Mark D

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long time enthusiast, just started more seriously growing, because being home all the time put me in a place to pursue my interest much further. electrician by trade retired. 

Growing is the balm that sooths the day and the flowers of my labors heals our home. 

As the new sun rises, fresh made coffee wafting through the air,

Do we wait and heal? Or go find the things that we thought we might miss when death waved a hand in passing? Every minute precious, what to do, what to do.

the air was just blasting in, so I am figuring out a way to diffuse it a bit to make it less forceful, could double as a filter with the right material.

just a doohickey i made to over-engineer my environment😄

i guess if the HP isn't available make yer own  I say.

that is if peat is available on it's own

also do you recycle your soil? I take the stuff I grow in and set it to weather and rinse it clean. good to go with a little fresh added in. pH it and check it's ppm to be sure I have rinsed any excess salts out and Haven't had any difficulty with it. I have used the flushing agents and water to get rid of the heavy salts at the end of the cycles. you know the drill "only water"at the end. this helps too.

I just don' t throw it out, it just gets 'cycled in somewhere in the yard or garden, why not back to my girls?

so with coco loco what is your feed and schedule for autos.

having a hard time with them when it comes to feeding. it's either too little or too much. would really like to know the secret combo to getting autos to thrive.

coco is very barren in comparison to peat. when i think of coco, i think of it more as a lattice, more less inactive, that nutrients flow through, a different kind of water culture. Microbes of a different kind.

isn't peat more of an active lattice with microbes and stored nutrients and microbe conversion of nutrients? same but different microbes, perhaps?

you know treating it the same as you would the peat based and adding your own mix of fungal mycorrhizae couldn't be too far off. matter of cultivating the right microbes.

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they are both coco based right? shouldn't be any problem going from one to the other.

maybe check the run off and see what kind of pH and ppm you're dealing with, I suppose.

I wouldn't be concerned if it all looks equal in respect to the make up of the mix. Nutrients are not really a factor in coco based systems, since you make up the nutrition in your feed. re establishing any micro growth in the soil, is just time since you'll get carryover when you transplant.

happy new year! glad to hear you about with all the ill news generated of late. 

not the hindu kush. love the kushes though.

right now my green is low key and passive. going to get ready for some sprouts for a few friends that requested for their outdoor gardens in the coming weeks. just have the Kush, K2 and a couple of very sad looking autos going at the moment.

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have some Kosher Kush started. not as far along as yours

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So I designed this little one way valve. See I needed a means to remove excess out of the bottom area of my auto pots. This is during the first bit when they a growing roots and not able to self water yet. So I like to remove the excess that some times accumulates under the pot. Most hand pumps that you buy are really over kill.  So I plopped in front of my computer and designed a simple little one way valve.  Printed it and voila a handy little pump.

Out of pots? NP

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So these fast ones came out in a day and I wasn't ready for their size. Usually drop them in a peat plug for a little to root. But not these, they are 2 to 3 mm taps. Scramble around for something, came up empty.  So, design a little pot 150mm by 80 and print it. Only need 3 and it will take about 3 hours.They aren't water tight. And won't be any good after 2 or 3 uses. Put them in recycle bin for pop bottles. Or PET bin.                                         .

My Lac

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Here is my LAC been in the fridge still very active. As you see I added in the molasses to keep it fed. Put 300 ml into 10 gals and aerated it over night. Plants are loving it. Here I have used half and still looks like beer, with a molasses like odor.

Cob 2 the album

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So here are 2 photos  First is at the point when they transition to cure. Second is at 15 days. The smell at transition is what you'd expect fermented grass with strange overtones. At 15 days it smelling like some dank weed brick. Cuts like chewing tobacco  Smells delicious and while a little damp yet the smoke is smooth and hasty. I think when its had a month or more it's going to be superb. 

Outside

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Well its easier to put an album together than post a bunch of pics .

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Well its easier to put an album together than post a bunch of pics .