Things are starting to pick up now! We got BUDS!..Well the start of buds forming on these lovely ladies. Each plant has multiple tops forming on them. If I counted correctly one plant has 20 tops and it’s sibling has 16 tops. You can see the start of all the colas taking form this week and building up on the stems - I recommend taking a look at the video Review for the week as I provide some high quality footage in 1080P like previous weeks. It’s going to become a sea of nugs on these two plants in the coming weeks.
I’m super excited to see these develop.
The smell of the garden is developing nicely, I really missed the smell of freshly flowering cannabis. When I opened the tent this afternoon to inspect these ladies, I was met with a lovely & stinky rush of scent that flooded my nostrils and the room quickly. It’s hard to distinguish any exact scent yet since there is a few strains growing and flowering at the same time. Flowering Cannabis is definitely one of my favourites smells - wouldn’t you agree!?
I’ve been able to keep up on the training of these plants through out the flowering stretch which kept the plants short and fat. One tip that I have for growing in fabric pots is using plant twist ties and some safety pins for training. I don’t see many growers doing this and it is a really cheap and easy way to effectively train plants and have a tie down spot available literally 360 degrees around the plant ! By doing this strategy I was able to keep the canopy height of the garden almost exactly level. One of my GorillaGlues by fastbuds from a different journal had a wild stretch in one night and is taller than the rest however. Fast buds is definitely living up to their name with these seeds, big strong healthy plants that shape up quickly and deliver buds.. fast..!
I’m really pleased with the development this week, it’s always exciting to see and smell flowers forming. It’s also nice to be done training plants for a while. I bet I spent 3-4 hours on each plant minimum trimming, leaf tucking and LST’ing since they were started. I think it makes a difference in final yield , training plants typically results in high quality and potency.
Constructing the ULTIMATE Light!
* 10 CXB3590 3500K
* 10 Ideal Solderless Holder
* 10 lenses or reflectors
* 10 thermal pads or thermal paste
* 10 heatsinks 120mm
* 2 Meanwell driver HLG-240H-C1400B
* 2 10K potentiometer
* 2 electrical connecters
* 2 electrical grounded plugs
* 16 gauge(1/16”) angled aluminum
* 18 gauge solid core wire 30’
* Power drill
* Drill bits - various
* Chop saw or hack saw
* Wrench / Ratchet
* Measuring tape
* Rope ratchet hangers
* Wire nuts
* Zip ties
* Money, lots.
*Note - All the electrical parts can be sourced from alibaba.com for a decent price or you can alternatively find pre-made DIY kits on EBay with a markup. I recommend sourcing the remaining items from a hardware store like Lowe’s or HomeDepot. You can also buy a prefabricated light like this from timbergrowlights.com but you will pay double to triple the price.*
I highly recommend watching videos on YouTube by “LEDGardener” or “GrowMau5”.
Their videos helped immensely with the project and if they somehow see this - I owe you guys one! Both of them have great instructional videos on the DIY process and core required knowledge.
Phase One - The Frame:
1. Visit the hardware store and get the stuff. You will need time and a place to work on this as well. It will take multiple hours.
2. Measure, mark and cut your 16 gauge angled aluminum to desired lengths. I highly recommend a chop saw .. it makes quick work (I made my light 3’x3’ - so I needed eight 3’ pieces.)
3. Do a rough build of your project , line up the pieces to make the shape on your desired frame. Mark where you will need holes to assemble the frame. Make sure to take accurate measurements here .. you need EVERYTHING to line up.
4. Drill your holes. I recommend starting with a small drill bit like 3/16” and progressing up in size to the desired size needed. If you have a drill press your life will be easy - if not a standard power drill and muscle will work too.
5. Assemble the frame loosely - hopefully you were careful - everything should line up!
6. Get your passive heat sinks and place them around your frame , try to get it symmetrical for even light coverage.
7. Once you have your light placement figured out , get out that trusty marker and mark where you need to drill holes to secure the heat sink/COBs.
8. Disassemble the frame and take back the aluminum pieces to the drill and make the holes.
9. Build the frame this time - securely. Then drop in those heat sinks. Hopefully these all line up too!
10. If they line up, great .. now I recommend working on Phase Two - The Electrical!
Ok that’s this is where we will stop for this week! I think that’s enough information for everybody to absorb for a week and get started..
Stay tuned because next week we go over the COBs, electrical work and assembly!
You’ll wanna see this stuff too, trust me!