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Eternal vigilance is the cost of freedom from spidermites. The real key is prevention, as going the
extra mile during the construction of the grow room can save a marathon cleanup later, which usually
only provides a short term remedy. Wilson's insecticidal soap does a pretty good job at cleaning them
up, especially with some elbow grease and a J cloth. Never use systemic pesticides. If in doubt, find
Pentac or Kelthane are sprays that may be used while the plants are in vegetative cycle. People
should not be messing around with Malathion or Diazinon, and in fact it's best to avoid all chemical
solutions, even Pokon. Very frightening indeed is the "ultimate mite killer" Avid. This is a dangerous
and harmful product, avoid! A new organic spray that is very effective is made from orange oils, it is
called SM90. I've heard very good reports about it, and use it myself.
Traps & Companions
Traps are another possibility, something that they get stuck in, commercial or home made.
Although this is only a band aid solution it can't hurt. Put two-sided tape on the walls, ceiling and floor,
as well as on stalks, branches and pots.
Companion planting is an interesting idea, however I'm not convinced of its effectiveness. I've
tried garlic, marigolds, and dusty millers. The mites killed the marigolds in no time, while the dusty
millers lived as did the garlic, but neither thrived as well as the mites.
Spider mites are a plague on indoor gardens, while outdoors the elements and naturally occurring
predators make them less of a threat. Frequent spraying of water on plants impedes the mites' progress,
as do heavy gusts of wind. One grower I know of uses a compressed air blower once a week to blow
any mites off of his plants.
Plenty of wind is essential in the grow room, so put oscillating fans all over the place. For best
results the plants should dance inside just as much as they would dance outside.
Remember, growing inside is the art and science of creating nature. You must remember the four
basic elements, earth, wind, fire, and water. To grow successfully these elements must be balanced. Too
much or too little of any one of these will cause difficulties. A healthy plant, like a healthy person, is
less likely to have problems, so make sure it (and you) have a healthy and balanced diet. Of what is up
If you have mites try not to spread them. If you don't have mites, take precautions to keep it that
way, and thank your lucky stars.
How To Harvest Outdoors
by Joe Walsh (19 Sept, 2006)
Growing in the bush requires a lot of planning, and here's how to harvest properly
When you are growing guerilla jungle style you must be set up to process everything in the forest, only
taking out finished product or dried bud ready for manicuring. Harvesting should be straightforward,
yet I have seen so many people do it the wrong way, making life harder later on. As one plant can have
up to ten larger-sized branches on it, the more the plant is disturbed during harvest, the more damage
you do. The very best way is to cut the plants as low to the ground as possible. Many people cut the
branches off individually but all that does is increase the amount of work you have to do later. By
cutting off the main stems and laying the entire plants on top of each other, you reduce the disruption of
the resin heads. Remember, every time you touch your plants, you are losing and damaging the most
valuable part: the trichomes!
What I didnt do the first season was build myself a drying shed. As I recounted, that lack of planning
was disastrous. When you have a drying shed on-site, you take the heaps of harvested pot inside the
shed and hang the plants up by strings or rope. If the plant is big, cut off the top half of it and hang the
two parts of the plant separately. You will find the larger branches provide adequate strength to support
the weight of the plant. As the drying process almost instantly reduces weight, the plants will break
either straight away or not at all.
I made my first drying shed with a timber frame and covered the walls and roof in heavy-duty black
builders plastic. In the event of heavy rain the plants were protected, and during the day the sides could
be lifted to let the cool breeze reach the plants, drying them as it went. With this method, I could get 50
pounds (22 kg) of dry weight in 14 days. I had to be careful not to pull the plants down too soonact
too early and mold can still break out in your buds. Ideally, the pot should be left in total darkness for
the whole time of curing, and as cool as possible as heat destroys the THC.
The following season I developed a method that for my purposes was perfect. It required money but by
that stage I had it. I excavated the earth, creating an underground shed to house a small generator that
provided me with ample electricity for my growing compounds communications and lighting (as
described and pictured in CC #60). I had to shovel big holes and it was backbreaking work, but being
underground muffled the sound of the generator. Its the only way to have a generator operate
outdoorsits got to be quiet and stealth. Sound travels in the forest.
I had also brought in a large generator to make the drying shed more efficient. I ran standard 6-inch
diameter clothingdryer ducting from the generator shed into the drying shed, with another length of
ducting carrying the cool moist air from the drying shed back to the generator so it could pump a
constant stream of warm dry air to the harvested plants. The generator had electric lines going to a heap
of power outlets that connected industrial fans, inline fans, de-humidifiers and three fluorescent lights
controlled by a switch.
With this set-up, hot dry air would be sucked into the drying shed, circulated by the big industrial fans.
The de-humidifiers would remove moisture from the shed and then the cool air was sucked back into
the generator shed, to repeat the process. With the generator going 24 hours a day only stopping the
machine to clear vapor locks from the fuel lines, and to change oil every 12 hoursI could dry 50
pounds in three days, single-handedly drying the entire crop (about 300 pounds dry, which started at
around 3,000 pounds of wet bud) without any help at all. When it was time to carry out the finished
product, I put the buds into chaff bags, tied the tops, and then wrapped them in industrial cling wrap.
They could be stored like this for weeks or months. I found that leaving them in the bags for a few
weeks tended to make the quality a little better.
What I would do with my next crop is process the shakeas I had had over 2,000 pounds of itwith
the 20-gallon Bubblebag ice-cold extraction system. I have seen this at work on-site in the Canadian
outback, and although the plant material was fresh (its better to be dry for the Bubblebags), it is
still a very efficient and very flexible method for fresh-cut trim. Pot damaged by mold is redeemed in
some small way when put in the ice-cold extraction bags, because mold is rendered harmless and is
separated from the trichomes through this method. I used to be very partial to making extracted THC
oil using solvents, but the ice cold water extraction method is so convenient, fast, safe and clean as to
be unbeatable, and the product is very quickly turned over as the demand for bubble-hash is great, and
supplies are always scarce.
I learned from my first season growing in the bush that there are huge losses involved in poor planning.
I was able to stay anonymous, and successful, within the bush for the second season even though it
often rained heavily in the final weeks. Learn from my experiences and next season you can do as I did,
scaling harvesting requirements to your ability, and curing your cannabis to a perfect smoke.
How To Make Weed Oil Without Blowing Yourself Up
by Matt Mernagh (19 Sept, 2006)
A few examples of what can go wrong, and what to do right
When making cannabis oil or extractions, you MUST approach with caution. If youre slightly
careless with measurements, have difficulty following directions, are easily confused about explosive
chemicals, and/or occasionally leave the Volcano vaporizer on until the balloon is about to burst, DO
NOT MAKE MARIJUANA EXTRACTS! Controlling solvents, heat, and a hazardous environment
requires attentiveness. There are many ways to mess up!
The original reefer revolutionaries of cannabis extraction were scientists, such as those employed by
Eli Lily and Parke-Davis Company up to 1938, that attended university chemistry classes during the
day and studied cannabis at night. Eli Lily and Parke-Davis jointly ran a farming co-operative in
Rochester, Michigan with plants known as Cannabis Americana, used for medicinal extracts from 1913
to 1938. Eli Lily supplied the Office of Strategic Services (now the Central Intelligence Agency) with
potent marijuana oil created as a truth drug for interrogation purposes. The LaGuardia Mayors
Committee provided cannabis extracts to New York City prisons in the 1930s and 40s; red oil
concentrates were used along with marijuana to get the prisoners to talk about crimes or provide
information they had not yet confessed. (LaGuardia report)
Medicinal cannabis extracts disappeared from store shelves in 1937, and recreational use of cannabis
was unusual outside of jazz clubs and working-class black and Hispanic neighborhoods. Cannabis
extracts revived in the 1970s facilitated by High Times Magazine, which, by 1977, was printing
almost a million copies. Early oilmaking technology like the ISO2 extractor were massproduced,
advertised in High Times, and sold extensively.
The invention of the Internet accelerated the exchange of oil-making ideas, but since the heyday of
THC extraction in the 1970s, much inadequate and misguided information has circulated.
Consequently, there have been hundreds of weed-oil explosions throughout North America over the last
30 years, resulting in completely blown-up houses, partial neighborhood blocks going up in flames,
severe physical burns, life-threatening injuries, and even death which are all tragedies used as
arguments by prohibitionists against marijuana use in general. I found it impossible to locate a cannabis
alchemist who isnt sporting burn scars or fondly recalling the time so-and-so went up in flames.
Every cannabis chemist we spoke to has an explosion story. The extraction-makers we profile in this
article are all smart stoners, yet Puff Mama, Brian, and Chris Goodwin all faced serious cannabis
catastrophe. When making extractions, the objective is to get really highsafely.
You must be ultra-careful when making oil with solvents. For example, an old friend of mine was
making oil outside with butane. The process had been completed, but the gear hadnt been put away.
Fans still blew behind him as he checked out the end product. Stepping slightly back from the table, he
lit a joint and BOOM! The spark ignited fumes in the air and nearly blew him apart. He had been
standing in the fans air path and assumed he was safe. Never assume!
Up In Smoke Cafe proprietor Chris Goodster Goodwin is a honey oil head. After smoking a
doobie with his friend one night and eating Pringles potato chips in the parents basement, the duo
decided to make honey oil. Goodster was getting the very last drop of the honey oil from the Pringles
canwhich they unwisely used to contain the butane and plant matter when it jarred on a metal
table and created a spark. It would have been fine if the bottom of the Pringles can wasnt metal
too, Goodster says. The base sparked on the table and the thing just went WHOOOSH, the
sound Goodster uses to describe the flaming experience of honey oil going off in his face. Naturally,
I dropped the can, but it went WHOOSH again! Luckily, they managed to put out the fire. Had
Goodster gone to science class a few more times he might have learned better safety precautions and
obtained the necessary glassware required to contain the volatile oilmaking mix of plant matter and
butane! If youre serious about making honey oil, invest money into ordering proper lab equipment
online or from a science retailer.
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