A big howdy to y'all. I'm SOD, retired mild mannered electrician now in my 7th decade of life. I have a few pounds of tasty buds under my belt from previous indoor soil grows. Been consuming the fruits of my labor for the last 6 years. Damn the luck I'm almost out. So going new school now. Out with the HID lighting and in with the new LED's. Also grow some outdoors as well. My usage is medicinal, I suffer from joint pain as well as nueropathic pain with makes it hard to sleep. So I am not so much of a recreational user. I do enjoy a good buzz when I get the guitar out. I sound good to me, that's all that matters.
So I have 8 plants going now in a 4x4 tent. I have read "Teaming with Microbes" and really like the concept. My plan from now on is to practice the Living Soil way of doing things.
I'm here to learn and may be able to give some advice along the way. I do have trouble at times with acronyms since a lot has changed over the years. Add to this the fact as a seasoned citizen I don't know how to post a picture that I have taken with my cell phone. I can show you how to use a slide rule. So I'm sure there will be times when I may have to ask what some may think of as a silly question, but it's how I learn. I asorb knowledge like a sponge once I'm introduced to the subject. My biggest lack of knowledge now is understanding all the macro/micro nutrients and their relationships to each other and to the plant. Lighting and watering I have down. Getting my mind to accept that less is more when comes to nutrients is my struggle, but I'm slowly winning the battle.
So that's all folks, as they say. It's been an incredible journey so far. Going from buying "lids" for $10 bucks and using a business card to separate the seeds and stems out of it, to today with all the fancy gear to grow. One more thing I can't keep up with. Back in my day we had Acapulco Gold and Panama Red, hashish and Thai Sticks. Today there must be a million different strains.
By the way, great site.