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2023/2024 Outdoor Grow Diary


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Another year another grow!

I have been growing organically in the same area for about 15 years now, but only recently fully enclosed my grow area with 40% shade cloth to help prevent wind burn and other issues as the Cape Doctor likes to do a number on my plants each year!

Growing outdoors is really just fun for me and a place to experiment with different strains or growing methods. This grow I have changed things up a bit and thought a forum would be a good place to track my progress.

I am growing in soil which has loads of organic matter on the surface but mostly sandy soil with poor drainage about 40-50cm down, so I dug some holes to fill with compost, worm castings, some leaf mulch and other organic matter before giving a good soak with rainwater @ pH 6 and washing in some TrikoLogic I had left over my previous organic grow. I then mixed in a few big blocks of coco coir and pearlite and then leveled the area as much as possible before giving another good soak.

This grow I will be running salt based nutes to compare to my previous organic grows as I would like have this area fully irrigated and to keep things as simple as possible going forward. I love growing organically, but it's just so much fucking work!

I planted a little later than usual as I hadn't got the shade cloth up yet, but planted the following strains:

23/10/23 - Pineapple Chunk, Bubba Cheesecake, 2x AK-01, Raspberry Cough - a couple didn't germinate, and a couple got eaten by those big fat hairy caterpillars, so I planted some more seeds I had in my collection:

07/11/23 - 2x Purple Haze, 2x Chocolope, Slurricane #7, and JBL (Jillybean)

Right, time for some pics!

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Some pics from today:

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Pulled one purple haze regular that turned out to be male. The two AK-01s and the slurricane #7 are the biggest plants so far (all just over 1.5m already).

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Will be updating soon, plants are really putting on the stretch! 

I've just been sick as a dog since Friday, I think I may have picked up heatstroke working in the garden because I still got sunburnt through my shirt and have been barely able to get out of bed without fainting. Went to doc, took some blood, will wait for results.

The sun has been pumping out UV radiation the last couple of weeks... Has been peaking at 14 UV index for at least a few hours each day... Keep safe all you outdoor growers!

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Finally, time for an update! So ya, I did get pretty serious exertional heatstroke followed by rhabdomyolysis, now I can't stand the heat for more than a few minutes at a time, going to take months to make a full recovery, but at least plants are happy! I've been giving them full strength bloom nutrients once a week, and 20ml/L of Kelpak every two weeks which I have stopped now. I have also been spraying with with Biogrow Phyta every two weeks, but have since stopped since plants are in flower. I haven't needed to use neem oil or anything else since plants are happy and there aren't any bugs except for the occasional grasshopper... I did get some pretty nasty leaf burn on a couple of plants due to the crazy mountain fires in my area, the ash landed on the shade cloth, and then when it drizzled, concentrated ash dripped off the shade cloth and onto some leaves... Plants are starting to get really stinky, especially the Bubba Cheesecake, it has that really strong skunky cat piss smell with a hint of fruitiness... Also, the one AK-01 has gotten quite large, almost 2.4m tall and over 2m wide... I will update with individual pics as the plants mature.

Time for some pics!

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Some notes to add:

I planted seeds directly into coco/pearlite mix, watered with rainwater @ pH 5.95 - 6.00 until germination.

About a week after germination I started with 0.5ml/L veg nutes mixed with rainwater, pH 5.9 - 6.00, hand watered.

Gave seedlings a half-dose of CalMag foliar spray 1ml/L every two weeks, and every other week 10ml/L Kelpak foliar spray.

Increased veg nutes to 1ml/L, fed once a week. Watered with tap water mixed with rainwater pH 6.00 about ever 2-3 days depending how hot it was.

Every week I increased nutrient strength by 1ml/L until I was @ 4ml/L base and veg nutrient. Stopped CalMag foliar spray, hand watered Kelpak 20ml/L every two weeks.

Got heatstroke and missed a few feedings... had to have a friend water with rainwater/tap water from my reservoir for about two weeks, pH 6.00.

Started spraying plants with Biogrow Phyta every two weeks until first sign of budding.

Switched plants to bloom feeding schedule, 4ml/L base nutrient and 4ml/L bloom. Stopped Kelpak.

Its so hot, waterings plants almost daily. Feeding weekly.

I fill up a 500L water tank with either tap water or rainwater which I use for watering, I adjust it to pH 6.00 for watering between feeds, I have a air pump and some air stones in the tank to keep the water well oxygenated and to help bubble and evaporate some of the chemicals in the tap water, if I fill the tank with tap water I like to wait at least 24 hours before I use it for my plants. If the water is too warm, I chuck in a few frozen blocks! I like to keep the temperature around 23 degrees.

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Plants are getting thick and stinky! I can smell them from the other side of the property lol.

Slowly adjusting pH to 6.1 - 6.2 for flower. I need to do some defoliation and tie up some of the lower branches.

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Plants are getting thick and stinky! I can smell them from the other side of the property lol.
Slowly adjusting pH to 6.1 - 6.2 for flower. I need to do some defoliation and tie up some of the lower branches.
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I'd like to see a update on this Grow please


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