2021 Massachusetts Outdoor Growers

bgc2020

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Throw butterfly netting bet over that chicken wire and caterpillars will be a thing of the past I bet BT or no BT. YOUR setup is what I want to shoot for.
thank you that means a lot. It is a 9x12 chicken run from wayfair. The kit Came with the frame, chicken wire, metal wire, and zips ties. Added the plastic sheeting from Lowe’s and pallets for a bit more visual privacy screening . The flat roof isn’t ideal for shedding rain water but I poked a hole so the rain water would drain into the green bin.
 

Poco56

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Throw butterfly netting bet over that chicken wire and caterpillars will be a thing of the past I bet BT or no BT. YOUR setup is what I want to shoot for.
That’s a creatively souped up chicken coop! :hump: … I got a deck grow going in this my 1st outdoor grow, but I’ve already been looking at them for a yard grow next year. Only thing I was leery of was the height but got everything else. They got’m on Amazon for ~$350 depending on size and style... but I certainly love what you’ve done with the place! Lol;)
 

Poco56

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thank you that means a lot. It is a 9x12 chicken run from wayfair. The kit Came with the frame, chicken wire, metal wire, and zips ties. Added the plastic sheeting from Lowe’s and pallets for a bit more visual privacy screening . The flat roof isn’t ideal for shedding rain water but I poked a hole so the rain water would drain into the green bin.
I hope you know my post was after your own and I’m sorry if it came across wrong, but I was shaking my head as I was looking at your setup. Very much akin to what I was thinking for next year. Did you happen to lock down on a base wood frame to secure it or just roll with the ground as is for setup? :D
 

Poco56

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Its been a tough year, started wet and stayed wet. Late flowering, i’ve had it with outdoor…well maybe just one next year, and no popcorn buds;)
Geez, this is my first year outside… and I keep hearing the willingness for some to backup to indoor. Don’t get me wrong, indoor is my sweet spot, but the electricity ⚡ bill can make it fairly prohibitive. Even with less expensive (after initial sticker shock purchase) LED lighting (I‘ve been a 1000w HID bigot till now given my old school upbringing) it can be a “come to Jesus” moment when that dang electric bill rolls through for 4-5 months through harvest. Just say’n… RA the Sun god would rule if we can nail it. I’ll definitely be looking at that chicken coop option hard, but maybe with an V angle top instead of flat. I’m thinking I‘d get an optionally applied gardeners UV cover/netting over that dang coop so that it lets light in, keeps rain out but doesn’t cover the sides so I get a good circulation and strong light, but can still pull the cover off if the Sun is nailing it too. I pulled my Prayer Pupil as I noted earlier cuz of bud rot becoming more than just a passing fancy and lost maybe (5) of 8 of my top colas in some degree, freak’n unacceptable in my indoor world. But being my 1st outdoor year… it’s now about my current inexperienced process and evaluation for how I can better dominate the outdoor grow next year… Screw National Grid! Godspeed brethren! :D
 

Warfox

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thank you that means a lot. It is a 9x12 chicken run from wayfair. The kit Came with the frame, chicken wire, metal wire, and zips ties. Added the plastic sheeting from Lowe’s and pallets for a bit more visual privacy screening . The flat roof isn’t ideal for shedding rain water but I poked a hole so the rain water would drain into the green bin.
Very nice setup good job. Definitely gave me some ideas for next season!
 

Warfox

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Geez, this is my first year outside… and I keep hearing the willingness for some to backup to indoor. Don’t get me wrong, indoor is my sweet spot, but the electricity ⚡ bill can make it fairly prohibitive. Even with less expensive (after initial sticker shock purchase) LED lighting (I‘ve been a 1000w HID bigot till now given my old school upbringing) it can be a “come to Jesus” moment when that dang electric bill rolls through for 4-5 months through harvest. Just say’n… RA the Sun god would rule if we can nail it. I’ll definitely be looking at that chicken coop option hard, but maybe with an V angle top instead of flat. I’m thinking I‘d get an optionally applied gardeners UV cover/netting over that dang coop so that it lets light in, keeps rain out but doesn’t cover the sides so I get a good circulation and strong light, but can still pull the cover off if the Sun is nailing it too. I pulled my Prayer Pupil as I noted earlier cuz of bud rot becoming more than just a passing fancy and lost maybe (5) of 8 of my top colas in some degree, freak’n unacceptable in my indoor world. But being my 1st outdoor year… it’s now about my current inexperienced process and evaluation for how I can better dominate the outdoor grow next year… Screw National Grid! Godspeed brethren! :D
Yea, I’m looking at how to attach railing to the top rails of mine to create an elevated A-Frame. Then spread chicken wire over it and then greenhouse plastic over top and butterfly netting around sides.

It’s the caterpillars and other insects that cause 99% of my problems I.E. mold. If I can eliminate them, well…sky is the limit!
 

bgc2020

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I hope you know my post was after your own and I’m sorry if it came across wrong, but I was shaking my head as I was looking at your setup. Very much akin to what I was thinking for next year. Did you happen to lock down on a base wood frame to secure it or just roll with the ground as is for setup? :D
Im pleasantly surprised to hear my last minute half assed build is inspiring some of you. it is just on dirt this year. I like the idea of a wood base around the perimeter and put the frame on top of some 4x4 wood to give it some extra height. Also want to add a gravel base as the floor but I think the whole setup will be relocated next year to the opposite corner of the back yard. And lots of other projects on our 1950s fixer upper to keep me busy

ps another spot of bud rot removed this morning. That makes 4 or 5 small rot spots so far. Only 2 plants have been effected.
 

PioneerValleyOG

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Just spreading them out in full sun for a couple minutes while i look them over for brown spots, i see it better in full sun and mold spores die in sunlight. Theres a lot written about the effect of sunlight on mold. Just ‘sparamenting.
You may be better off using a green light headlamp. A couple of minutes spread out in the sun every day will turn your green to brown rather quickly.
IME anyways.
 

Kerowacked

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Looks like tomorrow night for a couple of these, before it rains again. Maybe one last feeding for the others today.249186EF-54C2-44A8-841B-04BC976C110B.jpegEE96651A-F706-4871-9A56-F2D1D17E8E67.jpeg07997FAC-6F0E-4CBF-B637-B328FABC30F5.jpeg38CC7918-18BE-4573-88CF-CC16E4900A70.jpegDFA6982F-A9F0-4A55-8E02-B3955D0687D7.jpeg
 

Poco56

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Im pleasantly surprised to hear my last minute half assed build is inspiring some of you. it is just on dirt this year. I like the idea of a wood base around the perimeter and put the frame on top of some 4x4 wood to give it some extra height. Also want to add a gravel base as the floor but I think the whole setup will be relocated next year to the opposite corner of the back yard. And lots of other projects on our 1950s fixer upper to keep me busy

ps another spot of bud rot removed this morning. That makes 4 or 5 small rot spots so far. Only 2 plants have been effected.
You‘ve basically validated my thoughts on the most economical way to get both some security and weather protection! I‘m with you on the 4x4’s, not just for height which at the standard coop of 6’4” is a challenge, but it would likely secure the site better in bad wind storms (rebar?)… I was also trying to figure out the height restriction too and started to brainstorm cutting out squares of the chicken wire above where the girls are planted so if they do happen to get taller than I expect, they’d have some place to peak out. Not sure if that would work with a cover though too and like warfox mentioned, it seems like the biggest problem outdoors is cats and general bud rot... but I’m determined not to leave them out without some cover next year. Pissed me off cutting my 1st girl. Still will end up with more from her than if I was indoor, but micro inspection to make sure you got all the rot at trim time sucks. Trim jail is bad enough w/o that challenge too! 8-)
 

Poco56

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Yea, I’m looking at how to attach railing to the top rails of mine to create an elevated A-Frame. Then spread chicken wire over it and then greenhouse plastic over top and butterfly netting around sides.

It’s the caterpillars and other insects that cause 99% of my problems I.E. mold. If I can eliminate them, well…sky is the limit!
I remember reading another post on this site awhile back where the grower built his own greenhouse (superb effort, so much so that I book marked it for reference lol)… but he used chain link fence posts connected and a bender to make a top with height. Pretty sweet and extremely sturdy obviously too. Not even sure it would apply but worth the look anyway! ;)

 

YardG

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I know it should be exciting but I find this time of year really tough, been looking at the weather forecast multiple times a day trying to figure out how much longer I can push my plants before I lose everything to the rain and mold (I have a number that are past clear trichs but not quite to sufficient amber). Trying to balance it by taking some and leaving some but somedays I feel like I need a support group.
 

sirtalis

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I know it should be exciting but I find this time of year really tough, been looking at the weather forecast multiple times a day trying to figure out how much longer I can push my plants before I lose everything to the rain and mold (I have a number that are past clear trichs but not quite to sufficient amber). Trying to balance it by taking some and leaving some but somedays I feel like I need a support group.
Lol I can relate. Constant questioning of whether chopping is the right call.
 
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