Pros: Got it free, well blended ingredients
The best things in life are... a high quality growing media. Mother Earth Groundswell packs the lightest kiss of nutrients. This gives plants a "full stocked fridge" till ready to start a feeding regime. I should keep my day job 😏.
Beyond that... its soil. Groundswell contains peat moss. I don't like peat-moss-based mixes because of the environmental destruction that comes with the ingredient.
Would I buy this at MSRP $20.99... no. In fact, this is what I use because I'm a broke farmer.
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Pros: Unique, one-of-a-kind, crafty
"Cheap tattoos aren't good. Good tattoos aren't cheap" reads a sign in most tattoo shops in the USA because it is infallible. Good art isn't cheap so prepare to shell out for one of these embroidered hash-ter pieces. (2 pt. for pot pun)
The hoop art is great and really captures the structure of the strain. My only true complaint was with the glue that was used to adhere the hoop art to a hat. I removed the hoop art from the original hat and attached it to a canvas backer. Then, I attached the now canvas-backed hoop art patch to a new hat. In the process, I messed up the background so painted it white... which I'm bummed about cause it was a killer space background.
Silly Stitch Bitch service was great (through Instagram) and loved the unexpected mason jar topper!
If this is art to you, buy some or make some... Or both!
Winter garden is picking up as we transition from veg to flower and 2018 to 2019.
December New Things:
I finished the isolation chamber for my Budzai! Added six new pots as well as upgraded 4 in the soil area. Added the TNB bottle (of sugar and yeast) for a CO2 boost. #DIY
The tubs are responding well to the air stones because the algae is clearing up. I also added a diluted solution of vinegar which helped with the surface buildup.
Lots of lost plants in the kratky tubs, but where there was death... there is new net cups filled with seeds and coco coir. Trying Coco to experiment like Jeb.
My second ballast (digital 1500 W) errors out so I switched back to the 600 w LED. Yay for power bills but I do miss the power! In the very near future, I will be upgrading both lights to a new system. The new system will allow me to test the Emerson Effect as well as (hopefully) lower power bills cause GOD DAMN! Reviews will be coming.
There is a lot going on and watering takes forever now... but its really fun and i'm learning a ton. Cant beat 80°F, 40% RH, and Full Sun in the middle of December!
Pros: Silicone, very easy to clean, clever molds
Cons: Too flexible
If you're reading this and have not experienced what formed silica can do... let it change your life.
The stickiest of ickies... I'm talking maple syrup/tricome swirl sticky... didn't stick. A quick pop in the dishwasher handled the hard to reach areas. The 21+ indentations are clever but aren't necessary because who is that going to stop, really? #BeResponsible #DontRelyOnLabeling
My complaint is that there needs to be a removable structure that surrounds the silicone molds to make lifting from counter to fridge easier. With soupy based mixes that need to set in the fridge, it makes moving from counter to fridge like a circus act with sloppy results. I can hear it now "Why dont you just fill the molds in the fridge?" Answer: I don't have room because when I make a batch of edibles... I make a lot. #SharingIsCaring
Read my other Magical Butter Machine review here:
Pros: Design, lightweight, comfortable
Cons: Plastic, Amazon sourced
While working for extended periods of time under HPS grow lights, I always have on protective eyewear (and you should too). I am currently using this cheap pair I found on Amazon. Click the pictures above to be directed to Apollo's Website.
For the price, these work great! They protect from eye fatigue and are easy to wear over my glasses. The side walls go all the way to my face resulting in minimum light penetration.
In general, I'm not a fan of plastic products nor giving money to Jeffy B, Lord Amazon. In a perfect world, I would get this from my local hydro shop; shop small business. And, since I live in the MECA of weirdness... I expect these to be made out of reclaimed wood! I'll GET ON THIS! #KeepPortlandWeird
** #TipTrick: I use a second pair of lenses over my camera lens for UV Filtered pictures.**
Pros: Fancy AF, status symbol, sensory invoking
Cons: Price, availability, smoking
Bias Alert: I prefer to eat mj because I prefer not to smoke #TakeCareOfYourLungs.
That being said, this is a high quality product. The missing link between a tobacco cigar and a joint.
When you first unwrap the purple wax seal and open the tube, you are immediately hit with the smell of cannabis followed by the unmistakable scent of a cigar. My guess is curing the leaf causes this cigar scent.
I followed their instructional video and clipped the end, but I lit using a regular BIC lighter instead of a torch. That worked, but a torch would be easier for relighting. The Cannarillo burned exactly like a cigar... Slow, ashy, and all the fixin's. The amount of smoke produced from the cigar turned my one-car garage into the Dope Cup within minutes (not exaggerating). Luckily the extraction fan made quick work of clearing it out.
Over all, I was pleased with the cannagar and will ONLY be smoking this way in the future. I recommend you to try one simply for the experience, but overall don't smoke! The price is too steep for a poor indoor farmer like myself to buy again. Another reason I will not be re-purchasing is that I can make my own, higher quality cannagar, for $40.
DIY Link Will be Here..... eventually.
(Shout Out Freedom Market for holding the last one for me till I got there).
This was smoked as part of a side by side test of the Smoke Trap and Smokebuddy reviews. Links:
Smoke Trap Review
Smoke Buddy Review
Pros: Traps vape, affordable, size/color/design options
Cons: Wasteful, bulky, uncomfortable
Bias Warning: I prefer eating mj. I tested this product with a Leira cannagar #LoudNProud.
I was given a Smokebuddy Original by Smoke Trap to do a side by side comparison.
Straight to the point: If you use a vape pen, you will be invincible with this product. Anything else....
I used a cannagar, cannabis cigar, which proved a challenge that the Smokebuddy could not handle. Each blow revealed wafts of smoke escaping via the mouth piece rather than through the device. The most successful trapping of smoke with the Smokebuddy required me to lodge the unit tightly around my face. After the 3rd time, I was feeling fatigue around my mouth and an indentation of the plastic mouthpiece on my face. This was due to how much force was needed to create a tight enough seal for the device to work with a cannagar.
FYI: As the filter becomes used, the smell does not stay trapped under the provided caps. One would need to replace, throw-out, their Smokebuddy well before the filter limit due to emanating burnt-cannabis & breath smell in my opinion.
Pros: Status piece, ergonomically designed, eco-ish-friendly
Cons: Filter, rubber seal
Bias alert: I prefer to eat mj. #TakeCareOfYourLungs
Smoke Trap + vape option = Invincible/Undetectable
I , however, lived it up with a Leira Cigar (review here).
Stealth was not my mission, rather really putting this product to the test. I did a side-by-side comparison with a Smokebuddy Original (review here). The Smoke Trap was the clear winner based on comfort, design and filtration but both devices do work.
Taking turns puffing smoke from the cannagar and blowing into a Smoke Trap, we tested the device's ability to keep up with the thickest smoke and blows. On a few aggressive blows, the smoke escaped where the rubber mouth piece meets the body and out by my mouth. This could be due to user error in not creating a full seal. Luckily, pressing the mouth piece firmly against your face feels good as compared to other similar devices. #SorryNotSorry
** #TIP : Wrap your finger around the seam between the body and the rubber mouth piece. This helps with smoke going in the right direction for harder blows. #ThatsWhatSheSaid
The only other issue I have is with the filter going to the landfill. I spoke with the CEO of Smoke Trap and he illustrated the difficulties of trapping smoke and the inability to reuse the filter with a DIY refill pack. "It's very difficult to trap smoke. Machine precision is the only way to ensure the filter works."
Beyond my words... I'll let the Smoke Trap speak for itself (pardon my posture):
Pros: Non-digital, affordable, responsive knobs
Cons: Weird Noise <video below>
This is a decent little device. It's purpose is to turn on/off a device yet staying in its on/off position for different timing schedules. As you can see from the pictures, the knobs clearly state which is the on and which is the off. It was a simple as plug-n-play which is sometimes required for a good ol' boy like myself. I currently have the timer running in 24 hour mode. A simple combinations of knob twists will unlock photocell mode #KonamiCodeStatus.
The only fault with this product is the spine-contorting, mechanical grinding noise it makes periodically; reminiscent of an NBA clock. This has became an issue only recently and is not a factory feature. I have yet to fully open it up to fix the issue, because its currently detrimental to the plants' survival and I don't know what I'm doing!
**Sorry for the air-pump noise. I tried more times to capture the sound but its spotty like that. #Ideas?
Pros: Mechanical, accurate, labeled switch
Cons: Mechanical vs digital accuracy, price
The Titan Controls Apollo 6 is a standard, one outlet mechanical timer. It's a little fancier than the dual mechanical timer you can get from Harbor Freight (for half the price.) The two differences are accuracy-over-time and the labeled switch.
The cheap dual timer keeps adding time, resulting in my powered device staying on longer than it should. The Apollo 6 has been operating side-by-side with the dual timer, but it keeps time; no resetting needed! Additionally, the labeled switch makes a quick glance turn into piece of mind after I've been fumbling around at the sockets plugging things in/out.
If you have the money, I suggest splurging for this timer.