3 Reasons to Use Light Deprivation Techniques

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Three reasons I encourage outdoor gardeners to use light deprivation techniques are: Exposure to UVB light increases THC production. Harvest happens before cooler, damper Fall weather sets in. Plants are harvested before law enforcement typically comes around. The amount of THC a plant produces increases as it receives more UVB light. UVB light is highest […]

THE LOOMING MARIJUANA SHORTAGE

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California is about to suffer from a marijuana shortage that will drive prices sky-high in the next year throughout the whole country. The reason: the record-breaking drought the state has been experiencing for the last three years. This year has been the worst. Where I live, in Oakland, we usually receive 17–21 inches of water […]

GROW TIP: FOR OUTDOOR GROWERS

The harvest is packed away or being worked on. The new plants for the next year won’t be started for a few months. Now is the time to add supplements to your outdoor planting mix: organic nitrogen, humus compost, and additional large particle mix to make up for planting mix shrinkage. Tools should be cleaned […]

SPECIAL NOTICE

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SPECIAL NOTICE (Applies Only in Non-Legal or Non-Medical States) I have noticed that the DEA has not been able to keep the seizures at 10% of estimated production and imports. Out of concern for the DEA agents’ morale I have started a special citizens group to aid them in their efforts. The Special Alternative Forces […]

POWDERY MILDEW TIME

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It’s powdery mildew time. Protect your outdoor harvest from autumn’s fog and showers. Powdery mildew spreads quickly. Don’t wait for it to appear—be pro-active and spray preventatively. An easy solution is right in your refrigerator: milk. As long as your plants are at least two weeks from harvest, a mix of 10 percent milk to […]

MEDICAL MARIJUANA COMES TO MASSACHUSETTS

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As I look forward to teaching at the Massachusetts Cannabis Knowledge Forum, I can’t help but reflect on the fact that, last November, the people of Massachusetts did a wise and wonderful thing: They approved a medical marijuana law that allows some patients to grow their own plants. On November 6, 2012, 63 percent of […]

GROW TIP: DUST IN THE BUD

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As we all know, fresh-growing marijuana bud is quite sticky. Very often, whether grown outdoors or in, it catches dust, dirt, dander, hair and fur, small insects, and other airborne particles. For that reason, it’s a good idea to filter the air using a HEPA filter indoors and to keep pets and anything else that […]

GROW TIP: LATE PLANTING

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It’s not too late to start your outdoor garden if you live in an area with warm weather through November or have a greenhouse that protects against autumn’s chills. The warmer areas of the country are in the lower latitudes, and they have enough darkness each evening at this time of year to force plants […]

Respect the Bugs

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When I wrote Marijuana Pest & Disease Control I developed a great appreciation for bugs and the other insects that enter our gardens. I began to admire their unique roles in nature. Most of the time we underestimate them and denigrate their skills of communication and adaption. All these creatures are survivors, no different than us, struggling […]

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