Lets start this season from the beginning. When the brothers at Female Seeds reached out to me I started my search for a grow location just like I do every season. Lots of Google earth a set of binos and a shit load of windshield time.
My search starts and ends the same every year looking for a good entrance and exit strategy. I dont care how good the actual grow location is I need to be able to get in and out safely. Remember wether you are a swamp grower, clone grower or start using seeds you have to carry in your gear. Once in the bush its all good the hard part is getting you and your gear in and out of the bush.
I start everything in the bush from seed. I soak my seeds 12-24hrs in a wet paper towel and then hike them into the bush. I use this same cold frame design that I have been using for years. It consists of a black storage tote and a home made cover. The cover is built out of 1x2 cedar and a green house panel for the top. The sides are just a mix of black window screen and recycled plastic cover.
I chose the black window screen and recycled plastic for the same reason they don’t reflect light as much as the other types of material. The plastic keeps the rain out and the screen keeps the critters out. As any guerrilla knows security is job one. So keeping light reflectance down is good thing.
As you can see in one of the pictures I keep the top ventilated well. I don’t want to heat stress the small seedlings. Depending on your enviroment you can just cut some holes in the plastic at the top to aid in ventilation. I do that after the seeds have sprouted.
The black tote helps heat up the soil to aid in germination of the seeds. As mentioned earlier I only soak my seeds a max of 24hrs. I have tried 48 hrs but had worse germination results. The seeds are going from a 72 deg house into cold wet soil in the bush. They don’t warm up until a few sunny days.
If you already have a tail sticking out of the seed and then the weather cools off, as it does in the spring, I think it shocks them and you get poor germ rates. No science here just anecdotal evidence.