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About the Grower

My name is Chris (though you may also find me online under the sobriquet Garedicus), and this is my grow journal. It's also my site for smoke reports, strain reviews, and general commentary regarding the industry. As the site is going up, it's late August, 2018. This is my first grow - but I don't believe in doing anything by halves. If something is worth doing, it's worth doing right. And, if it's something I'm going to be ingesting - much less something I'm going to be smoking - I'm going to make sure that I follow industry best-practices as much as possible to ensure a healthy product. So, here's where that leaves us.

The First Grow:

  • Indoor, grown in soil.
  • LED lighting, in this case a ViparSpectra Reflector Series 600W.
  • Fox Farms nutrient line, to be administered starting in week three or four depending upon plants' needs.
  • Filtered water, all from reputable vendors. RO system to be installed at a later date.
  • Watering schedule - none. Plants will be watered as needed, not on some pre-determined schedule, that leads to overwatering far too easily. Need will be determined by weight of pot and feel of soil.
  • pH - though I have a very accurate pH meter, and will be using it to monitor pH throughout the grow, I only intend to intervene if the pH gets incredibly out of range, and the plants start to show it. No micro-adjustments to drive myself insane on a daily basis.

Now, I say that this is my first grow, and that's true - it is my first time growing cannabis. It's also my first time growing anything indoors in a tent. It is not, however, my first rodeo with growing living plants for human consumption. I have a long, well established history of gardening - container gardens, small in-town gardens, 1500 sqft monstrosities; fruit, veggies, flowers - I've grown them all, and I'm pretty good at it. I'm supplementing that background with extensive study of current industry best-practices, and avoiding annecdotal bro-science as much as possible.

As time progresses, the intention is to upgrade the growing space, adding at least one flower-specific tent (if not one for each plant allowed by the OLCC), additional lighting (including newer lighting technologies employing the latest in red and ultra-red wavelength LEDs), and a transition to an all-organic supersoil, allowing for a truly organic, no-till grow. Until then, however, it's FFOF in a 48"x48"x80" Vivosun tent, and bag/bulk seed.