In My Grow Show Ep. 31 hosted by Alex Robles

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I visit Organic Solution and talk about worm castings.

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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

Nematodes, The Organic way to Fight Pests.

by Alex Robles

Pests love to build their home and lay their eggs in warm moist places and it’s not just one type.  There are lots of little assassins out there that would love to live in the environment that we build.  A huge part of my IPM (integrated pest management) starts with my soil since it’s going to be wettest part of my grow.  I believe that having a healthy soil is part of having a healthy plant.  When I talk about healthy soil I mean soil that’s alive with beneficial microorganisms that are going to be my foot soldiers against the invaders. Continue reading

Worm castings and its delicious tea.

by Alex Robles

Greeting my fellow cultivators, I hope everyone’s day was close to perfect.  Today I’m going to preach about all the beautiful things I love about worm castings sometimes called vermicast, worm poop or worm manure, it’s all the same thing.  I want to start by mentioning that castings are the only fertilizer I know of that has very little order and is safe to use around kids and pets as well as indoors.   The easy rule that I use for spotting quality castings is “the darker the better”, I like them to be a little darker than wet coffee grounds.  Since castings are water activated, it’s ok if I get a bag of castings and it dries out a bit. Continue reading

Top two reasons why you should never grow Miracle-Gro marijuana if you don’t have to.

by Alex Robles

Hello again my fellow cultivators, I hope everyone’s day went as planned.  Today I’m going to talk about soil again, more specifically bad soil.

When I allegedly grew cannabis in Texas I made a lot of mistakes and growing Miracle-Gro marijuana was one of the bigger ones.  Today, I never use Miracle-Gro in any of my gardens, cannabis or otherwise and encourage everyone I talk to about soil NOT to use it.  Putting aside the fact that it’s a Monsanto product and that the fertilizer that’s used is petroleum based.  It’s just not a good soil to grow marijuana in.  I understand that some of the higher quality soil mixes won’t be available to some growers because you live in a prohibition state or a small town or both.   In those situations Miracle-Gro may be the only thing available to you, and I’ll give you the best advice that I know of for growing with it.  Before I do that I’m going to tell why I don’t grow Miracle-Gro marijuana.   Continue reading

The quality of cannabis that you harvest begins with the quality of soil that you use.

by Alex Robles

Hello my beautiful fellow cultivators, I hope everyone’s gardens are looking good.  Today I’m going to talk about choosing the right premixed, bagged, potting soil for your cannabis garden.  Now this can be confusing with all the different types of potting soil mixes that are out there.  Here are the things I look for when I’m shopping for a bag of soil.

First of all, I stay away from any mix that has time release fertilizer pellets like Miracle-Gro.  I have less control when it comes to feeding my plants nutrients and run the risk of seriously burning my plants with those pellets.  Just keep this in mind when you’re feeding your plants nutrients while running this type of soil.  I understand if you live in a prohibition state or a small town that your choices are limited, so I’ll put a more detailed post up about this type of soil and how to grow with it later. Continue reading