Wild Thailand Sprouts

In great news, the Wild Thailand strain Cannabis seed planted sprouted.  It will be interesting to follow this along as she grows.  I’m guessing that this Wild Thailand is going to grow really well here in Hawaii.

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Not going to be posting much more about this Wild Thailand Sprouts post. I guess it really is going to be a Wild Thailand Grow Journal. Hope you follow as it grows along. lol
Aloha

Making Bubble Hash For Hawaiian Lazy Season

This time of year here on Holmgrown Farm is always the lazy season. Because we never grow more than a couple small plants over the winter months. Sadly, there is not really much reason to do so. If you saw the post: Cannabis Plants Rotated,  you know that my issue is not temperature but? That’s right, direct sunlight.

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It is nice to have the break from the work involved with caring for a cannabis garden. It is a good time to go do all the tourist things on the island due to a lower tourist population. It is also a great time to play mad scientist. I have Cookies, Candies, Oils, cannabis-infused coffee, pills… Oh, I could go on. You get the idea though. I have buttload loads of trimmings and leaf to play with. I also always start in my mad scientist persona by making Bubble Hash.

 

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Making Bubble Hash for Hawaiian lazy season in my mad scientist person is the coolest. lol, I am going to continue with the assumption, you reading this, means you know what bubble Hash is. If you do not know. Look it up online. I mostly use Bubble Hash for cooking. I do admit that I enjoy a big chunk of hash in a hooka too. For candies, I just dissolve the hash in 200 proof alcohol, evaporate by half then pour into the candy mix. Works like a champ. I also get a fairly good distribution throughout the mix of cannabis.

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When I make butter or coconut oil for cookies, I just crumble up what I am adding and make cannabis butter as per normal methods. I like doing it this way because it keeps the butter from turning green. Not really a big fan of green cookies. to me at least, when you have a green butter, you have a green tasting cookie.

 

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I also take the bud from the harvest to make Co2 oil. I am going to leave all that mess for another time. I do want to say that making cannabis-infused stuff with Co2 oil is the bestest thing in the world. It is so perfect you just add a drop or 2 to anything! A Camel Light/Blue with a drop of oil is pure magic.

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Back to making Bubble Hash. It is a pretty simple method. ice, cannabis, water, screens. I use some kinda bubble bag. I really know not what brand. They have the normal range of screened bottom bags, 220, 160, 90, 73, 45, 25. I am not going to get all into the whole procedure of making bubble hash.  So, I am just going to post the photos and end my Making Bubble Hash For Hawaiian Lazy Season post. Aloha

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Trimming Cannabis Leads To Smoking Cannabis

After a weekend spent trimming cannabis to the point where my first 2 fingers and thumb on my right-hand can’t even grip a PlayStation 4 controller. It truly was a rough trim session. I was forced to take a free day on Monday to recover. The buds from this harvest even though mostly not fully mature, was, and is especially sticky. Just about every 5 mins. I needed to clean the scissors with alcohol. It was a major pain in the ass. I did manage to get a little finger hash as I progressed. It was phenomenal! I would have enjoyed that hash a little more had it not come with 3 lame fingers on my right hand. Had to sign my signature and couldn’t even grip the pen. For a while, I could not even use a lighter to get any smoking of cannabis done. lol

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In the end, I did end up with a fair amount of really good trimmings for hash or oil making. Most likely it will be bubble hash. I don’t know about you.

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But, I like bubble hash. I like to smoke bubble hash.  Screened down to 25 microns it’s pretty close to pure keif. When it bubbles and evaporates in a bowl, it is a fun sideshow while puffing. I’m not even gonna get into the high.

I like to take the hash and do a mini alcohol extraction kinda thing, It is basically just a recipe of putting bubble hash in 200 proof alcohol till dissolved, strain through a coffee filter, add to a flask, put the flask in hot water and most of the alcohol evaporates and the few tables spoons of liquid is a crude type of oil.  I just pour into whatever I making butter topical oil, candies, etc. It really mixes well. It is the best quick way using bubble hash to make gummies and hard candies. It’s not as good as co2 oil for candies but, it does a really good job.

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I also normally at this point would be telling you about making co2 oil. You know, using supercritical co2 to extract all the good stuff from the cannabis buds, and what not. If I had a major surplus of fair to good buds that would go bad here in the humidity, is the best way to keep extra bud. Oil keeps longer and it really is the best for cooking. Holmgrown Farm does make its own CO2 or Honey oil. I am not really in a mood to go into that here right now. But here is a video for ya to see on that subject.

Yep, spent the whole weekend trimming bud. But, now is the fun part. After all the cannabis trimming has been completed, It’s taste test time! Taste test time is the bestest thing in the world. After 2 days of trimming the most stinky, sticky, buds of this year so far, I now get to burn it in all the best ways this can be done.

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Before I do any smoking of a new harvest that is early harvested due to bud mold, I like to look at the buds to see what color the Trichomes are through a microscope. Most the time the Trichomes is clearish. The ideal is milky to amber colored. I would wait to harvest when there is about a 25% amber color to the Trichomes on the buds normally. That, in my opinion, is the sweet spot of maturity for harvest. If the Trichomes are too amber the effects will be more of a couchlock effect.  No amber color at all and your just not getting the best effect from the strain.

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The excitement is a motivator like no other. After cleaning and a good hand washing, it’s time to test all the bud in a series of small fires. Let’s get to smoking cannabis.  Bong hits were first. Grabbed the best looking cherry Columbian Gold bud I could find. A quick run through the grinder, into the bong it goes. It was only 2 small bong hits and I was done smoking for the last 4 hours. Really, it was very strong. The smell is just lingering in the air inside the house. Everywhere you go throughout the house, it smells like a sweet incense is burning somewhere in the house. This really baffles me as all the windows are open and every room has a ceiling fan running on the med. setting.

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Welp, that’s all folks for Trimming Cannabis Leads To Smoking Cannabis. Aloha.

2018 Harvest Video Columbian Gold Strain

Today I was not surprised to find bud mold on a Columbian Gold strain. This tall girl was only really days away from the perfect harvest time. What can ya do? I would have liked to make it all the way through to the best harvest time. It”s just that this is the way it goes growing outdoors in Hawaii. Instead of word typed in this post, I’m just gonna use video.

I can’t wait to have it dried out and ready for trimming. I also have it on good authority that this Columbian Gold will make phenomenal bubble hash. The good thing is that this gave me a good reason to make my 2018 Harvest Video.

Hope you enjoyed the videos. Make sure to vote on which strain we start and do a grow journal for it exclusively.

Bud Mold On My Cannabis Sucks

Of course, bud mold sucks. Is there anyone that likes bud mold on their cannabis buds? I mean really it gets started and then it’s every frickin where. Bud mold is the lowest of low. One can check for it today and not see a hint of it, tomorrow you check and its everywhere!  lol

Why all the yakity-yak about bud mold? If you saw the last post: Bud Mold On Cannabis Indica Plants you know that Holmgrown Farm had an attack of the bud mold on all my indica Plants. Because the mold was over about 25% of the plants at week 6 of an at latest 9-week term the is only one thing for me to do. If I were not to do what needs to be done all I would be doing is opening the whole garden to bud mold.

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I had to chop em all down. I just could not chance it spreading. It hard when the buds just start to get chunky and smelling skunky. A lot of growers will just cut the buds with mold out of the plant and just keep on keeping on. That has never really worked too well for me. I can cut out all the moldy buds, just to find mold on other buds on the same plant. I have found that when doing this sometimes the buds left on the plant don’t get bigger they just mature.

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Chopped down and trimmed, I lost on avg. 35% of good bud. Remember, this is bud that was not mature so what’s left is not great. Should be good for topical oil, cookies or candies. Doubt its worth the effort to smoke. As I mentioned before in another post, That’s the breaks with growing indicas outdoors here on Holmgrown Farm. Had it been a dryer than normal past 3 months, it would be on its way to a bumper harvest. Those are the breaks. there ya go. That is the Bud Mold On My Cannabis Sucks post. Aloha

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But, don’t cry me a river yet.
The circle of life for a cannabis plant goes on.

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Bud Mold On Cannabis Indica Plants

It’s true. All the Cannabis Indica plants have an unacceptable amount of bud mold on them here on Holmgrown Farm. This is not an unexpected result of 2 hurricanes that fell apart here on the big island of Hawaii and an extended streBud Mold On Cannabis Indica Plantstch of humidity at 85% with over 50 inches of rain in a very short period of time. Cannabis Indica just is not a fan of these conditions. I know this because this is not the first time I’ve grown this Early Skunk strain here. It is the first time bud mold overtook the plant so early. I was looking for early skunk, not early bud mold.

This strain is from Sensi Seeds and is called Early Skunk. It is an Indica dominant strain that’s 35% Sativa / 65% Indica. When the weather is drier here, she mostly gives huge harvests in 55 days before bud mold really shows its ugly face. Truth be told, this strain will always mold before being really finished. It could use another week past the 55 days. It’s just that even in drier times it still molds. Holmgrown Farm grows it because it makes wonderful edibles and its a super evening smoke.

Bud Mold On Cannabis Indica Plants TooBefore I get a message telling me to grow this cannabis Indica in a greenhouse or undercover let me tell you that I have grown it both ways. Using a greenhouse or under a clear tarp only changes one thing. Undercover, I get powdery mildew in addition to bud mold. I have tried super ventilation of a greenhouse, fans moving the air under tarps. Even have done the deal where you take the tarps down on sunny days and put it back up as the sunsets. It really does not matter or change results. I will not use some kinda weird stuff to try and stop the powdery mildew. I will not spend a whole day wiping down all the leaves trying to keep the powdery mildew at bay. I’ve got 20 plants. Who has the time to wipe plant leaves all day every day?

I must be clear. Holmgrown Farms is in the center of an old growth Ohia Rain Forest. High humidity is just an environmental condition one has to expect as it cant be changed. I guess I could clear all the trees away and have Holmgrown Farm in the middle of a cleared out patch of destroyed Ohia forest. I could never do it. First, the Ohia are dying off at an alarming rate already due to Rapid Ohia Death Disease. I cannot contribute to the loss of Ohia. I personally just have too much respect for the Aina.

Ok, I am going to conclude this now. I hope you have found some use for this Bud Mold On Cannabis Indica Plants post. Aloha

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First Post

So, here it is my first post. I guess I should start where I started. After moving from Europe where I had lived for 14 years and getting my Hawaii Medical Cannabis card, or permission slip if you like. I was in my front yard and a bunch of cannabis seeds fell outta the sky on the house and I was set for starting this adventure.

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Starting to grow cannabis outdoors here in Hawaii was a real learning experience. The hardest part for me to learn (get over) is that no matter the time of year when your plants are put outside they will start to flower. On the mainland, you put your plants out in the spring and harvest in the fall. It really does take some time to get used to this year-round thing. The good part is that I have found when getting an idea of how long your plants will take, take the indoor time frame the breeder suggests to get an idea of just how long before you harvest outdoors. If the breeder says indoors the strain you are trying to grow takes 65 days to mature, its a pretty good guess that 70 days after you put the plant outside it will be ready to harvest

Here in Hawaii, we are blessed with a climate that allows us to grow cannabis year round. though admittedly how much work growing depends on where on the islands you are. For example, Holmgrown Farm is on the windward side of the big island of Hawaii. In my area, there is almost no topsoil at all. Here at Holmgrown Farm, we have zero dirt and only have lava. Not having any dirt kinda means digging a hole and planting a clone is outta the question.

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Another issue growing here on Holmgrown Farm on the big island of Hawaii is the humidity. It’s almost always at least 75% but can be 90% for days on end with rain pretty much every day. With this kind of humidity, the strains that can be grown here to full maturity is not large. Anything will grow here, but not everything will grow well. If you are trying to grow Hashplant or something with more than`30% indica in its genetics it most likely is not gonna grow too well. That is not to say it won’t grow, its more that it will mold before it finishes. I have found that sticking with landrace equatorial strains for the best result in getting plants that reach full maturity without mold issues.

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Because in the ground was not possible (or is it?) pots were the way to go. But even with big pots, it was taking a lot of potting soil. Started to grow in 35gal. trash cans. It produced great grows but was work to keep the soil in good shape. You could grow 6 big plants in them, of course, soil still needed to be changed as it just became a root ball with little dirt. Also that 35gal. trash can would get pretty hot sometimes on sunny days. They also dry out pretty quick if we don’t have a shower in a couple days once the plants get bigger in size.

For the past 2 years, I have been growing in the ground. Really! I grow all my plants in the ground organically using phenomenal native Hawaiian topsoil. I know you’re confused because I just said I had not topsoil and only lava. Well, ever hear the expression, “if you need something designed for you, hire a stoner!”. People who grow and or use cannabis will create specialized equipment to smoke and grow it from common household items. It’s just true. That’s what its like to grow cannabis here in Hawaii. You need to be creative, and luckily I am!

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Here at Holmgrown Farm with the help of a jackhammer, we blasted out the lava to make garden beds 3 feet deep. This has really really worked out well. It is just like growing in a raised bed but it’s in the ground so it gets rainfall to help keep watered well. By simply adding a touch of lime powder, cow manure, compost, and bone meal I can keep the plants growing fabulously. Plus, I have the added bonus of not needing to replace potting soil. Just till it up and over and plant again. every 6 months I have to re-add manure, bone meal, and lime but it’s gotta be till after each harvest anyway. easy peasy.

That’s about all to share for now. First posts are always the hardest one to do. The only thing left to do is add one more set of photos of the buds, We all wanna see buds, no?

 

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