Learn About The Benefits Of No-Till Farming & How To Make Your Own Soil

Learn About The Benefits Of No-Till-Farming & How To Make Your Own Soil
Learn About The Benefits Of No-Till-Farming & How To Make Your Own Soil

This week I have Brandon Rust. Brandon Rust is often one of the panel members on my Sunday evening program called “Growing With My Fellow Growers” of which you can watch every Sunday evening 7 PM EDT. Today Brandon comes on the show to talk about the benefits of no-till farming and how to make your own soil. Brandon is an experienced grower and has been growing cannabis a long time and offers valuable insight into the advantages of growing crops or pasture from year to year without disturbing the soil through tillage.

Jeff Lowenfels: Why Autoflowers Will Be The Future

Why Autoflowers Will Be The Future For Home Growers With Jeff Lowenfels
Why Autoflowers Will Be The Future For Home Growers With Jeff Lowenfels

I have award-winning author and lecturer, Jeff Lowenfels. He’s written many books in his past including his famous “teaming series” specifically “Teaming With Microbes,” “Teaming With Nutrients,” and “Teaming With Fungi.” Today he comes on the show to talk about his new book called “DIY Autoflowering Cannabis: An Easy Way to Grow Your Own.” During this podcast episode, Jeff brought up many important topics regarding autoflowers but the essential topic he brought up was his belief that auto-flowering cannabis will be the future for cannabis growers. Home and commercial growers alike. To say he feels autoflowers will be ubiquitous is a massive understatement. Also during this episode, Jeff debunked a lot of rumors that many photoperiod growers often assume about autoflowers including cloning. This podcast is filled with quality information about autoflowers and why you as a home grower should seriously consider growing autoflowers. Please remember to press subscribe and enjoy the show!

Check out Jeff’s new Book! 

Check out all of the book’s Jeff has published over the years! 

Check out Jeff’s weekly gardening column in the Anchorage Daily News

Visit Autoflower.net to learn and talk about Autoflowers

How To Set Up A Watering System

Learn How To Set Up An Automatic Drip System
Learn How To Set Up An Automatic Drip System

Dr. MJ Coco comes on the show today to talk about how to set up an automatic watering system. He goes into detail as to how to accomplish this task if your growing in coco coir or soil. Dr. MJ goes into detail during this podcast and goes deep into watering distribution systems, self-draining saucers and how to set the timing and adjusting for flow. This is a must listen.

Setting Up an Automatic Watering System

If you are interested in setting up an Automatic Watering system, be sure to see Dr. Coco’s DIY tutorials for the system he describes in this Podcast

Setting Up and Automatic Watering System

  1. What types of grows benefit from Auto-watering?
    1. Can be applied to Coco and Soil
      1. In Coco, it allows growers to practice high-frequency fertigation without being tied to the plants
      2. In Soil, a system like this would allow you always water at the right time of day even if you are not home. You could even go on vacation!
    2. Coco vs Soil
      1. Coco can be watered much more frequently that soil
      2. You can set a timer for multiple daily events in coco and never worry about overwatering
  • In Soil, you need to be more aware of the ideal watering frequency in your particular setup
  1. In both Coco and soil, the best time to water is just before lights on.
  1. What types of auto-water systems work best?
    1. Fertigation and Run-off
      1. Wicking systems are not advised
      2. Need to provide enough water to produce run-off at each event
  • The easiest way to do so is a simple aquarium pump in a reservoir bucket.
  1. The cost can be less than $100 for a fully automated watering system
  1. Overview of The System
    1. Reservoir with pump
    2. Waterline into the tent
    3. Water distribution system
      1. Feeder lines and drippers
      2. Hydro-Halos
    4. Self-draining Saucers
    5. Catchment:
      1. Gravity: Elevate the tent
      2. Auto-pumping Drain bucket
    6. How do you set Timing and Adjust Flow?
      1. Soil: a lot infrequently
      2. Coco: a little frequently
      3. Timer:
        1. Digital
        2. Programmable in minutes
  • Coco: Multiple daily cycles
    1. The timing chart in “How to Water Coco” article
  1. Soil: Programmable by day of the week
  1. Flow: depends on the water distribution system
    1. With drippers, they are adjustable by twisting the individual heads
    2. With hydro halos, you need to install ball valves
  • Start with very low flow and adjust up until you achieve run-off in the desired time.
  1. Adjust either the flow rate or the event duration
  1. What you need to know about Managing a Reservoir
    1. Oxygenation
    2. Antibacterial
    3. Mixing nutes
    4. Cleaning-out
  2. Common Problems with auto drip
    1. Bacteria in the res
      1. pH goes Up and EC goes down
      2. Clean out with H2O2
  • Add H2O2 to the nutrient solution
  1. Chill tank
  2. Increase oxygenation
  1. Water distribution issues
    1. Plants may get tip burn despite the EC remaining low
    2. This is a result of dry pockets forming in the media
  • Periodic hand watering – once per week – resolves
  1. Don’t let the drain bucket over-flow!

If you are interested in growing in Coco, be sure to visit Cocoforcannabis.com. They write peer-reviewed scientifically accurate articles and tutorials to help you manage your grow like a pro! Check out their Table of Contents.

Why You Should Grow In Coco Coir

Why You Should Grow In Coco Coir
Why You Should Grow In Coco Coir

Dr. MJ Coco comes on the show today to talk about why he thinks you should grow in coco coir. He lists all the reasons why he believes you should grow in coco coir — a few of the reasons being speed, manageability, ease, and familiarity. Dr. MJ goes into detail during this podcast and stats his case. This is a must listen.

If you are interested in growing in Coco, be sure to visit Cocoforcannabis.com. They write peer-reviewed scientifically accurate articles and tutorials to help you manage your grow like a pro! Check out their Table of Contents.

Why grow in coco

  • Speed, manageability, ease, and familiarity (easier than DWC)

Why is Coco Fast

    • Air-water ratio
    • Ability to fertigate frequently
  • Maintains proper moisture
  • Maintains proper air
  • Maintains proper NER
  • Maintains proper EC
  • Ability to keep conditions perfect all of the time leads to explosive growth

How is Coco Manageable

  • Direct fertilization
  • Soil has a much more complex CEC
  • Coco can be buffered and the CEC does not interfere with nutrition
  • See: how to prepare and buffer coco coir
  • Plant gets what you give it now – easy to reset from mistakes!
  • Will not drown roots
  • Can always flush or rinse the plants to control EC or other issues
  • Ability to set-up automatic watering
  • Coco can be watered on a schedule
  • It actually should be fertigated several times per day
  • In soil, the timing of the water must respond to the conditions of the soil

How is Coco Easier than DWC

  • DWC also offers the benefit of being able to provide the plant with the perfect conditions for growth.
  • However, for several reasons Coco is more forgiving
  • Power outage: no O2 quickly drowns roots in DWC… There is no similar problems in Coco
  • Controlling bacteria and root-rot is far easier in coco
  • Acts like soil!
  • Similar experience in terms of growing and transplanting
  • Ability to use stakes in the containers, etc.

What are the Keys for growing in Coco

The challenges of growing in coco

  • CalMag
  • Frequent watering

Learn How To Grow In A Hydroponic And Aeroponic Setting

Learn How To Grow In A Hydroponic & Aeroponic Setting
Learn How To Grow In A Hydroponic & Aeroponic Setting

Morgan from Las Vegas comes on the show today to talk about how to grow cannabis in a hydroponic and aeroponic setting. Morgan has been growing for many years and has vast experience in this type of growing environment. He sent me photos and videos on his grow operation and I was impressed with the yields he was producing and grow operation. You can find him on Instagram @ dr.greeenthumbs

Learn Why Autoflowers Suck For New Home Growers

Why Autoflowers Suck
Why Autoflowers Suck

On today’s show, we have Stabby from the “Embracing Organics” show. He’s an OG grower from the midwest. Stabby comes on the show today to talk about why he feels autoflowers aren’t ideal for new home growers to grow. He talks about various reasons why he feels photoperiods are much more suitable for new home growers. This was a two-hour podcast, so I broke it up into two different parts for your listening pleasure. The second part will be published tomorrow morning @8AM. Please remember to press “subscribe” and Enjoy the show!

Learn How To Prevent Russet Mites

Learn How To Prevent Russet Mites
Learn How To Prevent Russet Mites

On today’s show, we have returning guest Matthew Gates. He’s our resident IPM specialist from Southern California who was just recently on the “Embracing Organics” show a few weeks ago, so a big congrats to him. Matthew can also be found the “Growing With My Fellow Growers” panel every Sunday night on YouTube. You can go to CheapHomeGrow.com/YouTube to subscribe. Today he comes on the show to talk about russet mites and how to get rid of them. He can be found on Instagram @synchangel and youtube @zenthanol. Please remember to press “subscribe” and Enjoy the show!

Listen and Learn From Experienced Growers

Listen & Learn From Experienced Growers
Listen & Learn From Experienced Growers

I have two guests I’m confident you’ll appreciate. I have Shawn aka skilbo1 on Instagram and YouTube sensation Medfit. Medfit can be found on Instagram and YouTube @MedicallyFit. Both of these men have been on the podcast in the past and gave quality information, so I figured I would invite them back. During this podcast episode, we started off talking about things we wish we all knew when we first started growing and what we’ve learned in the process. I’ll be the first to admit, the first 20mins of this conversation, I had no clue what these guys were talking about, but I still learned a thing or two hearing them speak. After that, the conversation veered into many different and exciting cannabis growing topics. This was a two-hour conversation, so I opted to create a part 1 and a part 2. Part 2 of this podcast will be published tomorrow at 8 AM. CHG Nation, I’m thinking about creating this format into a podcast series where I bring on a few of experienced growers and mostly listening to what they have to say and learn from them. What do you think? I’m on all social media platforms. I’m most active on Instagram and Twitter @CheapHomeGrow. This podcast is information packed so, please sit back, relax and learn. As always, please subscribe and enjoy the show!

Understanding The Difference Between Coco Coir & Soil When Watering

Understanding The Difference Between Coco Coir & Soil When Watering
Understanding The Difference Between Coco Coir & Soil When Watering

On today’s show, I had an individual reached out to me because he wanted to explain the difference between coco coir and soil when watering. This individual goes by the Instagram name of mangrow_goodbud. Mangrow comes on the show today because he wanted to educate how different and intricate the process is when watering coco coir and soil. Needless to say, the process isn’t the same and it can be a bit involved. He was kind enough to explain these differences in detail during the show. Please listen and tell me what you think.

Learn What Not To Do When Growing At Home

Learn What Not To Do When Growing Your Own
Learn What Not To Do When Growing Your Own

On today’s show, I have returning guest Dr. MJ from CocoForCannabis. Dr. MJ comes on the show today to discuss what he thinks you should no do while growing your own at home. In addition to that, Dr. Mj and I discuss certain fads aka trends he thinks you should stay away from when growing. He also touches on watering, defoliation, harvesting, and curing. This episode is information packed so please sit back, relax and learn. Also, please remember to subscribe. Thank you.