Outdoor Cannabis Grow Rainy Edition

 

outdoor cannabis grow rainy editionThat is just what this post is a outdoor cannabis grow rainy edition. It has been raining here so much since my last post that it has become very hard to get the inspiration to sit here on my phone and create a new post. I can’t really blame it all on the rain. Lol, I have to give due credit to the fruits of all my hard labor all summer. Yes, that is code for saying I have been smoking a lot of cannabis in the evenings here on Holmgrown Farm.

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I’m sure that you know (if you have been following) that in my last post: ##### I had just made a buttload of bubble hash. Well, I have been smoking some of it, but not a lot as it’s mostly for cooking. I am a healthy human, I full melt bubble hash. I like it in my bong. Enjoy it much in my volcano. But,  I just love it in a joint mixed with bud. I find it so cool when it’s in a joint, it melts to an oil. I honestly only need one or two good hits from a joint. See photo below.

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Should I also write about all the magnificent bud that I have harvested? I don’t mind telling you that I have had more than a few great hits over the past 10 days. I wanna repeat how great it is not to have 20 cannabis plants to attend for a while. As nice as it is, it’s only a 3, maybe 4 months break.

Columbian Gold Joint

I do have more seedlings going. I want to take this moment to encourage you to follow 2 Cannabis grow journals I have started with 2 different strains. I had posted to a post previously… (posted to a post? lol) about the Cannabis grow journal for the Wild Thailand Cannabis Strain, But I wanna tell you about the Critical + 2.0. cannabis strain grow journal. Make sure to follow them!

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Just remember, Holmgrown Farm still does have a couple plants going. here is a photo of what a couple weeks worth of growth of a Kilimanjaro cannabis strain and a Columbian gold cannabis strain. More coming about these two in coming days. Stay tuned.

Colmbian Gold and Kilimanjaro Cannabis groth few weeks

Ok, I am back. I know you don’t know I went away for 30 minutes, but I did. Anyway, There is a good thing about all this on again off again downpours (it’s not even rain), Hawaiian Rainbows! There always seems to be one right around any corner, over any hill.

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The Outdoor Cannabis Grow Rainy Edition post is done. Aloha

Cannabis Plants Rotated

The planned Rotation of Cannabis plants has been completed. All Cannabis plants rotated with no major issues. Due to it coming on the winter months here in Hawaii, I will be retiring many of the garden beds for the winter. Although there is a year-round growing season in Hawaii, the shorter days of the winter months do not produce as good of bud as in the summer with the longer days. In the winter months, bud production is normally 30 – 40% less than what production is during all other months.

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There are a couple of factors that make this loss of sunlight here on Holmgrown Farm. One must first remember that Holmgrown Farm is in the middle of an Ohia forest. There is only any sunlight here at all because of the clearing for the garden beds. Being that its the middle of a forest, The way the sun moves over the garden changes from summer to winter drastically.

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During the summer, we get appx. 13.5 hours of daylight. The sun moves over the garden by coming up in the northeast and setting in the west. Moving this direction it sends a steady constant 9 hours of direct sunlight to the garden beds before being filtered by trees. That’s as good as can be expected in the middle of a forest.

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In the winter months, we get appx. 11 hours of daylight The sun moves over the garden by coming up in the East and setting in the south-south-east. With this movement of the sun over the garden, the plants only get appx. 5 hours of direct sunlight before being filtered by trees.

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It is not that Holmgrown Farm does not grow during the winter months. Obviously, this post is about 2 new plants put outside to bud. With 12 hours of direct light being best for bud production and the application of a little basic math, you can see why the bud production drops off so much during winter months. No sugar coating here. 5 hours of direct light really is not worth a lot when it comes to bud production. You still get a great tight, stinky, sticky, bud. The buds just have no real weight or size to them. It’s just not worth all the work caring for a lot of plants only to reap so little. Just a couple of plants are cool it’s perfect, a fresh harvest in the winter is nice. It’s just not worth it to grow many more.

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Anyway, that’s it for the Cannabis Plants Rotated post.

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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.

New Cannabis Seeds Planted Plant Rotation Planned

All is pretty calm here on Holmgrown Farm. Some of the new Cannabis seeds planted. I honestly do have much of an expectation on all but one of the varieties.  Yet, a free Cannabis seed, Is a free cannabis seed. Know what I’m saying? I hope I am wrong about what my expectations are. I hope that all 4 seeds turn out to be the best of the best I have ever grown. I ask you to take a look at what seeds I have chosen. Come up with your own idea of how things will go.

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Holy Grail Kush – All I know about these cannabis seeds is the lip service from the breeder. Honestly, the breeder mostly just bragged about having this be an entry and winner into some cannabis cup like things. They did manage to say about the seeds that the plant is mostly indica. Welp, I am pretty sure this is not gonna do well if its not a dry period while she grows.

Cirtical+ 2.0Cirtical+ 2.0 – I have grown these cannabis seeds before here in Hawaii. It turned into a huge plant with long buds that yielded in total 7ozs. of kick-ass, bud that’s effects can only be described as mind-numbing. That was during a dry growing period. Probably not gonna be a dry period when she’s old enough to go out.

 

 

Sour Diesel Auto – This is a Sativa dominant strain. It could do very well. It’s a Sour Diesel#2 x Ruderalis. It being an auto strain, I don’t see myself cloning it. Hope it all works out, really. Who does not love sour diesel??

Brazil AmazoniaBrazil Amazonia – Grown this one many times. This is a standard of the Cannabis Seeds planted here on Holmgrown Farm.  This one handles the humidity really well. Of the 20 seeds, I have planted 5 ever developed issues with mold or mildew. The smell is crazy good too!

 

BUT WAIT!

Cannabis Reday For RotationThis post is: New Cannabis Seeds Planted Plant Rotation Planned. So, let’s get the plant rotation part. There are these 2 lovely ladies from Africa & South America I am planning to put in the garden where the other 2 lovely ladies from Africa & South America were. If you have been following Holmgrown Farm, you know these are a Columbian Gold and a Kilimanjaro.

I will need to turn the bed and clean it up a little. Going to add a small amount of manure and bonemeal mixed in this time. I am not going to add more lime. I only add lime once a year. I do add manure and bonemeal during each rotation of cannabis plants. That goes for peppers, watermelons, and tomatoes grown here on Holmgrown Farm.

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The plant rotation planned for the first week of Oct. As you can see in the photo the Cannabis plants are getting pretty close to be potbound in this 3gal. pots. They are really starting to show signs of it by the yellowing leaves.

The Kilimanjaro Cannabis Has Been Harvested!

Holmgrown Farm has harvested the big ass Kilimanjaro cannabis strain we had growing. The buds have bulbs of goodness and although it could have done with maybe another 5 days of bud swelling time. The humidity around here is 90% for a past 2 days and is expected to be the same for at least a few more days more, with a strong chance of rain. If you have seen my last post: When An Equatorial Landrace Sativa Molds, You know that I have had a little bud mold just starting on this Kilimanjaro plant at 2 places. Instead of being greedy and hoping that the high humidity is not going to make the bud mold worse, I decided to take her down and be happy with what I have now. There’ll be others. There are always others. Kilimanjaro Cannabis Strain5

This Kilimanjaro cannabis strain is one of my favorites. This strain has the ability to be super energetic. Really! This strain will work better than a cup of coffee. If I have a cookie or smoke a couple bong hits of this Kilimanjaro cannabis the buzz is so happy and energetic that I can mow the lawn, weed the gardens, pressure washes the roof and it seems like nothing. Rumor is that the tribes in Africa where this strain comes from on the slopes of Kilimanjaro on the Kenya side call it “elephant Stomper” do it its effects. I only half believe that. But it sure as hell makes for a good marketing pitch.. lol

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This strain does very well here on Holmgrown Farm in our area of the island. It’s a “plant it and forget it” type of cannabis plant. Not hard on fertilizer and bugs don’t seem to attack it too much. I mean, bugs are a real factor here. But, not too hard on this strain. The smell of the bud is like a lemony fruit. The buds will mostly get rock hard. In drier growing times they can also get a fair size to them. This one did not produce major sized buds at all. It also has only seen the sun directly for 20 of the past 60days. The rest were all rainy days.

The grow time outdoors here on Holmgrown Farm is pretty quick for a sativa. Most the times it’s never more than 70 days from the clone being placed outside until harvest. It has been as few as 60 days a lot. why one way or the other? See, I don’t use clones of clone more than 4 gens. from seed. I hear all the time that its a silly practice. I’m not saying it isn’t per se. I can only say that any of the strains just don’t seem to produce as strong of buds past the 4th gen of clone from seed. I have no proof. So please don’t bitch at me about how I am wrong. It’s just what works for me.

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Trimming this Kilimanjaro cannabis strain is a breeze. It’s not too leafy and only needs a mild trim after hanging. Plus as an added bonus, you get to smell the exquisite aroma of these flowers. I cannot rave on enough about the smell. It’s not the kind of cannabis smell that hits ya as you walk in a room. No, it’s more of an open a bag and huff. A bag full of these buds gives off an intoxicating smell of their own. I have found myself dreaming of walks in the woods when I have closed my eyes and opened a bag of this Kilimanjaro to my nose.Kilimanjaro Cannabis Strain3