Official Gaia Green Grow Method

myke

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3-4ft+ tall ish, thats after they already been lst/topped so they are bushes.. They are not tiny and even now outside I have a few over that 7ft+ mark trained in cages.. I have a sativa"black gdp haze" that Im concerned may have problems with but it was an expirement so we shall see.. I have some bluecity diesel that swallows me up when im tending to them, same with the blackdosifire, they are not closet grown sized plants, they are bushes..
Ya Ill bet their big,a pain to take outside no doubt.
With only crop per year do they have covers over them outside?
 

myke

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Ok so back to your soil mix question. I have had luck with straight promix hp. 1 cup Gaia to 5 gallons promix and plant right away. Same as what this thread is all about.After plant has grow we topdress in some ewc and Gaia. Now this should work fine for your one gallon pots.

for cooking some you can look around theirs several recipes. Some pretty complicated. The good thing about Gaia is it has all the hard to get ingredients and proportioned for us. Typically you use 3 cups max per cuft of nutrients and 4 cups of minerals like rock dust per cuft. Now the Gaia has minerals. Basalt and glacier. So your guess is as good as mine on weather you should add more minerals. Since your going to be re using the soil year after year I would add.
Now I’m no expert on weather it’s better to leave the soil in the ground over winter or bring it all back inside. Perhaps someone else can touch on that.
 

Playk328

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Ya Ill bet their big,a pain to take outside no doubt.
With only crop per year do they have covers over them outside?
Those days when I had to move them outside to harden and back inside was annoying but just part of the deal.. Yeah we have a diy greenhouse, nothing fancy, jus wall n roof with vent and a few fans I move around..
 

myke

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I pull my sips apart and re amend to cook for the next cycle. When I first started organic I went as simple as possible. I mixed plain peat moss ,perlite and compost at 40-40-20. Compost can be a mix of both with ewc.
One cup lime per cuft.
2 cups Gaia
1 cup kelp
4 cups rock dust.
per cuft. This was the simplest recipe I could find and it has worked well. I can only assume the mix of ingredients in Gaia is what has made it work.
 

Playk328

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Im not sure with dry nutes if I should bring it all in or not, I hope not as that would make for even more work on top of my already crazy oct.. With the liquid nutes as I said before ive just replaced it but its a big expense that if I can avoid by reusing my soil it sure would be nice
 

myke

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Im not sure with dry nutes if I should bring it all in or not, I hope not as that would make for even more work on top of my already crazy oct.. With the liquid nutes as I said before ive just replaced it but its a big expense that if I can avoid by reusing my soil it sure would be nice
Yes it is,Im in cycle 2 with mine now and all is good.Putting plastic over top the soil in March will heat it up,mix in some gaia /ewc and it will be ready to go come planting time.

If you dont already have, build yourself a worm bin.
 

hot_box_enthusiast

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Looking for feedback on my planned mix & setup. I have already purchased most of everything, so feedback will more be in relation to the ratio of inputs, need to cook or not etc.

Preamble - Have wanted to try soil for a while and am taking the plunge. I really liked the Build A Soil video series, and was considering Earthbox or No Till Beds. When I found Earthboxes at 50% off, and noted how well they might fit in my space, I decided it was meant to be.

My plan is to start with a perpetual harvest for my flower room for a few reasons:
  • I am new to mixing my own soil, and know there will be plenty of learning curves for watering etc compared to running bottles in promix; therefore rather than just filling up my space, I figured I would stagger them in one or two earthboxes at a time
  • pests// my understanding is good and bad pests are part of the deal with growing in soil. My thought is adding one box a week and maintaining good IPM will give a better chance for success than just cramming the space full
  • variations on how I mix and amend the soil; I will run some known clones to start, and figured that I would be able to experiment a bit with how I feed them. For example Week 1 I start 2 earthboxes with identical clones. As time goes on I can top dress and amend slightly differently to see how they respond. Furthermore I can consider whether I want to change my initial mix. If I just mix a yard of soil all at once, I can't do this.
  • My veg space should be able to support perpetual better
  • it gives me a bit of time to recycle the soil at end of run, then use for the next veg
So in total I plan 16 earthboxes... 4 in Veg and 12 in Flower. I will use an 11 week haze that I love to start, and so will add one earthbox approx every 8 days. Setting up a wormbox for future use and have a compost tumbler, both of which I plan to keep inside under stairs.

My space is about 10x7, and has 4 x HLG 550 and C02 (sealed although I run a very slight continuous exhaust for fresh air ; yes this is different than keeping in sealed during lights on and exhausting at night).

Here is plan...

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Not shown in the photo ; Anden 95 dehum, Mini Split AC, and 2x Hurricane Oscillating Fans, Fresh air intake (filtered) and 4" AC infinity for the slight exhaust.

Now to the MIX.
It's just a variation of Coots and Build a Soil and a lot of reading time spent on RIU.

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(note: ocean farm fort organic mixes)

Also note:
  • I have Humic Acid for the Initial Mix.
  • I have Aloe Flakes and Yucca Powder
  • I have Gaia Green Power Bloom 2-8-4 for top dressing in Flower


Here was my reasoning on the mix of OSF, Gypsum and Pril Lime
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FWIW I have purchased most of the above inputs, normally buying 10 or 20KG bags to save $$.
The final cost of the above recipe is $21.04CDN per f3; the pumice is the largest component of that cost. That having been said, its choice should hopefully allow me to recycle this mix long into the future and shouldn't break down like perlite.

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Questions:
  • anything obvious I am missing?
  • does this plan make sense?
  • Are there any obvious errors I have made with respect to my initial mix?

Cheers!
 

Hydrahail

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I found a little bit of bokashi and fishsh1t after topdresses and there is no more smell Gaia green by itself is very stinky stuff after it is water in
 

CaseyQuinn

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CaseyQuinn

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Do any of yall use other Gaia products on your cannabis grows, other than 4-4-4 & 2-8-4? Just curious... for I bought some Glacier Rock Dust. & some Mineralized Phosphate & also Suply Fly Insect Frass I am going to mix in a little. So was just curious what other growers here have have had experience with. Thx. For any & all feedback.
 

JustBlazin

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Do any of yall use other Gaia products on your cannabis grows, other than 4-4-4 & 2-8-4? Just curious... for I bought some Glacier Rock Dust. & some Mineralized Phosphate & also Suply Fly Insect Frass I am going to mix in a little. So was just curious what other growers here have have had experience with. Thx. For any & all feedback.
I use a few other things other than 444 and 284. I posted my mix in this thread if you search my name in this thread
Just checked it's post 62
 

myke

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Yup frass and I grind up alfalfa pellets for the extra N.
Thinking about just using the bloom and adding N type amendments from now on.No use buying both bags.
 

swedsteven

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I use some fish fertelizer 511 on the girl outside instead off 444 and i got some funny shapped leaf that i did not get before lol
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New pheno hunt 3 gg4 1 skittle glue 2 strawberry banana 3 strawberry banana cheese

I got 1 keeper off my last run banana kush hybrid sativa dominant pheno really love the taste all they others are good but not my pallet off taste Bruce banner was fruity as fuck like strawberry and there kush was kushy but ...taste came after drying .
I need to order more 444 !
Banana kush keeper
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Bruce banner
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All harvest at 10 week from 12/12 with a 50/50 ratio off 444/284 in flowering.
Peace thanx gaia !
 

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thctimmy

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Hey gang thanks to all who have contributed. This is my first run using hp promix, 20 percent vermipost and 50/50 of 444 and 284. RO water with organic calmag. All has been well but at day 37 of 12/12 the dark green is showing some lightening.
Is this a mg def? Last too dreas was just a week ago. I’m not watering to run off (no need to right?) so I have no idea of my ppm or ph. If mg def should I try epsom? Thanks everyone, be kind! Timmy
 

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