On today’s show, we have Myles, a novice farmer from Vermont, and he gives helpful practices, tips, and protocols to follow and not follow when starting to grow at home. Myles has been an at-home grower for a few months making his experience relatable to novice growers and those interested in starting a home grow. Today he touches on how to have the most successful grow as possible, what not to do, and tips on quickening the learning curve as a novice home grower.
Summary and Show Highlights:
Where to start?
If you don’t plant seeds, nothing will grow. Seeds are very important to start a grow but also focusing on the strain and genetics is as equally important to the grow. Myles started with 14-15 seeds of various strains and needless to say this was a mistake. According to Myles, out of various seeds, only 5 feminized plants were produced. Having too many genetics and strains growing at the same time becomes difficult as each strain needs different nutrients. Myles recommended spending $30-50 on feminized seeds of a strain that is easy to grow as well as good genetics.
What is good genetics, in your opinion?
Knowing what the seed actually is, is very important. If someone selling seeds has their menu on a napkin and written in sharpie, Myles says, you should not trust it. A lot of people are getting ripped off so anyone on trying to buy seeds should do their research. They can ask people who have previously bought seeds or go onto social media and ask around.
Tip #1: Know your source!
Myles then talks to us about an easy way of popping seeds (germinating). For this, all that is needed is a napkin or paper towel, water, and your seed. First, you take your napkin or paper towel. Next, with your water damp the napkin or paper towel. Then, put the seeds in damp napkin or paper towel and place in Tupperware. Lastly, store somewhere that has a moderate temperature for 2-3 days. After those 2-3 days, the seeds should be germinated.
What do you not do after (seeds already popped/germinated)?
Do not put in Miracle-Gro or any other kind of generic soil. The seeds should be put in soil meant for cannabis. Miracle-Gro and other generic soils have too many nutrients which cause more harm than good.
Have you used Spiked Soil?
Even though Myles has not used Spiked Soil he has used another super soil. He goes to say that the super soil has given him results on his outdoor grow but has not had any good results on his indoor grow. For his indoor grow he still uses an organic, nutrient-rich soil.
Little things pop up while growing.
Myles gives us more information on variables that are minimal problems but can still affect the plant and its growth. He goes onto talk about calcium deficiency in one of his grows that he did not catch in time and this can actually be seen on the plant itself. Myles gives us more information on the little things that growers might forget or not pay attention to, such as the pH balance in the water given to the plant. Regular water does more good to the plant than throwing extra nutrients the plant won’t need. Myles even gives us two examples to highlight the importance of watering plants with the appropriate pH balance.
Any other do or don’ts?
Watch out for silly mistakes. Myles points out that in his first grow all of the things that went wrong were his fault. It was a learning process that all growers must go through but a way to ensure the crops successful yield is resources. Myles goes on to encourage people to find someone and ask questions if they do not know something. Having a circle of 3-4 people that have some experience in growing can really go a long way.
Any suggestions and what to do?
Do not 12-12 from seed. Growing in this concept hurts your yield more than anything, wanting a fast harvest is only going to produce less of the amount if allowed three more weeks of vegetation. You cannot compare 7-gram yield to 1oz yield especially when it’s a three-week difference.
Tip #2: Do not rush you’re grow, get a grow buddy, keep grow diary.
Being detailed when growing, especially if you’re a novice, will allow you to keep track of everything you do to your plant. If at any point in time you reach out to a grow buddy or someone helping to have a grow diary will allow them to know exactly what you’ve been doing.
Tip#3: You don’t have to do everything someone tells you. Use what helps you grow.
Myles has a setup that goes hand in hand with his needs. He has an exhaust fan turns on when the temperature goes above 84 and a dehumidifier when it drops below 55. His crop set up might be different from someone else growing the same strain, based on set up. Even though he has his set up and has been growing a few months he still continues to work certain things out and see what he can improve on with each grow. Myles dives into different automation systems as well as watering your soil and when not to water your soil.
What have you learned as a newbie?
Play nice! There are a lot of people out there that have great information on every aspect of the plant. As long as you’re respectful and talk to them nicely you most likely will get a reply back. You’re going to learn something, talking to different people will open the possibility for different topics that you as a grower might need help in.
Tip#4: Start Growing!
Just start growing. If you cannot grow cannabis in your state legally, try tomatoes. They are very similar to growing cannabis it will give you much-needed practice. Myles ends the show by stating his overall goal, which is to create a resource for all novice growers, to learn and have the best grow possible.