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Old 03-01-2017, 06:05 AM #1
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Argo's front and back office

Hello long time member been here for ever lost an account before i started this one but anyways i guess i have been lurking all these years. I have been closet growing most of my adult life. My first experiences were guerrilla growing as a teen. (is there any other way when you still live with your parents) My success was varied but mainly everything sucked. As I grew and so did the hobby, better books came out so things started improving. Like understanding light period and the differences between sativa and Indica became known. Exciting times. I had recently moved to the PNW where I met a guy who had some amazing smoke. I would pester him every time i saw him and was always giving him money as he was my only contact with the herb. He was slow but the weed was so amazing. After awhile of this chase game i grew tired of waiting for my weed when the proverbial black light went off over my head. Dude it takes you so long to get my weed I could have grew my own! From that point it was on.

The next day me and Grandma JO (mother in law) were in the car driving down to the grow shop to buy me a light It was a sun systems 2 unit with the timer mounted right to the ballast. and i had done my reading I wanted a 430 not a 400 for the extra blue. I look back fondly, such big plans with such a light I"ll have garbage bags full of weed. That is what i was thinking. I had just built a workshop in my backyard and had finished installing the wiring 208/60 A Plenty to run some tools. The first thing in there was a 430 W light and two office fans. I thought i was the shit. Argo430 was my handle ( didn't get that right from the start should have been agro but i kept it) a light and two fans was my signature. I believe it was Overgrow then if my memory serves me right. I realized quickly that no matter how many times i had read Ed or George i didn't know shit. Here was this amazing place with information new methods the exchange of ideas a community. I was instantly hooked.

I built a proper two stage closet learned about fans and humidity and keeping the flower chamber fed. I learned about mites and smells and neighbors, I made friends. I started my search for the "best" (i am still looking). I learned about the trials of ordering seeds in the mail trading clones with friends. I have been after it ever since. The last few years i had been a holder on to boards that kept changing owners and names I felt alone. A guy i knew threw me a couple of crumbs and i found some lost faces. Then another old friend threw me the life line to here. I am grateful to be here.

About me I am a true lover of a good doobie . I'm not really into all the oil and wax and shatter and live resin It is too freakin much for this dinosaur but i love a good bubble hash or just dry skim off my rolling tray.

My Grow is always changing as this is my hobby and not my business. I tend to make things hard on myself by unnecessarily changing stuff constantly. I have grown in soil and in hydro and in coco and in slabs cube loose fill on rafts vertically etc etc. Because of this my tag line is terminal intermediate my avatar is a little green tractor meaning I love to farm.

My set up now is a 2x7x8h closet in my basement. I have three 2x2 trays and some catch basins under a plywood sloped table. I have recently upgraded my lighting from a 600W with magnetic ballast on a light mover that had about 17 years on it, to a couple of 315 LEC's one remote ballast and one self enclosed ballast. I am finishing off my first round with the lights and am pleased so far. The two points of light seem to be just as effective as the mover so i am happy.

I als just set up a new space in an enclosed back patio i refer to the fridge in winter and the sauna in summer so why not try to grow there so after cutting up a hot tub and hauling some stuff away the back office was born and just tonight i set up a new area a 2.5x4' tray filled with some 6" hugos and some new seedlings.

so hello.
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Old 03-03-2017, 02:40 PM #2
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So my recent starts are a NYCDxC99 from weed seeds crossed with a C99xNL this is the f1 between the two we wait.

in the closet from l to right
Durban poison f3 from hemcy seeds

honey boo boo from The green solution
another honey boo boo and a lavender x lambs bread

In the tent I have some Northern Lights from a open pollination between a bunch of different kinds of NL grown 1/12 from seed,

Have a good weekend.
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Old 03-03-2017, 03:57 PM #3
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:19 PM #4
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some quick pics today
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Old 03-07-2017, 06:40 PM #5
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More pics. I took some of the durban poison lower branches as the PM was starting to show so as a result everything was sprayed with silica solution.
Peace.
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Old 03-07-2017, 09:34 PM #6
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Fire safety

My buddies grow went up last night luckily he was at home and the smoke alarms did their job. It was a cheap circ fan plugged in to a cheap powerstrip. he said it was all melted together so he could not tell what the cause was.

check you smoke alarm batteries invest in some extinguishers. maybe a nest smoke alarm/camera so if your phone is around you know what is going on at all times.

I also am thinking about getting a flame defender or elide fire ball for the tent and flower closet. and veg trays small price for a piece of mind.
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Old 03-07-2017, 10:38 PM #7
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Well i had some PM creep up on the durban poison so I removed the lowers then sprayed down the grow spaces plus the whole basement and surrounding areas floors wall ceilings etc.

Things on track except the PM but i have been battling that for a couple of months now and with the perpetual set up it's keeping me from a full on tear-down and cleanse so we trudge on.

In the 5x5 the tent with a 3x3 tray is a run 12/12 from seed on some open pollinated Northern lights so far I am surprised by how well they are doing.

the closet is almost down to one plant a tray with the durban finishing up.

On the new starts I lost three seedlings due to heat from a t5 ballast and lack of care on my part however I am back on point.

Peace
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Old 03-09-2017, 05:06 AM #8
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Just got done with some mental gymnastics. A j-101 break-out box for a Boeing 767 Mode Control Panel. So some SW guy and Some HW guy from two companies can argue about who's shit is broke... Designing and building a box that will wind up in the corner collecting dust. That's over 160 connections right there. This one was a struggle. The first connector a couple of retainer clips went bad due to assembler fatigue at pin 40 something then having to re order a 300 dollar part oops...Then getting the connector back in and re crimped (55 wires) .Then after getting that done it was looking like a hot mess. I could not let it slide so i re designed it. Thinking i was almost done then. Ha ha silly me... During test come to find out I had fried a number of led's from soldering iron temperature being too hot. So I am finally getting it tested for the last time.. Good bye blivid, Welcome to the corner in a few weeks...

Some pics at lights out.

#3 Durban Poison from hemcy seeds F-3 main cola.

#4 Honey boo boo 1.

#5 Lavender x Lambsbread "Shortie"

#6 Tent doing it's thing with the 12/12 from seed.Northern Lights Re-Deux an open pollination of several NL Parents.


C-ya be good to yourselves.
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Old 03-10-2017, 06:59 PM #9
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Hello my fellow enthusiasts. I hope your all mellow and redye to carry out the days assignments.

All seems to be as on track as my schedule allows. The tent is getting close I might start flushing tomorrow.

I will bring down the durban this weekend. and shift the plants to one per 2x2 tray under the twin 315's. Due to the states changing laws i might just make the switch to single plants in 2x2 beds under individual 315's in the closet. i can never mentally stay put.
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Old 03-23-2017, 01:23 AM #10
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Well the Northern light from seed came down in the tent. below average yeild but these were started 12/12 from two nodes so it actually seems pretty good even with the variation in plant phenos and sizes.

The tent was not empty for long as the next batch of seedlings were presented to the flowering tent 1/3 in 4" cubes and the rest in 6" hugos the hugo plants are bigger and have tighter nodes.



Peace.
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