Grow or Not to Grow Part 4
By: Mel the Bumbling Gardener
It has now been 68 days since I first plugged in.Â If you have read the other 3 parts to this story, then you know my quest was to find an easy to understand, easy to set up, and easy to operate â€œturnkeyâ€ indoor growing system. Based on the size of the machine, power consumption, and harvest time, the HYDROPLEX Spinner was my choice. I canâ€™t tell you how many times Iâ€™ve opened the doors to the Spinner just to look in and watch. On the 68th day of this grow, the hairs were now more brown than white, a sure sign that the end was near; I could tell all 10 of my little spinners were ready to get on with their destiny.Â Sticky, Smelly, and full of crystals, it was harvest time.
If youâ€™re anything like me, then you thought the growing part was the best. However, when I started watching the flowers grow, I thought that part was the best. Well, you know what, I was wrong both times; the cutting and trimming become the best part of your grow.Â The fun had just begun when I forgot to put on the new gloves I bought for this job. Note to self: put gloves on first! A Â½ bottle of 90% alcohol later and I finally got my hands into the new gloves. After a few bowls of what I dried out in the toaster oven (come on, you would do the same thing), I got into the whole â€œcut and trimâ€ zone.
The first plant was a learning experience; I had to learn just how much to take off of each bud. I found myself not wanting to trim as much as I should because what I was trimming was covered with little, milky-white Trichomes. By the 3rd plant, I was over it and my trimming started to speed up until my scissors were stuck closed; Iâ€™m sure glad I bought that new bottle of 90% (now I know what scissor hash is). 10 plants donâ€™t seem like a lot until you rip them out at the roots and lay them down next to each other. I tried to guess how much weight I had on the table, but itâ€™s hard to figure out at this stage. Stop thinking, keep trimming. Plants 4 and 5 went a bit faster and the pile of trim was building nicely, but I was only Â½ way through. After another couple of bowls, I was ready to tackle the other 5 plants.
As I finished up the trimming, I was amazed at how good everything looked â€“ this was too easy. The Spinner has given me much more than I expected to get on my first attempt at indoor gardening. 10 of my 12 plants turned out great, which is pretty good for a beginner.
I wasnâ€™t sure how to dry my flowers. Some people told me to â€œhangâ€ my crop, and others told me to cut the buds off the branches and put them on screens to dry. I just happened to have a real herb dryer, so I tried it both ways. After looking at the finished product, I liked the hanging method best. There were no flat sides from sitting on the screen.
With the trimming out of the way, all I had to do was wait for the buds to dryâ€¦Iâ€™m talking about the 2nd batch of buds in the toaster oven.
I could tell that I was onto something good. If the toaster oven bud was good, can you imagine how much better it will be when itâ€™s finally dried and cured by Mother Nature. Six days later, the buds were a bit smaller and much tighter. They looked great and I could tell it was time to get out the curing jars.Â After removing all the buds from the branches and giving them a touch-up trim, I put what I had on the scales, and the 10 mixedÂ plants from the Spinner gave me just under 12 ounces of pure mixed bud. Now I know why most people only grow 1 strain at a time, because itâ€™s hard to keep 6 or 7 different strains in order with all that trimming and drying going on.Â Nevertheless, I know I will get: AK47, Blueberry, White Widow, Casey Jones, The White, and the old OG Kush.
To answer the question â€œGrow or Not to Grow?â€ seems easier now.Â As a patient with chronic long term problems, I wanted to find a compliant way to further cut the cost of my medicine.Â Prop. 215 & SB 420 helps many people to enjoy life as pain free as possible without the high cost and side effects of some Western Medicines.
Just a short time ago, to set up a grow room was a big and expensive thing that took more time than I had to give; those days are gone. To run the Spinner: it took $53.00 a month in electricity, $10.00 in RO water, and about $25.00 a month in nutrients (which may vary). Not a bad deal, $176.00 for the 68 day grow and the cost of clones (12 x $12ea. = $144.00) bring the total to $320.00, and add another $80.00 for whatever. You do the math, you canâ€™t beat it.
My answer is YES, why wouldnâ€™t you grow? I found a great new hobby, lowered the cost of my meds, and feel really good about being part of the Green Thing that is sweeping our country.
My advice to you: look around, ask questions, and get off the fenceâ€¦Go plant your indoor garden!!