i third the organic/living soil method - the teaming with microbes tome changed my whole thought process
Muthahfuckin' *BOOM*! The knowledge bomb just got dropped. Thanks for the links Seafour.
Thanks for the links guys. I sppreciate it. Going to be doing some serious reading I can see, lol.
It would really be nice not having to mess with nutes any more. I spend way too much time mixing and then pHing. I mean, I can and do mix enough for 3-4 days at a time. But when you have plants on slightly different schedules you sometimes have to mix for specific plants and that's a huge pain in the ass. Not to mention that I really don't want to be smoking any chemicals if I can avoid it.
Your plants are going to take up the same elemental Ions whether its supplied by Organics or WSF(Water Soluble Feed). Choosing organic over WSF doesn't guarantee a better product necessarily. Both ways can be over-done, and can affect the smell, taste, and finished product greatly if improperly fertilized with either organics or WSF.
I do hope your path to organics is an easier approach for you, and the results make you happy nonetheless. If organics dont work out though, consider CRF(controlled released fertilizer) as a third option.
what do you have hanging on your bulb?
It's one of those yellow sticky traps for flying insects. I have it tied to the lamp cord and from that angle it looks like it is on or near the bulb. Probably 2 feet away though.
You can see the yellow sticky card here again in the foreground. It's helpful when taking pictures as it obscures at least some of the bulb. @anthies