The 2019-2020 winter grow is off to a great start! I have learned my my mistakes last year, and am successfully achieving a goal of mine: DIY Aeroponic Growing.
Last year, I abandoned this goal due to loc out and garden demands (Read More Here).
Summary Of Mistakes:
I was not measuring the PPM nor the PH of the nutrient water in the tub. Instead, I was adding nutrients on a weekly schedule according to the manufacturers feed schedule. This rendered a nutrient mixture that literally was off the scale (<1000PPM); AKA Loc Out. I ended up draining the tub and converting to a Kratky tub, but did not give up on my goal.
Summary of Fixes:
I have cut the mixture rates in half, measure the PH/PPMs regularly, and frequently-adjust the ON/OFF repeat cycle timer to match the plant's water consumption; I am err-ing on the side of dry. This is making a HUGE difference, and I am finally experience the benefits of aeroponic growing; expedited growth (see comparison photo above).
I am using a bigger water pump! This change was for two reasons. First reason was to increase the water level. Second was to get the manifold closer to the cups. The pump is WAY over qualified for what it's doing.. but its still doing the job wonderfully!
The air-stone quantity has changed as well from last year. Last year I had only one, This time I have 4! It's over kill, I know—but, I don't have an algae issue at all!
My vermifarm is setup and producing wonderful worm leachate. I am diluting and adding it with my nutrients. You can learn more about this here.
The final change from last year is my media setup. Last year, I used a custom soil/perlite blend. This year, the bottom 65% of the cups are Hydroton and then a .5" soil layer is atop that. The soil is not necessary, but I am using it as a visual cue to how wet the roots are getting. #ProTip
Air Pump Setting
The air-pump kicks on every 30 min for 15 min. I find this is the perfect balance of water surface disturbance vs. energy consumption
Water Pump Setting
The water-pump OFF setting is constantly changing because I am adjusting against the dampness of the soil. If its too damp, I increase the OFF time. If it's too dry, I decrease the OFF time. Currently, It is set to 5 sec on, 35 min OFF.
(1x) HDX 27 gal. Storage Tote
(1x) HDX 27 gal. Storage Tote - Lid (drilled for net cups)
(1x) EcoPlus 1267 Submersible Pump
(4x) Air stones (any-kind works)
(1x) Clone Sprayer-Manifold (something like this) (can be made out of PVC-cheaper)
(6x) Net Cups
Pros: Flavorful, affordable, potent
Cons: [see below]
The cannabis industry surprises me every twist and turn, and this cannabis infused ramen seasoning is no exception! Straight to the point: This product deserves all 5-leafs and if you have access, money, and interest you should give it a try.
I tested this product with some low-sodium soup; flavorless. I find this would be a great taste to see how the product tasted and its effect but with something a bit more nutritious. Though this product was created for and marketed towards ramen, the uses are not limited towards the 25¢ noodles!
There are no notes of rare spices, nor anything spicy so don't let your expectations get too high #weedpun. This is your standard vegetable broth ramen flavor; and thats it. No distinguishable taste or lingering after taste/burn of cannabis. Extracts have come a long way since I started with cannabis and this ramen packet is proof in the pudding—err, soup!
Each ramen packet contains the Washington state limit of 10mg, which I find as a perfect amount per dosage. I would classify the high as neither indica nor sativa leaning; neither up nor down. It was perfect during my run as it gave the mental clarity I desired, but didn't push into anxiety nor sedentary states for the entire 2 hour duration. I find the 10 mg amount to dance right up to the line of "too high" right before the effect wanes.
If I had to find a con to Northwest Cannabis Solutions' Left-Handed® Brand Cannabis Infused Ramen Seasoning (Instagram link here), it would be the individual serving packaging. The master container can be recycled, but the individual packets are landfill waste. I would recommend a biodegradable individual serving packaging or at the least something that can be recycled.
Pros: Price, consistency, usability
Cons: Non-sustainable (peat)
General Hydroponics Rapid Rooter Plugs is a great media when it comes to cloning. The substrate is fairly consistent in density, therefore it is consistent in moisture retention. They advertise that the matrix provides an optimal air-to-water ratio, which results in explosive early root growth. I will confirm this to be accurate because 10 out of the 12 cuttings that were placed in the plugs rooted without the aid of a cloning gel.
The only downside to this product is the main ingredient: peat moss. I could not confirm if the manufacturer uses the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association or another respectable association as their supply. If you know, leave a comment below to further the discussion!
All points considered, this product works and therefore it is a great tool to have on hand for hard to clone plants!