OH YEAH, LETTERS TO REV TIME AMIGOS. A little home composting, home breeding, and a problem with power outages. We’ll cover them all. Buckle up SKUNKers and smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em—away we go…
Question #1: Composting Fear
Hello Rev! I really want to start composting and recycling my soil. I have a smaller garden like you do, and I have one of those tumblers like you recommend. I am a little confused about how exactly you collect and then add the compost stuff you save, where do you save it so it’s not stinky?
Thank you in advance,
High Steve, and thanks for the cool Q. For everybody the dynamic will be different to some degree, and it very much adapts to your environment. Awesome you got the compost tumbler, it’s the best way to recycle your soil, hands down. Alright, I have a large plastic Halloween candy bowl (see photo) I use to collect things straight out of my kitchen. The bowl is wide open exposed to the air, and I can collect a whole bowl full without it ever getting stinky; however, when I dump it out it is sometimes super stinky because it has gone anaerobic down in the bottom of the bowl. I just use a tote to dump my bowl into—outside—collecting a couple or a few indoor bowls full at least before composting them. You’ll find your rhythm, don’t worry.
Anaerobic decomposition is all good, as long as living roots aren’t around when it’s happening. Elements like sulfur for one example, are created that will benefit your plants down the line. Anyways, if you have racoons or something just drill some small holes in the lid of your tote outside and get the kind of lid that ‘latches’ and you’ll be fine. I usually recycle about 3 to 4 cubic feet of used soil x composting materials at a time; you just toss them together and then tumble them up everyday or every other day for a couple of weeks and you have some bad ass soil right there; assuming you have added a diverse range of organic matter. Here’s a partial list of things I like to compost:
SOME OF MY COMMON COMPOSTING ITEMS
• All extraneous cannabis matter, leaves, stems (chopped up), and roots.
• Coffee grounds and filters (a lot of this in mine, LoL).
• Potatoes/skins, bananas/skins, melons/skins, squash/skins.
• Corn/husks/cobs (chop cobs down with branch loppers).
• Egg shells & used paper plates (rinsed and shredded paper plates).
• All excess lettuce, broccoli, tomato, celery, carrots (if they go bad in the fridge toss them straight into the outdoor tote).
• Avocado/skin/seeds (chop seeds while fresh).
Things you don’t want to add are things like dairy products, meat, grease/fat, and sugar or salt. So, like you’ll want to rinse your corn cobs off with hot water first to remove any salt and butter. Keep in mind, sealing off your compost collections from the air is what will make it super stinky. One of the coolest things I have to thank my TLO (True Living Organics) growing style for is causing me to eat so much healthier, and actually “get it” when it comes to what real food actually means. Good luck on your mission Steve, keep it green.
Question #2: Selecting Males for Home Breeding
I hope you can help me out Rev, I have a strain I grew from seeds I got from a killer bag. They aren’t hermaphrodites and I want to inbreed them. I know nothing about the lineage, do you have any ground rules for male selecting that could help me out? I mean I know you do, but would you share some with me? Thanks man.
Hey-hey Dion. Sure man, first of all I would suggest you use more than one male individual, select at least two males that are vigorous and hearty. I would also use at least two females if I were you. If you can run the females first, clone them all before flowering, then you can select your best females knowing for sure which ones they are, and then breed the clones—of course you will have to also clone the males to breed with them. Some of the things I like to see in males is that their clones don’t partially start flowering under an 18/6 photoperiod. Hollow stems are always a plus in my books. Long petioles are very often a good sign. Smelly males—rubbing the stem—are always a plus. Cheers and good luck Dion.
Question#3: Power Outages Question
I have a lot of power outages lately and it has caused some of my buds to get nanners (hermaphrodites) and short of getting a generator to kick on what can I do about this?
As long as you or someone who can do this is home when the power outage happens, just use a couple, or several if need be, LED lanterns to keep your plants in some light when they are supposed to be in their “daytime” hours. Those two lanterns in the photo will keep a 10×10 foot room in enough light to keep them from going “nanners” for two days on just 2 AA batteries each. Cheers.