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  • Hey, how are you, sorry to disturb you but i was looking forward to send some photos of my work and you could give me some advice as i think i am doing many things wrong with growing my plants, overwatering i guess after reading your thread. Looking forward for a reply. Regards Loku
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    Hi Loku! The easiest way to do this and get more help is to start your own grow journal. You can't put pictures on profile posts unless you have saved them to the Gallery, and you can't send private messages until you have 50 posts under your belt. It is easy to post pictures in a journal however and then you can use the @Loku call to alert any member that you would like to get their input. Welcome to the forum!
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    Hey thank you for the tip
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    Hi Emilya! I’ve just recently started reading your posts and they have been so helpful especially with watering, I had a few questions, about top dress for my outdoor and what your opinion is. I know your posts mostly talk about indoor growing.. but I recently started my outdoor grow for the summer, I had very little time to plan but i have two 800 gal pots, and four 400 gal. I used a organic soil blend of Peatmoss, Aged and composted Steer Manure, Coco fiber, Perlite and pumice, Aged and composted Chicken Manure, Worm Castings, oyster shell flour, Calphos Rock Phosphate, 9-3-7 Fertilizer and Kelp Meal. I just started following your watering protocol because I started noticing the plants drooping from over watering. I haven’t been building a living soil because it’s my first year growing at this property I’m at .. so my question is I was going to do a weekly soil drench feed of azos, mikos, calmag, em-1, water Soluble kelp and liquid fish. And then later in the week do a top dress of bio-live from down to earth, humus, compost and earth worm castings.. I’m wondering what your opinion is on that and what’s a better option if there is one, I didn’t want to brew tea this year.. they make it local so I was thinking of maybe getting some once or twice .. but I’d like to just top dress or is that a waste of time and I should of just added it all before I planted? I always keep it organic but I’ve had people recommend doing nutes in conjunction which sounds silly to me and wanted to know your opinion on that. Thank you so much for your time!
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    Ok thank you so much! I ordered the urb and the earth dust .. also for when I’m watering in the urb would I use the same watering technique? Pre soak the 2 inch of soil and then drench the outer edges and then the root ball? Or is there a different protocol for that?
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    Also what do you recommend for bloom? And I read below you mentioned bloom fertilizer spikes around the outer edges what do you mean by spikes ? Would it be just top dressing the outer edges with bloom compost? Or something like that?
    Emilya
    Emilya
    The same proper watering techniques remain, no matter the inputs. Always make the roots chase toward the wettest spots, hopefully the outer edges. Boom or flowering plant food spikes are available commercially (Jobes) or you can DIY them by drilling vertical holes in the 5 places, and funnelling in the proper raw nutrients. Look at the spot going into flower in my last grow journal where I give the recipe for these home made spikes as I built my containers for bloom. The only thing I top dress with is as I build the container I put a thin layer of bloodmeal on the top and then I cover that with about an inch to an inch and a half of bark mulch. The mulch protects and keeps the top surface alive with microbial activity, and it protects the grow from gnats and other pests that burrow into the soil to lay their eggs.
    Emilya, I just received my Earth Dust from Green Sunshine and some microbes from URB. Would these goodies mixed with some nice soil and filtered tap water equate to a nice organic grow? Any soil recommendations or suggestions in general would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!
    Emilya
    Emilya
    It's certainly a great start! I assume you are adding this to a good organic soil with lots of chunky organics and perlite and moss and myco. If so, I would add a couple of thin layers of earthworm castings in there as you build up the soil in your containers and maybe a thin layer of composted manure at the bottom for the roots to find. To supercharge the grow, when you get to your final flowering container, along with these tricks, add 4 or 5 organic bloom fertilizer spikes around the outside edges, again for the final roots to find. With the 3 recommended applications of ED along with regular URB to keep the active microlife going, you shouldn't need anything else but your good water, and you don't even have to worry about the pH. Yes, this would be a modern scientific organic grow. Good luck! Let me know how it goes!
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    Thank you so much! I definitely will keep you updated
    Emilya, I don't know how to thank you, it took me 3+ days thinking of the right words to describe how grateful I am to you, but I couldn't find anything other than THANK YOU. Thank you for truly caring to help. Thank you for sharing your knowledge , Thank you for the fast attention you give for who'sin need. For New growers 1 small problem is a big Emergency , I wish there is a way to Show you my gratitude.
    Emilya
    Emilya
    I missed this when it came in, but you are very very welcome Sarra, I am only too happy to be able to help. If you read my profile you will see that I am only giving back what was given to me, and now paying it forward. Soon, it will be your turn. :)
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    Hi Emilya. Hope everything is going well. I'd really appreciate any advice, input or suggestions on my problem with the ladies.

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    Could be too much nutrients, lighting or watering. I haven't tried spikes for weed. I was told liquid feed the better way. Check out pictures of plants that have had too much of each and compare.
    Sarra
    Sarra
    Will do
    Excited to have come across these posts and Emilya! As a scientist it was interesting reading the reasons behind why you/ we do things rather than just what to do.

    Cheers from England x :peace:
    Hi Emilya i was wondering if using soil thats pre ph’d to 6.6-6.8 at what ph does the roots take up Nitrogen
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    Thanks im for your help im just trying to learn how to identify deficiencies As one of my plans are starting to fade yellow
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    Emilya
    Emilya
    If you could start a grow journal you could post some pictures of the fading so we can all see what is going on and give you advice so that you can learn to diagnose this symptom the next time you see it. When you get a picture posted, call me to the thread with the @Emilya command and I will be glad to help all that I can.
    Hi Emilya, I was wondering if you know.... Does a person have to have a certain number of posts before they can post a Grow Journal ? I keep trying to start one but it says I have "insufficient privileges to post Here". Was going to be my 1st one ever...LOL.
    If I get to do it I'll tag you in it .... May need some of your advice along the way.
    are you the Mars Lighting rep? looking to upgrade my lights and I'm just getting starting research. i bought 3 cheap light from amazon and really don't know much about led lights. i have a 4x8x8 tent to flower in and a 4x4x8 tent for babies. i figured i needed 2 lights for the flower tent and 1 for the babies. i don't have a lot of $$$ but i'm not a miser either. i would like a middle of the road light that's not the cheapest or not the most expensive. being im getting a lot of help from this page id like to support the sponsors. and if i can buy local from grow shops here in oklahoma, thats cool too. thanks for any suggestions.
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    Hi Emilya, it's a pleasure to have you existing :3:! No really I've been simply impressed by your knowledge, your way of writing and explaining things makes it easy to learn and how welcoming to share your knowledge and mistakes, it's pretty amazing.
    I'm very new in growing and basically nothing survived under my hands but few cactuses lol, still I never stop trying. Growing needs discipline and that's what I'm learning from these plants, I love them so much that I have to say I tried my best .
    I can't stop reading your journals nor your share in solving other growers problems, its allot of knowledge that you simplify it, you put it in a way that makes it make sense. If that makes sense . I have a lot to learn and a lot to catch up on.

    Thank you for all.
    All I can say is wow!! I just found this forum and you. I feel like life just became easier. I have a couple questions if you don't mind. I'm about to start my first soil grow. Autoflowers. I have already mixed 2 cu ft of ffhf and 1.5 cu ft of ffof. I was wondering what amendments to add to take my grow start to finish. I also seen your post about watering, and was wondering what size pots to start in, and how many times to transplant, to what size pots? Thank you for your wisdom.
    Cheers,Cannon
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    Thank you, Sooo much!!!
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    CannonTheHooper
    Sorry one other thing would you use those nutes at 1/4th strength to start?
    Emilya
    Emilya
    no, I do not believe in bro-science... or the science (advice) that comes from the online world. Most of what you hear regarding advice like this is simply someone trying to sound important. FoxFarm is a well developed system made to all work together to grow the best pot possible. If the scientists there wanted you to take whatever recommendations they give you and cut them down by 1/2 or even to 1/4 their recommended strength, they would have mentioned that in their extensive online instructions. The FF company has no incentive to give you bad directions, expecting you to make decisions like this on your own. If your grow fails due to their instructions, you would never buy their products again. They want you to succeed, so they publish feeding schedules that carefully adjust the strength and mix of their products depending on which week of the grow you are in. They expect you to use those values, not something that some online expert thinks is better. In my experience, trusting FoxFarms labs allowed me to grow the best pot I had ever grown to that point. My recommendation is to follow their directions, to the letter.
    Hi Emilya, I've recently been reading through all your info which is fantastic by the way. It was like a bulb flicked on in my head when reading your stuff. I believe I've been watering too often and drowning my lower roots. I'm in the stage of trying to rectify this by letting them completely dry out. The thing is they've not had anything now for 4 day and don't think they will have dried out by tomorrow either. Do you suggest pouring 2 cups like I've seen somewhere in one of your replies evenly over the top or just preserving with nothing till they are completely bone dry. I'm 5 weeks in with stunted growth and yellow droopy leaves in 15 litre pots? Any advice would be great and I really appreciate all the info you give out. Thanks again
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    Hi Weston86, and yes, I would recommend after 5 days, giving a little bit of water to the top set of spreader roots. I would suggest no more than a quart, the goal being to feed the top set of roots only, to about 3 to 4 inches deep. This will quickly be drawn up into the plant and will not contribute the the level of the water table down below. Continue this every 5 days until the lift method informs you that the water weight is now gone from the container. At that point, slowly and completely water the container to runoff, and then wait to see if you have synced up the top and the bottom yet. As soon as your complete wet/dry cycle has approached 5 days, you will be able to stop this 2 stage watering and from then on work with the wet/dry cycle of the container. Glad to see those light bulbs come on in response to my writing! Let me know when this new method solves your droopy yellow leaves problem!
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    Thank you again. Your awesome
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    hello, Just wanted to give you a update, after I transplanted my plants they still are showing some signs of burning. It has just started looking burned on the next set of leaves. The new growth still looks healthy and good. I just transplanted them late friday evening so it's only been about 3.5 days. what do you think? Thanks
    Emilya
    Emilya
    Unless you transplanted into some very hot soil or compost, it is very rare for this to burn the plants. I think I want to see a picture of this before I comment... it sounds like there might be something else going on.
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