My Disappointing, even PATHETIC Grow!

yeah, i agree, i'm rather sceptical about such manufacturer's claims.

i've kept a diary in which i have jotted down all my activities for both my grow and aquarium. a single record by itself doesn't mean jack, but a collection of data becomes more meaningful. it gives me a point of reference.

2 plants are due for their watering soon, keen to check tomorrow. i am not bothering the plants during its night/dark period. first a partial water change to the aquarium, and then use that water for the plants.
 
According to TP-Link HS110, the LEDS at its full B/W/R settings draws 245 watts out of the wall. These LED are now running at its 12/12 on/off light cycle, rather than the longer 18/6 cycle during its vegetative stage.

The previous 30 days, the LED consumed 118 kWh at its 18/6 on/off cycle, which works out to be roughly $35 AUD on the electricity bill. My guesstimate, based on 245W for 12/12 on/off cycle would cost about $25 over 30 days.

these figures are all relative, as it reflects cost of electricity in australia. one way, relatively is to say it costs 50% more to run vegetative, than flowering phase - or that its costs its 33% cheaper to run during flowering phase, than in its vegetative phase. That'll confuse ya.

i suppose one day, i will break down exactly the costs of production, capital costs, etc. I note all these details down. the accountant can stay in his closet, in the dark, until it's time.

i reckon 245 watts is about right for my small tent with its dimensions 2' (W) x 2' (L) x 6' (H).
 
According to TP-Link HS110, the LEDS at its full B/W/R settings draws 245 watts out of the wall. These LED are now running at its 12/12 on/off light cycle, rather than the longer 18/6 cycle during its vegetative stage.

The previous 30 days, the LED consumed 118 kWh at its 18/6 on/off cycle, which works out to be roughly $35 AUD on the electricity bill. My guesstimate, based on 245W for 12/12 on/off cycle would cost about $25 over 30 days.

these figures are all relative, as it reflects cost of electricity in australia. one way, relatively is to say it costs 50% more to run vegetative, than flowering phase - or that its costs its 33% cheaper to run during flowering phase, than in its vegetative phase. That'll confuse ya.

i suppose one day, i will break down exactly the costs of production, capital costs, etc. I note all these details down. the accountant can stay in his closet, in the dark, until it's time.

i reckon 245 watts is about right for my small tent with its dimensions 2' (W) x 2' (L) x 6' (H).
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According to TP-Link HS110, the LEDS at its full B/W/R settings draws 245 watts out of the wall. These LED are now running at its 12/12 on/off light cycle, rather than the longer 18/6 cycle during its vegetative stage.

The previous 30 days, the LED consumed 118 kWh at its 18/6 on/off cycle, which works out to be roughly $35 AUD on the electricity bill. My guesstimate, based on 245W for 12/12 on/off cycle would cost about $25 over 30 days.

these figures are all relative, as it reflects cost of electricity in australia. one way, relatively is to say it costs 50% more to run vegetative, than flowering phase - or that its costs its 33% cheaper to run during flowering phase, than in its vegetative phase. That'll confuse ya.

i suppose one day, i will break down exactly the costs of production, capital costs, etc. I note all these details down. the accountant can stay in his closet, in the dark, until it's time.

i reckon 245 watts is about right for my small tent with its dimensions 2' (W) x 2' (L) x 6' (H).
White hairs just faintly poking out -- can you see them or.....have weasels ripped my flesh.
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my DWC single-bucket system is an ongoing experiment. while not spectacular results, at least, i can get such DWC system up & going, as that was all i was aiming for. maybe i had set my expectations rather low, this time around.

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largely neglected, just changed its nutrient solution 3 times.

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i must pay more attention to this DWC - ran out of space, yet still expanding. will have to consolidate my operation neatly together again.

the roots have started to poke out of the bottom of the net pot, and these roots are submerged into the nutrient solution. should i be paying more attention to the nutrient solution's level?

also, the leaves are a little deformed - guess it might be due to my negligence, either low light, coldness, coldness of nutrient solution or strength of nutrient solution?

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I've largely left this plant to fend for itself, must do more research on DWC. time to concentrate more on this DWC, as it's an ongoing experiment for future grows. i should have cuttings that soon be established clones (established root system), to play with...
 
i tuck these 4 babies into bed, each night @ 7 pm - make sure the tent is all zipped up.

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no peeping during its night time.

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still concerned about the purple tinged plant with its droopy leaves.

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1st week, a long way to go to harvest.

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fingers x'd
 
kinda suspicious how it's wrapped, no?

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it's expensive, this Canna Boost additive, $140 AUD for a 1 litre bottle. But it was $70 for a 250 mls bottle.

add 2 to 4 mls to each litre of water/nutrient-solution, i figured i would use a little over 250 mls for this current grow in the tent, into its flowering phase. and economies of scale, cheaper to bulk buy.

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not sure about the manufacturer's claims about yields & taste, let's see.

mate gave me a small bottle of Canna PK13-14 - which i'm only going to apply once to these plants, half-way through their flowering.

i don't need anything else, except time.
 
kinda suspicious how it's wrapped, no?

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it's expensive, this Canna Boost additive, $140 AUD for a 1 litre bottle. But it was $70 for a 250 mls bottle.

add 2 to 4 mls to each litre of water/nutrient-solution, i figured i would use a little over 250 mls for this current grow in the tent, into its flowering phase. and economies of scale, cheaper to bulk buy.

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not sure about the manufacturer's claims about yields & taste, let's see.

mate gave me a small bottle of Canna PK13-14 - which i'm only going to apply once to these plants, half-way through their flowering.

i don't need anything else, except time.
Not jealous, not at all 🤐
 
maybe its a topic i should have visited before...curiosity killed the cat.

was measuring the pH of treated water, in preparation of the partial water change for the aquarium, i'm gonna do, tomorrow. while i had the pH stuff all out, doing that...

one of the plants in the tent was thirsty, so watered it (with some of that Canna Boost, aka me calling it Canna Bloom). 1 litre at 6.2 pH watered, its run-off (less than 200 mls) measured 6.1 pH.

what does these 2 measurements say of the soil mix?
 
maybe its a topic i should have visited before...curiosity killed the cat.

was measuring the pH of treated water, in preparation of the partial water change for the aquarium, i'm gonna do, tomorrow. while i had the pH stuff all out, doing that...

one of the plants in the tent was thirsty, so watered it (with some of that Canna Boost, aka me calling it Canna Bloom). 1 litre at 6.2 pH watered, its run-off (less than 200 mls) measured 6.1 pH.

what does these 2 measurements say of the soil mix?
Next time add 1/4 tsp of vinegar and repeat the test. If your aim is lowered ph that should work. Cant speculate on the soil -- no idea. If you
 
We call that self-effacing where I come from but also earlier in the grow you had a lot of difficulty, hence the title. Gardening, ah it is fun.
a rough start, one batch failed at critical point of its grow, lots of recovery. many lessons learned, many adaptations, mostly successful. some things i'm a natural, other things not figuring it out yet.

'heading' (pun!) towards harvest, some excitement. definitely a new phase for me, let alone the plants in the grow tent. also, wanted to test out this viparspectra PAR450's abilities. really keen, been a long journey.

i post here, coz i think we're a decent mob - one side, personal and selfishness of keeping a record of my grows, to share my experiences to others, and of course to seek advice.

put it all together, fun.
 
our small balcony was my smoking area, where i would sit down over a mull bowl, packing cones, having bongs.

yesterday, our neighbours have moved back in.

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so, i've reverted to my old habits of walking the neighbourhood, either with a doobie or this vapor. i kinda like been out and about, 2 feet & a heart beat, my neighbourhood is quiet & conservative.

my old habit was never to smoke at home.

i'm not too concerned about my grow drawing unwanted attention, but still i'm now more on high alert as to the impact of my actions/activities on my neighbours - they're cramping my style! So, suddenly, i feel the need to be more careful what i do.
 
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our small balcony was my smoking area, where i would sit down over a mull bowl, packing cones, having bongs.

yesterday, our neighbours have moved back in.

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walking the neighbourhood with this vapor only kimosabe. Now too many 'people' are out exercising, bike or jogging and getting in the way. The vape is the absolute winner. There is also the old kitchen range hood exhaust trick or WC for that matter. I also did the nonchalant thing in my hood near the pool at night -- but heard the neighbors complaining of the smell. Paranoia is integral to self preservation
 
One of the T5 flourescent light fixture was tripping out. I changed the powerboard to which it was connected, and it tripped out again. I changed powerboards, and it tripped out. I haven't added or changed anything electrical, what the...?

Okay, got the shits with this ongoing shenanigan. Decided to rip all the cables out of its wall socket, to rearrange the electricals. While at it, decided to rearrange the vegetative grow area.

I shifted one of the sickly plants to the sunny corner of our lounge room, quarantined from this vegetative grow area, next to the g-tent, at the other ends of the apartment.

The sick plant is to get just natural sunlight, protected from outdoor mid-winter conditions - hope that it adapts to its new conditions to recover into better health, and then to get ready for the upcoming outdoor season 2019/2020. Spring is about 5 weeks away, so warmer conditions & stretching photoperiod hopefully assists her recovery.

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Shifting this sickly plant out of her home, made room for the cuttings and clones to further establish, under the T5 fluorescent. As these clones gets more established, I am moving out the other 3 sickly plants to accompany the first sickly plant in that separate location - to make room for new and growing vegetative plants. I'm still nursing these sickly plants, still hoping to get some results in autumn (March 2020 onwards).

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The timeframe of all this is mostly determined by the flowering phase of the current crop in the g-tent. Its only the 2nd week of this flowering phase, so I figure I got another at least 6 weeks to establish the next batch, which is to go into the tent.

Furthermore, this 6+ weeks timeframe is early spring, so the remaining clones are for the upcoming outdoor 2020/21 season.

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Around this time last year, i started to plan to grow for last outdoor 2019/2020 season - and compared to my effort last year, i'm way ahead of the game, this time around.... or maybe another way to look at it, it took me a year and half to prepare for outdoor 2020/2021 season. Progress, nevertheless.

So, excitement that i'm looking towards a harvest early Spring, then taking advantage of the warmer spring/summer/autumn conditions, excitement about that outdoor grow.
 
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