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One 1000w Light

A grow room is not cheap and the cost of maintaining the system is a large monthly expense.1000w kit Lets look at the investment price for just one light.

One air-cooled hood (the fixture that holds the bulbs) can cost $250 at your local grow store. The ballast (provides the proper starting and operating electrical condition to power the lamp) can run $199 and up. 1000W light bulbs start at $69 and max out around $250. A mechanical timer will run you $10 to $20. A 6″ in-line fan (to cool the hood) will be about $100 and then the ducting, to carry cold air in and hot air out, will be about $20. So, if you were to walk in to the grow store and buy top quality equipment for just one light kit, it could cost up around $630 per light. With that said, most grow store’s offer this same kit with low end equipment for around $450 if you can catch a good sale (not including the in-line fan). If you shop online you can find all this equipment for $350.

inlinefanNow, if you have more than one light in a room or are growing in a small space than an A/C unit is going to be needed to keep the temperature under 80 degrees. Portable units are the best priced option for grow rooms. They start around $250 and go up from there. A split unit A/C  would be ideal but they start out around $1500.

Each 1000w light coa:cst about $40 a month to run. What they don’t tell you is the cost of running an inline fan and the A/C unit to keep the room cool from all the heat put out by the lamp/lamps.

A grower with 2-1000w h.p.s. (flower) and 1-1000w m.h. (veg) can expect a $300-450 a month power bill depending on the time of year and your normal usage.

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One Reason Why People Grow Cannaibis

With all the things going on with the law here in MI lets take a second to remember why people are growing.

After some thought it really comes down to one reason. Affordable medicine. You might think, well that’s B.S. my co-pay is only $5. What about those of us that don’t have health care. That same prescription would cost $50-100. What if you have 5 prescriptions, then what? Do you pay your bills or buy your meds. Then you have to choose between food and a place to live. How good are these drugs for your Liver and Kidney. Ever here of medi-cied? Pills kill. How long can you take Vicodin? How many cortisone shots can you get? Ever listen to the warnings for new drugs. Some side effects sound a lot worse than ED. How many people have died from pill overdose? These are the reasons people are looking for a natural remedy for pain and other debilitating  conditions.

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The Mighty Mite


“O lord save us from the wrath of the vikings.” This was first said by a monk staring at the viking horde coming his way. I’m sure your plants feel the same way. It seems like the harder you try to terminate them the more entrenched they become. Lets start at the beginning. One or two of these little darlings found there way into your garden(mite heaven). Over joyed this soon to be mother starts to lay her eggs. Around 300 over the next three days. These eggs hatch and the first wave start to suck your plants dry. So lets say 200 hatch. 150 of them reach the point or reproducing. If half are female (75) and they lay around 300 eggs each thats  around 22,500 mites. You see the problem grows with each generation.

When you find them its usually to late. The best thing to do is stay calm, its not the end of the world. Check all the plants find out how infested they are. You have several options. First rinse the plants. For real, just put them in the shower if you have to. Send the mites right down the drain. Heavy rains are a part of nature, plants recover quick from the shower . Just be sure to place pots in a trash bag to keep them dry. Mighty Wash works best as a first line of defense. If you cant wipe them out with Mighty Wash. Oils would be the next step. Neem oil or Einstein oil works for a wile then the mites build up a resistance. Your plants will not like the oils. It’s very easy to burn/shock/kill your plants with them. Fogers don’t seem to work for me. Don’t Bug Me and Liquid Ladybug can be used up until the day of harvest, so they claim. I would not spray the day of harvest! I would not spray anything after 2 weeks into the 12/12 light cycle. The best thing to do is stay on a regiment. Spray every 4 days. Remember your plants wont like the spray so get the little buggers as soon as possible. Most people settle with controlling the problem, keeping there numbers down and just getting through till harvest. At first this seems to be the best answer. Each grow after that they will be harder to control.

You can also order predators like lady bugs. Don’t release them all at once. Put out a small pan of water for them. After they run out of mites to eat. they seem to disapear or die somewhere out of site.

If none of this works for you there is one more option a complete clean out of the grow-op. Spray every thing with a strong miteacide. Then come back after that drys and do a bleach spray. Wait 4 days and do it again just for good measure. Make sure you clean the whole building. Mites can hide on your clothes so do the laundry too. The key here is to clean/kill everything.

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Marijuana Fertilizer

Marijuana likes a lot of food,  but you can do damage to  the  plants if you are too zealous.

Some fertilizers can burn a plant and  damage its roots if used in to high of a  concentration.   Most  commercial  soil will have enough nutrients in it to sustain  the plant for about three weeks of growth so you don’t need to  worry  about  feeding your plant until the end of the third  week.   The  most  important thing to remember is to introduce the  fertilizer  concentration  to  the  plant gradually.   Start  with  a  fairly  diluted  fertilizer solution and gradually increase  the  dosage.   There  are several good marijuana fertilizers on  the  commercial  market  Most fertilizers cause a ph change  in  the soil.  Adding fertilizer to the soil almost always results in  a more acidic ph.

As  time  goes  on,  the amount of  salts  produced  by  the  breakdown  of fertilizers in the soil causes the soil  to  become
increasingly  acidic  and eventually the concentration  of  these  salts in the soil will stunt the plant and cause browning out  of
the foliage.  Also, as the plant gets older its roots become less  effective  in  bringing  food  to  the  leaves.    To  avoid  the
accumulation of these salts in your soil and to ensure that  your  plant  is  getting all of the food it needs you  can  begin  leaf
feeding your plant at the age of about 1.5 months.   Dissolve the  fertilizer in warm water and spray the mixture directly onto  the  foliage.   The leaves absorb the fertilizer into their veins.  If  you  want to continue to put fertilizer into the soil as well  as
leaf feeding, be sure not to overdose your plants.

Remember to increase the amount of food your plant  receives  gradually.  Marijuana seems to be able to take as much fertilizer  as you want to give it as long as it is introduced over a  period  of  time.   During the first three months or so,  fertilize  your  plants every few days.   As the rate of foliage growth slows down  in the plant’s preparation for blooming and seed production,  the  fertilizer  intake  of the plant should be slowed down  as  well.   Never fertilize the plant just before you are going to harvest it  since  the fertilizer will encourage foliage production and  slow  down  resin production.  The most  organic  of  fertilizers:   worm castings.   As you may know, worms are raised  commercially for sale to gardeners.   The breeders put the  worms  in  organic compost mixtures and while the worms are  reproducing  they eat the organic matter and expel some of the best  marijuana  food around.   After the worms have eaten all the organic  matter  in  the compost,  they are removed and sold and the  remains  are  then sold as worm castings.   These castings are so rich that you  can grow marijuana in straight worm castings.   This isn’t really  necessary  however,  and  it  is somewhat  impractical  since  the  castings  are  very expensive.   If you can afford them  you  can,  however,  blend  them in with your soil and they will make a  very good organic fertilizer.

 

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Keeping Your Grow-Op Safe

Show no one! That is the first line of defense.

Once you show your grow op to someone they will tell some one else.

That’s a fact.

People want to feel important so in the middle of a conversation things slip that normally wouldn’t or shouldn’t.For this reason alone keep it zipped.

Now there is an exception to every rule.

You may require the help of a consultant if your having a problem with your grow. If your new to growing and your serious about your medication then having someone who can diagnose your plants and teach you about growing will be invaluable.

Keep the number of people who know your growing to a minimum and where your growing at top secret.

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Spring Growing Problems

Soon old foes will soon be out of their winter refuge.

Creep and crawl they will, straight to your nice warm garden. Your garden being the most temperate climate, is prime for early infestation.

Keep an eye out for these intruders. It’s much easier to prevent an infestation rater than remove an invasive species.

I have sticky pads ready for the first catch of the year.

As a preventive maintenance you can spray your plants down with soapy water. A few drops of Ivory dish soap in a spray bottle filled with water is all you need.

Make sure to keep a clean grow room as bugs and other things can easily be overlooked under a pile of leaves left on the floor or some spilled dirt.

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Do you want to grow more or better?

I’ll take better any day of the week.

Higher resin content, higher trichome production, higher THC levels and higher CBN levels all add up to better more potent medication.

Street grade marijuana will become a thing of the past. With today’s law reforms going on all over the states, breeders will be able to work openly with out the constraints of the past and produce new strains all the time.

We have healthier plants with faster growth and more vigorous seedling that have shorter flowering time or auto flowering, because of some hard working breeders.

What is to come from this little weed?

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Keeping healthy plants.

What is a healthy plant?

My definition of a healthy plant is one that is growing at its optimal rate.

Growth cannot always be measured by height because a plant that stretches for light will grow tall but be weak. Rather, judge health by it’s over all appearance.

Healthy is: a nice bright green, thick, healthy leave, free of wilt and nutrient burn with new growth and close branch formation.

We all want our plants to grow big and strong with out any problems.

Less is more with water and fertilizers.

Co2 is hard to over do. Most people need more than they think.

Air circulation is very important. If the air doesn’t move over the surface of the leave then it is stifled in its ability to process Co2 into O2.

Take each grow on a day by day basis. If your a beginner or expert, problems can sneek up on you. Make sure your remedy is measured so you don’t end up with a new set of problems.

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Everyone Thinks They Can Grow Medical Marijuana

Happy plants make happy people and happy people grow the best medicine.

So you think your ready to grow medical marijuana. Good for you.

If you have any background in gardening your plants will grow just fine.

But will they reach medical grade potency? That is up to you.

If your starting with good genetics, then your better off than most. Do you have the ideal environment to grow in?

Not everyone does, and that’s pretty important. A well thought out grow room can increase plant vigor and yield.

Controlling the humidity is important.

Without a properly sealed room humidity and other important aspects of growing like temperature and Co2 levels would be difficult to regulate.

With a proper grow room and a little bit of a green thumb you can say goodbye to buying meds forever.

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Building Your First Grow Room

 

Where a grow room is built is the most important part of growing.

You have to create an environment that life can thrive in.

Survival and thriving are two separate things. A plant can survive and produce low potency THC or a plant can thrive and reach it’s genetic potential.

That potential can not be met with out the optimal growing environment.

That growing environment can not be had with out first having a suitable room.

Weather your using hydroponics or a dirt system the key is the environment that you grow in.

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