Member of the Month: March 2018 - Photo of the Month: April, Dec 2018
Eden is a work in progress
Welcome to Eden, we’re just getting started
Welcome to Eden, we’re just getting started
I grow primarily outside under the Southern Hemisphere sun. I’m further south than what’s ideal for growing cannabis so I am, over the next few years, auditioning strains to find out what grows well here, as well as for my medicinal and recreational needs and desires.
This year’s grow has been going on for a few months already so let’s get the basic particulars covered right away.
Critical Mass (Dope Seeds)
White Widow (Dope Seeds)
Candida CD-1 (Medical Marijuana Genetics)
(Details on each below with the photo catchup )
I am also growing some Autos which are at various stages as well - they’re all a bit experiemental so I will include pics, info and probably questions, about them, sporadically, as we go.
All plants are at 7 weeks veg, transition to flower just starting.
Outdoors. Although during some cold nights and very rainy days in early veg they were given the comforts of the indoors, including a little supplemental lighting. NOt for a long time now tho, and there be no more moving them in & out).
Organic soil and/or peat moss amended with Doc Bud’s High Brix Blend (DBHBB) ammendments.
PH will never be mentioned as this soil buffers itself, as it should
All plants have been veg’d in 1gal pots from the outset in DBHBB first run soil (using buffered peat moss, as no ProMix HP or Sunshine #4 are available here).
Two plants, the Critical Mass and the CD-1, will be grown out in a 1.2 x 1.2 raised bed (amended with a custom blend - if it ever makes it through the international post ), the White Widow will be transplanted into a 13gal pot of buffered peat moss amended with DBHBB 1st run ammendment.
Courtesy of the fireball out there that we call the Sun. We passed the summer solstice a bit over a week ago so the daylight hours have begun to diminish.
I grow in a forest a few km inland from the sea, near a fairly large and ranging wetlands. It’s critter central, of all kinds. So pests are not really eradicable (is that a word? ... it is now ). I share the canna gardening space with our vegetable growing enclosure. Because we also have many critters (marsupials) who will wipe the entire garden clean in a couple fo nights, we have a caged “exclusion zone”.
Insect pest-wise, it’s simply a matter of us trying to keep thing in balance, make sure the helpful predators have good access to the garden and keep the health of our plants up as best we can (hence the effort to grow high brix).
This grow has been severely hampered early on by fungus gnats that came in in the bale of peat moss. Early veg’ was really stalled and not totally happy. I have applied all known organic methods I can access (haven’t used yukka extract which can be good, can’t source it here): BTi powder (what’s in mosquito dunks); blowing a fan on the surface; gnatnix on top of the soil; pantyhose to cover access to the lower holes on the small pots; and neem drenches to the raised vegetable beds outside. They pretty much infested the outdoor garden so we’re treating with BTi ongoing. It’s been humid and still a lot, so they’re managing to hang around a bit. But there are predators and elements out there too so it’s not as bad as it was. It’s still an issue, but hopefully being managed.
There is also a variety of mites, white fly, thrip etc but nothing is taking hold of anything or at risk of doing so. It’s a perpetual cacophony of life and death in our garden - you will see the odd mark on leaves but mostly things are in balance. Doc Bud’s Leaf Wash is employed on the plants themselves and this really clears out the bad critters if any are on there. I also used some “weaponised” foliar sprays earlier in veg when they were too young for leafwash and there was some thrip activity (more on that later maybe).
Enough about pests already! These kids have pulled through really well
None as such. The soil microherd is maintained (hopefully) throught the use of the drenches and foliar sprays in the DBHBB kit
So far these have only been given Transplant (TP) drenches or plain water drenches (1/4 strength TP).
During the veg period, I have used the wet/dry cycle approach, letting thing get as close to completely dry as I can before drenching.
I haven’t got in as many as I’d have liked because the gnat issue means things dont dry out so well. They’re all drinking harder now though so just this week the rate of drenches has accelerated a lot.
Once in flower I won’t let them dry out at all.
Once this intro post is up, I’ll do a feature post to catch you up to each plant - they’re all so different - but here’s their group life in pictures so far:
And here they are yesterday, January 1 2019
So, my happy band of 420 friends, followers, fiends, foes, and flybynighters, welcome to my 2018-2019 outdoor grow!
I’m thrilled to have you along. I’ll follow this up with a close look at each plant.
Going forward, if you ever just want to find the updates, i will always start them with “Update: (name)” so you can search within the thread for “Update: Candida CD-1” posted by me, and find only the CD-1 updates.
I said i’d throw in some snippets about autos here n there. Well here, this is a shot of the DDA Spog® I grew a little while back. I got only grams off it, but lovely grams they are - like really lovely
Let’s get this grow on the road!
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