growing marijuanaDr. Earth dirt: sticks, bark chips, and fungus gnats at no extra charge!
© Copyright, Hank Jarrow, 2016

Growing Marijuana the Cheap Way

Before my marriage broke up and I lost everything, I had a sweet marijuana grow op.

It had taken three years, and about $5,000, to build and equip.

I was clearing an average of 51 pounds of premium bud per year and I loved growing marijuana in my customized grow op.

I had total climate control through dedicated air conditioning, dehumidifying, vent fans, exhaust fans, C02 generators, and monitors.

I had total grow room odor control from carbon filtration.

I used a deep water culture or rockwool drip irrigation slab system that was semi-automated, and was feeding the kindest hydroponics nutrients (Advanced Nutrients) in reverse osmosis water.

I had Bluelab combo meters, and 7000 watts of mixed lighting including metal halide, high pressure sodium, and LED.

But then my marriage broke up, and it was a nasty breakup.

My ex threatened to blackmail me about growing marijuana.

I was forced to flee my own home in my car.

What I could fit in the car was all I had left.

Fortunately, I’d been able to salvage my marijuana seeds stash, and a couple of ballasts and bulbs.

But no reflectors.

And I’d lost the ballasts’ power cords.

I slept on people’s couches for a while, trying to rebuild my life.

Finally I found a rental slum of a house and fenced yard.

My concern was that the landlord would leave me alone as long as I paid the rent.

I was dead broke, but growing marijuana was my first priority.

I did a week’s work at a plant nursery and got some 1, 5, and 10-gallon pots and Dr. Earth soil as my pay.

I filled the 1-gallon pots with the Dr. Earth and saw the many sticks and pieces of bark in it.

It was garbage. Avoid Dr. Earth. It’s not soil, it’s dirt.

I found an old bucket and filled it with tap water.

The water smelled strongly of chlorine, like a YMCA swimming pool.

I watered the dirt, noticing it didn’t have enough perlite and didn’t drain well.

I saw tiny gnats flying up from dirt as I watered it.

This meant that the Dr. Earth people had provided fungus gnats, free of charge.

I made ¼ inch holes in the top soil of each pot, and planted my seeds.

In my professional grow ops, I’d have used rockwool cubes, reverse osmosis water balanced at 6.0 pH, a seedling heat mat, and T-5 or LED lights.

The seeds would take1-4 days to germinate, and I’d have near 100% germination.

Not this time. Some of the seeds didn’t sprout at all.

I suspect that the dirt had harmful microbes in it that rotted some of my seeds.

The ones that did sprout took 2-3 days longer than usual to do it.

Because I couldn’t afford a light hanger or reflector, I had to rely on sunlight.

This only provided at best 14-15 hours of light per day, and a lot of it wasn’t direct sunlight.

The seedlings grew slower than usual.

It rained for two days and although that was good because I harvested rainwater, it was bad because the seedlings were light-starved.

They turned pale green due to lack of photosynthesis.

It might have also been that the Dr. Earth soil was lacking in nutrients.

I couldn’t afford good nutrients so I got Age Old Organics.

I couldn’t pH my nutrients water, and that made me very nervous.

I was also worried about the chlorine, chloramine, arsenic, pesticides, herbicides and other nasty shit in the tap water here.

That kind of water kills the beneficial microbes in soil. I was hoping it would also kill the fungus gnats.

I was already depressed because I’d lost my lover, home, and customized grow op.

As I looked at my poor little seedlings struggling to survive, I realized I was a “bad father” to them, because of my poverty, because I didn’t have a nice room for growing marijuana, with a nice environment quality nutrients, water, and lighting for my plants.

Come back for part two of what happened when I tried growing marijuana without using professional gear and hydroponics nutrients.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Reproduction whole or in part of any words, images, or any other material from any BigBudsMag.Com pages without first obtaining explicit written permission from BigBudsMag.com is strictly prohibited and is theft of intellectual property that could result in criminal or civil charges.