Outdoor/Greenhouse backyard Northern/Central Cali in the
The Grow Room forums; Just wanted to start showing my ladies and expand my knowledge through the help of the users on Rollitup. This ...
Outdoor/Greenhouse backyard Northern/Central Cali
Just wanted to start showing my ladies and expand my knowledge through the help of the users on Rollitup. This is my 2nd season growing outdoors. I feel like I did an alright job last year growing out of a dog house, and wanted to step it up a bit.
I have a 13 of 18 girls I started all from seed outdoor in late March. They are 3 different strains I bought from the club, all of them 50s/50i hybrids. 12 of them were predetermined female seeds and 6 of them were regular. I germinated them in the medium that they would grow in outdoor with no additional lights. Also we made a greenhouse and attached it to a preexisting outdoor shed which I also built a few years back. The idea was to have an airlock that would help prevent any little critters or pest in. Then I dug some holes about 1' deep and mixed some Steer Manure and Gold Rush together and filled the holes. Then I placed Smart Pots on top of the amended soil and filled them with various mediums mainly to compare for future reference. Some are in a 50/50 Bumper crop and Gold rush mix, some are in an organic potting soil and some are in the expensive, but highly effective Fox Farm potting soil. I started transplanting them 4/08/12. On the outside, 4 of them are in peat pots that I started toying around with Low Stress Training with. I expect to use this year to learn more about growing, but I would also LOVE a huge yield as we all would!
I found that March was too early to grow outdoor when a few weeks ago when they started showing pistils. I asked a few friends and colleagues what they thought I should do and all of them recommended I throw a tarp on it, some lights in it and start flowering. I didn't want to do that so I pinched the flowers off, and flooded them with triple 16 Maxsea Seaweed fertilizer. All of the plants have since reverted back to vegetation with no signs of stress. It has been about 10 days since they reverted back to veg.
I thought that the 6 vents I put in the greenhouse would be enough ventilation. Some of you experienced growers would probably have started laughing at me then! Once the first 85 degree day hit I quickly realized I was SOO wrong. I came home from work to find my ladies all melting! I even lost one of the little ones, , but a price to be paid for under ventilation. Many growers told me this was one of the key factors to a successful greenhouse since I did not use a permeable material. I fixed the problem by using a blade to cut back every other lower sector and stapled up some screen material. I left the flaps with some velcro so that I can close them if it gets too cold (at the end of the season). I also threw some fans in to increase oxygen flow. within 3 days the 13 survivors were back to normal, with a few burn marks on the lower leaves to remind me. It kind of worked in my favor by expanding my grow period on both ends. I recently cut the burned leaves off.
Also a very specific problem came about when I peeked in between the smart pots and the ground to see if the roots had penetrated the pots yet. They had and there were very tiny mites crawling in the soil. Looking around online horrified me before I actually caught one with my fingers and dropped it perfectly belly-side down on a yellow pest strip. Still alive, I looked at it through a 60x scope and started by ruling out all the harmful pest. I eventually found it to be a perfect match of a beneficial, predatory soil mite native to Northern California.
Another thing is, it's impossible to keep little bugs out of the greenhouse because its bottom is the Earth! But I have controlled any bug problems for now with some organic pesticide concentrate, sticky traps and letting the spiders I see in there live. But it's not the veg. grow period that I'm worried about, I know when these start flowering in August I'm going to be busy!
I plan to get some 6' tomato cages next and put them in the greenhouse pots.That's it for now, I'll keep up with the post.
Last edited by bgoodgrow; 05-13-2012 at 04:49 PM.
5/15 I topped my plants because Size is definetley going to be an issue. Here is the progress so far.Outdoor Grow Progress4.jpgOutdoor Grow Progress5.jpg
Last edited by bgoodgrow; 05-16-2012 at 04:01 PM.
I threw in a few lights to insure they stay on veg Also topped a few of them yesterday (5/17)
i love greenhouse pron, but seeing three people to build a greenhouse is disappointing. man up and do it yourself!
just kidding, will be following along.
Originally Posted by nontheist
Originally Posted by desert dude
Lol from now on I will!
Originally Posted by UncleBuck
looking good, repped and subbed. I love how well built your greenhouse looks, will be fun comparing our plants as time goes on
Here's individual pictures I took on 5/26 of my 13 girls. I've been recording the growth rate and there growing 1" -1.5" each day, better on sunny days obviously. Now that it's getting hotter, I'm going to wrap the whole bottom in screen this weekend. Only about 50% of the bottom is wrapped in screen now. Hmm maybe another fan. Slowly becoming a screenhouse
So last years crop, I didn't plant the seeds until 6-15 and the clones 7-19. So I'm way ahead of schedule. I'm anxious to see what these look like in 2 months. I cut down last years crop 9-20 so I have quite a bit of time left. If you don't keep a secret journal somewhere of your progress I highly recommend it because it is very helpful to compare to last years crop. This year I'm using this site and power point to keep track of everything in detail to help me next year. very happy looking at these ladies this morning!
Outdoor Grow Progress14.jpg
Thinking about transplanting the LSTs to some trash can size things, whatever I find at the hardware store. Really want these girls to push now that there so damn bushy Super excited, It'll probably cost about $50 for each one I'm figuring. Anyways, everything is def back in veg, I can tell every morning. The greenhouse girls are starting to stand up to me lol. It's getting to be a task spraying spinosad 1-2 a week, so I'm going to get MORE lady bugs and this time try the lady bugs hormones to see if they'll stay this time. Mantis' just kinda creep me out despite how cool they are. Anyone have any experience with them?