MJ’s Book Look: Idiot’s Guide to Growing Marijuana

The Idiot’s Guide to Growing Marijuana, by Kevin Oliver and Chadd McKeen, is the book you want to read once you decide — even if it’s “someday” —  to grow your own.  As the pace of re-legalization picks up more and more people will cross that threshold.  This book is a good first read for Read more…

Mom & Pop Cannabis Farmer’s in Cali

Re-legalization may mean “Big Pot” to go along with “Bit Tobacco,” “Big Alcohol,” and “Big Pharma.”  Is that good or bad?  VICE on HBO is exploring the topic.   Small-scale weed farmers have been fighting to legalize marijuana for generations—but the closer they get to ending the prohibition on pot, the closer they get to Read more…

MJ’s Book Look: Homegrown Hydro

Re-legalized Washington state is the home to Joshua Sheets, the author of Homegrown Marijuana – Create a Hydroponic Growing System in Your Own Home. Quality cannabis grow books, especially ones aimed at beginners, are hard to produce, as the scope of the material is so enormous. But this author has done a commendable service focusing Read more…

GroSkool 2.0: Curing the Dry Harvest

One more manipulation of the plant and then we can consume.  First we must “cure” the buds.  Here’s why:   Drying also converts THC from its non-psychoactive crude acidic form to its psychoactive pH-neutral form. Once dry, THC-potent marijuana can be smoked and you will get high. Every THC molecule must shed their moisture content Read more…

GroSkool 2.0: Drying Technique

GroSkool 2.0: Harvest? Which Style?

At long last the time has come to harvest our flowers.  There is a fork in the road here.  Two different paths present and we must select one.   Lollipopping your plants means you expect, when the time comes, to take (cut down) the entire plant at one time. If our re-legalized future does include Read more…

GroSkool 2.0: Flush Before Harvest

We have one last task prior to harvest — flush out the medium in the growing containers with fresh water.  This will make sure all the nutrient salts are gone from the grow medium prior to harvest.   In time you will learn to tell properly flushed plants by how they smoke and taste. That’s Read more…

GroSkool 2.0: Week 7 in Flower

We have reached the seventh week in flower.  Let’s take a peek.   After doing all this work, just one more. If we have a new concern at this place in the process it may be odor control. Some cannabis plants stink good! We begin the discussion of harvest next week. Hope you stop by. Read more…

GroSkool 2.0: Flowering Week 6 & Knowing When to Harvest

The flowers are becoming fatter each day.  They stink — it’s wonderful.  We leave the plants in the dark their full 12 – 13 hours daily.  We do not peak at them.    But there is a correct point at which to harvest.  How will we know?   Each plant has a best time to Read more…

GroSkool 2.0: Week 5 in Flower; Can We Harvest?

The buds are getting bigger and I really want to harvest.  Is it time?   Okay, it’s not time to harvest, but when will it be time? Repeat the GroSkool Pledge: I will harvest no kind before it’s time. [With apologies to Orson Welles] Thanks for coming to class. Now go have some fun.

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