The Soil Food Web

by Alex Robles

The Soil Food Web (SFW) is an amazing thing to understand, because it helps us see the beautiful complexity in nature.  Without a doubt, It’s not a simple straight line like a food chain is.   In a chain we can easily track the energy from grass to cow to human.  In the SFW there are a lot more complicated relationships between organisms that live and thrive in the soil.   It’s also complicated by the fact that these relationships can change depending on the plants needs.  I hope my explanation of the soil food web helps you understand it a little better.

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Cannabis Plant in the Vegetative Stage Part Three: Lighting, Temperature and Humidity

by Alex Robles

Well cannabis lovers, it’s part 3 of “A Cannabis Plant in Veg” and this time I’m talking about lighting, temperature and humidity.  When I started writing this series I realized I had to hit the highlights of the different parts of growing cannabis because it’s really easy to get lost in the details.  My advice to any new grower is to first learn the best, safe practices for growing quality  cannabis.  Then when you’re comfortable and ready to take your skills to the next level, learn and understand why VPD ( Vapor Pressure Deficit), LST ( Leaf Surface Temperature) or micromoles per joule are important.  Right now, let’s just get comfortable with growing a healthy plant. Continue reading

Cannabis Plant in the Vegetative Stage Part Two: The Plant

by Alex Robles

What’s happening my fellow cannabis enthusiasts, thank you for joining me for the second installment of this series about cannabis in the vegetative (veg) stage.  In the first part I talked about the “Pot” and everything I put in it for my plants.  In this next part I’m going to tell you about a few of the things I expect to see from a plant in veg.  I’ll also quickly cover the seedling and link to the macro/micro nutrients the plant needs.  I’m not going to talk about “Super Cropping” or “FIMing” because I don’t want to over complicate the topic with some semi-advanced techniques.  I will talk a little about “topping” and “training” because sometimes the plants get bigger than we planned for and we may have to cut them back or make them bend to our will.  Just as last time, I’ll be linking to different articles to help explain some of the information. Continue reading

Cannabis Plant in the Vegetative Stage Part One: The Pot

by Alex Robles

Take a moment to pat yourself on the back because that seedling you agonized over is now a plant in the vegetative (veg) stage.  Most new grower usually make mistakes and their plants pay with their lives before they get to veg.  So again, good job on getting your plant this far.  Now that we’re done celebrating we have to plan our work and work our plan because that plant is going to need more of our attention now.   Continue reading

The Easy Way to Sex a Cannabis Plant.

 

by Alex Robles

Yes good job, after about three weeks you no longer have a delicate looking seedling.  The stem has thickened up and is now able to support itself more easily and should have at least 3 sets of cannabis leaves showing.  That plant has clearly entered the vegetative (veg) growth stage.  At this point I would keep the light cycle to a healthy schedule which is an 18-6 in my opinion and that means 18hrs of lights and 6hrs of dark.  Cannabis can be vegged with 24hrs of light, but I’m of the opinion that every living thing needs rest to thrive.  This is the stage where the plant starts to get taller, bushier and hungrier.   But this is also when I can find out if it’s a boy or a glorious girl. Continue reading

Hooray your cannabis seed finally cracked (sprouted), now what?

By Alex Robles

So the seeds you set out to germinate finally crack and now you have to put them in some soil.  Do you believe the marketing and buy a sprouting soil mix or do you make your own, but which recipe should you follow?  Well you’re in luck because today I’m going back to church so I can keep preaching about my love for worm castings and let me tell you that love runs deep.  Since I grow in dirt, in containers there are very few things I lean on more than a great bag of castings to help me keep my garden healthy during all stages of growth.  In the past I’ve rambled on about the different ways I use it, from top dressing to making tea.  But today I’m going to go over how I use it to make a sprouting soil mix. Continue reading

How I make a cannabis seed and pollinate by hand

by Alex Robles

What’s happening my fellow cultivators, breeder and cannabis enthusiast of all stripe, I hope everyone is doing beautifully right now.  Awhile back I posted a rant about auto-flower seeds and I mentioned that every grower should learn how to make a seed.  Now I’m not a breeder by any means but I have made a seed before and today I want to tell you about how I make them. Continue reading

Before you buy cannabis seeds, know the different kinds of seeds that are out there.


by Alex Robles

The first thing you notice when go on to a cannabis seed companies website or take a look at their glossy magazine ad is the different variety of seeds for sale.  When your new to the scene it can be confusing.  Here are a few basic things we all need to know before we buy our seeds. Continue reading