Strain Report: Great White Shark

Great White Shark is everywhere, and it is usually cheap. While at my regular spot, I decided to grab a few grams to write my personal experience with this strain. This hybrid strain boasts benefits from both its indica and sativa lineages, providing powerful pain relief without the indica snoozes.

Genetics

  • Super Skunk
  • Brazilian
  • South Indian

Smell

The aroma is nice and sour on this one. It sounds gross, but there are definite notes of baby vomit in this one as well as skunk, decaying leaves (think autumn) and dried citrus. Very earthy and tangy but also very pleasant, certainly a complex aroma.

Smoke

A very smooth, pleasant smoke. Not too lung cramping so it is an excellent choice for people who’s tolerance requires them to consume larger amounts all at once. A little cheesy and sour in the taste as well, with a lingering after taste of juniper and lime. I can imagine this would taste really good in a vaporizer.

Effect

This strain is super weird, providing a very very strong body numbing sensation. I understand immediately how this can be used for daytime pain. That said, it is still on the sleepier side as hybrids go, so I would recommend taking it slow with this stuff if you are consuming in the daytime. Although the classic sativa creativity is present, there is a lack of motivation to act on it and actually create. Whereas I usually find myself stuck to Logic or Ableton, this strain had me on the couch thinking and drinking tea. Not very productive, but certainly fun.  In my opinion this strain has the wrong qualities from each parent, its has indica that doesn’t help me sleep and  sativa that doesn’t help me create…. Maybe perfect for a rainy day!

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Overall this stuff is good enough, but is most definitely worth the lower price I pay for it (I wouldn’t pay over $10 CAD/g ever). There is a very generic vibe to the effects, which is probably why its such a classic… Grab some next time you see it (if the price is right) and see for yourself what you think of the classic Great White Shark.

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Strain Report: Alaskan Thunder Fuck

I finally found Alaskan Thunder Fuck! This is a sativa dominant hybrid that has quite a curious lineage and a super high THC content up to 25% THC, which is probably why it put me out $16 per gram.

Genetics

  • Unknown Sativa
  • Unknown Ruderalis
  • Afghani

Smell

This stuff smells really weird, there is a definite earthiness to it while still being very sweet, which makes it remind me of a dirt flavoured Bertie Botts Every Flavour Bean. Very specific, I know, but that’s what I’m here for.

There is also a noticeable lemon rind after note in the aroma. Really beautiful stuff here.

Density

This is my first time having this stuff, and I did purchase AAAA grade flower, so this may not always be the case, but what a beautifully dense bud I got. It makes an audible ‘Crack’ as you break a piece away and put it into the grinder. Feels like a moon rock, almost. Crazy.

Smoke

Ok so this is a heavy smoke. Be ready for that, first. Expect an ammonia- sour flavour from this strain on the exhale. A touch citrusy with a strong piney mango and forest floor flavour (no, I have not licked a forest floor).

Effect

This strain snuck up on me, which I am not used to. One dose and I just started doing productive things and singing and having a nice day, whereas usually I am constantly needing to smoke to keep up my energy. The lady at the shop warned me that it is supposed to be snacky, though RIGHT NOW I am not experiencing that any more than your typical stuff.

With Alaskan Thunder Fuck you can expect extreme euphoria, strong mood elevation, and an increased appreciation for music. One small dose made me stop writing this review and go write a few new songs for a while… Similar to Pineapple Express in the way where it seems to encourage me to think outside the box. Extremely long lasting for me, I usually get 45 minutes off of a dose of cannabis, but in this case I was dosing every 2.5 hours! Amazing strength!

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Overall

I need more of this stuff, what an absolute treat. I would recommend this to you any day, any time (except maybe night time). This is an amazing strain to have a fun, free day. Arguably the best sativa hybrid I have ever had. Must try.

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Strain Report: Tangerine Dream

Tangerine Dream is one of those strains that I buy every time I see it in the shop. An awesome sativa dominant hybrid for relieving pain without knocking you out. This is a super orange coloured, high THC plant. Difficult to grow, and usually pretty tricky to find, this strain is a must have for people who seek a daytime mood boost.

Genetics

  • G13
  • Afghani
  • Neville’s A5 Haze

Smell

Sweet marmalade and cotton candy aromas that take me back to memories of five alive juice boxes and orange crush soda. Really awesome freshness to it.

Density

I have seen this strain get pretty loose, but this is purely aesthetic. The plant, without perfect execution on the growers part, will produce buds that look like mids but smoke way better. I have seen a lot of people take a look at it and decide to buy something a bit prettier- big mistake, buddy. This stuff works a charm.

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Smoke

This is one of those strains that actually tastes like its name. The smoke is sweet and fruity, easy to inhale, with no bitter aftertastes (I get this with a lot of lemon and citrus strains). Many strains have little to no taste when consumed by bong rather than rolled, though this strain has such a powerful flavour that you really get this bowl hit of oranges, so cool.

Effect

This is the perfect recreational strain. Tang Dream can give you the push out the door that you need, that bit of bliss that starts your day out right. It has such a worry-crushing, mood elevating effect, paired with it’s strong pain relief that it makes you live your whole day without getting stuck on the little things that would usually bog you down. A small amount of this strain can last you a very long time, making it a very worth the money strain.

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Overall

I highly recommend you seek out and purchase this strain if you seek daytime pain relief, energy, or a treatment for depression and anxiety, especially depression. If you just want to have a good day, a little bit of Tangerine Dream might be just what you need.

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The Importance of Soil PH

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The pH of the soil has a direct impact on the fertility of the soil. If you’re serious about your garden or vegetables and fruits which you are growing in your garden, it is important to know about the pH of the soil. Depending on the pH, your soil can be acidic or alkaline. Each of these has its own pros and cons. Also, the pH level of the soil has a direct impact on the nutrients which are available in the soil. Owing to this very factor, you have to always be aware of the pH levels of the soil.

Before you bring out your pH scale, you have to understand the levels on it. The pH scale can go from 1 to 14. 7 is considered neutral. If the pH level is below 7, it is considered as acidic. On the other hand, if the pH level is above 7, it is considered as alkaline. If you’re looking for the optimumpresence of nutrients in the soil, you have to ensure that the pH level is around 6 to 7. Even thoughthis is the ideal level but anything between 3.5 to 10 will provide you with the conducive environment for growing your plants.

One thing which you have to keep in mind is that a slight variation in pH can result in drastic variation in nutrients. This is because each number on the pH scale is to a factor of 10. That is whyyou have to be very careful when you’re looking to maintain the pH level of your soil.

You will now look at both the soil options in order to help you better understand which one is suitable for your garden.

 

Acidic soil

Acidic soil is often found in areas which has a significant amount of rainfall. The main problem with acidic soil is that the nutrients will be absorbed by the soil at a much slower pace. In many of the cases, the amountof nutrients which are found are pretty low. Also, when you’re using fertilizers on acidic soil, they will yield a little result because absorption will not take place.

Solution:

When you’re looking to increase the pH level of the soil so that it is not acidic, a good option is to add agricultural limestone. When you’re adding limestone, it will replace calcium as well as magnesium. This will help you in increasing the pH level of the soil.

 

Alkaline soil

If the pH level of the soil is pretty high because it is alkaline you can easily add organic matter in order to reduce the pH levels. It is much easier to manage the alkaline soil as compared to the acidic soil. You need to test the soil and in order to find out about the sodium contents. Oftentimes, in the alkalinesoil,the sodium content is on the higher side. If it is so, it will hamper the growth of your plants. That is whyit is important to solve the problem of high pH levels when you’re having an alkalinesoil.

Solution:

As we stated above, you can easily add decomposed organic matter. In addition to that, you can use foliarspray or liquid seaweed.

 

All in all, when you’re planning on starting some new plants, it is important to know about the pH level of the soil. Only once you are able to do that will it become easier for you to choose the right kind of plants for your perfect garden.

How To Grow Turmeric Indoors

Here is a quick video I made about how I get my turmeric plants started!

For those who prefer it in text, the process is as follows:

  1. Soak turmeric root in water for 24 hours and leave in a warm, dark location until green spots or “eyes” have formed.
  2. Plant 1 inch deep in good potting soil (I use cactus soil)
  3. In 7-14 days you should have visible shoots coming off of your plant
  4. Transplant into an 18″ pot before the plant becomes root bound as this will prevent a good harvest.
  5. In 10 months,  harvest and enjoy your fresh turmeric!

Thanks for reading,

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Video: 53 Day Old Dragon Fruit Plants/ Pitaya From Seed!

Here is a quick video I have put together showing off some of my dragon fruit/ pitaya babies that I grew from seed on July 7! These guys are growing fast!

ALSO, I show off my baby Yellow Pitaya plants that I grew from seed as well.

 

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Ebb and Flow Hydroponics

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Ebb And Flow Hydroponics Systems are becoming more and more popular. Among the many hydroponics systems which are available these days, this is the most popular system. We will today help you understand what exactly the system is and what the components of the system are.

What is Ebb And Flow Hydroponics System?

An Ebb And Flow Hydroponics System consists of a plant tray, reservoir and pump. With the help of the pump, you will be able to always maintain an adequate level of water in the plant tray. This will mean that you do not have to worry about the presence of water while growing your plants. We will now go into the details of each and every one of these components so that you are able to understand them easily.

The plant tray

The plant tray isnothing but the large container. You have to place your plant in it. A good option to plant will be the half gallon pots. You need to make sure that the pots are perforated. The size of the pots ideally should be double that of the plant. The plant tray will consist of water which is dense with nutrients. It is directly connected to a reservoir. The pump, as well as the drain tube, connects the reservoir and the plant tray.

Reservoir

The reservoiris a large container which is directly placed below the plant tray. It is connected with the help of a submersible pump which contains a timer. This pump controls the flow of water to the plant tray at all points in time. With the help of the drain tube, the water can be drained from the plant tray back into the reservoir. You can then reuse that water by pumping it up to the plant tray. You have to just make sure that you are refilling nutrients on a weekly basis.

With the help of this, you will be able to precisely control the water access to your plants. That is why this water system is much more versatile as compared to any other.

Many of the people think that this water system is actually a bit complicated to create. The truth is that all the components of this water system are readily available. Thus, creating this water system is not a problem at all.

The next time you’re looking for a suitable hydroponics system; do make sure that you consider the Ebb and Flow Hydroponics System as it is one of the most versatile hydroponics systems which you can use.

Strain Report: Granddaddy Purple

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GDP is an amazing Indica with intense sedating effects. Huge numbers in both THC and CBD. The colour is so crazy purple to the eye you almost won’t believe it. I have had the chance to consume this strain as flower, edible, and shatter extract, and I keep coming back. As a frequent sufferer of anxiety and depression, this strain can knock me out even from the worst of times. This is so valuable to me as a heavy heavy smoker because most of the time, even the sleepiest of weeds can’t actually put me down because of my tolerance. Granddaddy P can without fail.

Genetics

  • Purple Urkle
  • Big Bud

Smell 8/10

Smells like artificial grape. It has a very sweet, sticky, ‘Big League Chew’ gum smell to it. Not unlike a Grapple, which is just the weirdest fruit. Overall this smells super sweet and of berries and grape.

Density 9/10

Always tight and uniform, I find that with a lot of ‘purple’ strains.

Smoke 7/10

The smoke is a lot. I won’t lie to you, every time I have had this strain I have been taken back by how I have to reduce my portion sizes to accommodate the thick smoke this bud provides. This is likely why it is so popular as a shatter or extract, which reduce the stress on your lungs compared to GDP bud. Be careful with your portion sizes when packing bowls.

Effect 8/10

This strain is strong, sleepy as anything. You will not do anything.

The rise is quick so be prepared, and it goes hard. I usually get pretty snacky with this one, but due to its sedating effects it usually is more of an in bed binge followed by a long nap. An excellent choice for people who suffer from anxiety and need nighttime relief. Very drowsy. Do not smoke this unless you want to sleep, IMO. I don’t recommend if you are seriously depressed, this doesn’t help that at all.

As An Edible 8/10

As an edible this strain is even more potent than when smoked. Do not eat this strain unless you are an experienced user or are very careful with your dosing.

As an edible this strain is great for sleep due to its high content of both THC and CBD. Expect GDP edibles to rise slightly faster than usual edibles or oils.

Overall 40/50

I recommend you seek out and purchase this strain if you need help sleeping. This is a great strain for sleep but also a very one trick pony.

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Indoor Flower and Plant Care

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Indoor Flower Care

Indoor plants help to improve the quality of air inside the home besides providing a warm and colorful décor to the rooms. Growing house plants indoors is easy as well as exciting. However, it is very important to take adequate care of the plants and to ensure their growth as well as safety. Unlike keeping the plants in a greenhouse, keeping them inside the house requires a lot of adjustments and a lot of skills are also necessary for indoor flower care. Adequate watering and sufficient lighting are very important for indoor plant care. The temperature and humidity inside the home also have great impact on the plants. It is not possible to make the indoors 100% ideal for all types of plants to grow. However, when you select the indoor plants for your house, you can identify the basic needs of the plants and by making some changes or adjustments in indoors, you can provide the plants a healthy environment to grow.

Watering

The potting soil should not go dry but need not keep it too wet. When the soil is dry the roots go weak and will affect the growth of the plant. When the potting soil appears very light in color or with cracks on it, watering is essential. Just by sticking a finger on the soil we can determine how moist the soil is. The plants should not wilt and there should be no signs of dehydration. Formation of translucent leaves, slow growth of leaves, curling of leaf edges, formation of brown or yellow colored leaves and premature falling down of leaves and flowers indicate insufficient watering.

Overwatering is also equally harmful. As a result of over-watering roots will be destroyed by bacteria. Appearance of brown rotten patches on leaves, young leaves and old leaves falling off, water standing in the bottom of the pot, appearance of brown, stinky roots at the bottom and formation of fungus on the surface of the soil indicate over watering.

The plants that grow very fast, plants that receive direct sunlight, plants that grow in smaller pots, plants which are potted in clay pots and plants that have started flowering require more water. When the plant is kept in a cool room or in non-porous containers they require less water. Also, resting or dormant plants require very little water. The plants which were repotted very recently and those plants which grow in high humidity also require less water.

Plants prefer rain water as well as melted snow. Tap water at room temperature is also good for the indoor plants. Softened water contains sodium and hence should be avoided. Plants may be watered from top to bottom without wetting the foliage. The entire potting soil must be moistened. Ensure that water flows out of the holes in the bottom of the pot.

Drainage

Proper drainage of water is very important to keep the plant healthy. Specially made organic potting soil is ideal for the indoor plants. The plant should never stand in water. Hence either the container should have drainage holes or there must be a layer of pebbles in the bottom of the container. Check the holes at regular intervals to ensure that they are not clogged. Standing water must be discarded.

Light

Light requirements may vary from plant to plant. Though many plants prefer direct sunlight, the indoor plants may not be able to get it. By way of keeping the plant in a window they will receive sufficient light. If required, indoor plants may be provided supplemented light from grow light. For flowering plants, moderately bright light is good. Hence they may be kept in windows located towards east, west or south of the house.

Temperature and Humidity

Though temperature preferences vary from plant to plant, the ideal temperature for most of the indoor houseplants is 65 – 75 degrees during daytime and 55 – 60 degrees during night. Most plants prefer humidity around 80%. Humidity may drop in the winter. This problem can be solved by using a humidifier. A small tray with pebbles and water in it can also provide more humidity.

Fertilizer

During watering, plants are likely to drop the nutrients in the soil. Indoor plants have no way for nutrient replenishment other than fertilizing. Organic fertilizers ensure sufficient nutrition to the indoor plants. When plants are flowering and growing, fertilizer must be provided once in a month. During winter, fertilizing can be avoided. When the plant is found slow in growing or turns to yellow-green color more fertilizer should be added. Sometimes, the indication may be for less water or more light. Hence action may be taken only after analyzing all conditions.

Repotting the Houseplants

As a result of steady growth as well as thriving, the indoor plants will require bigger pots as well as fresh potting mix. Spring is the ideal time for repotting plants. The new pot should not be too big but it must be bigger than the first pot. Ensure that the root system is not damaged during repotting. There must be sufficient space at the top of the new pot for watering.

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Home Decorating With Plants

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Decorating with Plants

We keep a lot of plants to decorate the indoors and the plants make the rooms bright, beautiful and healthier. Many people search for more new plants to decorate the home. Similarly, there are many ways to decorate the home with the plants. Apart from making the indoors aesthetically more beautiful, indoor plants purify the air and improve air quality. Plants help to reduce BP, fresh up the mind and provide good sleep. Indoor plants make the life inside the home healthier.

Orchids

Orchids are bright as well as colorful. They can be kept anywhere in the room and if cared properly, they will be there for a long time. Orchids attract the attention of all and they make the room appear brighter.

Hanging Herbs

Hanging a variety of fresh herbs inside the home will not only make the place more beautiful but also will induce freshness.

Shelf full of plants

When a shelf full of indoor plants is kept at the middle of the living room, it will divide the room into two portions. The plant-shelf will appear more elegant than a piece of furniture or a screen.

Fill the corners

The four corners of the room look awkward when they are left empty. When the corners are decorated with cluster of plants they add to the beauty of the room. Plants fit the corners better than anything else. Plants of different sizes and features can be mixed and kept in the corners.

Spilling plants

The indoor plants that spill out of their containers make the room livelier as well as elegant.

Cut Flowers

When cut Flowers are kept inside the home they make the rooms livelier. Cut Flowers are easier to nurture and one has to spend only very little time to care the Cut Flowers. Cut Flowers are less expensive also. Branches of cut flowers are available in garden stores and nurseries and they are quite inexpensive. The room can be easily provided with a new look just by replacing these flowers. It doesn’t require much effort.

Fresh Herbs inside the kitchen

When a few fresh herbs are kept in the kitchen they not only make the kitchen more beautiful but also add a new freshness to the kitchen atmosphere and make cooking more interesting. The herbs may even create a gentle breeze in the kitchen. The herbs in the kitchen need not be kept in a shelf. The individual plants kept in the kitchen create an exciting pattern and thereby provide a wall art to the kitchen.

Those who have a little creativity can make decorating with plants a wonderful way of decorating the indoors. You can provide a touch of the nature inside the home by decorating the indoors with plants. The indoor plant can be real natural substitutes to the large wall murals, big pillows with pictures of different flowers and the floral scenes painted on the ceiling. The indoor plants will provide better aroma effects than the scented candles, diffusers and the aromatic oils that you keep inside the home. None of these are as real as well as effective as the indoor plants

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