The Trichs will tell you when she is ready. If you don't have one already, get a x30 magnifying scope. Wait until the trichs start to go Amber, or she looks "Ripe". Then cut her. Hang her, until her buds feel dry on the outside. Then do your final trim, and put the nugs into a glass mason jar. Burp the jar every few hours, shake the buds around, then recap. Do this for a few days till you get it to the desired dryness. Then store for a week. This is the routine I follow, and have had great results with. Its a long process, especially if your don't have any smoke. BUT its well worth the wait. Compared to smoking semi wet/uncured buds.