Year: 2018

Hempot™ Hemp Fiber Propagation Pots

Hemp Fiber Propagation Pots

The Hempot™ is a transplantable propagation pot made completely out of hemp fiber. It’s materials and stitching are designed to be very sturdy during above ground usage but completely biodegradable upon transplanting. This pot is designed to be planted directly into the ground during transplanting. The unique woven fiber allows the plants roots to grow directly through the sidewalls upon contact. It’s adsorbent fiber will wick and store water, allowing the plants roots to not dry out too quickly upon transplanting, thus reducing shock. The fiber quickly breaks down to build soil organic matter. It has been designed and tested in Humboldt County, CA by iEarth, LLC.

Hemp is Legalized!!!

Hemp Prohibition Ends At Last

After 80 years of federal prohibition, the hemp plant has finally been “re-legalized” by President Trump signing this historic farm bill. This is a momentous shift for the cannabis industry in general and should help to begin rapidly deconstructing the stigma of cannabis in the eyes of the American public. The history of hemp has a sordid past, wrought with insider conflict of corporate barons, all jockeying to retain positions of their dominant industries. Thanks to the hard work Jack Herer, much of this corporate cronysim was disclosed in his book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes. But today we will not dive into the dark side of hemp prohibition, but instead remind you of hemp’s importance in the founding years of the United States of America and also include worthwhile elements noted about the farm bill.

If you’re interested in hemp, please take a moment and read over these stats:

Sun Grown Regenerative Cannabis Tests in at over 25% THC

cannabis ready for harvest

Indoor vs Outdoor? The long standing argument among the cannabis connoisseur is always a hotly debated topic. The argument for indoor grown cannabis has always been that it is higher quality and higher THC levels. While this might be true in some regards, the emerging science suggests that sun grown cannabis with optimal soil biology will be able to provide a more full spectrum of its cannabinoid levels. This means more cannabinoids, more terpenes and more full plant medicine for the patient and consumer. For the longest time everyone was just focused on THC levels, and as the headline was designed to wrap you in. Gotchya! But now it’s time to talk about why regenerative cannabis can provide a more full spectrum assay of the cannabinoids AND produce high levels of THC! We’ll take a look at regenerative farms, discuss different aspects of ecological farming and get to the root of it all, literally…

Product Spotlight – Baseline

If there is one liquid ingredient worth having around, it’s baseline. Baseline is:

A soluble liquid supplement that feeds beneficial microorganisms; an excellent source of humic and fulvic acids.

It can be used in conjunction with an existing organic or synthetic liquid fertilizer program. It:

  • Increases nutrient cycling
  • Is an excellent ingredient in compost tea
  • Can be used as a stand-alone foliar spray or root drench
  • Can be used in drip irrigation systems without clogging emitters

Cannabis – The Ultimate Modulator

Every once in a while topics outside of horticulture come along that are so important they must be discussed.  I always understood that cannabis modulates (ie: regulates) our bodies through our endo-cannabinoid systems. But I never really understood how extensive it actually was, until now…

In case you’re not aware of it, our bodies have and internal “endo”-Cannabinoid system and cannabis acts as the exo-cannabinoid, “exo” meaning external or outside. So the body has this lock and key system that produces its own endo-cannabinoids and cannabis are like a bunch of keys that are capable of unlocking a lot of locks in our bodies! While this may be an oversimplified version of this system, it’s provides a clear enough analogy to process.

Compost Tea Feeding Schedules

Compost tea can be an effective strategy for balancing feeding schedules. But in the case of compost tea, more is not necessarily better. In fact, over application can actually cause significant soil imbalances. Many times, the problem of over-application of compost tea becomes compounded when the soil remains over-saturated for too long after the application of compost tea, especially if it is being used at every watering. If the microbes have a big boom cycle but then the soil is water logged, the bust cycle will lead to a much quicker anaerobic state, which can lead to a number of different problems.

There are many instances where compost tea is only applied 1x month to outdoor plants with excellent results. Just because you are seeing excellent results with compost tea, doesn’t mean that adding more will work even better.

Biodiversity and Pest Management in Agroecosystems

This book is an important contribution to the literature on ecologically based pest management. In addition to reviewing relevant aspects of ecological theory and the broader agroecological context of pest management, it presents numerous data sets and case studies from both temperate and tropical farming systems.

Biodiversity and Pest Management in Agroecosystems reflects the authors’ many years of experience, particularly in the chapters on insect management in multiple cropping systems, insect ecology in orchards containing cover crops, and non-crop vegetation effects on insect populations in crop fields.

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