloe is?! Get chu some Aloe right now! Check out this video on how to grow Aloe.

So here is how I took my clones:

-I broke off a piece of my aloe plant and cut a slit in the top
-I took my clones and placed them in the filet and used a thumbtack to hold the aloe together
-I kept them like this overnight but I’ve also heard that you really only need to keep them in there for 30-60 minutes
-When I woke up, I took the clones out of the aloe and placed them in soil in my humidity dome

Easy peasy. I’ll keep you updated on how long it takes to root.

Much love,
HerbalVisionz

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12.17 update

Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do is go say Hello to my beautiful plants. I can’t help but smile every time I look at them and think about all the struggles so many people have had to face just for growing a flower.

If so many people didn’t stand up and fight for what is right then I wouldn’t be doing this right now. Making cannabis illegal has only demonized nature and programmed us to think it is bad. Lies through propaganda and the media could make anything seem evil.

Some day we will look back on these days and find it barbaric that we used to make nature illegal.

It is 2016 and I feel like we are still living in the stone ages. Where people poison our water for profit, they make nature illegal, they make cancer cures illegal, where doctors are taught to write prescriptions and only take care of the symptoms, where they put neurotoxins (Fluoride) in our water when its been proven to give men skeletal cancer but they say its ok because it will prevent cavities….

This is a mad world. But what would life be if you didn’t have something to fight for? The generations before us have fought to make our lives easier and we should do the same for the next generation!

Here’s my ladies about 7 weeks in from seed:

 

 

 

 

 

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Plants are people too!

I am a firm believer that plants are conscious and intelligent just like (some of) us!

Check out this cool article about plant intelligence:
http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-01-09/new-research-plant-intelligence-may-forever-change-how-you-think-about-plants

So I decided to name my plants individually. I’m not trying to change the strain name, I’m just giving them their own personality. For example, my dog is a red heeler but I don’t call him red heeler, I call him ‘James Franco’ because he is his own person! I believe we should treat plants just the same!

*Photos taken on Dec. 3rd*

Here is my biggest plant at the moment, Oprah!
Oprah inspires me because she is a hard working badass B! She started from the bottom now she here.
Oprahs 10 rules for success:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a8ncSBU-Eg

I named one of my plants, Jenn Doe after one of my favorite grower/hash makers. I’ve been following Jenn on social media for a couple years and she always inspires me!

I named one plant after my lil sis, Olive. My sister is my best friend and I loves her!!

 

Jill Stein IS BAE!!!!
She inspires me because she is a very intelligent doctor and she sticks up for what she believes in! She was the only candidate to visit Standing Rock and she believes in people over profits!

 

Elaine Ingham was one of my first inspirations to learn more about life in the soil.
“Dr. Ingham is a world-renowned soil biologist who pioneered many of the currently used biological soil amendment techniques and pioneered the testing of soil microbial life as an indicator of soil and plant health. Dr. Ingham is the Chief Scientist at the Rodale Institute. She is the founder of the Sustainable Studies Institute and the Soil Foodweb Inc. soil testing labs. Dr. Ingham is the key author of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Soil Biology Primer. She has been the mentor of numerous soil scientists and practitioners of ecologically balanced landscape design, and has helped farmers all over the world to grow more resilient crops by understanding and improving their soil life.”

Soil NOT Dirt (The video that changed my life!!):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEtl09VZiSU

Mila Jansen- Hash Queen
My first inspiration as a hash maker. Founder of Pollinator Company Amsterdam. She has been nicknamed the Hash Queen for her prowess in terms of ice water extractions.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShfPihdSzRk

 

Deanna Troi
I’ve just started my obsession with Star Trek and I can’t help but have a lil lady crush on Counselor Deanna Troi! She is a sexy empath who is a valuable member of The Enterprise.
http://www.startrek.com/database_article/troi

Here is some more info on Plant Consciousness:

How plants communicate and think-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-4w5xYLwiU

If you don’t know who Terrance McKenna is…you gots some work to do ;)-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-_70cv64FE

Plant Intelligence:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLhgtqd1M2g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrrSAc-vjG4

Got any more suggestions? Hit me up

Much love,
@HerbalVisionz

 

Dec. 17th

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Dec. 17th

11/30- I decided to name all my plants individually after women who inspire me. I also transplanted my smallest plant, JK Rowling (Sappy Sour) into a large smart pot.

12/4- Started my first seed sprout tea (I will write more about this in my next blog)

My ladies have been drinking more lately so I’ve been watering more often.

12/16- My roommate confirmed that I officially have 1 female (Olive) so I transplanted her into a 15 gallon smart pot. I’m using the no till kits from Buildasoil.com. So I take two bags of the living soil and I put it in a large container to mix in. I add myModern Microbes and Cytoplus. Then I add water (tap water that I let sit out for at least 24 hours to let the chlorine evaporate). The soil comes extremely hydrophobic so you have to mix the water and soil really good to break that hydrophobic tendency. If you don’t mix really well then you will have dry pockets in your soil and your plants won’t grow as well.


TO DO:
Start some LABS
Next watering I will be doing another seed sprout tea
Get soil ready to transplant more into 15 gal

Some advice from one of my mentors:
Cover crop now
coconut/aloe every water if you can afford it
barley sst every 3 weeks the entire grow
corn sst 1 week before flower and another 3 weeks into flower
alfalfa sst week 5 flower.
Labs once a week. Those are some of my basics

 

 

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Day 1

Today is the day! I’ve been waiting for this moment for what seems like forever and it’s finally here!

At first I was going to start with clones but a couple friends advised me to start with seeds since clones can bring problems. Starting by seed will seem more intimate anyways.

I’m starting with seeds from Pollen Nation. I have 3 “Nana’s Fix”, 3 “Sappy Sour” and 2 “Sour Krush”

I’ll soak them in water overnight and put them in 2 gallon containers tomorrow. I believe in the “power of intention” or whatever so I sat with my seeds and thought of feminine energy and love hoping that it will help the seeds to be female. Maybe I am crazy but there are also studies that show water transforms into beautiful shapes when you think of love and ugly shapes when you think of hate. But now that I am reading up on it, a lot of people think its bullshit. It’s called “Emoto’s Water Experiment”

Either way, I still like the idea. I also plan on mediating with my plants- even if you think it is bullshit and it doesn’t really help my plants- mediation definitely helps me so it won’t be a total waste of time.

Emoto’s Water Experiment:                                                               http://highexistence.com/water-experiment/

Forum about plants responding to feeling of love: http://forums2.gardenweb.com/discussions/1457868/do-plants-respond-to-your-love-your-experiences

Plant Intelligence:                                                                               http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-01-09/new-research-plant-intelligence-may-forever-change-how-you-think-about-plants

Do Plants have Consciousness?:

Thanks for listening to my hippie shit.

Much love! 

 

 

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Day 2

Got off work around 9 and was excited to get my soil ready! I originally was going to put the seed in its final home- straight in a 15 gallon pot. The plant would be less stressed that way but I really didn’t have the room at the moment so I’m going with 2 gallon pots to start my seeds in.

I took one of the kits from my “No-Till kit” from Build A soil to start my seeds. I took 2 bags of their Living Soil with – tsp of Modern Microbes and – tsp of Seawed extract Humic acid extract and mixed it up in a large container.

The soil is super hydrophoic(meaning it repels water). If you don’t mix up the water and soil really good then you will have dry pockets and you’re gonna have a badtime. I just poured a bunch of water in with the soil in the container and got crazy! Its fun playing in soil 

I have them under a T-5 light as well as a regular house lamp near by for a lil extra somethin somethin. I think I’ll have to get another T-5 once they get bigger.

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