2020 Isolation Grow Blog

2020 Isolation Grow: Last Plants Come Down

2020 Isolation Grow: Last Plants Come Down

October 21 HARVEST ALERT Been waiting all summer to bring down the big plants, and that began yesterday, with RK 18, Rainbow Kush in bed 18.I am particularly fond of the way Bee arranges the flowers, and how they come down off the tomato cage rack. What you don’t see...

2020 Isolation Grow: The Limp Leaf

2020 Isolation Grow: The Limp Leaf

October 13 Bee’s Covid test was negative, and they will arrive today, ready to work sans mask. I’m bringing in ACDC 22 for trimming, while waiting to see which plant might need taking down today. My guess is RG 5, but we have to wait until sunlight hits the beds to be...

2020 Isolation Grow: Crunch

2020 Isolation Grow: Crunch

October 9 HARVEST ALERT ACDC 17 is coming down. This is the third plant to be brought down with no mold found upon the initial inspection. She appears to be another very clean plant. October 10 This morning was possibly the final Regalia spray of the season. Humidity...

2020 Isolation Grow: Readiness & Rain

2020 Isolation Grow: Readiness & Rain

October 6 This is the week I study weather forecasts multiple times a day. Weather changes fast. That’s why long range predictions are often inaccurate. Anything predicted beyond about twelve hours is guesswork. For example, when I first read of long range rain, it...

2020 Isolation Grow: Twist

2020 Isolation Grow: Twist

October 3 This older four point buck watched me go from the house to the beds, inspect every plant, followed my every step, all the way back into the house to grab Karen to come take the photograph. He stared at us the entire time. We got the shots and got outta...

2020 Isolation Grow: October

2020 Isolation Grow: October

A couple of these bottlebrush flowers were cut into the last compost tea of the grow. October 1 So we begin the climactic month of October. In terms of cannabis harvest, October is the peak month. A sustained period of work is looming. The way things are tentatively...

2020 Isolation Grow: The Final Trains

2020 Isolation Grow: The Final Trains

First light hits the tops of RK 18 at 8:14 a.m. September 26 This weekend, while we wait for Sour Tsunami to finish drying for trimming, we will begin providing support for flowers growing too large for the stalks they occupy. First case in point: ACDC 22 Her flowers...

2020 Isolation Grow: Questions & Flowers

2020 Isolation Grow: Questions & Flowers

September 22 I haven’t had much of an online presence for years. I left facebook over five years ago, will never return, and I don’t pay an abundance of attention to the latest anything. I rarely check my website. I recently stopped following the news until after the...

2020 Isolation Grow: Don’t Mind If I Do

2020 Isolation Grow: Don’t Mind If I Do

​This orb spider is big, bad and beautiful. Multiple kills are in its nest, waiting to be eaten. September 19 After six consecutive mornings of Regalia sprays before dawn, today I slept in until 7:00. I needed the extra sleep, so I plan on spraying this evening around...

2020 Isolation Grow: Harvest Begins

2020 Isolation Grow: Harvest Begins

This crab spider (on ACDC 7) appears thrilled to be here for our first Harvest Day of 2020! September 13 I won’t lie. This morning feels a bit like a holiday or birthday morning. I’ve been up since 5:30, already showered and into the overalls. My toes are wiggly....

2020 Isolation Grow: Harvest Eve

2020 Isolation Grow: Harvest Eve

You know it has entered harvest time when the front side of the leaf is green and the backside is purple. This orb spider points toward one of the first signs of autumn in the beds. First, just a few words of thanks to the excellent zoom session yesterday with...

2020 Isolation Grow: Three Taps

2020 Isolation Grow: Three Taps

Bee and Azure left yesterday, and as a parent, I am not always a fan of empty nest reminders. They had been inside with us for most of two weeks, without masks, just like the old days. It was family. Toward the end of their stay, they were exposed to others, and had...

2020 Isolation Grow: Back to Work

2020 Isolation Grow: Back to Work

Dawn rising, this is a view of some of the southern hill treeline that shades my crop in afternoons and evenings. September 5 All evacuees in our area have been allowed to come home. Our entire region of the world breathes a sigh of relief, and offers our sincere...

2020 Isolation Grow: Intimate Gardening

2020 Isolation Grow: Intimate Gardening

This is ACDC 22 catching an evening ray of light through the trees. September 1 First of September means it’s a BT day. Approximately ten young worm nests were found yesterday, so the white moths have been active during the fire. As every plant is flowering, worm...

2020 Isolation Grow: September Needs Help

2020 Isolation Grow: September Needs Help

The kit is a constant around here now. Such a fine fellow. It watches while I prune. As you read this blog, we are two weeks or less from harvesting our first plant, Shiatsu Kush. It will be good to have an early harvest plant to shake the dust off our trimming chops....

2020 Isolation Grow: Making Medicine

2020 Isolation Grow: Making Medicine

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to the brave people fighting the fire so close to us. It’s August 24, 2020 and just after 6:00 this evening, an immediate evacuation was ordered for some roads a few miles south of us that are up the hillside and closest to...

2020 Isolation Grow: Work Until the Siren Blows

2020 Isolation Grow: Work Until the Siren Blows

Today, we work in the garden. While we work, we watch the wind. While we watch, we listen for the phone, or the Hi/Low siren that will tell us it’s time to leave. I don’t think we’ll have to leave, but that’s no more than a guess based on the weather I expect over the...

2020 Isolation Grow: Fire Season

2020 Isolation Grow: Fire Season

That smoke over the hillside is the Woodside fire.  Passed the four month birthday for the plants a couple of days ago. That means we are ⅔ through the entire process. The home stretch beckons. At 11:00 last night, we got a message of a fire evacuation going on in our...

2020 Isolation Grow: Dominoes

2020 Isolation Grow: Dominoes

Here you can see a friendly bumblebee making its way around the new lavender that has grown since Karen harvested a bunch several weeks ago. August 14 We are having our first 100 degree day (37.7C), with only 17% humidity. Weather like this is good for two things: 1)...

2020 Isolation Grow: Counting in the Dark

2020 Isolation Grow: Counting in the Dark

This is Shiatsu Kush, on around day 21 of flowering in this video, and we hope this is a preview of coming attractions. We want to get footage soon of bees interacting with cannabis flowers. Karen said this one was getting into the flowers, but before she started...

2020 Isolation Grow: The Poetry of Motion

2020 Isolation Grow: The Poetry of Motion

This is RK 18, with a cabbage moth flying by for inspection.  This plant is still in veg growing mode, though it won’t be for much longer. She is at the other end of the beds from where we take the photo at the conclusion of each blog, so she’s not as obvious to the...

2020 Isolation Grow: Trouble in 22

2020 Isolation Grow: Trouble in 22

First things first. Several weeks ago, our child, Brenden, informed us they are gender neutral, and would prefer being called Bee, but is also ok with us calling them boo, because that’s what we’ve always called our second born (by 10 minutes) child. I had not...

2020 Isolation Grow: Appreciation

2020 Isolation Grow: Appreciation

Our grow supervisor this year is a kit. This fine fellow sat and watched us while we pruned. We should have cropped the bucket out. August 1 As we roll along into the back end of this grow, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my appreciation for others who help...

2020 Isolation Grow: 50/50

2020 Isolation Grow: 50/50

This morning was the first 4.5 gallon spray. That’s full capacity for my foliar sprayer. From here until we start cutting down plants, every foliar spray will be a full tank plus however much more I’ll need to finish. Last year,...

2020 Isolation Grow: 143 Days & Counting

2020 Isolation Grow: 143 Days & Counting

May 27  July 27 Two months ago today, I put plants in the beds. When you’re out there every day, you definitely notice the growth. There are little benchmarks you follow. How quickly do the tops grow from one rung on the cage to the next? How much do they grow in 24...

2020 Isolation Grow: The Window Closes

2020 Isolation Grow: The Window Closes

July 21 With one plant having begun the flowering process, it is now glove wearing season in the beds. I did my initial pruning of Shiatsu Kush. Many more to come. She has already become sticky. From here on, I want as few fingers as possible to touch these plants,...

2020 Isolation Grow: New Arrivals

2020 Isolation Grow: New Arrivals

July 18 We understand that as our plants mature, and especially through the flowering period, we will have more bees inspecting the cannabis. We expect that some of them, both honeybee and bumblebee, will take long afternoon naps on fan leaves. This will become...

2020 Isolation Grow: Flowering Begins

2020 Isolation Grow: Flowering Begins

July 14 It’s official. We have a kit living on the property. Not sure how old, but it’s a youngster. Fox eventually become nocturnal hunters, but when they are kits, they are looking for food, and generally checking everything out during the day. We must be vigilant...

2020 Isolation Grow: Plant Progress

2020 Isolation Grow: Plant Progress

Let’s take a tour of the beds and review the progress of each plant to date. We’re about two to three weeks from when an increase in afternoon shade will begin pushing some of the plants toward flowering. But right now, they are in a peak period of vegetative growth....