GroSkool 2.0:  How Does Our Garden Grow?
Feb28

GroSkool 2.0: How Does Our Garden Grow?

The beginners class in GroSkool grew our plants in soil.  This was as much for the convenience of the faculty and staff, as there are many other ways to grow plants.  That means there are many ways, other than soil, to grow cannabis.  One popular technique is hydroponic growing -- growing with the plant's roots suspended in nutrient-rich, highly oxygenated water.   Anything that grows in soil can be grown in a hydroponic set-up....

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GroSkool:  Answers the “6 Plant” Question
Feb21

GroSkool: Answers the “6 Plant” Question

It's our last meeting as the inaugural freshman class of GroSkool.    Three (Colorado, Alaska, Washington, D.C.) of the five re-legalized states allow a “6 plant garden with 3 plants ‘showing flowers’ at one time.” Can a six-plant garden grow enough cannabis for the “house?” GroSkool was created to answer this question. We began by looking at two different ways to obtain our plants, either from SEED or starting from CLONES. Our...

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GroSkool:  Curing the Beautiful, Beautiful Buds
Feb14

GroSkool: Curing the Beautiful, Beautiful Buds

We have arrived at our goal -- great cannabis at a great price.  Reflect on how much effort you put in and how much understanding you came away with.  Growing any garden is a metaphor for life.  Growing a cannabis garden is a celebration of life.  It's almost time to enjoy your first homegrown.  Almost --  just one more step -- curing the nearly-dry buds.       The curing process draws out that last bit of moisture from...

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GroSkool:  How to Properly Dry the Harvest
Feb07

GroSkool: How to Properly Dry the Harvest

Drying your just-harvested bud is not difficult but it is important to do it right.  Dry too slow and risk mold.  Dry too fast and lose flavor.  Let's turn to a couple of experts.   Here's Jorge Cervantes. Here's a grower following Ed Rosenthal. One more. Share one before we part? We are nearing the end of our virgin grow. Next week we will discuss curing the bud to maximize everything cannabis is and does. The faculty and staff...

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GroSkool:  Harvest Time
Jan31

GroSkool: Harvest Time

The concluding chapter in the life of our plant is made up of (1) harvest, then (2) drying, then (3) curing the cannabis flowers.  Each step is important and can have great influence on the strength, potency and fragrance of the flowers.  We want to use "best practices" at each of these three steps.  This week we will be looking at "harvest."   One more time. One of the great joys of harvest is admiring the plants before they are...

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Don’t Miss “High Maintenance”
Jan26

Don’t Miss “High Maintenance”

Here's a not-so-new show with a cannabis theme -- High Maintenance. The show has announced new episodes are on the way.   High Maintenance centers around a cannabis dealer known simply as "The Guy" (played by show co-creator Ben Sinclair) who slips in and out of the lives of his clients – an eclectic array of Brooklynites, from the likes of a harried personal assistant buying weed for her boss to a misunderstood asexual magician....

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