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!

***Terpene information coming to my reviews soon!***

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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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,

OOCH

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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.

 

If you missed my first how-to, you can watch here:

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.

The Jake Food Starter Box

Last week I found a post about Jake Food and knew I had to order some. I placed an order for a starter box, which comes includes:

1 Oaty Vanilla Shake

1 Forest Fruit Shake

1 Banana Shake

3 Bars

1 shaker bottle

The first thing I noticed is packaging, really great branding all around from the box to the shaker. The shaker seems to be really good quality and I have not used it over 10 times for various brands of shake.

Nutritionally it looks great, with each shake providing exactly 1/3 of your days needs down the chart and 667 calories per shake. The main ingredients are Pea Protein, maltodextrin, and Oats.

That said, I don’t love the actual Jake shake. The first flavour I tried was the Oaty Vanilla… I prepared it according to the directions in the shaker, and the result was a very VERY thick shake with a chemically-sweet-plastic taste reminiscent of old school soylent powder. The texture had noticeable grains, and was certainly the most textured lent I have tried thus far. I didn’t quite finish it, half way through I had to put it away and someone else drank it. They didn’t love it either, comparing it to metallic pancake batter.

The forest fruit flavour is better, sort of tangy cranberry taste. It is supposed to be like blueberry and raspberry, and I can totally see it tasting kinda like that. The weird chemical taste is hidden more in this one, not completely, but enough that I finished the whole thing. The texture was still super thick even though I added 200ml extra water to this one to avoid the thickness. I don’t know if it was the fact that I did this, but I would still like the fruit flavour to be stronger to mask the not nice flavours. Idk what to do about the sandy thick texture…

 

I did not drink the banana flavour, and I don’t intend to until I run out of my other products and really need it. I really wish I could recommend this product because I myself wanted so badly to like it, but I don’t, and I can’t.

Then there are the Vitamin bars, which are better than the shakes but by a very small margin. The texture of both bars is very play- dough like, with flakes of oat throughout providing a texture that is… okay. Not bad. But like I’m not going out of my way to get these things. No sir.

The coffee mocha bar tastes like black liquorice with whispers of coffee and chocolate taste. Mostly it is quite bitter and it is noticeable how much the bar lacks sweetness of any kind.

The forest fruit bar is better but still just not delicious. The pea protein is much more prominent of a flavour in this product, which I didn’t notice in any of the shakes or the coffee bar. After I eat a bar my mouth tastes like I just ate some French Canadian pea soup!

The cost of the Jake Box, all in, was $52.28. Broken down, that’s $34.20 for the box itself at $18.08 at the Canadian Border. In small amounts this is really expensive but after calculating my customs fees plus the cost of larger amounts it seems that it would cost about $470 per month to live completely off Jake, all in.

All in all, Jake is good if you are looking for a shake that is a large portion of your day’s calories and you don’t mind if it tastes not so nice. The bars are better but still, I think there are so many more companies providing tastier products and better prices for the time being. I will order and review again when Jake makes any updates to their recipe.

LENTS RANKED

  1. Hol Food
  2. Soylent
  3. Jake

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  • Queal
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  • Bertrand
  • Biolent

 

What is “True To Seed” and Why All Gardeners Need To Know

When you’re taking up gardening, it is important to choose the plants that you cultivate from seed carefully. You need to always keep in mind that the seeds of the plants don’t always grow fruit like the fruit the seed was taken from . That is why you have to always know if the variety you are trying to grow is worth attempting to start from seed. Today, we will speak about a specific type of seeds which are called True to Seed. We will go into the details of what exactly are these seeds.

 

What are true to seed plants?

True to seed plants grow in the exact same way as the original plant. An example is that when you’re taking the seed of a Brandywine tomato in order to plant another plant, the exact same plant will be growing. This will ensure that the plants which grow from the seeds are not hybrid at all.

These are the plants which are not impacted by cross-pollination. A squash grows the same kind of plant from seed, but the product can be swayed by pollination with a similar variety. That is why you will be able to get the exact same plant only if you are diligent with pollen. These days many of the seeds which are available in the market are actually hybrid seeds. They are deliberately cross-pollinatedin order to inculcate some of the useful features of another species of plants. These might include disease resistance or faster growth.

On the other hand, when you’re looking at the fruit trees as well, you will realize that they are often grafted. That is why, when you’re using the fruit seeds, they are also not true to seed. Thus, when you’re looking to plant the seeds, it is important to realize whether it is a hybrid seed or whether it is true to seed. Hybrid plants might have some unique characteristics but they often do not produce fruits and vegetables with the original features.

If you’re looking for organic gardening options, it is a much better idea to go with the true to seed options. With the help of these options, it will become easier for you to grow natural plants without any kind of cross-pollination. Even though, these plants might be a bit difficult to grow and you would have to take great care of these plants but still, these are the natural variants of their specieswhich is whyyou should opt for these seeds rather than any other.

The next time you’re obtaining seeds for your garden, do make sure that you keep these factors in mind.

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New Hol Food Vanilla: Review

This morning it happened. My vanilla Hol Food arrived!

I had recently been really missing the neutral taste of Soylent when I heard that Hol Food was launching a mild vanilla so this was perfect timing. The packaging is the same as the new chocolate, with those shapes that make me think of the old “Somebody That I Used To Know” Gotye music video. Regardless, everything arrived when they said it would all looks well packed as have all other packages.

Now to taste. I scooped out 2 scoops of my vanilla into my beloved shaker bottle and prepared according to the package directions by adding 350ml of water and combining. The Taste is very mild. Less sweet even than the chocolate, providing a very neutral beverage meal. Just a whisper of vanilla and a hint of bitterness/ metallic flavour. The metallic flavour is not present in the new chocolate but it is not bad at all, just noticeable. This stuff actually smells exactly like a slimmfast vanilla milkshake, if anyone has had those. The texture is smoother than any other Lent, and comparable to the texture of the new chocolate formula but perhaps a touch thinner. Less grainy even than Soylent 2.0. I must emphasize that this is actually the smoothest stuff, with zero noticeable grain whatsoever. Really good stuff though.

With all Hol Food products, I find they benefit from being prepared an hour before consumption and left in the refrigerator to become more homogenous and colder.

Nutritionally, here is what we are working with…

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My recent taste test of Jake Food has given me a newfound appreciation for this Hol Food.. Not all Lents are this delicious and definitely not all are this smooth.

OVERALL GREAT, but I prefer the new chocolate.

WATCH THE YOUTUBE VERSION OF THIS REVIEW HERE!


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Carnival Style Cinnamon Donuts: Recipe

These little donut bites are just like the ones you can get here at The Ex in Toronto and other fall fairs. So delicious when you serve them piping hot, still a little greasy with cinnamon sugar getting stuck to your fingers. I made these the other night after getting the munchies after downing a whole bottle of wine. It. Was. The. Best.

Enjoy.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg (Optional)
  • 1 Cup of Cinnamon Sugar
  • Oil for frying

 

Method

  1. Preheat oil to 365f or until it looks hot, don’t worry yourself too much about it.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl. Beat in the milk, egg, and vanilla.
  3. Spoon batter in 1 Tablespoon scoops into the hot oil and fry 2-3 minutes per side, depending on how golden you like your bites.
  4. Immediately roll the donuts in the cinnamon sugar and serve warm.

 

Happy Frying,

OOCH

Getting Started Growing Cannabis

Thank’s to new laws passing around the world, more and more people are allowed to grow this awesome plant. As of October 17, 2018 it will be legal for Canadians to grow up to four cannabis plants at a time for personal use.

Growing cannabis inside your home is certainly not a complicated task provided, you are aware of a few basic requirements. Those who follow the proper procedure are able to produce cannabis of superior quality. It is very important to provide powerful lights inside the house for the cannabis to grow. Those who want to grow cannabis indoors may ensure to procure feminized seeds from reliable suppliers. The cannabis plants may be allowed to grow in soil inside the house. However, those who are new to cannabis cultivation indoors may strictly avoid overwatering as well as over-feeding the plants. Overwatering will affect the growth as well as yield of the soil-grown plants. Availability of bright light and fresh air, room temperature at night and a little warmer during the day, water with the correct pH and a proper medium to grow are very important for growing cannabis. It is to be noted that soil is not the only recommended medium for growing cannabis. When soil is chosen, the pH of water must be maintained within the range 6 – 7.

Procuring cannabis seeds

Buying good quality seeds is the best option to grow cannabis indoors. Quality seeds can be purchased either online or from direct suppliers. The seeds that are hard and in dark color are ideal and one should avoid seeds that are small and white in color. Though healthy seeds can be kept in the fridge for short periods, freezing the seeds is not advised. Seeds are to be stored in a cool, dry place away from light.

Finding a suitable space

The cannabis can be grown in the basement, an unused room, a tent or a cabinet. You should ensure that the plants and the equipments used to cultivate the plants must fit the place. Those who are beginners may start with a smaller project. When there are only a few plants, it will be easy to monitor them and the project will be less expensive. New growers are more likely to commit a lot of mistakes which may lead to setbacks and loss. The room must have enough space for the plants to grow and also to keep the lights, fans and various equipments. There must be sufficient space for you to move around and work. Those who grow cannabis for the first time may bear in mind that in its early flowering stage the cannabis plant may double or triple its size. There must be sufficient space or elbow room to remove the plants and perform the various tasks. It is very important to keep the place clean. Raw wood, drapes and carpets must be avoided. In order to ensure that there are no light leaks during the dark periods, the room should be made light-tight. The room must be easily accessible and should be cool and dry. There should be sufficient supply of fresh air from the outdoors. Safety and security of the room should be ensured.

Choosing the grow lights

It is very important to choose the best quality cannabis grow lights for growing cannabis indoors. LED lights are ideal for growing cannabis indoors. They are highly durable and consume less quantity of electricity. LED lights create less heat and facilitate more output and better quality. However, LED lights are about 10 times costlier than the HID setup. HID lights are widely used and are quite efficient. These lights also ensure good yield. HID lights are a little costlier than incandescent or fluorescent lights but are considerably cheaper than LED lights. But, when compared to incandescent or fluorescent lights, HID lights produce more quantity of light per unit of electricity consumed. Fluorescent light fixtures are ideal for the small scale cannabis growers with a small budget.

Choosing the grow medium

Soil is the traditional medium and is the most suitable for the novice growers. Those who use potting soil may ensure that the soil is free of artificial fertilizers. When organic pre-fertilized soil is used there is no need to add nutrients. Instead of soil, cannabis can be grown in soilless hydroponic medium. In this method concentrated solutions of mineral salts solutions are to be fed which will be absorbed by the roots through the process of osmosis.

Watering the plants

Overwatering the plants is a common mistake made by the new growers. If high amounts of dissolved minerals are present in the water, it will affect the uptake of nutrients by the roots and will also contain pathogens that may cause root disease. In case the water contains high levels of chlorine, it is advisable to filter the water. The most important thing to remember is that there should not be overwatering. The frequency of watering must be according to the grow medium, size of the plant and the ambient temperature. Normally, young plants are watered once in a week and grown up plants are to be watered once daily. When the soil is found dry, it is an indication that the plant needs water.

Feeding the plants with macronutrients and micronutrients

Macronutrients required by cannabis plants are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and the micronutrients required by the plants are iron, copper, magnesium and calcium. Those who do not use pre-fertilized organic soil may feed the plants with a suitable nutrient solution once in a week.

Life stages of Cannabis plants and their gender identification

The life duration of cannabis plant is just one year and those who grow them indoors should know about the life stages of the plant. Cannabis plants have two life stages – Vegetative and Flowering. During vegetative stage stems and leaves grow and during the flowering stage buds and flowers will be formed. During the vegetative stage the plants are germinated and they must be put in the pots. The plants must be under the grow lights. For 25 days keep them under light for 18 hours a day and switch off the light for 6 hours a day. Once the flowering stage starts keep the lights on for 12 hours and then keep them off for the next 12 hours. In between, for two days the lights may be kept on for 15 hours.

A cannabis plant is either male or female. Buds are formed only on the female plants and hence the gender of a plant can be identified only at the beginning of the flowering stage. The growers prefer only the female plants so as to harvest the buds. However, a few male plants are also essential to facilitate pollination and seed formation. There are no scientifically proven methods to determine the gender of the plant prior to the beginning of the flowering stage.

Appearance of buds and application of fertilizers

Buds start to form on the cannabis plant after 4 weeks of the flowering stage. This is the time to identify the male plants and eliminate them. Since the plants grow very fast, they require a lot of nutrients. Fertilizers should not be applied directly and always they must be mixed with water. While most of the fertilizers work, the specially prepared marijuana fertilizers give better results. A set of growth and bloom fertilizer will give the best output.

When the plants are 2 weeks old, you can start feeding with fertilizers after mixing them with water. After giving fertilizer-mixed water for 3 times, provide pure water once. In a week, give water mixed with fertilizer on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and on Sunday give pure water. Filtered water is preferred.

In case small white spots are found on the leaves look at the other side of the leaf and in case you find tiny bugs moving around, apply Neem Oil to get rid of the spider mites. Neem Oil should be mixed with water as recommended.

Harvesting

The cannabis plants become ripe within 3 months of the flowering stage. When most of the white hairs appear in brown color, it indicates that the plants are ripe. The plants slow down growing and start smelling heavily. The buds become hard and compact. The plants are ready to harvest. Plants that are harvested earlier will be more activating and those harvested too late will have sleepy effect.

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