http://durgan.org/2017/January%202017/18%20January%202017%20One%20plant%20growing%20container./HTML/ 18 January 2017 One plant growing container
A container system was made for growing one marijuana plant to maturity. Two 23 liter plastic pails were modified to allow room for growing. The plastic was modified with a coping saw and a hot soldering iron. The lamp was made adjustable with a simple clamp on the cord. A convenient fan was installed for some air movement. Vent holes were burned around the periphery of the bottom pail for some fresh air. The lids of the pail were cut out to make a stable system. The plant pot can be easily removed for watering and maintenance. The system is self contained and can be moved easily.
http://durgan.org/2017/January%202017/16%20January%202016%20First%20Month%20of%20Marijuana%20Plant%20Growth/HTML/ 16 January 2017 First Month of Marijuana Plant Growth
Home cultivation of marijuana plant growing. Procedure was trial and error and extracting information from the internet.
Three seeds were germinated by placing on a damp paper towel and placing in a warm temperature of about 25C. The seeds sprouted in three days.
The seeds were then planted in a plastic cup in homemade plant soil, which is used for all of my seedlings. In three to five days the seeds grew a long skinny plant.
To improve the plant artificial light a compact fluorescent lamp 60 watts full spectrum with a reflector was added in a five gallon bucket, with a fan to gently stir the plant. Light was applied 24 hours a day. The soil temperate was about 28C.The lamp generates little heat. When the plant began to perk up, it was placed in a larger pot. It appears to be thriving. The height of the lamp from the plant can be adjusted easily by tying back the electrical cord. It appears by some innovation that the plant can be matured by adding another 5 gallon pail on top of the existing set up. It is important to gently agitate growing seedling to strengthen the main stalk. But the most important variable is light. Sunlight is best but usually not sufficient in a Northern winter climate.
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My six sweet potato slips are outgrowing their pots so were transplanted into a larger container. They were placed in the greenhouse. Establishing strong roots prior to planting in the outdoor garden improves production.
http://durgan.org/2017/January%202017/1%20January%202017%20Mung%20Bean%20Sprouts/HTML/ 1 January 2017 Mung Bean Sprouts
Experimenting growing various seeds/grains to make sprouts, production has been narrowed to using two types, wheat for sprouting to make bread, and mung bean sprouts for daily use. The mung beans from a bulk store are viable, low price, and sprout in a liter jar in four days. They are utilized in soups, made into drinkable slurry with apple juice, steamed as a vegetable, or eaten raw. It was found other types of sprouts are not as active as the two chosen, in other words not worth the effort required. Many do not sprout due to commercial processing. One half cup of mung beans make a liter jar of sprouts in four days. The hulls tend to float and may be poured off and discarded or utilised as desired. I have a jar continually growing on the back of the kitchen sink.
http://durgan.org/2016/December%202016/29%20December%202016%20Seedling%20Light%20System/HTML/ 29 December 2016 Seedling Light System
Natural window sunlight is used for most of my indoor growing. Often this is insufficient depending upon the weather. I put together a simple system from purchased parts from Home Depot. A 23 Watt Compact Fluorescent Bulb daylight spectrum was used, a simple reflector, and a 23 liter plastic pail. The heat produced is minor and may be ignored. The lamp fixture was $20.00 complete. The Compact Fluorescent daylight spectrum bulbs were $20.00 for four. The pails was $3.00. I will add a small fan when one if found to move the air in the pail.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005P29K1S/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Hydroponic Full Spectrum CFL Grow Light Bulb 60 Watt Bulb 5500K H60
http://durgan.org/2016/December%202016/28%20December%202016%20Marijuana%20Seeds./HTML/ 28 December 2016 Marijuana Seeds
Four marijuana seeds were started from seed.The seeds were soaked for 12 hours in water, placed on a folded damp serviette and forty eight hours later they germinated. The spouted seeds were placed in soil just below the surface on a heating pad set at ~25C.One seed did not grow. Three are growing well. The soil was typical homemade potting soil. The soil is kept slightly damp and placed in a window for light.
http://durgan.org/2016/December%202016/20%20December%202016%20Preparing%20Garlic/HTML/ 20 December 2016 Preparing Garlic
This garlic is from my garden. I weight to determine the size of my product.The bulb weighed 104 grams and the cloves were 14,23,28,12,10,17 grams. Average 17 grams.
Garlic has maximum beneficial effects if prepared prior to ingesting. To release the enzymes to be effective the garlic must be crushed and allowed to sit for a minimum of 15 minutes before utilizing. Also too high heat destroys the beneficial effects if applied for a long time. The chopped garlic is fried at low heat to ameliorate the burning effect of the garlic. It is preferable to eat raw but I find the flavour is too strong.
http://durgan.org/2016/December%202016/20%20December%202016%20Dinner/HTML/ 20 December 2016 Dinner
Dinner. Garlic bulb, mixed juice, slice of sprouted whole wheat bread, bowl of powdered vegetable soup mixed with previously cooked mixed dried beans and garlic added,a hard boiled egg.
The garlic bulb was crushed and allowed to activate enzymes for about 15 minutes and fried to ameliorate the sting somewhat. The mixed beans were previously pressure cooked and kept in the refrigerator. The juice was a mixture of tomato, concord grape, pear, and mixed vegetable. The mung beans were sprouted.
http://durgan.org/2016/December%202016/13%20Dcember%202016%20Dinner/HTML/ 13 December 2016 Dinner
Dinner: Chicken vegetable soup,Slice of whole wheat bread, bulb of garlic, a few sprouted lentils, glass of mixed juice. All home prepared. The garlic was crushed and set side for about 15 minutes for the enzymes to act, then was lightly fried in butter for about a minute to remove the sting.