How’s the outdoor season going?

Freedom seed

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Growing well in central mass. These are hemp plants, completely legal both federal and state......

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The little pot is intended to go to seed. I'll do a silver nitrate treatment of them inside when they get a bit bigger. I also have one in a straw bail that is even bigger.
Is the straw bale being run like hydro, the way strawberries are done? In Canada its less hassle to grow drug strains than hemp now. I buy hemp seed to eat but would rather grow my own.
 

Freedom seed

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Nice water source you have there and the fish are always fun.
Fish thriving is also a good sign of a balanced aquatic environment.
My two tanks also have aquatic snails, which go forth and multi-ply...very prolific. lol
I keep loaches and new world cichlids they both do a number on snails. Check out “anoxic filter” it is passive, basically a basket of kitty litter. The clay adsorbs ammonia ions and heterotrophic bacteria convert the ammonia to N2 gas in the anoxic environment. The gas escapes to the atmosphere instead of accumulating in the water as nitrate ions. Compared to standard biofilters it is a game changer.

The only filter (other than the baskets) in that pond is a 50 gallon drum which acts as a settling chamber for the solids.
 

printer

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Is the straw bale being run like hydro, the way strawberries are done? In Canada its less hassle to grow drug strains than hemp now. I buy hemp seed to eat but would rather grow my own.
I originally just wanted to grow some hemp for CBD but could not find out how to do it legally and finding seeds to use , short of buying 1000.
 

Freedom seed

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I originally just wanted to grow some hemp for CBD but could not find out how to do it legally and finding seeds to use , short of buying 1000.
There is a program for legal hemp growing but you have to register, use pre approved cultivars, and submit to inspection. Because the cultivars have been bred to produce <0.3% thc there is also very little cbd. The medicinal value of older varieties is much higher, and what is currently being bred as cbd plants would far surpass it. Then you cannot use the flower or extracts, only seed and fibre. All this hooey for a plant that was farmed as little as two generations back. Notice hemp is completely deregulated federally in the USA now, and basically operating as a free market.

There are also lots of people willing to grow cbd plants in their yard though, and sharing is always a good thing.

Of course if you happen to find some landrace growing wild it could be a great source too. Something Canadians should think about. Birds will transport hemp seed and pollen carries for miles in the wind. Only a matter of time. It is called “weed” for a good reason.
 

WintersBones

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Greetings from BC West Coast. This is my first outdoor/greenhouse attempt. Autoflower Canuk Quarter Pounder. Built a lilttle greenhouse for privacy and now testing how the conditions are along with my peppers. Worried about the heat already and we've hardly seen summer yet lol. next year I hope to try a couple of photos out here.
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WintersBones

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I grew Texada Timewarp (70/30 sativa dominant) outdoors last year on the coast and they finished mid September if I remember right. The issue here is rain, not cold.
Nice, have a friend that grows Texada Timewarp, hoping to get a couple of clones from him next year. And ya he's usually battling the wet at the end of September as it finishes, why I've built a greenhouse this year.:bigjoint:
 

Freedom seed

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I have to add, since I’m on the topic of how the Canadian government seeks “control”, that there is a regulation that all hemp seed for food purposes must be split. The obvious danger is that one might do the same thing as people the world over do, and plant them. They know that the so called breeding and selections that they use to make that crap will start to be undone with the next generation of seed. Our taxes actually paid for that study, along with studies about what happens when drug varieties pollinate hemp, and when hemp pollinates drug varieties, etc. It’s why it is so important to control “legal” hemp seed, lest they not make any money.

It is ironic that all these plans will be undone by a bunch of songbirds and the wind. Lol.
 
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cannadan

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"Just started doing a 12/12 taking them into the shed. "

What works best are these flat garden center wagons.... you can get 4 plants on per cart and wheel them in and out of your dark area on schedule
and you will def finish up early, which I assume you are trying to do.
 
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printer

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I have been working on my exhaust air so my neighbours do not find it bothersome. It got me thinking of an outside grow in a greenhouse. If you maximize greenery inside you are sure to come up to the same problem. How do people handle it?
 

cannadan

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Outside is never really a problem....as far as smell goes around here....though I do hear the occasional neighbour retorting on about smelling skunks....lol
but in the house it becomes necessary to add a filter sorta like these....1595649439641.png or
odor scrubber canisters like these
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Rayi

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Cold spring so plants got out late. Then heavy rains for 3 weeks that leached out the nitrogen. Three times the wind was above 65 mph. Then heat with no rain for several weeks. Raccoons broke in and dug up several plants looking for the fish that fish meal smell. Then the Japanese beetles came. Other than that everything has been going great.
 

cannadan

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wow sounds a bit rough....Rayi.3
I hope that things will settle down a little bit for you and the rest of this season
 

Rayi

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Me too. Worse season I've ever had but not as bad as a friend. He rototilled an area for his first grow. Seventy two plants. He than dug 12 inch holes with a auger on his tractor and filled with a local mix. Then he put up a six foot stock aid fence with the poles burried a foot deep. The rains came and washed most of the fence out and about 10 of his plants. He had planted on the side of a hill that was all sand. The fall rains came and he tried to put wire across the top of the fence to support a plastic sheet. That ruined another 10 or so of his plants. The whole time he never had enough nitrogen did to the rain and the sand. When he finally got caught up he over dosed there plants with urea. There went another 10 plants. He planted plants that went well into October in the upper lower pensula of Michigan. Lost another 10 or so. My the time he was done had 40 plants and got a total of 40 pounds of larf only. The thurps and mites got out of control. The buds were so small and airy they could not be trimmed. Near the end he asked for my advice. This year he got off the sandy hill and is using fabric pots and preventive insect sprays. Now that's a first grow and a night mare. But you got to hand it to him he's back at it and blamed me because I have him advice too late.
 

Freedom seed

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Those Japanese beetles are quite a pest. I catch the beetles by knocking them into a beer pitcher with an inch of water, they can’t fly away. Then crush them and make tea. It proprogates microbes that eat them. Between the tea and having barn swallows around I can at least minimize the damage.

Last year aphids showed up and I see they are back this year. We looked at one under the microscope yesterday and identified it as a Cannabis Aphid by the shape of the mandibles. I’m reading these things travelled on some cuts around the rec industry in California and Colorado. The ladybugs and spiders seem to be keeping them in check, I’m just going to let nature take its course, maybe with a little help with the garden hose. Cooler weather should slow the reproduction down, which is by clone. No surprise with all the big grows and dispensaries these days.

The GT x PCK is getting large. I was worried about the roots pulling out of the sand in a high wind so I put a t-bar post on each.

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Oakiey

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I haven't been out to check mine yet, their all clones so do I didn't have to worry about males. I'm a set it and forget it kinda guy.

Had a friend over this morning growing outside his house, I ask him if their flowering yet, yep he's got balls...

I really tried to get him to take a clone this spring...
 

cannadan

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Those Japanese beetles are quite a pest. I catch the beetles by knocking them into a beer pitcher with an inch of water, they can’t fly away. Then crush them and make tea. It proprogates microbes that eat them. Between the tea and having barn swallows around I can at least minimize the damage.

Last year aphids showed up and I see they are back this year. We looked at one under the microscope yesterday and identified it as a Cannabis Aphid by the shape of the mandibles. I’m reading these things travelled on some cuts around the rec industry in California and Colorado. The ladybugs and spiders seem to be keeping them in check, I’m just going to let nature take its course, maybe with a little help with the garden hose. Cooler weather should slow the reproduction down, which is by clone. No surprise with all the big grows and dispensaries these days.

The GT x PCK is getting large. I was worried about the roots pulling out of the sand in a high wind so I put a t-bar post on each.

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looking good ..those are gonna be massive...I get anxious thinking about how much trimming is involved with densely leafy strains, which is why the last couple of years I have gone with just natural shaped plants and tended towards strain's with less leaf density....

This year I got lucky...and with the seed exchange we did on another site, I managed to get strains from all over north America and as far away as the Netherlands... I managed to pick a few from each and I got 10 in total ...of which 7 are really nice lineage and are really low leaf density types of plants with ample bud sites....so I'm quite happy how things are turning out... so far...
All but 2 are over 6 feet already and everything has been staked to reduce the winds effect....
 

Freedom seed

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I was over at the other site a bit in the winter, I need to check it out again. We have a similar plan here, hybrids selected for more open sativa growth, long spears, less leaf. If anything it helps with the humidity around here.

This is Ace Malawi x PCK from their website, I don’t think it’s going to trim too difficult:
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I top dressed a bunch of organic tomato pellets and some lime this week. Will add some hardwood ash in flowering.
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Going by pictures on Google these seem to be Cannabis Aphids, not impressed but hoping the natural predators keep them under control like last year:
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