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Captains 3600W Perpetual Jungle Living Soil&No Till Sips

Discussion in 'Grow Journals' started by CaptainSnap, Jan 17, 2018.

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    CaptainSnap

    CaptainSnap Active Member

    How's it flying my fellow Cannabis Cultivators?!

    Its been several years since I've had a grow journal which helps me stay focused and gain knowledge on ways to improve in my small garden!! A win win in my book. I formerly was on here as Trickyn9ne and was in the Fat Purple grow off in the Michigan Thread. One of my tester beans for Fat Marty was the one selected for the mother and is now the reason why that strain is available world wide. This was the last time I was on the web making posts and all that certainly wouldn't have been possible without my good friend Gladstoned. Shout out brother although I know you rarely check this site anymore....And to Fat Marty too!

    My garden consists of 2 rooms and a 4x4 tent. My flowering room is a 5x20 with a height of 6.5 feet. In there I have 2 air cooled 1k single ended units and 2 air cooled 600w single ended units. The bulbs alternate in the room and are in a single row down the middle of the room. My tent houses a 400 watt CMH set up. My other room is my veg room/dwarf shrimp breeding room!! I used to operate a large aquaponic facility and was in a car accident that no longer left me able to enjoy my love for aquaculture and gardening. So I started breeding dwarf shrimp in my garden. Seems to work out nicely and go hand in hand although its not an aquaponic set up...just gets me my fix!

    I've tried every style of growing and always find myself needing to get my fingers in some living soil. Not to mention all my soil girls have so many better terpenes and flavors that I much prefer to indulge in that medicine. For awhile I loved the simplicity of running dwc and set up a 10 bucket recirculating system. That lasted about 8 months when I developed root rot that spread. I still like to play with hydro so I keep 2 5gallon DWC buckets going in for flowering in the 4x4 tent.

    For the past year I've been growing organic and following the guys at the forefront of the organic section such as Greasemonkey, Hyroot, The guys at Jah Earth, Rasta Roy (We in the same state brother)!! Thanks guys for all the free knowledge and whats to come. I also follow a lot of Elaine Ingham and guys like HerbinFarmer, Brownguy420, and Alaskan Natural Canna on Youtube. Much appreciation to all those I mentioned and those that I have forgot putting out true organic knowledge for free.

    I've been mixing my own soil with organic amendments such as Crab Meal, Kelp Meal, Bio-Live, Gypsum, D.E., Purple Cow Compost, Rabbit turds, and aged Horse manure. And waterings of fresh aloe, compost teas, and sst teas (popcorn and malted barley). And my newest addition to the mix based of Dons advice is bsf insect frass which is currently on the way. On my second run with the same soil and some have done great while others have struggled. Most of the struggling happening over the winter here where I don't have full control of humidity and watering. I've been potting clones in 1gallon, then up potting to 5 gallon fabrics and then into 10 gallon plastic for flowering. I've now upped that to 20 gallon containers. 2 of which I made into 20 gallon sips which I plan to do no till and only top dress amendments and worms.

    I super stoked for the near future and hope to have consistent positive grows with my new style of full organics. Please feel free to comment and post advice or ask any questions that you have...

    Stay tuned as Ill be continuing to update my garden.....
    New to me 20 gallon living soil planters and 20 gallon sips no till!!!! Cant wait to post results!!
     
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    CaptainSnap

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    So as I mentioned I built 2 20 gallon sips containers that I plan to do a no-till style. After some DIY youtube searches on the topic I had an idea in my head with the materials I have on hand. One nice thing about being in a hobby over the years is you tend to accumulate a lot of stuff....which I like to recycle or reuse at any cost!

    Essentially I used a 20 gallon plastic pot and a large saucer as my water reservoir. I used cotton rope (I know its not organic) as my wick and made 8 wicks for each 20 gallon pot...one for each drainage hole. I then filled the bottom 2.5 inches with lava rock and then placed a cut out of a large fabric pot on top of that to prevent my soil from leaching into the water. In the center of this fabric I cut an x to weave my wicks through to the soil layer. Check out the pics and let me know what you think. I set one up unplanted in the room and am monitoring it to see how she works moisture wise.

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    Put remixed soil and more lava rocks on top of the fabric layer as I feel this area will hold a lot of water and there for I want max air!

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    And this is the finished 20 gallon sips no till planter! I kept the soil low so in a couple weeks I can take a plant out of veg set it on top of the soil and just backfill!! Any concerns or comments feel free to post.
     
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    CaptainSnap

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    Quick update on the 20 gallon SIPS no till planters. The one I've had in the flowering room with water constantly in the saucer seems to be doing perfect for water retention and not getting water logged!! I got about a week before I'm planting my first container and then the pictures will start coming. I did in the mean time get 1000 red wigglers from uncle Jims and set it up in a 40 gallon fabric pot and filled it with Pitt moss for the bedding!! So far so good...
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    Supper Excited this week as I got my 1st 20 gallon no till SIPS container planted Tuesday of this week! I'll try to keep up with weekly picture taking with this lady and the ladies to come. I'm hoping to start a SIPS container every 2 weeks. I also added a bunch of duckweed and guppy grass to the worm bin.....huge plus to be in the aquatic hobby as well! Worms love it!! Stay tuned...
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    Sorry not sure why my pictures aren't working! I load them to post images and then take them from there. I'll try to figure it out. Heres a shot of the Klair (Thanks Hash Bean) which is a g13 cross. Was grown in recycled living soil and turned out fantastic.[​IMG]
     
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    Weekly update from the jungle! Everything is looking well and the newly planted 20 Gallon SIPS is taking off...
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    Only had to water after transplanting thus far on the SIPS container. Very top is drying out but its plenty moist just below the surface! I can get used to this...
     
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    Just for fun here is my 1 of my Grape Fat Cheese girls in a 5 gallon DWC! Pretty much ready to be flipped at anytime....
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    Showing some yellowing and I'd assume thats to me not having enough time to keep up with pH or ppms lately. Its been about a month and I just keep topping off with low nutrient water. Prolly change out the reservoir and redial this lady in tomorrow so she can green up before the flip
     
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    Tim Fox

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    hey there , i also grow in sips,,, looking good over there
     
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    CaptainSnap

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    Hey Tim Fox! Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words! Do you happen to have a journal? How long you been in SIPS containers?
     
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