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  1. mibrains: TYVM for bringing this topic to the forefront. It's a huge worry for all of us whether here on MMM or anywhere else. T-pain: Always a wealth of info. happy to see you here. Everyone else: "HYA" Been a while since I've logged on. Brief update: My 2017 outdoor grow didn't go so well but had plenty for my patients which is what matters anyhow. Finally have an indoor grow which I've gotten from cut into flower without mites, mildew, etc. It's only taken me 3 years!! Took the advice I got here, bombed the heck out of my grow rooms, left the rooms empty of plants/plant material for over 2 months while bombing periodically and changed to Miracle Grow instead of the harder sterile soils and nutrients. The thieves DID come back and tried to hit my outdoor grow w/o success and w/o their vehicle.....lol Neighbor watch helped. Someone, and I never asked who, took the valves out of all the tires on the vehicle!! They must have been hiding out in the cold and wet waiting for a ride for some time because I got the name/address of the owner of the vehicle from the tow truck driver and they came a long way for nothing last fall. With everyone having access to satellite pictures of anyone's property, there's no way to hide an outdoor grow from anyone. Now there's a security tip I'ld be interested in....how to keep satellite photos of my property off the Internet! Three things I believe lead to lesser outdoor grow. Idiot me didn't think to reconstitute the nutrients in the soil until too late, got plants in late and got some kind of blight which stunted my plants and caused entire branches to just dry up and die off. I had a huge issue with huge grasshoppers which, though they didn't go after my plants, had to be here for some food source which hadn't been plentiful enough to attract them in the past. Security worked though so...on I go for another year. :-) I couldn't have gotten this far w/o the support I've found here. Thank you everyone! Blkwlf
  2. I do have drains in the floors and do plan to begin watering with a rain head. Whenever I sprayed my plants with a miticide, I always sprayed both the top and bottom of the leaves, stalks and dirt until they and the floor were soaked, spraying them as often as every 3 days. I've never tried to completely sanitize my grow rooms by removing all plant material and dirt, washing down all the walls and floors then leaving them without plants for a period of time. Your idea to put in a couple of inexpensive houseplants sprayed with miticide to draw out any mites left may work but it could also help them to continue to breed and lay more eggs. I'm hoping the cleaning of the floors and walls along with 3 miticide bombs will take care of any lingering mites and eggs. I do appreciate your advice as I can't be an effective caregiver until I can overcome this obstacle.
  3. I have some seeds from a few of my outdoor plants. One plant which had a branch that hermaphridited and I thought I cut off and caught early did cause a few seeds to show up in a couple plants close to it. Not sure if they're true seeds but am considering trying to pop them. I've never popped my own seeds and know that some of them, if they're actual seeds, will be male. I do know how to sex plants so that's not a big deal. I was just wondering if it's best to pop them using the seed/clone trays or just put them between a couple pieces of damp paper towel. I figure I'll try doing it on these seeds before paying top $ for femenized seeds. My plan is to use a PH balanced water mixed with some Clonex in the tray with the cubes or to wet the paper towel in a darkened area with just some natural light from a window. I am close to the Genessee Co. border, so it's not too far for me to go to purchase seeds if someone in that area has some available. If I can get some of these to pop, I'll be looking for some more. Anyone close by with extra seeds can contact me via PM with the strains they have, if they're femenized and how much. Any information as to the best way to germinate them would be greatly appreciated. If any or all I've mentioned above is wrong, please don't hesitate to correct me. I know I'm a newbie at this and don't take critism personally. :-) Blkwlf
  4. I've been plagued by mites whenever I've tried an indoor grow of any size ( more than a dozen total plants from cloner to veg. to flower ). This is my 2nd winter without a single plant getting through a full grow period. All I can think to do is scrap everything, clean my grow areas, use several bombs and leave the area free of any plant material for at least 2 weeks to starve out anything that makes it past the bombs. After that, I plan to paint my veg and flower rooms then wrap them in plastic. Using a miticide/fungicide spray along with an alcohol dilution spray every 3 days and switching from steril soil to a more forgiving planting soil so I don't have to be as precise with the nutrients. After losing so much from the theft of the outdoor grow and not being able to produce anything throughout the winter, I've had to scale back my operation. I wish I could concentrate on making oils, butters, waxes, medibles or even vaping oils which can be used in standard vaporizers but I have to try to get my outdoor going ( with the new survaillance and security system I'm putting in ). With all the thieves got from me last fall, I know I'll be a target this year. Even if I do get a good outdoor grow, I still need to figure out how to grow inside without losing so much to mites. Many times this past winter I considered just giving up on growing inside but I know I can't survive strictly on an outdoor grow, not legally at least. I truely don't know what I'm doing wrong. All I can do is clean my grow rooms, leave them empty of plant material and any soil for a few weeks and start back with the basics. I would appreciate any constructive critism or ideas anyone is willing to give regarding setting up and maintaining a productive indoor grow with no more than 36 total plants from veg to flower. Also, the best lights ( on a shoestring budget ) which don't pull too much energy. I've been using 5 gal grow bags ( plastic ) but have considered switching to canvas which allows the roots to "breathe" better and the water to shed faster. I'm adding more fans & getting the plants off the cement floor ( maybe adding a few space heaters during winter ). Though these steps should help the health of the plants, they won't help with the mites which seem to be my mortal enemy for indoor growing no matter how much I clean and spray the plants I haven't been able to rid myself of them. I can grow 12-14' high with 5-6' branches and multiple tops outside but struggle to get my plants mature or healthy enough inside. Hoping some of the steps I listed above will help to end that cycle. Again, any and all advice welcome. Just remember I have very limited financial resources and am basically a virgin grower when it comes to indoor grows......or jinxed...LOL. Blkwlf
  5. I truly understand this and don't want to "beat a dead horse". I simply believe the wealth of information some people bring to a web site such as this is worth so much more than mere dollars. I'm also not naive. I know a web site such as this one requires a lot of work by a lot of people in order to keep it up to date regarding Michigan's laws as well as those of other states, new bills being heard and/or passed, news regarding what's happening on the front lines as far as law enforcement/abuse goes, research in every aspect of this plant, the various end product forms, the newest methods for making these various forms, making sure posts don't go too far off subject, become completely solicitous, get too raunchy or offensive and so much more I can't list it all here. I'm sure some people may have the extra time and be willing to assist voluntarily yet that comes with it's own issues not the least of all a potential class action law suit brought on by a money hungry law firm such as was filed and won against AOL regarding the voluntary forum moderators. Of course, the information from these volunteers is also often difficult to verify verses information from people who actually work for the web site to do a particular job. In addition, when a person has just one job/goal to concentrate on, they're more likely to excel in that area. If it ever comes to a point when I have my head above water a little, I'll be more than happy to donate to this web site for all it/it's users/members have helped me without reservation or prejudice against my being so "green". I had intended to purchase a full membership last fall if that terrible tragedy hadn't befallen me. I want to see this web site grow and thrive to continue to be available for those like myself who can use the generous and free exchange of ideas which have been there to benefit myself. Did you see I was able to use the quote option for the 1st time? I've also been able to use the emo's too. It's still not an easy thing to do, the quote that is. I still have to type what I want to put into the quote window in a separate window instead of using my copy/paste option but it's s start. Better than not being able to use it at all and I'm sure I'll learn and get better. Thank you Restorium2. BTW, I do have some pics of the wolves I've raised from cubs to full adults but will only send them if requested via PM. I don't wish to post them in any open forum. Blkwlf
  6. Restorium2: I've openly admitted to not being a proficient indoor grower. I've had my share of issues which has made the money put into indoor growing not a very good investment so far. That's not to say that I've given up on trying to produce decent and regularly productive indoor crops in addition to eventual high quality indoor grows. Even so, I don't stretch the truth regarding my outdoor growing skills when it comes to the health, trimming, production of tops in excess of 12-18" in length, easily in excess of 4" in diameter depending on the strain as well as in excess of 2-3 dozen of these tops per plant, also dependent on that particular strain and the overall health of each plant plus the quality ad potency of the finished product. I would put my outdoor plants up against nearly any grown indoors by many more experienced growers but I have a very unique make up of my outdoor growing area including the soil, the amount of sun my plants get from daybreak until dusk and the nutrients in the soil. I do believe there are many who brag aka stretch the truth whether it's about their indoor or outdoor grows, their higher quality end product and over all better than everyone else's growing ideas and methods. Some of these people may actually have a little something to brag about while others are, as you stated, attempting to make up for their own short comings in other areas. Whether the reason for the "bragging", I believe it causes them to close their minds to other ideas which can only be helpful whether taken in part or whole and whether from a new grower or one who's been growing for decades. I believe there is always room for new ideas as well as that it never hurts to attempt a method or idea someone else may claim helps with the growth, health or end product. Weeding through all of these ideas and knowing what is a fad, a hoax or simply a fluke someone claimed to be the "next new thing" mainly comes down to research, experience and common sense. I have also fallen prey to the "newest and best" thing out there only to come to realize it was just a marketing technique or other non performing idea/method though, at the time, my urge to try anything that may work was stronger than my own common sense. To say that one hasn't fallen for even the smallest of these i believe is either an outright lie, non willingness to seem foolish by ones colleagues or their ability to admit to anyone including themselves that a failure of theirs was based on ideas/methods they read/saw somewhere online or in a book/magazine. If I'm financially able to put together another outdoor grow like the one I had last year and even the somewhat less impressive year's prior, I will remember to take some pictures prior to harvest as well as some highly magnified pictures of individual tops prior to and after harvesting/curing so you can better judge the quality of what I'm able to produce outdoors even in Michigan. Of course, the largest portion of the set up costs for the outdoor grow this year will be going towards the surveillance, perimeter and alarm systems as well as many low tech. security measures besides signs approved by our insurance company stating the risk taken for entering the property without prior written consent and in the company of one of the land owners. As I've stated previously, I know our property will be a target this year due to what they got away with last year. Plants the height of 10-14' and a minimum of 6'-8' in width weren't exaggerations nor were many of the sativas done growing. Those strains which were very high sativa content and/or fully sativa ( as far as any lineage tracking could tell and by the looks/growth of the plants ) has at least 2-4 weeks left before they could be considered fully mature. These are the ones which had reached 12-14' tall by the beginning of Oct. I reached out this winter for assistance with my indoor growing and was contacted by several people who each had their own expertise/experience and knowledge which was greatly appreciated and put to use as it would best siut our growing "style" just as our growing "style" having to change to make way for better ideas/methods. One in particular offered to look at the indoor set up ( via pictures as it's illegal to allow another into ones grow ) and offered me very helpful critism regarding what that person believed was being done incorrectly and leading to my poor indoor growing. It's taking me some time to implement all of the changes I was instructed but I am doing it slowly and steadily. Once more a reason why the free exchange of ideas on this web site should never be hindered either by a person's years of experience nor their ability or inability to pay. I don't care if a grower is making millions doing this while I'm barely getting by. A person's success shouldn't be held against them any more than someone like myself who's struggled in an industry many feel is easier than growing dandelions. Blkwlf
  7. Hey ALL!!! I have a new computer!!!! Hubby & son surprised me with it for Christmas. Taking some time to get used to after using one from 2008 for so long. Even with all of the software upgrades it was still pretty much a brick. It's pretty nice, a laptop with a touch screen, Dell Inspiron 15-7000. It took me nearly a week just to shut down all of the apps and auto software which tracks everything you do via GPS, video, camera, inking, motion sensing, etc. I'm not a big social media user. I have a FaceBook account which I set up 6 years ago and ceased to use less than 2 months later. I couldn't believe how much information people I knew would share which invariably meant they were sharing things about me I would have preferred they didn't. Simply placing someone as a friend or family member and FaceBook linking me automatically bothered me. It used to be that you could use your mother's maiden name as a security measure. However, when your brother is listed, it tells everyone what your child's mother's maiden name is and the same for me if I was linked to my mother's brother. I guess I like my privacy too much. I never upload pics of myself or my family and have forbidden my family from doing it for me. In any profile I have I use pics of my pets or, as in here, one of my company logos. It seems as if some of the posting options which weren't available to me with my old computer I'll now be able to use once I figure them out so I'll be able to post more efficiently. It's also been 13 months without a cigarette though I do still smoke using a vaporizer. I am considering the use of a "herb" vaporizer and/or water bowl for cannabis though the new laws regarding the use of oils will help when I learn how to make them. Maybe it's my inexperience speaking here but I still don't understand why some people say that indoor grows produce better quality end product. Maybe someone can explain it to me. I've have trouble with my indoor grows, my own inexperience and mistakes, but my outdoor grows have produced exceptional plants and flowers. Outdoor growing, I feel, is more forgiving to the beginner and, which the proper nutrients, trimming and care can have amazing results. I look forward to this year's outdoor crop.....and catching the miscreants who stole my 2016 crop! LOL Blkwlf
  8. I apologize for this double post. I don't understand why some people believe any member should have to pay to share information with the rest of this forum even if they are representing a machine and/or method they've produced or perfected. Should it matter if one person is doing better financially than others? I simply appreciate their willingness to share the information for those of us who are either just beginning or others who may benefit either financially, growing or trying/perfecting a method of extraction we're unfamiliar with. If not for the unrestrained sharing of information on this web site, many of us with less experience and/or education in these areas would have no where to turn. I, for one, am eternally grateful for the generosity of those with more experience and knowledge sharing their experience with me and others like me. It would never occur to me to expect them to pay in order to share their knowledge just because they're well off financially any more than they expect me to pay them for the knowledge they impart to me. If I choose to purchase something they're offering for sale, whether it's a training video, one on one lessons or a machine, that's my choice and their perrogative. I've never encountered anyone who's expected payment for the benefit of learning from their experience and I sincerely hope this web site doesn't change that. We all benefit from the free and open exchange of ideas. Blkwlf
  9. Hi all: Been away for a while due to computer issues as well as trouble with my indoor grow. I noticed a couple mentions of indoor grows verses outdoor grows stating indoor grows producing better, more potent end product. I know I'm fairly new to this and have had several indoor grow issues but my outdoor grows have produced very high quality, very sticky buds. Of course, my outdoor grows are very well tended from the beginning producing Sativas in excess of 13 foot with more than 20 main tops and Indicas in excess of 8 foot with more than 25 main tops each top bud between 8-16" in length depending on the type of plant. This summer will be only my third year growing and, as many of you may know, my 2016 crop was stolen...45 plants at or within 2 weeks of full maturity. I've struggled to produce the same quality indoors but am learning from my mistakes. I did attempt making oil using the alcohol extraction process and, with the help of a few of you, figured out what I did wrong and what to do to correct my mistakes for the next time I have enough to attempt making it again. My interest in the oils is purely selfish since I'm unable to smoke it by traditional methods. I have recently tried an oil made with the alcohol extraction method and found it to be very effective and long lasting for several of my physical issues such as bone pain, insomnia, panic attacks and general restlessness produced by my RX medication depending on the strain mixtures used in the oil. Now that the production, use and sale of oils and medibles are legal I look forward to producing my own and offering them as an option to my patients. Like GrowGoddess, I'm not a fan of the medibles I've tried and prefer to simply ingest the oils straight. I apologize for the format and length of this post. I'm just learning to use my new computer which seems to offer me posting options which weren't available to me with my older computer. It may take me a few tries to learn how to post more effectively in this forum. I do want to thank all of those who have been patient with me as I've been learning about growing and about this forum. Blkwlf
  10. t-pain: Thank you. I wasn't sure if I was over stepping. Of course I expected, if anyone were able to help, they would contact me via PM. For growers who've only been in this for 18 months, this was a VERY hard hit to take especially after losing the entire indoor grow this past winter to mites after buying some bad plants ( some turned out to be male, others definately weren't what they were marked to be and all were webbed with mites within 24 hours ) from a person who ripped off several other people too. I also know this hit makes next year's outside grow a target too. At least my husband and I have had a quick education and neither of us is ready to give up yet. This forum showed me that there were a lot more good people in this industry than bad. You've all been very supportive and non judgemental considering my inexperience and I'm thankful for your support!! Blkwlf
  11. If this is inapropriate, I apologize and please take it down. As some of you may know, my husband's entire outside grow was stolen a few weeks ago, 45, 12-14 ft. plants. Though I have donated a few of mine to him, I only have a 2 patients compared to his 5 and don't have nearly enough plants ready to go into flower. If there is anyone out there in the Genessee Co. area who might have at least 4-6 nice plants ready to go into flower at a good price, could you please contact me? The loss of the outside garden hit very hard and you would be helping a lot. Thank you all. Blkwlf
  12. Thank you Wet. Right now I'm splitting my indoor plants up, donating some to him, and concentrating on getting the others grown up enough to flower. I stopped cloning until I get this sorted out. Doing a full clean of my grow rooms, husband is doing same, to rid ourselves of the little monsters that got in when he brought in some of the branches from outside that the theives dropped on their way out. They left a trail to where they were parked. Unfortunately, in the rush to get those branches hung, he hung them right outside the grow rooms and transferred a few bugs that weren't hurting the big outdoor plants to the babies inside which aren't fairing as well. Doing a full fog bomb after removing the plants, branches and the dead plant material from the branches then putting the plants in a CO2 fog after a good spray down. The grow rooms have separate ventilation so a CO2 fog won't hurt anyone. . I'm sure you all understand the hurt of a loss of 45 12-14 foot plants right before harvest. Over half of what he had was Sativa or high Sativa content hybrids so they were at least 3 weeks from being ready to harvest but the rest were definaztely ready. I'll be signed off for a little bit until this is sorted out but I wanted to thank you all for your help and support. Good Harvest to all outdoor growers and a good year to everyone else :-) Blkwlf
  13. Since the outdoor crop is lost & the indoor wasn't ready for the flower room ( took time off from cloning so didn't have indoor + outdoor ready to harvest at same time & to keep numbers right ) I don't have any use for my cloner for a while and won't have anything ready to take cuts from for a few weeks. I can't strip them since they're all I have to produce product. Don't even know if I can keep going. Outdoor helped to pay for indoor electric and were suppose to pay for LED's to cut electric cost inside. I will look into the russet and broad mites since I know it's not an issue with lights too hot or too close nor an issue with nutrients. Though extremely OCD about transfer, could have transferred these from outdoor grow which wouldn't have been hit as hard or even noticably at this point as smaller plants due to rain, wind & organic fogging pestices used outside. I want to thank everyone again. This has been an enormous loss, especially to a new grower, and very hard expense and loss to overcome. GL and good harvest to EV1 Blkwlf
  14. I want to thank everyone for their advice and apologize for not responding sooner. I've been hurting quite a bit more due to the rain and cooler weather and my husband's entire outside grow was stolen. 45 PLANTS!!!!!! I guess some people are worse than trash. GL to EV1 this year. Blkwlf
  15. Thanks for all the great ideas. Yes, certain plants such as pole beans, tomatos, grapes and quite a few melon and squash + others with natural "hairs" along the shafts can eiter naturally clone or be cloned by simply sticking a broken piece into the soil. Light isn't an issue for this method since the roots will be growing in the ground. I do believe the issue I've been having has more to do with the change of location of my cloner to a less warm and less humid area as well as changing the light I was using. I was using a T-5 which does put off some heat but switched to a Floro. which doesn't. Also, it's become much cooler and less humid outside which changes the temp. in my basement. I changed my cloner location today back to the Veg. room and back under the T-5. I'll keep scraping and won't "nip" the small flowers off this next set. This will be the last set of clones I'll be able to take from my outdoor plants. Thankfully, I have a good number of babies inside from clones that took earlier so I'll be able to continue to perpetuate the strains throughout the winter. My Acapulco Gold took very easy to cloning. The ones that haven't done as well for me are Gorilla Glue #4 and Agent Orange. Cannatonic #4 hasn't been the easiest either. I never let a cutting go past 14 days unless it's showing small roots and is still healthy. I might look into the willow and aloe methods. I've been using Clonex gel and Clonex water additive religiously but am always open to better methods. Since I grow indoors and out, I can't really take side on that topic...:-) Thank you all for your input, as always, it's invaluable! Blkwlf
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