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Discussion in 'Organics' started by Richard Drysift, May 13, 2016.

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    Richard Drysift

    Richard Drysift Well-Known Member

    I've been lurking around for years here trying to stop dikkin up my dank & I've finally got it down to a system I can easily manage. The methods I use come from a growing system called TLO or true living organics which is just a natural way to grow coined by some dude out in mendo named the Rev who is an author and editor in chief of Skunk magazine.
    Anyway I'll start at the end: I harvest a plant and then hang dry the buds. The root ball then goes into a huge tote bin while awaiting amendments. Here is a pic of my soil lab:
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    The bin on the left is full of finished mix while the bin on the right is full of unamended root balls recently harvested. All my mix started out as either FFOF or sunshine mix #4 and has been recycled over & over again for years now. When the bin on the right begins to get empty from doing transplants I will dump in a tray of fresh worm castings from my own worm bin and add all my soil amendments which include:
    Alfalfa meal
    Composted chicken manure
    Greensand
    Azomite
    Garden gypsum
    Bat guano
    Neem seed meal
    Oyster flour
    5-5-5 happy frog fertilizer
    Glacial rock dust
    Soft rock phosphate
    Humic acid
    Feather meal
    Dolomite lime
    Fish bone meal
    Blood meal

    Then it sets for 30 days minimum and the mix is ready to use. I typically put seedlings and/or young clones in the unamended mix but the finished mix is for transplants to larger containers.
    Plants begin their long journey to the bloom room in my small veg cabinets. I have about 8 cfls in there and some bar style flourescents but it's expensive a f to run all these bulbs. I try to run only one side at a time but can squeeze up to 12 plants in 3g pots in there if I wanted to. I use this just for clones & seedlings atm.
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    Richard Drysift

    Richard Drysift Well-Known Member

    Next the young plants once well rooted go into the veg tent which is 36"x36" under a 400w mh image.jpeg
    Here they go from a 3g to a 7 or 10g container and are trained out to a bush. Sometimes I will put the smaller plants back into my veg cabinet to make room as I can only fit 4 plants in 10g or 7g pots in here. I set the timer to 18/6 and reduce to 17/7 in the last 2 weeks before they go into the bloom room which helps fatten them up a bit.
    I like to lollipop at this time and take cuttings for the cloner. I run all fem seeds so I can take cuts blindly but I do get hermies on occasion because of this. I give every plant at least one jobes organic spike 2weeks before going in to bloom.
     
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    Richard Drysift

    Richard Drysift Well-Known Member

    Finally once they are trained out they go into the bloom room. Most of my strains finish around week 10 sometimes earlier sometimes even later. There's a 600w HPS in here and 2 LEDs for side lighting. I use a 300w mars hydro led panel at the far end and a 185w UFO style led to finish plants that are almost done ripening. I aim it right at the targeted lower branches & inside nugs to help them finish the same time as the colas. The closer the plants are to finishing the closer to the door they get. This room is 10'x8' but I'm not using the entire length of it at this time. image.jpeg
     
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    Richard Drysift

    Richard Drysift Well-Known Member

    I do give the occasional AACT but only maybe 2 or 3 times during bloom and only in bloom. The plants don't seem to need much tea during veg as my mix is so rich. I collect rain in buckets as my primary water source but I also use water from my dehumidifier sump and RO water but it's wasteful. The only bottle I ever use is liquid organic calmag but it's only needed when I have to use RO water; rain is loaded with macros apparently.
    It took years of trial and error to get my perpetual garden to where it is now. I can easily produce about a 1/2 lb a month plus concentrates so that keeps the ol lady happy & off my back. Thanks for stopping by & checking out my grow peace
     
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    Richard Drysift

    Richard Drysift Well-Known Member

    Forgot to include some bud porn; here are the last 2 plants harvested. One plant goes in the bloom room when one comes out about every 14 days like clockwork, bitches. I try to cure for 60 days but it never lasts that long. One day I'm gonna fill up the flower room & harvest it all the same time which probly would yield a pound+
    Blue Dream
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    Critical Jack
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    ganga gurl420

    ganga gurl420 Well-Known Member

    Is that blue dream an hso? Nice plants!
     
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    Richard Drysift

    Richard Drysift Well-Known Member

    Yes and thanks... I run HSO purple trainwreck as well; decent gear no hermies on the HSO strains so far yay
     
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    ganga gurl420

    ganga gurl420 Well-Known Member

    Right on..its my first year growing hso myself but im super jazzed. They go in the ground day after tomorrow...hope they turn out half as pretty as yours. Did u like the smoke from it?
     
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    Richard Drysift

    Richard Drysift Well-Known Member

    BD has been a staple in my garden it's consistently tasty but I gotta admit I'm getting tired of it. Super bag appeal very pretty buds always but not the most potent I've grown; good everyday smoke imo. Wish I could do outdoor around here sigh
     
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    ganga gurl420

    ganga gurl420 Well-Known Member

    Lol has to be better then the bags they sell around here... I like to call them all juicy fruit (cuz for five seconds its like yum...but then... :( )
     
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    SoOLED

    SoOLED Well-Known Member

    you're like the Bear Grylls of growing. sweet nugs :bigjoint:
     
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    Yodaweed

    Yodaweed Well-Known Member

    Lookin nice dicky drysift, those are some big buds I been thinking about that critical jack a lot, I ran the critical sensi and critical super silver both were phenomenal, hope you enjoy
     
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    Joe Blows Trees

    Joe Blows Trees Well-Known Member

    So, after reading your thread, I will be doing the same thing with my rootballs. I have five that are sitting now and 6/7 about to be added in a few days. I checked my worm bin yesterday after almost three weeks of straight rain, I don't have it completely covered, and they are thriving. I think having the extra cardboard on top helped soak up alot of the water. I'll take a couple handfuls of worms and put them in the rootball bin. Probably add some dead leaves as well for some extra nutrition for the soil. I'm currently dialing in my perpetual so I'm Sub'd to learn.
     
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    Rasta Roy

    Rasta Roy Well-Known Member

    Hope you don't mind a question bro...how do you keep gnats out of your tub while they're cooking? I just popped one of mine open and got a faceful of gnats! I was hoping the neem cake in the mix would ward em off but not so much
     
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    Richard Drysift

    Richard Drysift Well-Known Member

    I only hydrate the soil that is cooking or I mean the bin I added castings and amendments to; the other one is like dead dry dirt until it gets the love. Gnats aren't really a problem because I don't keep the cooking soil all that wet plus its covered with a lid loosely and its indoors. If I see any gnats or anything flying around I'll just sprinkle some diatomaceous earth on top layer & let that shit dry out.
    The neem seems to be more effective against thrips which are my biggest pest issue around here. I have noticed they are less of a problem since adding neem but not sure if it's from the neem meal or preventative spraying with Monterrey garden spinosad.
     
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    Richard Drysift

    Richard Drysift Well-Known Member

    Takes a few recycles before you see the best results. I add a lot of worms to my recycle bin because there's so dam many in the compost when I harvest it but not sure they all survive in my containers. I have yet to find a live worm crawling in my pots. Them root balls can pile up after harvest but you don't have to process all of them at the same time just recycle as needed. It's nice to have some weak unamended mix on hand for clones or starting seeds.
     
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    Richard Drysift

    Richard Drysift Well-Known Member

    Critical and Jack herer do make a nice combo of dank flavors. I just finished a hash run of that CJ in the pic; citrus limey with fuel undertones yum
    I ran the critical sensi star as a freebie & was impressed by that one too but took no clones
     
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    Yodaweed

    Yodaweed Well-Known Member

    Yeah that critical sensi is special mine had the flavor of a musky berry with licorice undertones, very strong medicinal properties.
     
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    Joe Blows Trees

    Joe Blows Trees Well-Known Member

    I'm actually about to check a couple of these pots that have my soil mix and see if the worms survived, if any made it in. I only know of four plants still flowering that have them for sure. I'm hopeful because I cleaned out a couple old flower pots that were outside for over a year with no maintenance or flowers in them and in one there were two huge, very healthy worms. All I was wondering is what did they eat all this time. There were also ants in the pot so perhaps that contributed to the survival of the worms.
     
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    calliandra

    calliandra Well-Known Member

    Love it :) It's great to get toured through a complete system like that - thanks!
    I do think I am going that way too, albeit in a smaller, one-plant scale and no-till ;)
    Will take my time with it though, as it will require a revision of my lights and ventilation system (thinking of one extractor fan for both veg n flower compartments in a closet). Meanwhile, seeing your complete setup gets me inspired to draft the design!
     

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