Change Your Lamps! But When?
Most growers will base their bulb replacement off of general usage or sight. A good rule of thumb is, Single Ended bulbs depreciate in 6-9 months and Double Ended bulbs 9-12 months. There are cost-effective candle meters that help time this swap more accurately.
Concentrates and Contaminants
As California suffers through this great tragedy, we’re forced to hear stories of unimaginable loss by some of our fellow Farmers. It is important to put your best foot forward by maintaining sound Harvesting, Curing, and Manufacturing practices, despite the daunting nature of this disaster.
Moisture Content/Trimming Machines
Monster Gardens recommends using a moisture meter when operating a Dry Trimming machine. If your flowers are too wet they will stick to the machine, if they are too dry they will crumble and fall apart.This device takes out all of the guesswork!
Dealing with Botrytis
Botrytis is the bane of all outdoor gardeners! Often unseen, it tends to form close to the stem inside of the flowers and goes unnoticed until it’s too late.
When to Harvest
This time of year the discussion always turns to when you should harvest your plants. Some gardeners argue that waiting for 70-80% of the pistles on your plant to wilt or turn brown is the perfect time...
TESTLAB: How We Measure Plant Lighting: What is PPFD, PAR, DLI, and Lumens?
Welcome back to the TESTLAB. I’m Doctor Watt, here to shepherd you through the lunacy of illumination. I’m here today with a new segment which we call “WYNTKA”, which breaks down as: what you need to know about. With today’s knowledge nugget being how science handles measuring light.
Dealing with Rain
Rain can not only ruin your day, but it can completely devastate your crop. By taking a few preventative steps you can save your day and your harvest.
There are eighteen essential elements for plant nutrition, each with their own functions in the plant, levels of requirement, and characteristics. Nutrient requirements generally increase with the growth of plants, and deficiencies or excesses of nutrients can damage plants by slowing or inhibiting growth and reducing yield....
Pest Patrol - Part 3: Elimination and Restoration
By now we hope you’ve read through our article outlining integrated pest management, as well as our “Prevention” article (stay tuned for our upcoming our extensive “Knowing Your Enemy” series on particular pests). Maybe at this point you’ve also done everything to prevent a pest population from reaching unacceptable levels but things got out of hand anyway. Fear not, we’ve provided everything you need to know to get things back under control in this next section of our pest patrol series, “Elimination and Restoration”.
Recharging and Rejuvenating Soil for Reuse
Whether you’re an indoor grower reusing your soil or prepping your beds for next season, there are a number of ways to prepare your soil for reuse. Start by breaking up the soil. Then add humus, amendments and inoculants to add nutrients and life to your soil. Apply a little compost tea to kick it all off and your soil will be ready for another round of big harvests!
Pest Patrol - Part 2: Prevention
As we learned in the article on integrated pest management, maintaining an acceptable, manageable, level of pests is key to keeping things in check. This naturally requires maintaining an environment which is conducive to plant health but much less inviting to unwanted creatures so as to keep as many out as possible, allowing you to keep things under control. Preventing hoards of pests from entering the garden in the first place is the best defense against any pest and prevention starts with keeping an eye out.
Pest Patrol - Part 1: Integrated Pest Management - An Overview
The end of summer is the time of year when plants are finishing up their growth cycle and are just about ready to have the bounty you’ve worked hard to cultivate harvested. At this particular point in time, the plant is focusing most of its energy and nutrients on producing big, beautiful flowers, leaving its immune system weaker and vulnerable to hungry opportunists. Just before you can get your hands on the fruits of your plants’ labor, you might find that some six or eight legged creepers have beat you to the punch.