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How Bill grows his own Weed.
A story of a guy who bought a grow box. On the Interwebs.
That guy’s name is Bill.
He had never grown weed before. He was always more a … consumer. With a passion for the Sticky Icky.
One day Bills curiosity took over and he bought himself a Marijuana Grow Box Set.
Bill was stoked when the huge parcel arrived in the neutral brown box with the mail! He immediately ripped open the brown box and marveled at the items.
There was a lot of stuff. He couldn’t wait to start his first grow! Bill was wondering: “How much will I harvest?” – We’ll find out later in this story!
Bill assembled the Grow Box and started his first Grow!
It took Bill one hour to assemble the set. He put up the tent, hung in the lamps and installed the fan, carbon filter and air duct. More on those parts later!
Bill that smart cookie was lucky to have saved himself some Marijuana Seeds from a little green bag. He heard that those work fine. And that is true, usually bag seeds work fine. If Bill wouldn’t have had seeds, he could have just ordered them online.
Bill followed the instruction manual and put 6 seeds into the included seed starter pellets. Wowzers! A new grow had just begun!
Happy with himself and his life, Bill was gently starring at his 6 peat pellets with seeds in them. It should now take 4 days for the baby plants to pop their heads out.
Bill was buzzing with excitement in anticipation of something awesome. He made sure to keep the peat pellets at room temperature and moist.
3 days go by … Bill couldn’t stop checking on them pellets.
When suddenly, on the 4th day!!
HOORAY!! The first two had come to life! Two precious little baby plants, not even a few hours old, were born. What a glorious, glorious day!!
Oh hey Bill, do you know what time it is now?
Time to switch on the Lights!
As soon as a plant pops it head out, it needs to go under direct light.
So Bill that ol’ perfectionist switches on the live-giving lamps in his Grow Box. For the little plants need the energy to thrive.
Bill lowered the two lamps down to 10 inches (30 cm) away from the babies. Throughout the grow, Bill would keep this distance between plants and light for optimum growth.
That means maximum brightness while not burning them with too much heat.
Bing! And there was light. Beautiful light, similar to the sun outside.
Bill had followed the instructions in the grow book. He programmed the included timer to switch the lamp on for 18 hours every day.
Bills Grow box uses a 400 Watt High Pressure Sodium (HPS) bulb. These produce a lot of light and deliver a big harvest.
The whole Grow Box used as much electricity as an older large flat screen TV or a Gaming Computer.
Bill that nerd calculated that the complete grow would cost him $75 in electricity money over 3.5 month.
Bill gently poured a little water over the peat pellets to keep em wet.
Bill was full of excitement
The next day, Bill woke up extra early in the morning full of excitement.
He immediately checked on his remaining peat pellets. All of them are now in the Grow Box, under the light.
And there he couldn’t believe his eyes! 3 more germ buds have sprouted and stuck their head out. Nice!
Pots & Soil
Now that all plants were born, they needed to go into a pot with good soil.
Brilliantly, Bills Grow Box was a complete set and came with grow sacks.
These sacks are awesome for cannabis since they are breathable. Oxygen on the roots is needed to take up nutrients.
Also, the danger of over watering,which is fatal for Marijuana, is greatly reduced. Excess water can just drain through the fabric-like material.
So all Bill needed to do was fill these sacks with soil.
But hang on a minute… there was no soil included.
So Bill bought quality potting mix from the hardware store or amazon. A good quality potting mix for flowers will do fine.
It does provide initial nutrients for the green ones. Bill fills his grow sacks with soil and carefully sinks the precious baby plants in.
By now Bill germinated the seeds and put them into a pot (grow sack) with potting mix.
He then put the plants under the grow light.
Now: Its Grow Time! Bill had to be patient. He couldn’t hurry the plant growth.
He carefully kept the potting mix humid and made sure the grow lights were in the right distance to the growing plants (10 inch, 30 cm distance).
That’s it for 20 days and theeeeeen …………..
Day 21, Bill changed the light duration
On day 21, Bill had 5 strong healthy green looking plants.
What a view!
Bill confidently thinks to himself: “This is working well!”
Following the grow manual, Bill changed the light duration.
On day 21, the light duration changed to 12 hours light on and 12 hours light off. Instead of 18/6 as it was until now.
Now the plants think the summer is half over and it’s time to grow some buds.
Heck, even a plant has to grow up some day!
Can Plants be hungry?
Yes for sure.
Especially Cannabis grows fast and needs lots of food.
It is basically a slobbering stuffer.
So on day 21, the nutrients provided by Bills potting mix were running low. The plants have eaten most of them.
Bill slowly started adding fertilizer into his water.
At first, only a little bit. Because too much is not a good thing. Luckily, his grow box delivery also included a good plant food.
Days pass by.
There is not much to do.
As long as the soil is wet and the water contains nutrients, the plants grow fast and healthy.
How much Water is enough or too much?
Cannabis loves water. It is a thirsty, fast growing weed.
But…. over watering is deadly!
‘The Soil Wetness test’
Gently touch the soil with the back of your fingers.
If it feels cold, it means there’s enough water left. But if it feels warm, then there is no water left and it is time for a drink. For the plant of course, not for you!
Plant Puberty: The first buds appear!
So we have arrived at day 55.
The light was 12 hours on and 12 hours off.
Something important started to happen: The first buds appeared. Score!!
But hang on a moment Bill! Don’t celebrate just yet.
Is that a boy or a girl?
Unfortunately, the male plants were of no use for Bill.
He couldn’t smoke their buds, it would taste awful.
Their leaves contain not much active substance. And anyway, all the males do is make love to the girls. So they had to go.
The perfect murder
With a hurting heart, Bill killed the males, disassembled the bodies and discarded of them discreetly in a plastic bag.
Let’s look at the bright side here Bill:
You have 3 pretty ladies left with more space to unfold and grow.
Damn these girls looked pretty.
Bill practiced patience and let them grow while lovingly caring for them with water, fertilizer and height adjusted lamps.
“Wow look at those boobs buds!” thought Bill to himself while watering the ladies. “There are white crystals popping up all over the buds.” “Oh I love the smell!”. Bill was one happy camper.
Over time, Bill did slowly increase the amount of fertilizer given.
Day 90 – getting there!
“Yo what is going on, dem plants are goin like crazy man!”
At this point, there were some serious sticky buds.
Bill knew that it was better to avoid touching the plants, since otherwise so much of the good stuff would get stuck to his hands.
The smell situation
The smell now was intense. Intensely good, but intense.
Those ripening plants had a strong scent.
Unless you live on a farm or another place where there are no direct neighbours, you have to filter the used air before releasing it out of your house.
Or people may find out about your little green oasis.
You remove the smell with a carbon filter.
Bill was filtering the used air from his grow box through such carbon filter.
So the smell was gone. More details on filters further below, after this story ends…
Patience, Patience & Patience
The plants now looked delicious and Bill couldn’t wait to smoke them through his Ultrabong 2000.
But day 90 was still too early to harvest.
Bill knew he had to wait another 20 days for maximum yield and super quality weed.
Phew this was difficult. Hurry up plants already!
Day 110: Harvest Time
And then the day arrived.
Somewhere around day 110. Most of the plants little white hairs have turned brown.
There was not much new growth happening anymore.
The plants were oozing a strong heavy marijuana fragrance. The smell so many people love.
Time to …. say Goodbye
It is now time to say goodbye to them plants.
Bill put lots of love and effort into them. The plants were about to return a multiple of that!
Bill felt sad while he cut them down. But he knew for there to be life, there must be death.
After the Harvest
And now the work began. It was trimming time!
Bill cut the big buds from the stems. With small scissors, he then removed any bigger leaves which were growing on the buds.
This made them look beautiful and tasty. Similar to the good stuff Bill used to purchase from the dispensary.
Bills plants have grown pretty big, so this step takes a lot of work. Cutting, cutting, cutting.
Until the buds don’t have those small leaves anymore.
Good Farmers dry the Herb slowly
After that is done, Bill left his fresh harvest to dry in a well ventilated, dark spot.
He knew that in no way he could dry these precious buds with heat or in the sunlight.
That would destroy the great taste and produce a harsh, scratchy smoke.
Bill dried the goods slowly… for 7 – 15 days in a dark, well ventilated space.
Until they felt dry, but not completely dry.
Upon bending, the twigs did not yet snap. Now the weed felt dry on the outside, but there was still humidity left inside.
This is the time to press the precious buds.
Bill put them into a plastic bag and gently rolled them up, whereby the buds were being gently squeezed.
He left them in the plastic bag for 24 hours or so and then took them back out.
Now the buds were all sticking together. So Bill separated them.
He let them dry for another day and repeated the gentle plastic bag pressing 2 more times.
By now, Bills had a bunch of beautiful weed nuggets, ready to smoke.
**BlubBlubBlubBlubbBlubber. **FFFFFuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhh. **Aahhhh ….. so so nice.
**Cough Cough Cough **
Bills weed was still very fresh and thus a bit harsh in his lungs.
So Bill got himself a bunch of clean glass jars and put the weed in there for a few weeks.
Every few days or so, Bill opened the lids and took a whiff while letting in oxygen.
During this curing period, the chlorophyll in the weed translated into sugar. Thus the smoke became milder.
The weed also became stronger in its effect.
After at least 1 month of curing, the Marijuana became nice and smoke able.
3 month curing would be perfect, but hey, we may not have that much patience.
Bill offered his surprised friends one of his home made nuggets. Everyone loved them.
Except Bills wife who was a bit worried that with so much weed, Bill would be stoned around the clock.
Bill was smoking his own weed. Puff Puff. That was the live.
Bills work had paid off handsomely. He harvested roughly 3 ounces of weed. That almost paid for the Grow Box.
But this is not really about the money. This is about growing your own Marijuana.
Ok Bill, now do it all over again.
there is no Bill. But the rest is a true story. That’s how I grow.
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