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Old 10-17-2020, 02:15 AM #1
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Smells like LouDog inside the van...

Welcome to the search for the stink. There's lots of funny smells going on in this van. I've missed sharing with my friends here at IC. Hoping to reconnect with a few and make lots of new ones, sharing our journey of growing top quality cannabis.

Join us here in the van, and soon the treehouse as we try to pump out the volume and produce the stickiest medical dope we can. We're 100% legal medical patients here, so abiding by some restrictive number limitations. But restraints breeds ingenuity, and there's certainly a drive to make it work.

So we're going to pick up some tried and true methods from the old heads and maybe overcome some issues that will help someone else down the line.


So, I hope you'll join me, smoke a fat j, and join the discussion. This ain't no funky reggae party, this is the search for the sticky and stinky.


Let's kick it off with some pics of a couple of favorite cuts:

It all starts with a seed...



OG Chem from Ganja Rebel


Gorilla Bubble BX2 from Tony Green




Good vibes all!
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The Van

The van is cramped. It's a little damp and funny smelling. But it can grow some decent ganja.

We mainly veg in the van, sometimes we'll flower a small little round for whatever fancies us at the moment. Here's what we're working with:

3'x3'x6' Tent
3'x3'x7' Panda Poly Room
and a couple other little nooks and crannies where we stick clones


Lighting
Running a 400w ballast on a flip between the tent and the panda poly room, with small cfls or leds to extend photoperiod as needed for veg.

We're running an open batwing in one tent and an air cooled reflector in the other. MH for veg, HPS for flower for now.

I just finished running a round with a couple of Mars Hydro SP150 lights in a 3'x3' with lots of success. Those lights were passed along to a fellow medical patient in need since we had the flip flop and batwing sitting in storage anyways. More cannabis in the world can only be a good thing


Methods
Drain to waste coco
Jack's A & B
Root bennies, hydroshield, and EWC teas
Regalia and cal-mag foliars

If there's enough headroom, I like to run trays plumbed for drain to waste. In a perfect world, corrugated poly with gutters and a pvc run could get to a sump basin, but here in the van we have to deal with draining to a condensate pump which pumps to a small wastewater res that is emptied by hand. It works well enough. We found maxi garden trays for about $15/ea, where two fit a 3'x3' just about perfectly and are cost effective to throw a bulkhead in and tilt the tray accordingly so it drains into the pump for removal.



Here's a couple of shots from the last round in the van, and some new ones with vegging girls.




And the current status of the van, we've got some OG Chem from Ganja Rebel and SUSQ Chem from the man JM vegging and waiting to make their way to the treehouse.



Here's a few girls on Day 6 of flower. Double Strawberry Diesel clones from Ganja Rebel's f2 of Rez's gear, and a New York Candy Orange (NYCO) from Catnip Seeds. Hope you are doing well out there Dr. P!

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Old 10-17-2020, 02:17 AM #3
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The Treehouse

Coming Soon...



I'm looking forward to this. We're building from scratch starting with the framing and going till we have buds in the jars. I'd like to document and share, and hopefully a few can learn from any mistakes or problems along the way.

Three Flower Rooms. Five Plants. Ten 600w Vertical Bulbs (maybe 14 with expansions). Nothing huge, but planning to make good use of a low plant count, 7' ceilings, and cheap mortgage rates and property. Flip those bulbs vertical, muffin fans, air exchange 2x per minute, dialed humidity. Babyshit, as some might say

The point isn't to be the most efficient in The Treehouse. This grow will be far from it. The point is to push yield from each plant with the space we have to work with. Five plants, 7' ceilings, weird interior concrete walls that split up the space, and a desire to run things on a flip flopped schedule to regulate electrical usage, environment, etc. This limiting design criteria is what is guiding this idea.

More to come as we proceed with the build.

Big shout out to the guys rocking it for years and their willingness to share and help others learn and in some way inspired The Treehouse. DJM, DHF, gettogro, julian, heath, eric2028, gman, krusty, RB26, and too many more to name with great threads full of info. Days worth of what should be required reading, and too much good stuff lost to the internet.


The Design
We've got weird concrete interior walls and no-go zones due to existing features that make this a challenge. There's a relatively small footprint, but a decent electrical panel to work with.

Here's some prelim sketches. 2-plant flower rooms have trees drawn on ~66" centers (but we're not running RDWC, so flexible with hooks in the ceiling). Three rooms total (Two 2-plant rooms and one 1-plant room), each with a dedicated reservoir. Intake and exhaust to keep that air moving and muffin fans under each bulb. We'll probably start with 4 bulbs per larger flower room and may upgrade to 5 or 6 once we see how the rooms are running and any future upgrades (AC/CO2). Right now a larger unfinished basement area is planned to serve as a lung room with the option to recirculate exhaust air from the rooms or dump it outside. Free cooling for the next couple months, so what better time than now.

Foam insulation board up against any existing concrete. 24" OC 2x4 framing with reflectrix. New wiring. I'm thinking of leaving bare concrete floors just because I don't want to deal with the hassle, time needed to resurface, or any potential offgassing so things can get rolling and we can get a round down.

We plan two of these 2-plant flower rooms, sized 8' x 12'



We plan one of these 5.5' x 7.5' rooms housing 1 plant



The target is a unit per plant out of the gate. Everything over is gravy, anything under is disappointing. Once dialed, we hope to hit 25-30z per plant. The headstash hash doesn't count towards that total

Itching to get started!

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Welcome to the search for the stink. There's lots of funny smells going on in this van. I've missed sharing with my friends here at IC. Hoping to reconnect with a few and make lots of new ones, sharing our journey of growing top quality cannabis.

Join us here in the van, and soon the treehouse as we try to pump out the volume and produce the stickiest medical dope we can. We're 100% legal medical patients here, so abiding by some restrictive number limitations. But restraints breeds ingenuity, and there's certainly a drive to make it work.

So we're going to pick up some tried and true methods from the old heads and maybe overcome some issues that will help someone else down the line.


So, I hope you'll join me, smoke a fat j, and join the discussion. This ain't no funky reggae party, this is the search for the sticky and stinky.


Let's kick it off with some pics of a couple of favorite cuts:

It all starts with a seed...
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OG Chem from Ganja Rebel
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Gorilla Bubble BX2 from Tony Green
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Good vibes all!
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With a start like that! Don't fuk around with my dawg.......love it lou I've grabbed a lawn chair
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