Pros: Germination rate, smell, auto-height
Cons: Low Gram/Seed Yield
From seed to harvest, this has been a quick and wonderful strain to have around. The auto characteristics kept this plant's height manageable within a kratky tub, though I wish it produced a bit higher yeild. The smell characteristics were potent and ever-present. If I left the garage door open, the kitchen would quickly smell with a sweet, berry-lemon terpene profile that finishes with a true-to-name strong citrus.
This plant was used as a seed cultivation mother. I combined with a slightly taller varietal with a similar terpene profile to hopefully keep the smell characteristics but increase the auto-height.
Pros: Low-profile, simple to setup/start, expandable, touch screen
Cons: LED, Cheap-plastic parts, expensive fixture
The California Lightworks Solar System 550 is a decent little light but a little overpriced. My first grow light ever was a UFO shaped 120W LED, and this highly reminds me of that. The UFO LED was only $80 compared to the staggering $800 price tag for the 550 LED. The SolarSystem 550 comes with ratcheting hangers, which I appreciated, though they only reach about 2' of height adjustment; which is plenty for this light. I initially tried clipping the hangers directly to the light, only to find out the light does not balance when setup like this. I grabbed some v-hangers, clipped the ratcheting hanger to the tip of the "v" and that did the trick!
The light connects to their controller via a telephone cord (nostalgia). The controller is HIGHLY reliable/responsive and a touch screen too! I have tried other light controllers, but this is the first that worked instantly right out of the box. The preset "BLOOM" setting is running and I look forward to customizing my own light setting in the future. There is a count down clock so you never have to remember which week you are in (super handy for a tester like myself). The programable light outputs of Red/Blue/White are so cool to the data nerd like myself. I wish the light was as affordable as the controller #There #iSaidIt.
This light was a downgrade from a 1000W DE HPS. Most of the plants were moved outside to the summer garden, and I only needed a small footprint (electric bill) to sustain my remaining seedlings. I will hang onto this light for my cloner as its a perfect one-two-punch!
If you too are in need of a small LED light for propagation or cloning that is on a fully programable timer, this is the one for you!
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Sorry for missing the second posting of April. It was a hectic month from starting back in school to starting the summer garden! Thankfully, as promised, the April showers have brought May flowers. I have a few new product reviews I will be publishing in the second posting of the month, so stay tuned!!
Winter Grow Finalizing:
Oh!! Things have changed in the garage (see picture). I have reduced the garage to one DE light. I will be reducing this even more to a new California Lightworks Solar System 550 LED to finish out the propagation (review coming). After the propagation finishes, I will be done with growing in the garage for the summer. Thank God because my electricity bills could use a break.
The summer garden is tilled, planted and growing. This weekend was the last of the to-do: plant 25 tomato plants!! #NotKidding. #Canning. The only final plans are to install a drip system. I have introduced the Kratky tubs outside as a continuation of my experiments from inside. This will be interesting with the increased heat presence from the sun on the black tubs. This year we are also introducing a mason bee house. I have already watched them enter and exit. Can't wait for all the help this year!
Due to the state legalities of growing cannabis in Oregon, #GrOregon, I am confined to a 4-cannabis-plant- setup for my recreational purposes. On my PDX hydro to-do list is to get my medical card; never enough time in the month. Till then, I have 2 Pink Kush Auto CBD plants going and currently propagating the remaining 2 cannabis plants. There were many strains to choose from for the remaining plants, but I ended up going with Subterfuge #1 and Pine Tar Kush IBL from CSI Humboldt.
This year is pretty special because over the winter garden I bred my first genetic line. I combined a male Huckleberry Kush V3 from Dynasty Genetics with a feminized Tangerine Dreams Auto from Barney's Farm Seeds. I call it Fruit Salad! #FruitSalad. The seed germination test was very successful with a crack rate of 100% (3 seeds). Will conduct one more test before locking in the vault.
If you are a local PDX breeder/grower:
Fruit Salad seeds will be for free/trade in the near future! Send me a message or leave a comment so I can save you some!
Pros: Smooth, filtered, affordable
Cons: Smoking, burns quick
Bias alert: I prefer to eat mj. #TakeCareOfYourLungs.
That being said, this is a top shelf product that I highly recommend. The only reason this product is not rated a full 5-leafs is because of the bias.
For $40, you will not be disappointed. These small cannabis cigars pack a hell of a punch that put two, high-tolerance cannabis veterans in a perfect high.
My birthday was afoot, therefore so was a celebration. I went to get a Leira Cannagar (click that link for the review) and THANKFULLY they were out-of-stock. I stress thankfully, because I ended up with a far superior product at a fraction of the price. Liera is about $110 and Blue roots was $40!!!
The Blue Roots Cannabis Co. Cannatela is a perfect solution to the celebratory cannabis smoking. The cannatela was easy to light with a standard lighter. We did experience uneven burning, but a quick re-ignition solved the issue. The filter allowed us to enjoy from beginning to end without the harsh burn towards the end.
We had a choice between Supermax OG (32% THC) and Samoas (~27% THC) as the flower and ended up with Supermax OG. Both are high THC as compared to the lower THC strain found in Liera's product that I tried (~12% THC). Those percents do not include the concentrate in the cannagars, which both products contain.
I was apprehensive to this product because of the cordia leaf wrapping, but true to the description it is a very smooth smoking leaf. I would compare it to an all natural rolling paper that does not add any flavors or harshness!
This is a high quality product and I look forward to trying more from Blue Roots because of this experience!
I have been farming every.damn.day for the past two years; between indoor and outdoor gardens. As I head into my third consecutive year of continual gardening, I am as excited as ever! I'm happy to report that seed spending this year was kept under $100... barely.
Here is the list of new seeds this year that you can follow along with:
(use your browser's search function on seedman.com to find these seeds under the link)
If you have a plant you are curious about, but don't have the space or green thumb... leave a comment below and I will get to growing it! #GrowVicariously
Pros: Trend setting, wearable, some decent features
Cons: Cheap parts, chemical aftertaste, hard to clean
Summary: #BiasAlert: I prefer to eat mj. #TakeCareOfYourLungs
That being said, the Smoking Shades are a nifty device with lots of room for refinement. The hinges and nose pieces are the only nice features in my four-eyed opinion; I wear glasses. Beyond that, these sun glasses feel really cheap. The overall weight of the product is 54.5g rendering this too heavy for a full day wear; my daily glasses are 16g for comparison.
The flaps that cover the bowl and on-board storage are tiny pieces of plastic attached via a screw. They feel like they will break at any minute and they get in the way of usage. Additionally, there is a lot of landfill waste with the packaging as you will see in the picture.
As far as "smoke-ability" this is a two-hit wonder with a bad aftertaste. The glasses hold less than 1 gram total. #TwoHitWonder = one in the on-board storage and one in the bowl pre-loaded. Cleaning the "cashed" flower becomes difficult and requires chemicals to clean the tiny holes in the bowl to a "new-bowl" status. Removing stored flower in the on-board storage is easy... if you are doing nothing else. If you are at a concert or on the move... welp, prepare to lose some if not all.
I very much appreciate the hard case this came with. For the price, I wish they included a silicon storage dish for loose flower within the case. There is a cleaning cloth this comes with which i appreciate, and you can store a lighter in carrying case.
Again, i'm not big on smoking / vaping, but this product is screaming for a vape version! I can see these as a dual rig setup with e-igniters. @SmokingShades I have more ideas on this.
For now, this is a great present for the stoner-pipe-collector as it truly is a trend setting product that I have no doubt will become a new category of sun glasses.
If you have questions about this or about life in general, let me know below!
There is so much going on in the grow as we reach the finale of the 2018 into 2019 Winter Garden! Most of the lettuces are going to seed. I am a seed saver, but with the unrealistic growing conditions & current surplus of seeds (at addiction level), these plants are going to the compost.
Enjoy the truck load of pictures and let me know what you think in the comments below!
Pros: Quality, Taste, Company that gives back
Straight to the point— Green Labs LLC, Swifts honey infused weed is great. There is the THC version, shown above, and a CBD version as well (not shown/tested). Im not a fan of the packaging because these tiny packages are not recyclable. I will slightly overlook it because of the following:
The flavor is honey first and then a kick of cannabis—nothing else. The typical cannabis burn associated with edibles is (in my opinion) low compared to other products that I have tried. After tasting the product individually, I added this product to some mint tea, which was a delight.
The reason this product gets five leaf s is due to Green Labs' profit sharing. According to their website:
"A portion of Swifts Honey sales goes directly to the Washington State University Honey Bee and Pollinator Research Facility. Learn more about their important work and how you can help here."
I, too, agree that pollinators are in dire need of our support. I will always add a leaf to a business who puts an ethical choice over deepening their pockets. Therefore, when you put the too together it has my resounding five leaf approval. Hopefully, this is true and not a marketing ploy (I wanna see some receipts).
Have something you want me to try before you buy? Let me know with a comment below!
WOW! February is flying by so fast that if I don't post now, I'll miss it! Since the last post I disinfected everything!! There was a nasty bacteria/virus/fungus that was ripping through the soil-based plantings #MyBad.
Through a direct and light application of Neem oil (what I had on-hand) and rub down with isopropyl alcohol... things are back on track.
We are on our 7th harvest of lettuce. We are now reaping the benefits of the culantro (see photos). I cant recommend culantro enough. So much punch vs so little space needed. There are fresh flowers now too, but not enough for a bouquet yet. Probably 1 more month till at bouquet status. Jimmy peppers are large & plump. Ready for them to turn!
The disinfecting/cleaning left me with extra space for start flats. We have two flats prepared and ready for the new seeds (reviews/tests coming). Some of the 18-19 winter indoor garden plants will be in our garden for 2019. I also set up a starts-rack for germination rate testings (not pictured). #NothingBudTheTruth
Again from the last February update, the plants are doing all the work and i'm just there to do maintenance.
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Pros for both: No-fuss design, sharp cut, lightweight
Cons for both: Cheap feeling, nothing special
Two-for-one review! Straight to the point: Both Chickamasa snips are decent and I will be keeping them around til they break (will update if they do). They replaced two other snips I kept that you can deduce here Snips, Shears, and Shit.
Beyond that, there is not much "wow". They are snips. The wow comes in the story of the company. The grapevine has reported, aka not verified, that Chickamasa has been around since 1910 and their process has relatively remained unchanged since then. Instead of conforming their process to today's standards, they tell people to wait! I very much appreciate this story and hope it to be true. I wish they offered their original as show on their website here. #WANT
Out of the two, the B-500SKF is my favorite because its lightweight, shock-absorbing, clean cutting, and feels natural in my hand. The tips are small enough to get into tight spaces, yet not super-sharp to the point I get stabbed through my pants (been there).
The T-550 is a decent snip as well. The rubber lock at the bottom is distracting at first, but I got use to it flapping around the more I used it. I have concerns about the metal used to construct the snips. It feels weak, but that is compared to my all-steel pruners (seen at the top in picture three).
I look forward to using the T-550 over the summer as it can snip more at once, which will come in handy for up-keep of the Summer Garden 2019.
All-in-all, if you can get your hands on one of these, I do recommend them. If you have any information about Chickamasa to verify the story or debunk it, please leave a comment below or send me a message. #NothingBudTheTruth