Hey-hey-hey! I thought before the new year gets too old here, that I would do a must haves for indoor growing article. It’s basically 4 things that can greatly enhance your cannabis growing and appreciation. In the photo above you can see my record setting 35-gram hash ball. Dry sifted and hand compacted, wowzerz baybee! I found a good trick concerning hash making that I’ll share below.
There are of course other things that are must haves when growing indoors, like fire extinguishers, working fire alarms, and excellent ventilation, etc. Today’s article just isolates four of my very favorite, and highly useful things that go along with growing cannabis indoors here in 2022. My favorite light for Flowering/Full-Term for 2022, by-the-by, is the 420h by NextLight.
There are 3 of these things that will make you a better grower, turning out consistently higher-quality flowers. Let’s start out with a twist to the way I make my dry sifted hash I have recently adopted after hearing from several of you having problems finding a sifting fabric. No worries, you’ll dig this, I sure do. Have a look at my article Making Hash from Cannabis the Easy Way, for more info on how I make dry sift hashish. Let’s rock and/or roll…
The New Dry Sifting Twist for 2022
Whether you are growing cannabis indoors or outdoors, hash is always a great option for about the lower/inner 25% of the harvested plants flowers. The smaller flowers. And any decent trim from the killer flowers too. It all makes some dynamite hashish. Especially if you make seeds, or have a subpar harvest, making hash is the way to turn that “trash” into great stash. Okay, here’s the twist…
I use these hash-bags, 1-Gallon Set of 4 Screening Bags for Under 20 Bucks, now instead of the fabric I used before… What I do is, make two hash shaking zones on trays covered with parchment paper. I use a 1-gallon metal can (shaker can) for holding the cannabis matter and dry ice, so these bags are perfect. I just shake it one good time using the 160-micron bag onto one of the parchment-paper covered trays. Then I switch over to the 220-micron bag and shake a couple more times on the other parchment-paper covered tray.
This not only makes you two grades of hashish—they both kick ass—but also, because of the nylon nature of the fabric, the dry ice gets it super cold and so it attracts moisture fast. This can clog up the works. By switching between bags, you allow them to dry out between uses. You can also use a hairdryer really quickly to keep them dry as well. Boom!
Dual Chambered Compost Tumbler
The compost tumbler has been a must have for me growing cannabis indoors for sure, for around a decade now. Truth be told I would always have at least one of these whether I grew indoors or outdoors, they are just wicked good at soil recycling for container growing, as well as making very high-quality compost. Now… you guys can have the best of both worlds using the dual chambered version, if your composting routine doesn’t always synchronize up with your soil recycling routine timeline. I have a single chambered 36-gallon FCMP compost tumbler. Check out this dual chambered FCMP with 18-gallon capacity per side, below…
These dual chambered tumblers are easily had online and the one above is from Amazon. Now, I have a worm farm, so my whole composting and soil recycling dynamic runs a bit differently. However, if I didn’t have a worm farm, I would for sure try and snag myself up one of these dual chambered tumblers. That way you can do 15 or 16 gallons of recycling soil on one side and use the other side to collect cannabis leaves and stems, and kitchen leftovers for making compost. Things turn into compost UBER fast in these tumblers, especially if they are in direct sunlight for half a day at least.
“Ancient Chinese Secret” Soil Mix
Using one of these dual tumblers, you could combine recycled soil to compost 50/50 at the end of the process. Add some perlite, and you are good-to-go! Assuming your compost ingredients include cannabis matter and other diverse sources, like cantaloupe/melons/gourds, lime, egg or oyster shells, potatoes, pumpkins, used grounds tea/coffee, banana/peels, etc. Just good water… then—the “magic” happens.
A Must Have for Indoor Cannabis Growing: LED Lanterns
This one is kind of situational, meaning that using these lifesaver LED lights will depend upon whether or not you are at your garden’s location during a power failure, or other electrical fuckery. Because if you have some plants flowering indoors and their lights go off unexpectedly, this is a sure way to get hermaphrodites. Depending on the duration of the outage—when the flowering lights are supposed to be on. Even 10 or 15 minutes gets iffy. After longer outages plants can get hermaphrodites, and mutant looking growth, like they are trying to vegetate again a little bit. Your resin production takes a hit at least. If there are hermaphrodites those can bone a whole garden easily with hermaphroditic seeds.
All you have to do during a power outage is light up your garden with LED lantern lights. I flower in tents, so I use one lantern per tent. In a larger bedroom sized garden a few would work fine. The plants just need to get some light, so they don’t wig out a bit. The lanterns supply enough light to keep the plants “thinking” it’s still daytime and the season is still the same. All is well, no wigging—wink.
An Indispensable Tool for Growing Cannabis Indoors: Bluetooth Thermometer/Hygrometer
I recommend you absolutely get yourself some of these Bluetooth thermometers/hygrometers. The information you get from these devices, that is sent to your phone or pad, helps you enormously to dial in your grow ever so perfectly. These devices track temps and humidity for a year back. You can really get a grip on fine tuning your environment avoiding hot blasts, humidity onslaughts, and too chilly for happy plants temperatures. You can always look and see how things are trending in real time so you can tweak garden environments proactively.
I got the Govee brand of these thermometers/hygrometers as shown in the photo above. There are quite a few brands of these types of tools. I am very happy with these; they have been working great for about a year now in my gardens and I have three of them. Here’s the link to the ones I got: Govee Thermometer/Hygrometers on Amazon.
Another great feature these have is alarms you can set when temps/humid drop below or rise above your set values. Whatever device you have these connected to, your phone or pad or whatever, will alert you whenever anything is amiss, per your presets. On a hot day I can turn my extraction fan up higher, open my tents and rooms, or even employ a mobile A/C unit if I need to. The more ya know ?
You can see in the photo above where I place my devices in my tents. As a rule of thumb, I hang them under the lights about 6-inches above the plant tops. It’s always good to have a laser thermometer to dial in your settings perfectly anytime you change your Govee placement or plants grow taller. It’s an awesome combo baybee!
Springtime is right around the corner now—yay—and I am sure tired of wintertime, ugh. The new book is closing in on being finished now, shouldn’t be more than a couple of months before I am done with the manuscript. One thing is for sure, writing a book is way more work than you think going in, heh heh.
If you want to get some great healthy and potent cannabis seeds swing by Kingdom Organic Seeds and grab yourself some of the new Red Russian Skunk seeds. I got the originals from an old buddy on my way home from The Emerald Cup in 2013 (see photo above). Also, if you are a TLO (True Living Organics) fan already, make sure you get a copy of my last book before the new one comes out, here: True Living Organics 2nd Edition by The Rev. Well, that’s it for today my green amigos, catch ya back here next Tuesday for another article. L8r G8rs…
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Crossword for February 2022 Baybee
I do a crossword about once per month here at SKUNK, FYI. Today’s crossword is a little challenging I think—moderately. It has some clues from this must haves for indoor cannabis growing article today. Other things too, but all cannabis related. There’s a link to the key below the crossword, in case you are not up to the challenge. Mhuhahah! (Dr. Evil voice)
I'm The Rev, and I have been with SKUNK for about a decade now. I hail from Southern California, spent mucho time in Northern California, and now reside in Southern Oregon; always coastal. I am an all natural style cannabis grower and I have written a couple books on the subject - check out True Living Organics 2nd Edition on Amazon - I have been growing for over 45 years, and I have been breeding cannabis for over 30 years. Check out kingdomorganicseeds.com to see some exotic selections. Growing connoisseur cannabis is what I teach mostly, growing it in living soil without using liquid organic nutrients to feed the plant. I am also a highly skilled synthetics grower, hydroponics, aeroponics, DWC/SWC/NFT, Ebb and Flow, and soilless, but I cringe when smoking synthetic grown herbs, so for the last 15 years or so I preach the artisan style of all natural growing, specializing in container growing. Cheers and welcome aboard.