Whenever I have issues pH is the first thing I look at. I don't know why people say you don't have to pH, I always do. Usually pretty quickly things are back above board.
Also if you need an OH SHIT button I have found worm castings to be an emergency button. The problem being I am not sure I figured out what went wrong exactly as the castings fix just everything.
I use the Cannaisseur blend found on Amazon which grows pretty vigorously so I chop when the cover crop either starts to grow taller than my blumats drippers or gets to the bottom of my ladies' canopy. Whether the cover crop is alive and used as living mulch, or chopped and decomposing it is serving its purpose in our no till systems. It shades, insulates and keeps a cycle of nutrition going! When you chop and drop is probably personal preference in regards to your grow imo can't really go wrong as long as you got some kind of mulch going, living or dead.
I bought two cheap plastic dog crate liners for my 25 gal fabric pots. I can fit two pots side by side per liner. Basically this: https://www.amazon.com/Replacement-MidWest-Crates-Durable-Crate/dp/B0002DHW1U/ref=sxin_5_ac_d_pm?ac_md=1-0-VW5kZXIgJDIw-ac_d_pm&cv_ct_cx=dog+crate+liner&dchild=1&keywords=dog+crate+liner&pd_rd_i=B0002DHW1U&pd_rd_r=a00045ef-3655-47b6-9c7b-27ff43d48aaf&pd_rd_w=NxbY5&pd_rd_wg=lOHTJ&pf_rd_p=7be0d365-42b5-4a96-a2d8-6c85cad85d35&pf_rd_r=E5T8XABNMYDSY7R2AMX2&psc=1&qid=1600443679&sr=1-1-22d05c05-1231-4126-b7c4-3e7a9c0027d0
Personally with coco I can't answer filling your pot question. as for your runoff question. My solution has been to put a cooling tray for baking in a 1020 seedling tray.
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This is the one I have. It takes patience to get good images. I took probably 50 pictures and I showed the clearest ones.
If you know you went overboard with compost and castings you could try this stuff.
Would increase your soil biology and hopefully speed up the nutrient cycling happening in the Soil.
Easiest way is with Beneficial mites or nematodes.
Soil mites will eat gnat larvae and also help break down organic material. Once your soil has them a healthy population should sustain itself indefinitely and protect it from gnats or any other soil critter getting out of balance. Great addition to any no till, luckily they come in my compost but they're pretty cheap
Also make sure you re innoculate after you use hydrogen peroxide in the soil. That's going to kill alot of microbes.
This one is a really good one. Even a cheaper one is okay for low ppm stuff.
If its under 150ppm you shouldnt even have to bother adjusting it honestly your soil will take care of it. Also your soil is probably around 7ph if it's coots mix. so a little acid can actually be a good thing.
Curious on the coconut water powder. Can you buy this? Earth Circle Organics Pure Young Dried Coconut Water Powder - Unsweetened Electrolyte Supplement for Hydration and Energy - No Additives, Natural Keto Water Enhancer, Vegan, Gluten Free - 8oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076CPF943/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_i_vKTZFbDRWP7PS
Vs what buildasoil sells for 2x the price?
Anyone have experience with this Itsillsprayer, or with Itsill sprayers generally? I like that the wand is brass and adjustable, has some very good reviews on Amazon but a handful of very negative ones as well. Would love any firsthand insights - thanks!
Anyone have experience with [this Itsill sprayer], or with Itsill sprayers generally? I like that the wand is brass and adjustable, has some very good reviews on Amazon but a handful of very negative ones as well. Would love any firsthand insights - thanks! (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XYMM95N?linkCode=ogi&tag=pop-lift-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10060.g.36363824%5Bsrc%7Carb_ga_pop_m_bm_comm_org_us_g36363824%5Bch%7Cb0fdf4e6d3d25fdc6d3628ed6165506f%5Blt%7Csale%5Bpid%7C66033f55-0e85-4770-a789-53c13...)
I believe they are different.
Here is the one I ordered:
This tent is mainly spare parts and my old drying tent. I didn't expect it to do this well. Strain is Platinum Kush breath Remix. Growing in reamended Coots mix via soil test from Redbud. got it back into balance with some Zinc and Manganese. Watering about a gallon every other day with a dash of Gypsum and epsom in R/O, no Ph-ing. Letting it stay dry for a good 24hrs in between. I think i spent less than $250 on this tent all together.
I bought these Groplanner lights at $50 for both, with plans to use them as seedling ligts, but it turns out they got some power.
using an Ac infinity 6" inline fan for exhaust. With just a mesh filter, No carbon filter or anything.
Using a cheap mars hydro tent, a single 6" fan for circulation, Humidifier on an inkbird. Surprisingly maintains perfect temps and humidity.
Had a couple extra butter lettuce heads from the veg garden, so far no issues have come from adding them. leaves are surprisingly flavorful.
i think you just need to add some minerals/micronutes back to the ro water i use 1ml per gallon of this https://www.amazon.com/Jackpot-Fertilizer-Micronutrient-Outdoor-Vegetable/dp/B07VFQ3BNL and it works quite well. i would use maybe 2ml per gallon first few feedings if you do get it
Yeah for sure - it’s just a cheap one of Amazon so I was a little skeptical at first but it’s worked perfect for my use. Here is link.
Oh ok awesome! Three-way meter
I found one local at an Ace Hardware store...
https://www.amazon.com/Blumat-10520-Automatic-Watering-X-Large/dp/B008SR2VTK/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_sspa?keywords=blumat+maxi&qid=1664373260&qu=eyJxc2MiOiIyLjUyIiwicXNhIjoiMS44NyIsInFzcCI6IjEuNDcifQ%3D%3D&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&smid=A1OTHL... these are the big ones
the best bet would be a simple interval timer for your pump, but thats an extra cost like you said. even when ive had fancy timers in my system, i always find myself still clicking it on and off myself. or every time i put a timer in for another grower, they never seem to end up never using it lol. the only thing i install for folks that they seem to really like is the mechanical timer(ill leave a link). just gotta turn to how long you want it to run, considering you are running 1/2 in tubing. especially with drip in no till beds, i was contantly trying to get less and less water daily. people dont realize how much water a weed farm takes. to water my modest size op was like 350 gal a day without good no till tricks. i eventually got it down to running the drip like 1 min 45 sec which was down to like 10-12 gal per 50 foot bed. hope this helps
They have cover crop seed mixes, they typically have between 6-15 different kinds of seeds mixed in
Similar to this. Maybe do your best to imitate this mix, or another mix
Yea bro you definitely need... Piston TR Greenhouse Fogger (2oz... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09QD487Y1?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share ...bomb your house and it'll do the majority of the work, not sure how big your house is but get enough to cover the entire house, also remember neem can be used for more then a top dress, you should also be spraying the tops and bottoms of your leaves and the branches, I even go as far as spraying my tent inside and out.
get a rainmaker, a lot less expensive than some, comes with spare parts, and is a beast. I've had mine for 6 months and have had 0 issues. Rainmaker
I've had a "SOLO 430-2G Handheld Sprayer Farm & Landscape" for a couple of years now. The only issue I've had with it is the plastic ears that are used to keep the pump handle locked in place snapped. But, when I contacted them, they shipped me out a new pump assembly free of charge. I got mine through Amazon Link
Thanks!! Here is my source.
Yea man, I have one going right now. It's about 16 inches deep which seems to be fairly standard and they are cheap. The fabric pots dry out pretty easy around the edges so it wouldn't be a bad idea to use something like this Blumat Bottle Adapter (3 Pack): Self Watering Spikes/Houseplant Watering Stakes, Automatic Irrigation System, Use When On Vacation,Terracotta Spikes to use with Recycled Plastic Water Bottles https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008P8TWWG/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_W493ZZ4Z98EJHJVWS3HD?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Flush the soil well to remove any salts that have built up from the synthetic nutrients. Add some worm castings and some recharge.
Yeah, definitely looks like it's a new product of theirs, saw it on their storefront when I was looking at buying another bag of cover crop. They've been selling cover crop for a few years now
damn they got some sick shots of them. They are a hard mite to id not a lot of people know what they are and freak out about them. People were giving me such horrible advise telling me to spray my buds all for a harmless mite that doesnt even eat the plant lol.
diatomaceous earth on the main stem to keep from from crawling up your plant.
Yes that is a good idea be careful if you use that and wear mask that stuff is basically microscopic glass and you dont want it in your lungs.
What work even better than that and something you should have on hand anyways is called. Tanglefoot
They sell it at homedepot too probably cheaper local.
This stuff is great you can put it on huge pieces of cardboard and make giant fungus gnat traps if you ever get those.
MASSIVE upgrade from the jewelers loupe I was previously using!
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Invest your money in automation. Something like this would probably fix your humidity issues.
Inkbird Humidity Controller IHC200 Humidistat Mushroom Greenhouse Pre Wired Outlet Dual Stage Humidifier Dehumidifier https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J1E5LWM/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_JX3K6RRZNQBVHZA7JKPR
I use a Niwa controller; however, those are pricey. But I use one of these for my Veg tent. It has two plugs, one I use for the humidifier. The other I use for an in-line fan that vents if it goes over a specific humidity. I have another inline fan that constantly pumps air into all my tents.
If you are thinning about 3x3s but are worried about moving it around, I think most recommend 30 gallons. I know redbudsoil does. If you’re stuck on the 3x3s, check out this link. I believe at the beginning, they talk about building dolly’s for the 4x4s. You could easily do the same for 3x3s
> think when I was moving it into separate squares it split down the middle so I decided to use the tie to gold it back together to hopefully heal itself.
Ah *facepalm.... I guess that was my "tell you I'm retarded without saying 'I'm retarded'" moment lol.
This is similar to what I was referring to https://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Trellis-Elastic-Trellises-Climbing/dp/B08NCYQ8SG/ref=sr_1_11?crid=2DHFFOYW3D7MQ&keywords=trellis+net&qid=1645882747&sprefix=trellis+net%2Caps%2C67&sr=8-11
Though the one I got at my local hydro shop was ~$10ish and the cords or whatever you want to call them were thicker (though its hard to tell from an amazon picture)
I've had this Solo sprayer for a few years and like it a lot. The only issue I have had with it is the ears that the handle tabs click into to keep the handle locked in the down position snapped off one day when I went to open it up to refill. I contacted their customer service and they sent me a new pump assembly right away.
I saw you replied to another of my previous threads btw. I purchased this Light Meter PAR Meter Up to... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09BMR1SMF?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share it may not be dead accurate, but I’m sure it’s better than the guessing Ive been doing lol.
I ruined the paper with paint lol but the basic dimensions and things I did were, make the top where I could just take the screws out and raise the window a bit to remove the top and access the filter. The hole needs to be 2 inches (measure your filter) from the side and the bottom. The box area where the filter is 12"x12" and 18" long. The area that sits in the window, the inside dimension is 4"x18" (it doesn't need to be this big for the airflow I found ). Also, this is a vent I found to put on the outside of the window so people don't see what's up. https://www.walmart.com/ip/23138780
And if you just want a dumbed-down easy version of this just buy a tote storage container cut a hole for your filter, Cut another hole for your outtake pipe. Mount the tote to a wall or leave it on the floor. Install filter and all that then run your flex duct (outtake pipe) from the tote to the window buy a https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08K8F5375/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_g_6NEND81951RCJDZMCQE8
Or make one. And boom same shit. Good luck hope it helps.
Funny coincidence I actually just heard Jeremy from build a soil on the Adam Dunn podcast touch a little bit on the subject. He was saying how smaller containers or pots could benefit from the added biologicals where as bigger containers or beds might not benefit as much. A side by side would be dope 👌 https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5zb3VuZGNsb3VkLmNvbS91c2Vycy9zb3VuZGNsb3VkOnVzZXJzOjI1MDcxNzMzMC9zb3VuZHMucnNz&ep=14&episode=dGFnOnNvdW5kY2xvdWQsMjAxMDp0cmFja3MvMzE2NjE5ODgy
I use these just to keep my stuff from drying out too much and then I hand water on top of it. These are small but bigger ones are out there. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09FRZ2B8T/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_TE22ST96G3H1JV8DSC36?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
This is another guide for a drip irrigation from someone I really trust: https://youtu.be/jAjA3l2Ap5Q
Filter from Amazon for tap water. This isn't an RO filter this only helps strip the chlorine and chloramines from tap water while leaving in calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals the RO water is stripping. I've went both ways had many issues using RO water and also long term some chlorine/chloramine build up after a few grows recycling soil. That filter has helped me tremendously.
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I used to use ReCharge, then upped my game to Bigfoot. However, after reading a rec from one of my favorite breeders, I recently switched to Wallace Organic Wonder (see link below). I haven't used long enough to personally give results, but from my research they have the highest concentration of cannabis specific myco.
All told with both it probably adds an extra 8 inches. Looks like the casters I bought are no longer available but they were 3 inch orange wheel casters, these amazon ones seem similar, and then here is the pallet I got from home depot. I did pots and now that I am in a bed I don't think I could go back. But I understand the pain of reaching to the back of a 4x4 bed. Having it on the casters makes all the difference. All the best on your next cycle growmie!
I purchased this one, works great for 5 gal brewing n uses low wattage.
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Humidifier for Bedroom, 4L Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier for Large room, Humidistat, LED Display, Auto Shut-Off, Night Light, Whisper Quiet, Adjustable 360° Rotation Nozzle, Humidifiers for Babies Nursery Whole House (Blue) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09JBVQQQS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_6Y009A2QXMB07E79J2TN?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
If you're still interested,I found this interesting knowledge.
I can get greensand on Amazon, but its not easy to find one that doesn't require you buy a ton of it. I ended up going to Down To Earths page on Amazon and it showed up. 5lbs - $23 Already ordered it. I at least want to get all the mineral additives added during the hot phase of the compost to increase the chance it gets broken down quicker.
Get one of these for under $20 so you don't need to guess. Aim for the middle "moist" part, and only water when it starts to go under. If it is to the right, wait another day at least. And when you do water, don't water as much as you used to, just enough to dampen the soil. This meter also checks soil PH, which is nice, although probably not super accurate.
An Inkbird humidistat is probably the most affordable and simplest solution. I haven't used one personally but it seems to fit the bill, you can set a range and switch between humidification/dehumidification. It just toggles which of the two outlets are hot, so you could plug your humidifier into one and a power strip with dehu and fans on the other.
You have to set the humidity thresholds yourself so it's not exactly VPD automation, but if your temps are relatively stable you can just pick a safe humidity threshold and leave it there.
If you want to truly calculated VPD based on current temp and chase a moving humidity target, then you will probably have to cobble together something yourself. I have a system using a zigbee temp/humidity sensor, zigbee smart plugs, and HomeAssistant (home automation software) to control it all.
VPD is calculated based on temp/humidity data from the sensor, an automation in HomeAssistant determines if the VPD is within range, and powers up/down the smart plugs accordingly.
Ordered the Blumat meter, would I be better off getting an RO system like this? Or an inline filter like this?
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Amazon. These aren’t the exact ones but they’re pretty close. TCBWFY Garden Cloche Plant Dome 6 Pack Humidity Dome Plastic Plant Protect Bell Cover 8" Dia. x 7" Height Mini Greenhouse for Season Extension Plant Cover https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091T984RY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_ZFKDC62W9MW7RFY8D3KF?psc=1
I don’t know if these are the exact ones, but they are pretty similar. TCBWFY Garden Cloche Plant Dome 6 Pack Humidity Dome Plastic Plant Protect Bell Cover 8" Dia. x 7" Height Mini Greenhouse for Season Extension Plant Cover https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091T984RY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_ZFKDC62W9MW7RFY8D3KF?psc=1
You try potassium bicarbonate with some Castile soap? Heard that’s the best for PM. I’ve bought some to have on deck but I’ve never had to use it. I’ve also heard people knock down PM with dr zymes.
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Thank you! I use this.
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Never mind the first q.
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This is just an amazon link, for 1000 califonicus. Says 22$, does that seem legit? Thanks boss
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Boogie Blue Plus Garden Hose Water Filter for RV and Outdoor use - Removes Chlorine, Chloramines, VOCs, Pesticides/Herbicides Boogie Blue Plus High Capacity Filter - The Organic Gardener's Choice https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CCG9DF5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_HT8HZHPZGR9W1PWFAWGZ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I grew Cannaisseur's 13-seed mix under four 4-foot T5 bulbs for a total of 200 watts and it was definitely enough for the cover crop to thrive and grow very fast and lush. I also had the light on 24 hours a day and I had two 25-gallon fabric pots in a 4x4 tent FWIW. Sorry no idea what PAR/PPFD was, hope this gives you a ballpark idea
I use one in each container, so the $8 version is what I spring for.
Sure, it's not crazy accurate, but it works fine, and very fast. Different areas of the soil fluctuate in moisture, so having one $100 probe (that has the same issue as the BluMat, where it takes 10-20mins to get an accurate reading, when spot checking) doesn't make a lot of sense, for me.
Would this work?
In the description, it claims to have beneficial bacteria and archaea for soil
I use this pumice Nature's Footprint Pumice Soil amendment, 3-Gallon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0775ZJW66/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_70033G410DV7W6BYKV6P?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Rice hulls decay over time, perlite floats to the top
That stuff looks pretty sweet where do they get the calcium from is it just like this cleated calcium
Like this stuff? https://www.amazon.com/Miller-Calcium-Chelate-EDTA-Fertilizer/dp/B086Z6PHB7/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=Calcium+Chelate+plant&qid=1615835279&sr=8-6
I heard edta is bad
I got some amino acid nitrogen meal already that i use but i always try to boast the calcium but I dont have anything fast acting. Thought about using some calmag or calcium nitrate before.
Like this for the hose? https://www.dripworks.com/soaker-dripline-6-spacing
Ok I think I know what you mean just like my yard irrigation. The 1/2 tube connects to your pump, the other end is capped off?
You have any type of pressure regulator in the middle or just send it? This is my pump (also this thing throws water drained my hot Tub in an hour) VIVOSUN 800GPH https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L54HB83/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_i_Faa3Fb3NDMT5M
I am new to no-till, but I found interlocking plastic floor tiles built for pool/shower areas have worked for me so far. I bought a 12-pack set of these (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07W6PHK5Z), and use 4 interlocked tiles for each 30 gallon pot. I just let them air out for a few days once they arrived (had the plastic/rubber manufacturing smell), then they were good to go. Cheaper and more versatile than other solutions I've been able to find.
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I’m in my basement so hooking to my plumbing isn’t happening rn. May install a utility sink at some point but one project at a time.
Blumats meter. The guy who recommended the blumats to me told me to pick this up to. Got it on Black Friday for $45 :)
Also I have a 3 x 3 cloth bed on a plastic tray. While I can really lift it I can get my hands under enough to feel water in the grooves and the bottom of the bed still wet. I thought with those cloth beds you know to water when it’s dry.
I got that guy and I love it. Can't imagine growing without it now. I was always just guessing at moisture levels and sticking a finger in but that doesn't tell you much. And with a 15 gallon living soil grow good luck lifting that sucker daily unless you are the Rock. This tells me exactly where I am at everywhere I stick it. It's the best.
Maybe put a zipper in the back or sides? Also I'd train my plant so there's reaching space underneath, and I'd water with a chapin sprayer or blusoak tape.
I bet you got stratiolaelaps scimitus mites with your wigglers. I'd get nightcrawlers too, they go deeper than the wigglers, plus you might get bonus predator mites. Stratiolaelaps scimitus are the most useful IMO because they eat most fungus gnat larvae, some root aphids, some thrips, some dormant spider mites, and they can maintain a population rather easily. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy them till i've got both types of worms and a gnat problem.
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This is what i have, but it may not be for everyone. I think you might be able to get it without the tank and the faucet. But i mean... i didn’t only buy this for my plants to drink. It’s the only water i drink as well. To me tastes like Fiji straight out of the tap.
I just shopped on Amazon. was cheaper when I bought it so I guess the tariffs are kicking in. I also bought a CO2 Rain hose but for my second tent I just made holes in some tubing I bought at the hardware store. Right now I'm just going to run 1200 at the 4th week of flower and go up by 100 each week until week 8 and then drop to 800 or off till harvest. Looking at my average right now it's around 1200 naturally and I'm in week 2 of flower. I've got a 1:1 GG#4 crossed with AC/DC that's stretching like crazy and I keep having to tie down.
I've been using this 13-seed mix from Amazon. Been using it for about a year and a half now and couldn't be more happy with it. I also just planted their new "OverWinter" mix in one of my new containers a couple days ago and it seems just about every seed I planted has germinated so far
Mosquito dunks in the water. The larvae eat the bacteria and it crystallizes in their gut so they can no longer absorb nutrients. Totally safe for humans, fish, mammals, birds, and frogs. Kills mosquito larvae and fungus gnat larvae.
These are the ones I use, because I can just sprinkle a few kernals into the water. Non-affiliate Amazon link.
This isn't the only version of these, there are a bunch of different ones, I think the black tubing is 8mm, so you just have to match that up.
I have a 20 gallon reservoir that I have to clean every month or else I'll get clogs. I also clean and occasionally replace the black feeder hose.
Once you disconnect and reconnect, you have to purge, let water run through the system till it's coming out with no air.
I have my carrots marked so I can dial them from purge more to regular mode.
not the right stuff might throw your balance off.
This ones is cheap on prime.
https://www.amazon.com/Jobes-Organics-9365-Fertilizer-Garden/dp/B01N94B724/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=agricultural+lime&qid=1602605411&sr=8-2 This ones is cheap on prime.
I got one of those nicer ones, like this one Soil PH probe . I'm suspect about soil meters, but the FFOF being around a 7 seems about right.
It was a blend of Malibu, Dairy Doo and some local bagged castings.
Have some new bins going, but won't have my own castings for a few months.
I'm actually considering wacking the plants (one I might keep, one is locked out and yellow, one is locked out looks like calcium) throwing it all back together with some ag lime.
Assuming I recombine and lime -- how long does ag lime need to do it's thing?
This is what i use
I hook the hose to my laundry sink>Filter>Blumat Pressure reducer>8mm hose>3mm drip line>blumat
My tap water is incredibly hard so i was worried about mineral and salt buildup in my no till.
I grow in a few tents in a room in my house. I only use exhaust fans with no filter. I use this dehumidifier for the whole room and also have a window AC unit just for that room. So far it's been great. I have it on a table with a tube running to a 5 gallon bucket so I don't have to empty it as often.
I run an RV filter on my hose line. House has both a sediment/metals carbon filter and RO system. You can put this at the hose spigot and it seems to last about three months of both grow and veggie garden watering before slowing down. I was running a sprinkler 30-45 minutes 3x week on veggies at a flow rate of around 5 gpm.
Camco 40045 TastePURE Inline RV Water Filter, Greatly Reduces Bad Taste, Odors, Chlorine and Sediment in Drinking Water (2 Pack) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0024E6V30/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_9zGBFbYR1X8TQ
Something like this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P8M7N9F/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_TmlBFbW6SZ1XB will help you figure out where the cost is coming from. You can check everything in your house with it if needed. Maybe figure out if something else is causing the spike
Sorry about your leg homie, hope all is well. Good to know these are already widely accepted. What is the soaker drip hose? Are you talking about this: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0001IOZ98/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_RfJtFbCBTQH8Q ?
Thank you very much for the answer, specially the compost tip!
Malted barley actually showed up for purchase when googled (yay!), just a question, should I use a powdered version or just add the grains?
I’ll follow up with I had a massive aphid infestation this year, not just on my cannabis. Aphids are strong this year and ladybugs didn’t quite get the job done. I had to buy an Organic Concentrate to finish them off. Those suckers are gone now...it took a few days of consistent spraying and checking though. The spray saved my plants, and if you’re worried it hasn’t affected any of mine negatively.
Yesterday I gave them both two cups of this fertilizer, mixed as the directions state.
Do you think this is enough to help? I am hoping this can provide the nutrients it needs quicker.
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Refill probably every other day give or take a half day.
thanks for sharing your experience. Im going to order some and try it out. Im wondering though, since you are crushing the Dunks, if the bits arent easier. It appears to be the same product just already broken up. But I could be mistaken. Here it is on Amazon.
Same company. And I think its the same product, but instead of 1 or 2 large pieces, its granular in size. See here on Amazon:
This is on amazon, BuildASoil Craft Blend - Nutrient Pack (12 lb) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M6TGLPZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_QTVrEb6YD09HX , you don’t have to get this big of a bag but it seems they are out of the small pack
What kind of ventilation do you have setup? What are the average temps in the room with the tent?
If you have cool Intake temps and good air movement, one or 2 315w cmh lamps would be a decent option.
I like the idea of quantum boards and leds in general because I do not have low intake temps and I am also very cheap when it comes to utility bills. I hope to save more money over a longer period of time vs. up front. Four 125w quantum boards would light that tent up proper. That being said, I’m nerding out on some cob’s.
didn't mean crazy in a bad way. but i keep trimming it back everyday because my main plants are not tall enough yet, and i could leave the trim in the pot but i'm dealing with fungus gnats. don't want decaying material for them to eat. i'm putting it in my worm bin instead so it will still get used at some point. i would actually prefer some cilantro or something in there since i am trimming it back daily. i just don't want something that will take over or compete too much, and it needs to have a shallow root system.
It's gone up a little since I purchased. Little creative home depot, I used garden hose splitter and tapped off my washer. The discharge ran into sump pit. I bought the extra float valve kit and let it fill a 5 gal bucket at a time that has a drain nozzle I drilled into the bottom. Works pretty well.
Is this the book? https://www.amazon.com/JADAM-Organic-Farming-all-Natural-Ultra-Low-Cost/dp/8989220203
I'm not telling you what to do, but I wouldn't guess at it when a "Soil Savvy" test is $30. It's a solubility test, it will tell you what is locked out.
Just a note, Jeff Lowenfels has a related book you can read free if you have Amazon Prime. I’m reading it now.
Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, Revised Edition
Edit: Will check out Joshua Steensland.
Do you know what strength magnification would be needed to see the microbes? Literally looking at amazon right now lol. Do you think this would work?
Start by making a Lactic acid bacteria serum; it will help you cut your teeth, and it's needed/warranted for many of the other ferments.
Find a place where you can get the purest, and cheapest sugar, because you're going to need A LOT of it. None of the processed stuff, read the forums on IG mag and the like, there is a lot of no-till knowledge out there.
Our main man u/ediblesdidmedirty is my go to guy for anything KNF related; he knows his stuff.
Read Dr. Cho's KNF manual, and Teaming With Microbes. You can buy it, or be filthy like the rest of us and download it from grasscity lol.
Edit: Look into Vero 29's before you spend some money on the "Cree" name. Their stats are pretty close in benchmark tests. I've heard good things about Citizen chips, but I never looked into them (~$12/chip). I also bought my drivers on mouser.com, they were cheaper.
That's good to hear.
I'm actually user a soil PH meter like this one, and from what I can tell calibration is not necessary but I'll make sure when I get home.
I asked my wife to check the soil in a few different area's and from what she is telling me, the soil along the outer area of my tote has a lower PH (2-3) while the middle is looking a little more promising (5). Looks like I need to mix the solution up a little better tonight.
If I can rule out the meter as the problem, where would you recommend starting to resolve the issue?