Originally Posted by noknees
been there, done that, gave away the t-shirts.
don't let perfect be the enemy of good. to me, in real life the "best weed ever" is any good, clean cannabis you raised yourself, especially flowers that didn't require a lot of time/effort/resources.
1. scale back whatever you're planning like 70%. it'll still end up being "a lot" at first.
3. make seeds with plants you like! for example, your landrace outdoor hashplant project sounds fun and rewarding.
good luck & best wishes dude.
Thanks a lot for the common sense and encouragement, it’s very welcome. Get you on all points!
My first task will be to get a tent and lights set up and set up a worm farm. I’m not at all sure I’ll get there in time to start landraces outdoors, even though I’m looking at cold-hardy varieties...but yes, I have big plans, but I’m also old enough to start slow and build well.
Totally hear you on seeking perfection: I’ll settle for smokable and effective to start - I figure if I don’t screw up completely, whatever I grow will be at least as good as the commercial mids I smoked for most of my life, and I can stand that; once I’ve pulled a successful grow, harvest, and cure a few times, I’ll have plenty of room to stretch out into, strainwise and technique-wise.
As far as outdoors goes, I’ll be more comfortable watching the world and weather around me before I get too excited about breaking ground - keep it simple, for sure! I’ve seen photos of the property, and at least parts of it are spacious and not too sheltered in, but I haven’t seen or felt or broken up any ground up there, and weather in the mountains is, I know, a highly local and variable thing, so taking a year to just watch it & see what it does sounds like my best plan.
I was wrong, BTW, about the elevation: it’s gonna be somewhere between 8000-9000 feet above sea level (there goes my baking!) - which is considerably higher than the Hindu Kush. I can’t make heads or tails of. The science applied to measuring rainfall there in the Kush, but near as I can make out, the monthly precipitation pattern / amounts in Chitral city seem to be on a par with my future location, so that’s actually a plus. Elevations are vastly different, though - but it might not be a problem, I’ll have to see.
Re: seed making - yes, all about what I like, for sure: it’s one of the ideas behind my scheme for landrace patch development. I’m a big believer in open pollination, especially in landrace populations: breeding select individuals to each other has substantial benefits on a per-plant basis, but I don’t see how a group genetic profile (like a ‘landrace’) can be maintained without open pollination within the genetic group, so I’m going to give that a try...it’s been on my mind for a long time, and I have hopes for the experiment. I understand that a small plant-count-friendly patch has real limitations, but a local micro-race ought to be possible...in theory.
Probably easy to guess, but I have fond hopes of spending my winters making real hash - and at least some time in the fall gathering Charas and seed from the patch. It occurs to me - erroneously, perhaps - that hand-gathering Charas may be a dependable way of ensuring seedfall as well as getting resin. I plan to find out if a post-gathering plant’s buds remain smokable / extractable.
Love the response, bro: thanks again!