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Alrighty, the last version had some weird shit going on and had to be destroyed... 😆. Here is version 2.0.

 

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TempleGrower grows NextGenerationSeedCo's AutoFem Afghani Kush, BC Blueberry, Dynamite, & Grapefruit Haze.

Link to strain: DM me if you want info about acquiring these - it may have been the links that FUBAR'd my last diary so I'm leaving them out this time, but I can send them your way if you're interested.

Medium:

My supersoil, made exactly like this:

Organic Super Soil Recipe, by Temple Grower

Size of Grow Area and number of plants:

1.2m x 1.2m x 1.8m (4' x 4 'x 5.9') Secret Jardin Dark Street 120W tent with 9 plants

Bare bones big tent

1.2m x 0.6m x 1.5m (4' x 2' x 5') Vivosun tent with 3 plants

Bare bones small tent (no exhaust)

Lighting:

Starting/seedlings: 5 x 24" SunBlaster T5 HO 6400K fluorescent tubes in rack- I have these attached to some old plant racks with some steel wire - works great for baby plants/leafy greens.

The Leafy Green Machine
The Leafy Green Machine2
SunBlaster T5 Rack
SunBlaster T5 Specs

Large tent: 1x 600W Vivosun MH/HPS with cool tube AND 2x no name Amazon LEDs ('1000W replacements' - actually only pull 80W from the outlet. I'll use these just as supplemental light on the sides of the HID where the reflector doesn't reach as well. I don't have them up just yet, but if you zoom a bit on the picture of the big tent, you can see the hooks on either side of the HID that they will hang from)

HID with cool tube
No name LEDs 80W draw

Small tent: 1x MarsHydro Reflector 144 LED (~430W actual draw) - this is a great shape for the small tent. Fills it out very well.

Extraction:

Large tent: 1x Vivosun 195CFM inline fan/4" Vivosun Carbon filter. The HID will also be running a 195CFM Vivosun inline fan with the cool tube (these are the black plastic ones on Amazon for $35 CAD)

Exhaust fan and carbon filter

Small tent: 1x Vivosun 195 CFM inline fan/Vivosun Carbon filter.

Both tents will use passive intake.

Pot Sizes:

12L (3 gallon) round black plastic pots. I used the fabric pots in my last grow and didn't really notice very much difference compared with the traditional.

Nutrients:

Brawndo/Electrolytes. They're what plants crave (Go watch Idiocracy.. 🤣) Seriously though, the supersoil has all the food built in so besides a weekly shot of liquid kelp, nothing additional.

Other Equipment:

  • pH/EC pens - just some basic $20-$30 Amazon ones. Our water here is quite alkaline (basic), with a pH out of the tap of about 8.1. I have to treat my water with pH down (I've been using General Hydroponics stuff). I also have an activated charcoal filter usually used with RVs to filter shitty water in the campground. I got it as a last step, but our municipal water is quite clean here, not much for chlorine/chloramines so it's probably not necessary but, can't hurt.

Water quality
Activated charcoal hose filter

  • Fans - For air circulation/movement inside the tents, I use two 30cm tall oscillating tower fans in the large tent, with an 8" clip-0n fan hanging from the ceiling. In the small tent, there is just one 30cm oscillating tower fan, as well as the clip-on fan attached to the ceiling. The tower fans blow along the base of the stems to help strengthen the plant and to keep the bastard fungus gnats from being able to land easily on the soil and lay their little demon eggs.

My dedicated fans

  • Airstone/pump - I don't always run this, but it's to infuse the water with some O2 before watering, for the roots.

Vivosun Airstone

  • Modified 4L/8L (1 gal/2 gal) watering can/sprayer - my first few grows, I used a small 700 mL watering can to water 8-9 pots, which took FOREVER. This works much better. The end comes off the watering can, which I then jammed on to the end of the sprayer after unscrewing the little spraying end. It worked quite well for the first few months, but the plastic has since split so lots of duct tape is the solution for now.

Watering Can with End
1 gal sprayer
1 gal waterer

  • Inkbird temperature/humidity controllers with heater/humidifier - Being that my tents are in the basement, and here in SK it gets quite cold and dry over the winter, these have been very helpful to keep it nice and comfortable for the ladies.

Caveman climate control

  • Remote weather stations - connected via RF, these help me to keep an eye on the temperature/humidity and if anything is really out of whack from my living room. Super handy but not necessary. Had a couple lying around not being used so why not.

Weather stations

  • mp3 player/speakers - some old computer speakers I have with an old mp3 player. Plants probably love this shit... 🤪 

Tuneskis

Plan for the grow:

I don't plan on doing anything crazy, possibly top them once, but I don't foresee these getting to large and out of control, so hopefully it'll work out.

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Now for the grow.

Aug 31: 3x each: Grapefruit Haze (GH), Afghani Kush (AK), BC Blueberry (BB), and Dynamite (DY) in water for approximately 12 hours.

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Sept 1: All seeds transferred to paper towel between two plates. They'll stay here until taproots emerge.

Seeds in towels

Sept 2: AK1 & AK2 taproots have emerged, seeds transferred to soil. BB1 & DY1 showing taproots as well, but not long enough yet to put in the pot. I had the dome on initially but, it was unnecessary so I yanked it.

AK Taproots ho
BB and Dy not quite ready
New homes and awesome tweezers
Nestled in there good
Suck my white ass, ball
The Dome

Sept 3: BB1, BB2, AK3, DY1, & DY2 in soil. BB2 had already popped completely out of her shell in the paper towel... hopefully she is okay. I should have grabbed a photo, but I did not. My bad. Still nothing from any of the GHs, BB3 or DY3.

Sept 4: AK1 & AK2 broke the soil surface. No changes in any GH, BB3 or DY3. Two of the GH actually seem to have cracked open, but no taproot.

Woke

Sept 5: AK3 & DY1 broke the soil's surface. No changes in any GH, BB3, or DY3. I tried to 'help' open the seed pod with my tweezers today...I managed to get DY3 all the way open, but the taproot looks kinda black and shitty. Not sure if that's normal before it comes out or if something is not right. We'll see. I cracked all 3 GHs open as well, but I accidentally stabbed one in the process, so it might be toast, if it wasn't already.

Sept 5
Sept 5 Dyn
Dynamite embryo2
Dynamite embryo

Sept 6: BB2 & DY2 emerged from soil. Got a cool shot of BB2 in the morning, and again at night. Crazy how much she moves. Appears to be a small taproot coming out of one of the GHs - checking again this evening. Back in the evening, BB1 has now emerged from the soil. So far, all seeds that have popped and grown a taproot have established in the pots. NO damping off or any bullshit so, not bad. Able to crack open all the GH seeds now - the embryos look similar to DY3 that I had crack open a couple days earlier, all gray and not great curled up taproots. Doesn't look good. BB3 may still be ok. If nothing by tomorrow morning, I'm tossing them and starting some new seeds.

Sept 6
BB2 at 10am
BB2 at 10pm
Dyn2 poking out
GH embryos

 

Sept 7: Still nothing from DY3, BB3, or any GH. Damn. Tossed em all and started GH4&5, AK4, BB4, and DY4 in water today (in the A.M.) for ~12 hours, then to paper towels this evening. BB2 seems to be doing well after breaking out early, so that's promising. DY2's cotyledons seem kinda old and fucked up - it's not showing any semblance of real leaves poking out so... could be a dud too. We'll see. Looks pretty odd though. 

Powerful BB2
Fucked cotyledons on DY2

Sept 8: It's morning, and DY2 is still not showing any real leaf development - just old garbage-looking cotyledons. I may pitch this one too if there is no improvement in the next couple days. BB4 and AK4 have cracked and are showing tips of taproots. Back in the evening, BB4 and AK4 taproots are good, so transferred to soil. No action from GHs or Dyn4. If these bastards don't go, I'm just gonna run 3 of my old mystery autos. I know for a fact they will pop so.. 😒. Annoying to pay for things that don't work. Ah well. 

AK4 taproot
DY2 not looking so good
Sept 8

 

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Wow, what a class diary m8.

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Looks like you’ve got yourself a decent set up mate, looks like you might have done this before👍 Can’t wait to see the progress on these ladies 💛✌️

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Damn, quality work!! Loving the grow TG! 

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Sept 9 - Well today was a bit of a shit. Checked in the morning and still nothing from either GH or DY4. DY2 still looks fucked, and still with no true leaves so, I'll check again tonight and chuck it if there is still nothing. I am debating whether or not to start 4 more or just say fuck it and just stick with the 8 that did grow, given that they are already a week old, give or take a couple days. I have my mystery autos (I think either Critical Mass/Early Miss and/or Amnesia Haze) as well as some JahSeeds non-fem auto Dark Livers (his Dark Devil x Mephisto Genetics' Sour Livers) if I do start more so, we'll see how I feel tomorrow, and if those other seeds popped.

So, came back in the evening, and DY2 hasn't changed. I've taken it out of the tray and will compost tomorrow. 😔. And much to my horror, I've identified THRIPS. 100%. These little mothers of fuck must of gotten in somehow in the last few weeks as I have never seen them around before. They're on my pepper plants nearby too... 😑. Little cocks have been scraping the leaf surface and sucking out the juice real good. Fortunately, the plants don't seem too bothered yet, and are still very small so I can pick off most of the bastards with my tweezers. I sprayed them down with some Safers End All Insecticidal Soap (this shit works phenomenal, but kills all bugs indiscriminately, so watch for beneficials if you have them around), as well as drenched the top cm or 2 of the soil with spray. I also have a fan blowing some air around the stems to piss them off. I will spray again tomorrow and dome them off when my lights shut down for a few hours in the early afternoon. If this doesn't do it, may look into predatory mites/nematodes to obliterate them all. These little bastardos can go straight to hell. Fungus gnats I can deal with, but thrips (and aphids for that matter) are fucked.

DY2 not looking good
DY2 with flash
Sept 9
Bitch ass thrip

 

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Fucking little wankers mate! I had to go to war with thrips once, wasn't fucking fun. Never had bugs in like ten years of growing, went to organics, and thrips loved it!! 

Let that medium dry out on the top a bit, that will help kill them off too. They lay their eggs their, and the need it to be moist to survive. Let it really dry out. 

Its looking like the soil is a bit hot for the young plants? 

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Yeah, that's a solid plan. I gave them some water last night but will hold off now to desiccate the little shits. I haven't ever had much issue with any pests besides fungus gnats, but I have had some other people help out with maintenance while I was away, and maybe they weren't as clean as they could be... probably could be more conscious of that myself as well. Cleanliness is next to godliness, amirite?

And you are likely correct - I occasionally will use a standard, off-the-shelf starter potting soil, but most of the time I just start with the supersoil right away which is loaded with shit, as you know. Some of the little ladies sometimes show a bit of burn but, they grow out of it pretty fast, usually around the 3rd set of leaves or so, I've never worried too much about it. 🙃 

Hot soil nute burn

Here are some  mystery autofems (on the left) that I had started back in April this year for my 1st batch of outdoor - pretty rank looking on those first few fan leaves there.. I was actually a bit concerned but, 3rd node came and they took off like...weeds. Ha. Never looked back. Those other plants didn't show any signs of burn at all in the same soil either so, 🤓. I dunno haha.

 

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It will depend on strain and phenotype you see mate, some plants can adjust to it, some plants will die lol. Maybe, if you have regular issues with fungus gnats, you're watering too much? Growing in soil, you really want to let the pot get light before watering. Not so dry the plants wilt, you still want some moisture in there to keep the microbes alive, but letting at least the top 2 inches of the soil fully dry out will keep the bugs from laying eggs in there. 

Fungus gnats love the wet medium and run off. Don't leave water sitting around, and let the soil dry out between waterings and it should at least keep the numbers low 

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Sept 10 - Went up this morning to check on the shituation - only found one thrip after a very thorough inspection. Hopefully there were just a few of them and have all pissed off/shriveled to nothing now. We will see. Maybe the cooler weather will help slow them down as well - only got up to +10 here today. Not great for the outdoor ladies but, maybe we'll get some nice blues. Back upstairs, I sprayed the new seedlings with another mist of Safers, and domed them off as soon as the lights went out. I've also put up a some separation between my peppers and the seedlings so hopefully that will stop some migration between the two. Still no action from GH4 or 5, or DY4. Sucky.

Back in the P.M., dome off,  found two more thrips being assholes running around on the soil surface. Sprayed the soil again, and probably will continue this for the next little while. BB4 has emerged from the surface and should show some cots by tomorrow. And like Macky mentioned before, my soil is likely a bit hot for some of the tender seedlings, as showcased in AK1. It should hopefully pull through and grow out of it reasonably quickly, but is definitely something to watch for if you are using supersoil right from the get-go.

Sept 10
BB4 popping
Little bit of nute burn from hot soil on AK1

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Yer man if you're growing in super soil, you should start the seeds off in smaller pots of potting mix or something before moving them into the hot soil. Less shock for them

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🤯 wow 

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Sept 11 - Went up this morning to check on things. AK4 has broken the soil surface, and didn't find any thrips on close inspection. Found two fungus gnat larvae munching on some decomposing wood in one of the pots. Removed them and gave the soil on all pots another spray with the Safers, making sure it soaked in at least a cm or so. Overall though, the plants seem very happy so far.

Back in the evening, not much has changed. AK4 has straightened out and looks like a proper seedling so, these will be the eight I work with (I've decided not to start any more, and maybe just try some more intense training to fill out the space). Really too bad that none of these Grapefruit Hazes worked out... I was really looking forward to that one. I did find three more thrips, so they're definitely still hanging around. I've let the soil dry out as much as I can, gave it another light spray, and stuck a yellow sticky trap in there so, hopefully that will help to quell the bastards. Likely will be moving them downstairs into the tents relatively soon too so, hopefully the isolation will help as well.  But yes, like I said before, all the little ladies are looking very healthy and happy. The AKs are definitely the most vigorously growing so far. The BBs are quite a bit smaller for being the same age but, I'm sure they'll catch up. BB1 actually has a root already peeking out from one of the drainage holes in its pot so, maybe they just have crazy roots compared to the others.. 🤪 Had a friendly visitor too - hopefully he/she loves eating thrips with a side of fungus gnats. 👍 

Sept 11
BB1 Root
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Sept 12: In the morning, found two thrips stuck to the yellow trap so, fuck them. Still around though. Gave the soil, leaves another light spray with Safers. Otherwise, plants are looking pretty happy so far.

Back in the evening, found 5 thrips on the underside of AK1 - they really seem to be focused on the AKs and haven't really touched the other plants for some reason. I need to get these downstairs away from any other potential thrip sources (i.e., my peppers, open windows?) ASAP, probably tomorrow. Also gave them a bit of water tonight. BB4 seems to be stretching a lot more than BB1 & 2 for some reason too (or any of the other plants for that matter)... maybe she will play basketball when she gets a bit older. Crazy difference yesterday to today though - she grew just over an inch! 👍 🌼 

Sept 12

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Them thrip are a right bastard man, hardy little fuckers. Have you tried Diatomaceous earth? 

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@macky

Damn dude, that's a very good idea. Why didn't I think of that? I even have a nice big can of the stuff already just for such an occasion... 😀 

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lol, that will do the job man, wear gloves and a face mask n shit, and keep it dry! It wont work the same if its wet. Water the plants, let the top of the medium dry for an hour or two, then apply the DE. Dont water for the next day, that should kill them off man

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