Q: Hi Tazard, how is your day going? What time is it? How many joints are in by now? What's on your agenda today?
A: I’m in pretty good spirits today. It’s about 10pm local time. Hmmm really haven’t been counting 6-8 or so. Today is my wife’s birthday (happy birthday sweetie). I replaced an 8” carbon filter, changed the nutrient solution in three hydroponic tanks (one more to go, nutes are mixed but I’m not sure I’m going to get it done today) and I took some diary photos.
Q: Please tell us about yourself. How old are you? Where are you from? Married with kids? Pets? What's your favourite munchie food? Travel much?
A: I am 50 but I act more like I’m 21 with 29 years of experience. I’ve had some medical issues and have been on long term disability since 2016. Disability was the reason I started growing. My wife and I had enjoyed some of the best hydro buds in the area since I finished my degree in 2010. When I went on disability my income was only 60% of my previous pay.
We were forced into smoking imported Mexican bud which oftentimes wouldn’t have much of an effect after the tolerance level we had obtained. I began growing in June of 2017. Since September of 2017 (first harvest) we have only had to buy (on two occasions between harvests) a total of 8 ounces. Around here Mexican bud can be had for about $5-6/gram, good everyday buds go for $10/gram and nice hydro buds command a whopping $17/gram, if you’re lucky enough to know someone who can part with some.
I live in Kentucky USA. I have been married twice. The first was for 5 years and we had a son. He is 19 now. I’ve maintained physical custody since the divorce. My second wife and I will celebrate our 15 year anniversary in November. We have a Labrador Retriever. He is 12 now and, like me, moves slower.
When I was 17 and started smoking I had the munchies soooo bad I’d totally stuff myself. I made an effort to not eat while I was high and somewhere along the way I lost the munchies.
I’ve been in or driven through about 2/3 of the 50 states I’ve only been out of the country twice. The first was a high school Spanish trip to Mexico. The second was a wonderful, all inclusive, 10 year anniversary trip to a resort in Jamaica. We are still wanting to return.
Q: Do your family and close friends know you grow weed?
A: No. My wife and my son know.
Q: How much weed do you smoke a day? Any favourite strains?
A: About 3-4 grams, an ounce will last my wife and I about 5 days. I’m really hooked on Rippers Acid Dough. I grow a nice variety (usually 4-6 strains per tent) always looking for my next favorite but so far Acid Dough has the honors. One of the symptoms of my condition is chronic fatigue. I smoke sativa about every two hours to stay awake throughout the day.
Q: How did you find out about GD? Are you treated well enough here? Why are you journaling with us?
A: When I began growing I knew I would probably be experimenting with different stuff and I was looking for a platform to document my trials. I was searching for information about Acid Dough and although no one had finished a diary on it here there was one that had been started.
When I saw the layout I knew this was going to be a great place for my documentation.
I have found Grow Diaries administration to be responsive and ready to listen to what the growers want implemented. Not to mention I love the diary contest. I wanted an easy platform to document my progress. Also this is a great place to see what to expect with different strains.
Q: Who are your friends on GD? Give them a SO!
A: Well I have to shout out to all those in the Wolfpack they really have improved my grow skills immensely. I follow over 200 on GD and am always learning from their mistakes and accomplishments.
Q: Who is your guru grower? Who's your favourite canna celebrity?
Wow that’s really really tough. @farmerbrett probably.
Oh that’s easy, Tommy Chong.
Q: Would you ever consider working in canna industry? What would you like to do? Where would that be?
A: I would love to have some sort of top end (craft growers only maybe) dispensary and a fully automated hydro farm when legalization makes it here to Kentucky.
Q: Who'd you like to be interviewed next? Any final words?
A: I’d like to hear from @TheFoxFarmer. He has been crushing it here all year. I have one going now that’s over 4x it’s height at the 12/12 flip. How about a lobby for the breeders to provide the anticipated stretch? I have one going now that’s over 4x it’s height at the 12/12 flip.