Hi there and welcome to my latest blog about Growing Marijuana Indoors. Growing Marijuana is an ongoing learning experience for me and I am always increasing my data base of horticultural information. For a while everything with my grow room was cool and my pot production evenly matched my smoke habits. But I guess I began smoking more than usual because I soon found myself over-running my crop and smoking my weed faster than I could replace it with fresh grown bud. Before I knew it, I began harvesting my plants earlier and earlier to have some bud to smoke. By cutting my plants sooner than optimum I was reaping less and less bud per plant. This became a vicious cycle and I eventually found myself purchasing smoke to stop myself from cutting my plants down too young. Not only were the buds shrinking in size as I cut them early, but I was also using up my vegetating plants too quickly as I went for them ahead of time. My veg plants were shrinking in number and shrinking in size as well. This could not continue of course, and I decided to do something about it. First, I tried switching from plastic pots to grow bags. I had read the latest hype about using fabric grow bags instead of clay or plastic plant pots/containers for indoor grow rooms. The sales pitch was that the fabric grow bags allowed for greater root growth than plastic pots. I tried the grow bags and found a small increase in overall plant growth with the fabric pots. But cleaning the many roots that seeped through the fabric was time consuming and after a few crops the grow-bags became soiled and dirty looking. The grow bags also allowed more moisture into the room because while water does not seep through the mesh fabric of the grow bags, moisture does. I eventually returned to solid pots for the cleanliness and convenience. As I looked for other ways to increase my plant yield I changed out a 600-watt HPS for a 1000-watt HPS light system in my flowering chamber. That gave me two 1000-watt HPS bulbs in my bud room instead of only 1600 watts and the improvement in crop growth was immediately noticeable. Light strength is the gasoline that promotes speedy growth and lush vegetation in an indoor garden and more light is almost always better. I am currently running at about 60 watts of lighting per square foot of grow room floor. Because of the temperature build up from 2000 watts of light in a 6’ by 6’ grow space I moved to air-conditioning as well as vented hood lamps to deal with the heat. The air-conditioner cools the room but also dries out much of the moisture in the room resulting in about 45 per cent humidity and 70-degree growing temperatures in both winter and summer. Cannabis loving bugs don’t stand much of a chance in such a clinic-like environment and as an additional bonus my reading glasses no longer fog up when I enter my grow room. Along with air conditioning and brighter lighting I changed my feeding techniques by increasing the strength of my General Hydroponics plant formula from 1200 PPM to 1600-1800 PPM. I first tried the increase on a few plants in the vegetation chamber before deciding to continue with all my plants. Both the plants in my flowering chamber and the plants in my vegetation chamber have increased in size since I increased the strength of their feeding formula. I feed the plants every 2 to 3 weeks and water regularly between feedings. In another attempt to improve production I added a third step into my growing routine. I originally started gardening indoors with two grow chambers. One for flowering and one grow chamber/room for vegetating cuttings. As I transplanted a cutting from the grow room to the bud room I would take another cutting from the veg’ing plants to replace it. That allowed me 2 months for my cuttings to grow in the 18 hour per day vegetation room before they were transplanted into larger pots in the 12-hour flowering room. The vegetated plants then grew 2 months longer in the budding chamber before they were harvested of colas. Two months in the vegetation chamber and 2 months in the flowering chamber yielded four-foot plants at harvest time. I knew I could increase my yield if I could increase the overall plant size to between 5 feet and 6 feet tall at harvest. To achieve this, I added two small trays of cuttings to my veg room. Each tray held 12 small cuttings in 4 ounces of Pro Mix. The additional cuttings took no extra room in my growing chamber requiring only about 2 square feet of space. But when they were transplanted into larger pots a few weeks later the fully developed cuttings took off right away into full bore vegetation growth without the normal delay in rooting time. This meant my vegetation room was once again full of bushy plants ready for transplant to the bloom room. The additional rooting time of the cuttings in trays probably added at least two feet of growth to the plants at harvest time which added an easy 20% to 25% cent to my yield. My pot garden production now matches my demand and as a result I am no longer over-running my crop by smoking more bud than I can produce.
Rejoice fellow herb lovers as Canada legalizes cannabis this week on October 17,2018. It has been a long struggle. Too long. Lets hope that this new wave of marijuana tolerance washes away the injustices of the past. Happy toking everyone and check back with me in the future for additional pot growing tips.
Welcome to the Jay Carter Brown web site. Your questions and comments are invited on any subject particularly those that connect to Smuggler’s Blues and the author’s e-novel titled , Payback, Guns, Drugs and Poli-tricks and his gro-book titled How to Grow Marijuana indoors, A Foolproof Guide. To begin with this blog will answer a question posed by Jim Beam in Amazon.UK’s comments section on its web site about Smuggler’s Blues. Jim gave high praise to Smuggler’s Blues but since the cover states that it is “based” on a true story he questioned just how much of the book is true. To answer that question directly it’s all true. Names were changed and situations were skewed but Smuggler’s Blues is a real story about real people. There is no statute of limitations on capital crimes in Canada so it seemed prudent for the author not to include any facts that he might regret later. A careful reader will note that there are several references to time frames in Smuggler’s Blues but no actual dates. That is because two lawyers and a lot of common sense dictated a degree of vagueness in the story to protect the author and others from the crimes revealed in the SB story. The lessons learned in SB however are freely shared in the hope that others will in some way benefit from the author’s experience.
How to Get Busted Growing Weed Indoors- a Foolproof Guide
This unlikely title is a tongue in cheek sequel to an earlier book I wrote titled How to Grow Marijuana Indoors, a Foolproof Guide. My original grow guide has a complete chapter on security but these days it takes some effort to get busted for illegally growing marijuana for personal use. Several American states have already legalized various forms of pot use for medical needs and for personal pleasure and the states that have not already legalized pot are moving steadily in that direction. That means there are no more dope sniffing police dogs patrolling neighborhoods looking for indoor grow-ops. No more infrared police scanners looking for grow-op heat signatures. No more police promotions for busting Ma and Pa operations. Canadian Police are of a similar mind to their American brethren and don’t spend nearly as much time as they used to on arresting personal use cannabis growers. In fact the police in Vancouver have accepted personal pot use to such a degree that there are now dozens of street front retailers that currently sell marijuana in the city. So if the police are not that interested in busting pot growers anymore why are people still getting busted for growing personal marijuana crops? Here are some sure fire tips on how to get yourself busted for growing your own personal marijuana crop indoors.
1) Sell some of your pot. Most marijuana production busts are the result of informer tips. I personally believe that some dealers on the street are given an unofficial license to sell drugs by the cops as long as they regularly rat on fellow drug dealers and producers. The message here is clear. Unless you want to get busted do not sell your personal product even if it does mean earning a few extra dollars here and there. Understand that customers are not always as loyal as you might hope they should be when they see you charging hundreds of dollars for pot that they believe cost you nothing.
2) Steal the Hydro. One of the quickest ways to get busted is to steal the hydro by bypassing the meter. Not only is this a very dangerous practice but most hydro companies have entire divisions dedicated to tracking down hydro theft. The irony is that many people steal the hydro thinking that it is safer than having a large hydro bill. Of course you should not have a high hydro bill for a personal grow set-up unless you are time-share growing for the entire neighborhood! Do not steal hydro (or anything else) unless you want to spend time behind bars.
3) Give guided tours of your grow room. It is hard to resist showing someone the miracle of indoor marijuana growth when you are successfully producing big juicy buds in some dark corner of your basement. But never tell anyone about your garden who does not need to know and remember that your garden may last several years or decades but over that length of time even the best friendships sometimes turn sour.
4) Throw your fresh cannabis scraps out with the garbage. That’s one way to alert the authorities to your activities. There are also many other ways to announce your illegal pot growing to the world. Burn fresh green cannabis litter in the fireplace when it’s not windy outside so the marijuana smoke hangs over the street like a fog. Or roll giant fatties and show off to strangers who might wonder where your endless supply of superb weed comes from. Common sense is often forgotten after months and years of running a secret indoor garden. People come to think they have a license and often fail to follow their normal security procedures. Unless you want to get popped don’t fall into that trap.
5) Talk to the hydroponics store staff about your crop. Growers sometimes spend a lot of time hanging around the hydroponics store, rapping with the staff. They buy lots of equipment and supplies and park their home registered vehicle in front of the hydro-store. They talk about the “herb” instead of referring to their crop as tomatoes. They think of the hydroponics staff as friends when they don’t really know those people at all. When growing pot indoors always remember the old adage that “loose lips sink ships”.
6) Give attitude. Making enemies is a great way to get in trouble while growing cannabis. You can also throw loud parties where your guests smoke copious amounts of pot in view of your neighbors and their kids. Remember to be curt with the mailman or other tradesmen who come to your house and make sure you don’t give them tips at Christmas time. Instead of littering your front yard with children’s toys and swing sets, put up some no trespassing signs and buy/rent a few pit bulls to patrol your fenced yard.
These are all excellent tips on how to get in trouble for growing weed indoors. But there are many more ways to bring heat on your operation. You could decide not to bother setting up a proper vent system for your garden so that the house and property reek of skunk. Or you might use your personal credit cards instead of cash at the hydroponics stores thereby leaving a trail to your door. Or you could smoke dope while tooling around in the car on a public street and with a little luck the cops will search your home as well as your car. It’s usually a piss off for most people to get busted but if you are growing your own pot and determined to look for trouble these are a few guaranteed ways to find it.