Another Fine Mesh

In countries close to the 30th parallel, such as Nepal, Afghanistan and Lebanon, THC glands have traditionally been separated from the plant and concentrated into hashish. The glands are separated mechanically from the grass using a silk scarf stretched tightly over a bowl. Some hash makers have switched to metal screens instead of the scarves, since they are very durable and easy to frame. John used a wire mesh with a 100 strands per inch. The material which falls through the mesh has a...

Aphids

Aphids are prolific, 1 16 to 3 8 inch-long, pear-shaped insects. They come in many colors including white, green, pink, red, yellow and black. They mature in 7-10 days and start birthing live young. They suck the plant juices and are often herded by ants which milk them for the honeydew or sugar concentrate, which Aphidius colemani is a tiny non-social parasitic wasp that lays it eggs in living aphids. The adult wasp emerges from the aphid's mummy in two weeks ready to mate and start laying...

Herbivores

Deer, rabbits and other herbivores can be a vexing problem for outdoor gardeners. During early spring, when there is little vegetation available, young plants are especially vulnerable. In addition, some predators develop a taste for marijuana and its high. Keeping these predators away can be a daunting task. In a four-year study at Rutgers University, researchers found that Deer Off was the most effective preparation at deterring deer. An added benefit is that the product also deters squirrels...

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This stretched branch produced male flowers which dropped pollen. This stretched branch produced male flowers which dropped pollen. I have often reported on the quest for these elusive 'forced' males. Readers have reported induction of male flowers on female plants by using aspirin and irregular light regimens during flowering. More growers reported failure trying these techniques, which were, at best, unreliable. The application of gibberellic acid, a hormone found naturally in plants, has...

Not All Glands Are Created Equal

The quality of the marijuana affects the quality of the hash, too. Moroccan hash is made from plants of marginal potency. A Moroccan gland does not contain as much THC as a Nepalese gland. Within a specific variety, individual plants vary in the number of glands they have per square centimeter. The result is that some plants are more potent than others. In Holland several growers told me that they observed that gland size differed by variety. One observed that hash plant hybrids were covered...

Passive Hydroponic Systems

The wick system is inexpensive and easy to set up and maintain. The principle underlying this type of passive system is that a length of 3 8 to 5 8 inch thick braided nylon rope, used as a wick, will draw enough nourishment from a reservoir filled with a water nutrient solution to keep a growing medium moist. The container, which holds a rooting medium, has wicks running along the bottom and dropping through small, tight-fitting holes to the reservoir. Keeping the holes small makes it difficult...

Thc Is Everywhere

Tetrahydrocannibinol (THC) is the psychoactive component of marijuana. It is produced on the stems, leaves, and vegetation surrounding the flowers, and it is stored in glands which emerge from the surface. On the stems and the early fan leaves these glands are small and hug the surface, while the glands on more mature plants are stalked and look like a mushroom with a bulbous cap. The glands produce a very potent dense smoke. Rather than inhaling burning vegetation, the glands are a THC...

Sterilizers

Organic and hydroponic growers both face the problem of replacing or cleaning the medium after each crop. Usually potting mixes and rockwool are replaced, while clay pebbles are washed. These measures are taken to prevent the cross-generational spread of disease. Some new products have been scaled down to give gardeners the same tools that were once only available only to large greenhouse growers. Several new chemicals used for greenhouse and grow room sterilization, pose less of an...

Active Hydroponic Systems

The flood system consists of a tub or container holding a medium that is completely flooded on a regular basis, usually once, twice, or three times daily, depending on the growth stage and environmental factors. The medium holds enough moisture between irrigations to meet the needs of the plant. First-generation commercial greenhouses using this method were usually built with long beds of gravel that were systematically flooded. Today, the flood system is most often used with individual...

Nutrients

Choose a fertilizer designed for hydroponic growing. Make sure that it supplies adequate amounts of nitrogen during early growth stages. Typical hydroponic fertilizers have nutrient ratios of 9-5-10 or 18-6-16 (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium, or N-P-K). Fertilizers used for later growth should have lower ratios of N. In addition to N-P-K, the fertilizer should supply secondary and micro-nutrients, which will be listed on the label of the fertilizer package. Some fertilizers seem to be deficient...

Tilling

Gardens that have not been planted recently (that is, within the past three or four years) require more work. It is best to begin preparing the soil in the fall before the first frost. This can be done using a spade or shovel. The ground is lifted from a depth of six or eight inches and turned over so that the top level, with its grass and weeds, becomes the bottom layer. Large clumps are broken up with a power hoe or roto-tiller. Conditioners such as fresh leaves, composts, mulching materials,...

Layering

Layering is another method of cultivation. The theory behind this program is that in nature the soil is rarely turned, but builds up, as layer after layer of compostable material fails to the ground. This material, which contains many nutrients, gradually breaks down, creating a rich humus layer over a period of years. The layering method speeds up the natural process. Since gardens are more intensely cultivated than wild fields, new material is required to replenish the soil nutrients. Some...

Better Growth And Disease Protection

Gardeners have an arsenal of friendly microbes they can use to protect their crops from pests and disease. These organisms use plant pests as their food source, but their diet does not include larger organisms so they are completely harmless to humans and animals. Many of these products are used to prevent disease rather than cure it. Their presence acts somewhat like a vaccine they attack invading disease organisms without harming those that are helpful to plants. The organisms below are all...

Table of Contents

Chapter Choosing a Cannabis 1 Variety Chapter Good News for Late 5 Planters Chapter Techniques for Preparing 97 Soil Chapter Four Ways to a Better 11 Grow Room Chap1ei pruning for Giant Yields Chapter When I asked Ed how to describe himself he thought for a moment. I could palpably feel his brain working. Then he said, I'm not sure whether I was placed on Earth as an agent of Cannabis or if I am just another advocate for justice. Marijuana, though important, is just one of many issues. Whatever...

The Equatorial Theory

The ratios of cannabinoids found in different varieties of cannabis differ greatly. Generally, marijuana grown at the equator contains mostly THC, CBN, and THCV, with only traces of CBD. As the distance from the equator increases, the amount of CBD in relation to THC increases. At the 30th parallel (northern Mexico, Morocco, and Afghanistan), amounts of CBD and THC found in adapted varieties are about equal. Above the 30th parallel, cannabis plants are usually considered But this is not a...

The Cannabinoids

There are more than 40 known cannabinoids, but most of these occur in very small amounts and are not important to the high. The cannabinoids found in greatest quantity are THC, THCV, CBN, and CBC. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive (mind-bending) ingredient in marijuana, and accounts for most of the high. Actually THC is found in four or five variations with slight differences in their chemical structure. The variants have similar effects. THC occurs in all varieties of...