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terranova last won the day on April 8 2015

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  1. We hope everything is well. Happy Birthday. :) 

  2. terranova

    When to add Oyster Shells

    Eddiekirk, The shells will be Ca=CO3, that's a double bond so you're looking at a "slow release" type of effect which is wonderful. I'd say that if you're preparing your spot outside I'd throw on something like 1 cup per cuft of compost you're using or 1 cup per 3'x3' area and work it into the soil surface just an inch or so to not lose it to the wind. Another alternative or combo you could take into consideration is adding in some gypsum at the same rate I suggested above. Gypsum as Ca-SO4 will be a single bond and will quickly begin breaking apart in your soil leaving you with quite a bit of Ca++ and S-- which is also a very important element in life. I'd add it to the soil yesterday, and by no means can it be pigeon-holed into a necessity of just one growth phase. These are important to soil life and therefore plants throughout the whole cycle. I'dd add them again perhaps mid august mixed in to some compost/castings that are being utilized but that's it... Also, if you haven't tried it yet - try going to a brew shop and picking up a 50lb bag of organic malted barley, and see if they'll mill half of it for you there. Top dress the milled barley around your plants at 2-4 cups per plant outside and water it in that evening. (Amending it to your compost prior is also a great alternative) Repeat every 2 weeks or so. You'll be watering in enzymes, which are just catalysts to the catalysts really - unlocking even more bio-availability for your plants. When combined with another bioaccumulator like kelp, neem with aloe vera the responses are even more impressive. I've shied away from the bone meals because of the lack of accountability in the slaughterhouse which the amendment is harvested - and the availability of phosphorus will be no issue without bone meal thanks to phosphatase present in malted seed. Phosphorus is not as illusive or necessary to input in large amounts as most people suggest, that's no doubt; lacking any real published review that points to its role in prolific fruit sets or their respective size. Final detail - most seeds produced by plants will have every element present as they're formed, quickly being deconstructed as you water it in your soil or compost. This does a great job enriching and curing your compost as well...There will be no shortage of goods... Hope this helps! TN
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    Living soil, vermiculture - Indoor/Outdoor

    Moorlandmoss, You're welcome. By salts I was speaking in terms of growers who tailor their own nutrient profile and mix stock solutions. Probably more along the line of "real hydroponics" if that makes any sense, they are good at what they do. They get solubility too, which is nice considering the pile at shit precipitated at the bottom of most people's rez after they mix "nutes"... If you have Instagram check out Jungleboyz out of CA, they're mixing their own solutions... I'll post more shots of the MS5 soon. TN
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    Tea Recipes

    Okay, here is one for those of you who like branching, shoots and structure. Passed down by CC. For 5 gal water, Bubbled for 12-16hrs and applied diluted or undiluted (works just as good diluted from my experience, if not better) 1 Cup Alfalfa 1/4 Cup Kelp Meal 1/4 Cup Neem Seed Meal Fill up your sprayer with that tea and add to it per gal: 1/4 cup aloe vera juice 1/4 cup coconut water 10ml Fulvic acid (FulPower) Cover the leaf surface (under the leaves too please!!!) and stems in their entirety and water in your milled malted barley seeds, Neem seed and Kelp topdress on the same day with this tea at lights off or a few hours before lights on. Turn off any direct fans to prevent things from drying too quickly on leaves as you apply. Enjoy.. TN
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    Living soil, vermiculture - Indoor/Outdoor

    Its been a few days since I started the thread, figured its time to dump more pictures on here. For those of you who are transitioning from bottle-fed to some type of organic method - distance yourselves from thoughts of having to feed your plants or give them more by this or that concoction. That's a surefire way to step on the soil food web and break away from any given type of consistency you could have had. Distance yourself from bagged compost, even if it is the new anointed ONE brand of compost everyone is hyping about - chances are your own home made castings (worms feasting on malted barley and accumulators) and thermophilic would be far superior. Not to mention bad storage practices and the millions of gnats and aphids you'll likely pull in. Time and time again, I see people showing off their "notill" grows with all the crutches and shortcuts that fall short time and time again - cycle after cycle until you end up with an ideal that you still have to input so much as far as elements, in order to feed your plants or bump up their defense. This of course, comes from forgetting altogether that plants feed themselves and manufacture their own food. Its important to remember that the roots of this "method" are grounded in a biodynamic approach to gardening for which simplicity is the main factor. The most complex thing should be the thorough application of horticultural and carrier oils to the leaf and stem surface. Whatever questions come up please ask, I'd definitely like to help anyone get started if what they're looking for is gardening. For anyone who enjoys dialing in feeds and concoctions, I'd rather just recommend one to learn salts and save yourself the money vs bottles. More money in the hole doesn't mean crushing it harder. The guys who do crush the salt game have also found their haven of consistency, solubility and cleanliness to produce great herb as well. Off the soap box..to what matters. Mullumbimby Super 5 (Mullumbimby Madness x NL5 "Super 5") Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cuttings I've ever had the pleasure to work with. This plant wants to perform for the grower. This shot is a few days old but you can see the body of the plant leaning and producing more branching and shoots. We are taking her as long as she will possibly go - which hopefully will be many many weeks. I don't ever top any plants and typically refrain from tying branches down other than on a few select occasions or cultivars. Every foliar spray I focus on covering the undersides of the leaves before I mist from the top. This weighs down the plants heavily, and soon enough we begin to see structure, branching, and a plant immune system. Talking plant immune system we have to go back to plant hormones which then make it up. Specifically here ABA - abscisic acid produced down at the roots and helping the plant push out secondary branching then IAA - Indole-3-acetic acid which is the auxin we are most familiar with. IAA at the tip of every shoot, helping the plant "find the light source" and correct herself time and time again just like in nature. IBA (Indole-3-Butyric Acid) is another auxin type you'll see on most rooting products along with IAA. These auxins are present in aloe vera by the way..along with saponins and nutrients bio-available to plants. Gorilla Glue 4 around 8 weeks after 12/12 San Fernando Valley OG Kush - Finally have the pleasure to grow her out thanks to popeye. Norcal Fire OGK Without plant hormones, there is no plant immune system. The 5 main hormone categories like our main 5 senses. IAA, IBA, Gibberellins, ABA, and Cytokinins. Stimulate those by building soil and keep in mind the stresses like topping/fim etc and how detrimental they can be to a plant getting pushed through flower. The positive stresses should mimic nature in every way possible. Observe and work with your plants...
  6. terranova

    Living soil, vermiculture - Indoor/Outdoor

    Everyday we learn something new from one another...Nice to see you around, thanks! TN
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    Living soil, vermiculture - Indoor/Outdoor

    Direwolf15, You can definitely add some red worms to your container, though in order to sustain a population in the future I'd start building a mulch now so that they always have something to eat. I.e. - Bare FFOF soil with amendments, start a cover crop first as you transplant and introduce worms. Once the crop gets wild, cut it down and drop it on the surface of your soil. Topdress a couple TBS of Neem meal and Kelp, 1/4cup or so of milled malted seed, and finally an inch thick skin of vermicompost to cover it. Once the worms' reproduction really kicks into gear you'll be well on your way to building your soil. Keep your mulch and soil moist but never logged or strangled dry, minimal waterings more often with a sprayer are usually the way to go. FFOF isn't the ideal start, but it will be "fixed" over time by the soil food web and its structure will improve. What we are doing around here is finding good manure to feed to the worms (manures are then amended with things like basalt, neem seed meal, kelp, malted barley, straw and pumice). Hard to beat good manure as a food source, and having your own quality EWC around makes this type of gardening possible and cost effective. Hope that helps. TN
  8. terranova

    Living soil, vermiculture - Indoor/Outdoor

    MM, Thank you! No, I'm currently just sharing an indoor space with someone and helping out where I can with soil, etc. How's everything?? Glad to see more organic threads here at PIF... TN
  9. Hey guys, TN here again... Long intermission between threads, I've been busy. With changing times I figured it was fitting to start a new thread. I'll be posting updates with just shots of the various gardens/plants and what not. Occasionally I'm sure I'll feel motivated to do a longer write up on some type of recipe, mix or technique but its just not really my thing, I'd rather the seekers ask questions...Much love to you all. These fellows here doing all the heavy lifting in the soil building world Gorilla Glue 4 shots Tahoe Cure Casey Jones Plenty more shots coming, just wanted to get the thread started back up again.. Regards, Terranova
  10. terranova

    Living Soil Cannabis - Omni Naturals

    Thanks for tuning in..I'll get nugshots of finished flowers up once they're done drying. This particular OG smells very strongly of roses. TN
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    Living Soil Cannabis - Omni Naturals

    Fellow PIF members, I apologize for the long intermission between updates...But here goes some of the pre-harvest shots. Everything is nice and ripe by now slowly calyxing out to that beautiful faded finish. OG Kush - Skywalker OG Kush - Skywalker OG Kush - Skywalker Peyote Purple 2 - Cannabiogen (This one not ripe yet, still has time...currently turning black) East Coast Sour Diesel - ECSD ECSD Platinum Animal Cookies - 09 Cut Platinum Animal Cookies Katsu's Bubba Kush - (more recent flower induction, needs time...) Purple Mango That's pretty much it...Next round will be even more headstash focused in this particular room. Any questions, dont hesitate...Thank you. TN
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    Living Soil Cannabis - Omni Naturals

    4/13/2015 Update - Week 4 Flower (Day 28) This cycle is going nicely. Plants are responding well, I'm getting to work with some magnificent cultivars in a great room so its plug and play for me... Platinum Animal Cookies Platinum Animal Cookies (Whole Plant) Rezdog Sour D (Bad lighting...but you get the idea..) Skywalker OG Kush (G-Cut) Skywalker OG Kush (G-Cut) East Coast Sour Diesel [ECSD] CinX (Whole Plant) CinX CinX (Another Plant - Fast flowering, farther along in the cycle..) That's it for now. This week these containers will be getting a compost tea brewed with our vermicompost and a local fish compost... TN
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    Moo, Composting will never be a waste of time. I'd read in to the essential basics of composting and the types of inputs that are great for the worms right off the bat. In a closed loop there is truly no waste, so all the cannabis material can be composted or, take all those leaves and make FPE. So for example...if you have some aged manure (1yr) in your area (Biologic stuff, no antibiotics in cows or horses, etc) you can start making fantastic compost right away. Say you have a yard of that. Add in a bunch of barley straw - what looks like the same volume. Mix it all together. Amend that mix with minerals such as rock dusts, oyster shell flour, bentonite clay, gypsum, egg shells, whatever. The barley straw will provide good lignin, Carbon, and a myriad of indigenous life that live on/around the straw. You want that C:N ratio of your compost to be around 30:1 or 25:1 to have a nice airy humus with good life and no compaction. The worms will love the stuff and so will your plants. TN
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    Living Soil Cannabis - Omni Naturals

    Terra, The comfrey, borage, stinging nettle, etc. extracts that you speak of are these FPE (fermented plant extracts) or simply these plants bubbled with water for a few hours? I want to do some foraging and make some nice natural enhancers this summer but don't really know where to start. -Moo Moo, Check out this website that talks about a few recipes from the eastern world, as well as delving into FPE/FPJ, homemade fish hydrolisate and even lactobacillus serum. http://theunconventionalfarmer.com/ On the grow fertilizer section they teach you how to make a ferment, and of course - the other pages have a wealth of information as well. Best of luck. TN
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    Living Soil Cannabis - Omni Naturals

    Day 19 Flower Update - Shots of everyone this week except Rez Sour Platinum Animal Cookies More Cookies Cinex Skywalker OG Skywalker OG Can't have enough OG... East Coast Sour Diesel towering ECSD Mango TN