Apr 212016
 April 21, 2016
Growing 101 With The Heliospectra: Part One

This 101 guide is limited to suggestions specific to your lamps. You’ll find growing with LED lamps requires a departure in thought from using high pressure sodium or other HID technology – a departure that you will benefit from when you pay your electricity bill. Whether you are swapping out your previous lamp technology or starting a new operation, investing in the right set of environmental circumstances is worth the effort. Typically your normal temperature in a grow room running HID lighting is somewhere between 70 and 74 degrees causing major HVAC installations and high energy bills in the summer. Due

Apr 092016
 April 9, 2016
Greenhouse Class In Portland, Oregon Tomorrow

There’s a greenhouse class tomorrow in Portland. I get a lot of questions about greenhouses, so if you are in the area, you should check it out. It looks like the cost is $25. Below is more information, via the event’s Facebook page: This is class intended for all horticultural enthusiasts who seek to take the jump into utilizing a greenhouse for year round growing and crop success. The focus of this class is to dismiss the mysteries of greenhouse growing and provide a comprehensive approach to greenhouse planning a greenhouse build to completion. The class will take place on

Mar 292016
 March 29, 2016
Organic Marijuana Gardening Q And A With Author Jeff Lowenfels

The brilliant and beloved organic gardening writer Jeff Lowenfels is at the Melody Ballroom in Portland this Thursday, March 31 to speak at a special organic soil and gardening event hosted by the Oregon Cannabis Association. Hobbyists, professional cultivators, those who are just contemplating the switch to organic and longtime practitioners will appreciate his humor, wisdom and passion for “the soil food web.” Buy tickets here for Thursday’s organic cannabis gardening event with Jeff Lowenfels and an expert soil panel coordinated by Portland’s Roots Garden Supply. Meanwhile, Eco Firma Farms founder Jesse Peters caught up with Lowenfels today to ask him a few questions of his own.

Feb 282016
 February 28, 2016
Setting Your End Goal - Total Cost Per Gram Versus Yield

A main factor that must be determined – and might be the most important – is the identification of your end goal when using LED grow lights to grow cannabis. Whether I’m shooting for higher production yields or increased THC, and/or terpene content, I base my light recipes off my end goal. As we all know, higher quality cannabis, with increased THC and terpene content, doesn’t always mean record breaking yields. And a record breaking yield doesn’t always mean the most economically feasible solution. An excellent example of these economics can be demonstrated through the HVAC requirements alone. With 1000W

Feb 092016
 February 9, 2016
Popular Marijuana Pesticide Pulled From Store Shelves, Banned In Oregon

I don’t currently grow marijuana, but I did for a handful of years. I always tell people that there are three plagues that should be dealt with swiftly and completely when growing marijuana – bugs, heat, and mildew. There are a lot of battles that will be fought while growing marijuana, but those three were the toughest to deal with. Powdery mildew is especially harsh in the Pacific Northwest where I live because of so much rain. We don’t deal with heat all that often, but it does happen during the summer during some stretches. Bugs for the most part

Jan 092016
 January 9, 2016
How To Save Water When Growing Marijuana Plants Outdoors

What Is The Best Way To Save Water When Cultivating Cannabis Outdoors? My friend Bee sent me a link today on social media that greatly impressed me. The link was to a video of a guy who pitched on the TV Shark Tank. The guy was pitching a product that helps outdoor plants consume less water and prevent frost damage. The product is not necessarily designed for cannabis cultivation, but I think it could be used while growing marijuana outdoors and product amazing results. It’s a very simple, yet effective concept. To be clear, this is not in any way an

Dec 202015
 December 20, 2015
Growing Your Own Marijuana Is Very Rewarding, Which Is Why More And More People Are Doing It

Growing marijuana was one of the funnest things I ever did. I haven’t grown for awhile, but about a decade ago I had a fairly decent garden going. I grow a lot of things every summer such as tomatoes and kale, but none of them are as fun and rewarding to grow as marijuana. A lot of that has to do with the fact that I smoke marijuana, and don’t smoke kale. But to be fair I found growing marijuana to be fun and rewarding for other reasons too. Growing other things usually takes a long time, and there’s not a

Dec 052015
 December 5, 2015
How To Operate A Marijuana Clone Nursery With Jorge Cervantes

Making one marijuana clone is not that difficult. Back when I was growing marijuana, I would always cut more starts than I needed, and take the top ones out of the batch that established the largest root base. That approach works really well when you only need a handful of healthy clones. It doesn’t take that many materials too for such a small operation. But what about when you want to create clones in mass quantities? That’s a different story. There’s a method to the madness, and knowing that method will likely determine the difference between having a huge supply of

Nov 272015
 November 27, 2015
Check Out Heliospectra's Black Friday LED Grow Light Deal

Today is the day after Thanksgiving, and so you know that means there are deals to be had. If you know a marijuana grower, or if you are a marijuana grower, then you know that a hot deal on a TV is nothing to get excited about. Chances are, you want deals on grow equipment. Heliospectra is having a deal on their LX601C LED grow light between now and Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 until 11:59pm Pacific Time. Below are more details about the LED grow light: What’s in the box? Your LX601 LED grow light 2 m (6 ft) power cable with EU

Nov 032015
 November 3, 2015
Is It Better To Grow Marijuana Hydroponically Or In Soil?

There is no way to know who was the first person to grow marijuana hydroponically. That’s not to say that there aren’t a lot of people out there that claim that they were the first, or know who did it first, but there’s no definitive proof. And let’s be real, it’s not easy to separate fact from fiction when it comes to marijuana cultivation and claims made by people. I do think it’s safe to assume though that from the very beginning of hydroponic marijuana cultivation, there was likely a debate as to which was better, hydroponics or soil. That