Stick Figure – Above the Storm Contest

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Stick Figure – Above the Storm Contest

Stick Figure just announced their Above the Storm tour! Now heres your chance to win some free tickets to the show of your choice. But thats not all, you’ll get to be there before everyone else at soundcheck, meet & greet, a signed tour poster, and more! Plus, we will choose one lucky winner of a complete grow set up from us! (including a WaterFarm 8-pack, 4×4 tent, lights, media, and nutrients).

Enter below.

Stick Figure “Above the Storm” Tour Contest

Stick Figure just announced their Above the Storm tour! Now heres your chance to win some free tickets to the show of your choice. But thats not all, you’ll get to be there before everyone else at soundcheck, meet & greet, a signed tour poster, and more! Plus, we will choose one lucky winner of a complete grow set up from us! (including a WaterFarm 8-pack, 4×4 tent, lights, media, and nutrients).

Enter below.

Stick Figure “Above the Storm” Tour Contest

Our hearts and prayers go out to our Santa Rosa community.

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Our hearts and prayers go out to our Santa Rosa community.

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Our hearts and prayers go out to our community. We have been closed for the past two days due to the fires and mandatory evacuation orders. Our employees and families have been affected and we will be here for them and the community – stay posted for outreach and donation information. Our office is open for business as of this morning and we will be providing information on the situation as things develop. All General Hydroponics employees please contact your supervisor if you haven’t already.

Thank you and stay safe.

For emergency informations regarding the fires affecting Santa Rosa visit https://srcity.org/610/Emergency-Information

Our hearts and prayers go out to our community. We have been closed for the
past two days due to the fires and mandatory evacuation orders. Our
employees and families have been affected and we will be here for them and
the community

Simple Method to make a Cannabis Extracts – Extracting with Alcohol

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Simple Method to make a Cannabis Extracts – Extracting with Alcohol,

Simple Method to make a Cannabis Extracts – Extracting with Alcohol.  This is a simple method to make a cannabis extract. The principle is to separate the active substances of the plant from the plant material. The active ingredients are alcohol-soluble and can be easily separated from the plant material with a little time. What you need: …

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Simple Method to make a Cannabis Extracts – Extracting with Alcohol.  This is a simple method to make a cannabis extract. The principle is to separate the active substances of the plant from the plant material. The active ingredients are alcohol-soluble and can be easily separated from the plant material with a little time. What you need: …

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Composting: 2 Crucial Mistakes

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Composting: 2 Crucial Mistakes

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A few years ago my wife and I received a black compost bin as a Christmas gift. That spring we collected food scraps and within a few months had filled the bin to its maximum level. We we so eager and  hopeful that the food would break down into compost and be ready for summer.

Little did we know, we were making two crucial mistakes that would end any chance for healthy compost. If you have ever had questions about how to make compost, the two steps below fixed everything.

Crucial Mistake #1: we only filled the bin with food scraps.  

I should have known something was wrong by the deathly smell and the legions of flies that hit my face every time I opened the lid to add food. Eventually, not wanting to go near the bin, we resorted to just letting it sit for six months, hoping nature would sort out the smell. Ignoring the bin failed, and with a flash of inner confidence, I kicked the bin over on its side- all 200 pounds of it. The lid broke off and a black gooey mush quickly clogged the hole where the lid had been. I used a hand shovel to remove the maggot-infested black sludge, abandoning both the bin and those months of compost-filled dreams altogether.

I knew there had to be an easier way. In search of a solution, I attended a composting lecture hosted by our local Master Gardeners club. The event was held at the county municipalities building, down the hall from the police department. I took a seat along with a group of older women. We were all surprised when a smartly dressed man took the stage. He started the talk describing how he left the tech start-up world to build a commercial composting company instead. Anyone who leaves a job in computers in order to go outside and do good in the world has my full attention.

The lecture was full of technical information about pH levels, soil temperature, beneficial bacteria, and moisture. If you are curious about those things, just do a google search…. But if you are like me, you really just want to know how to make composting in your backyard as simple as possible.

Here are some lessons I learned from the lecture that have been working well in my own backyard.

First, build a compost bin/container.  (If you have a bike, read all 5 steps, if you drive a car, just skip to step #3)

#1 Find a shoe lace and put it in your pocket.

#2 Ride your bike to the hardware or agricultural & livestock supplies store.

#3 Buy chicken wire that is approximately 3′ x 12′. If you do not have cutters at home ask the folks at the store to cut the wire for you.

#4 Roll the chicken wire up like a yoga mat before you leave the store. Ask to borrow some tape to hold it secure.

#5 Take that shoelace from step #1 and tie it to the top and bottom of the chicken wire then throw it over your shoulder like a messenger bag so you can ride your bike home. Be careful not to get poked by the sharp wire ends of the fence.

NEXT → When you get home make this compost bin (it only takes 10 minutes).

Fixing Crucial Mistake #1:  Add Food + Non Food to the bin

Every time you add food scraps to your bin, add double the amount of non-food scraps.

Example: if you add one container of food scraps that you have been saving under your kitchen sink to your compost bin, fill that same container two times with non-food scraps and add those to the bin as well.

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Examples of Food Scraps: [Safe for composting]

Coffee grounds
Vegetable and fruit scraps
Egg shells (be sure they are free from yolk residue)
Tea bags

Examples of Non-Food Scraps: [Safe for composting]

Grass clippings
Fall Leaves
Shredded paper
Wood chips
Cardboard
Yard scraps (old plants, flowers)

Do not add these things to your compost:

Charcoal
Dairy products
Food sauces
Invasive weeds
Meat/fish/poultry
Bones
Pet feces
Any material containing preservatives/toxins

Fixing Crucial Mistake #2:  It takes air, baby

You have the bin and you have been filling it up for the last few months. The bin is getting full. Excellent!

This is the critical next step.

#1 Take apart your chicken wire compost bin.

#2 Starting at the top of the pile use a pitchfork to deconstruct the pile one scoop at a time, piling it into a new pile a few feet away. This simple action of moving the pile adds a ton of air to the compost and that supercharges the pile to break down. *There is no need to put chicken wire around the new pile unless you have extra chicken wire lying around.

#3 Now take the chicken wire you had been using and re-construct a compost bin with it.  This is going to be the location of your new compost pile.

Start using the chicken wire bin just like you had been using it months earlier. Don’t forget to add two parts non-food material every time you add food scraps.

After a few months, the bin will fill up and the first pile from several months earlier should be ready to use. Just take out any big chunks that have not yet broken down (throw them back in your compost bin) and use the finer finished compost in your garden.

Fixing these two crucial mistakes was all I needed to do to finally make compost that was both odor and maggot-free!

The process of creating compost from start to finish could take six months, or it could be much faster depending on where you live. Time is good.

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A few years ago my wife and I received a black compost bin as a Christmas
gift. That spring we collected food scraps and within a few months had
filled the bin to its maximum level. We we so eager and  hopeful that the
food would break down into compost and be ready for summer.

Little did we know, we were making two crucial mistakes that would end any
chance for healthy compost. If you have ever had questions about how to
make compost, the two steps below fixed everything.

How To Make Marijuana Infused Hard Candy

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How To Make Marijuana Infused Hard Candy,

How To Make Marijuana Infused Hard Candy.  A great alternative to the consumption made through the classic joint or the vaporizer is the ingestion of cannabis. In this way, we can help prevent damage to our respiratory system but we will still have the same medicinal and recreational effects. This recipe for cannabis candy is the …

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How To Make Marijuana Infused Hard Candy.  A great alternative to the consumption made through the classic joint or the vaporizer is the ingestion of cannabis. In this way, we can help prevent damage to our respiratory system but we will still have the same medicinal and recreational effects. This recipe for cannabis candy is the …

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Whats The Best Fertilizer For Growing Marijuana In Soil

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Whats The Best Fertilizer For Growing Marijuana In Soil,

Whats The Best Fertilizer For Growing Marijuana In Soil?. Now you have your seeds, but nowhere to plant them. You need some soil for your marijuana grows. The soil will be in many respects both the home and the food for your marijuana plant, so it should be taken seriously. Many veteran growers develop their …

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Whats The Best Fertilizer For Growing Marijuana In Soil?. Now you have your seeds, but nowhere to plant them. You need some soil for your marijuana grows. The soil will be in many respects both the home and the food for your marijuana plant, so it should be taken seriously. Many veteran growers develop their …

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Ready to get some high quality marijuana seeds?

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Ready to get some high quality marijuana seeds?,

Ready to get some high quality marijuana seeds?. The seeds you use define the genetics of the plant you will be growing. No matter how much care you give your plants, you will never produce exquisite marijuana with seeds from low-quality schwag weed. On the other hand, great seeds will not make up for poor …

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Ready to get some high quality marijuana seeds?. The seeds you use define the genetics of the plant you will be growing. No matter how much care you give your plants, you will never produce exquisite marijuana with seeds from low-quality schwag weed. On the other hand, great seeds will not make up for poor …

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Pro-Tips #6 Air Conditioners 101

According to General Hydroponics website…
Pro-Tips #6 Air Conditioners 101

Air Conditioning for Hydro

If you are debating whether or not you need an air conditioner, chances are the answer is: YES YOU DO. A hot, humid grow room is a bad grow room.  

 An AC’s cooling ability is rated either by BTU or tonnage. 12,000 BTU’s = 1 ton.

A general rule of thumb is that for every 1 watt of HPS light, the end user will need 3 BTU’s of cooling power. Personally, I always go 20% over this to amount to account for environmental fluxes.

Thus a grower running 4x 1000 Watt HPS lights will need a minimum of 14,400 BTU’s of cooling.  

So The formula is: (3 BTU’s) X (1.2) X (total watts of HPS light) = total BTU’s of AC needed.

If you are right at the edge, always size up rather than down.

If you are debating whether or not you need an air conditioner, chances are
the answer is: YES YOU DO. A hot, humid grow room is a bad grow room.  

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The DIY Destination #1

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The DIY Destination #1

Do it yourself solutions to take your growing to the next level. 

Today’s DIY project: how to make your very own air diffuser.

Fresh air is important. Having one intake fan blowing fresh air into your indoor grow-space presents an inherent flaw. The plants farthest from the intake may not get the same quality of airflow. Enter the air diffuser. An air diffuser can be attached to your intake fan to direct airflow uniformly across your grow space. Especially for smaller grow spaces, an air diffuser can even take the place of oscillating fans! 

For more on why air diffuser’s are important, click here.

You will need:

  • Scissors or a scalpel.
  • Flexible ducting:  Find out what type of ducting is right for you.
  • Plug for one end of the ducting.  We used a small plastic plug from one of our GH systems.  A small piece of plastic cut to size will work in a pinch.
  • Silicone glue: Loctite.

How to:

1. Use your scalpel or scissors to cut small slits, spaced every few inches along the desired length of flexible ducting.  When finished it should look something like this:

2. Next, use your plug to seal one end of the ducting and securely glue it in place with Loctite.  Allow glue to cure overnight. You may need to use clamps or painter’s tape to secure the seal.

3. Mount your new air diffuser and enjoy the uniform fresh air-flow.  Thanks for stopping by the DIY Destination!

 

Do it yourself solutions to take your growing to the next level. Today’s
DIY project: how to make your very own air diffuser.

Tent Talk #5

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Tent Talk #5

The return of Tent Talk.  2016 was a busy year. 

We’d like to share some of the fun side projects R&D did in 2016.  

We automated our propagation rack’s watering system. Our racks are now fully self watering. For more on how to take your seedling rack to the next level check out this post.

Few realize that the Wasabi served in most Japanese restaurants is actually horseradish and food coloring. The true Wasabi grows along cold mountain streams, takes over two years to reach maturity and is among the most difficult crops to grow commercially. The difficulty in cultivation translates to the pricetag. Premium Wasabi rhizome sells for $45 a pound in North America. Check out our custom water chilled EuroGrower hydroponic system, where several small Wasabi starts have taken residence. More to come.

The Carolina Reaper is currently the world’s hottest pepper, clocking in at over one million Scoville units. R&D are now the proud parents of some seriously hot little pepper plants.  

 

 

We’d like to share some of the fun side projects R&D did in 2016.

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