But that was before I discovered the Internet is the fastest, easiest way to get marijuana growing information.
Like, I was looking right here on BigBudsMag.com, and saw a banner advertisement for a website called “Growers Underground.”
“Join the Revolution” is what the banner said. So I did.
What I found is a blog, video, and marijuana how-to educational service created by a hydroponics pioneer and marijuana grower named “Big Mike.”
His real name is Michael Straumietis—the acknowledged worldwide leader in hydroponics manufacturer research and development for marijuana-specific nutrients and supplements.
Straumietis is credited with making the first-ever category of hydroponics base nutrients that automatically adjust pH for increased nutritional delivery, creating cannabis plants that grow faster, mature earlier, and yield better.
On Growers Underground, Straumietis tells very personal stories about marijuana growing, political persecution, and starting the only hydroponics nutrients company (Advanced Nutrients) that creates products designed specifically to boost marijuana growth rates, THC, and harvest weight.
What makes it even more intriguing is that Straumietis is the only large-scale hydroponics entrepreneur who openly protests mistreatment of the marijuana community.
He goes into deep topics I enjoy reading about on his site when I’m high.
For example, one of his blogs recalls that he “flat-lined” and temporarily “died” during surgery a couple of years ago.
When frantic doctors brought Big Mike back to life, he awoke feeling a renewed sense of purpose and a much deeper commitment to “helping the world.”
Before his death and resurrection experience, Big Mike focused only on making marijuana-specific hydroponics nutrients and organic nutrients.
But the incident changed his soul—and now he’s the sole owner of Advanced Nutrients, and also runs major charity organizations helping needy families.
Most Growers Underground’s articles are focused on growing better marijuana, and the inner game of growing marijuana.
I read Mike’s fascinating story of having 1100 young marijuana plants in a van heading to his clandestine outdoor grow sites. But he chose to stop and help another driver whose vehicle was broken down on the side of the road in the middle of the night.
When a grower friend asked me what I think of Growers Underground, I said…
“Growers Underground is for marijuana growers eager to increase the health and productivity of their plants, their happiness, and their life pleasure. I for one feel happier and more grateful for life and growing every time I visit Growers Underground.”