2020 Isolation Grow Blog

2020 Isolation Grow: Beneficial Insects and Plants

2020 Isolation Grow: Beneficial Insects and Plants

Brenden took this miraculous photo last year. In it, we have a beneficial insect eating a harmful insect. This is the Assassin Fly, and it has a burrowing beetle in its mouth. We began noticing assassin flies two years ago, the same year we embraced borage as a...

2020 Isolation Grow: Pathogens

2020 Isolation Grow: Pathogens

Did you know that the pathogen, powdery mildew, lives in the bits and pieces of plant debris leftover from your previous growth, and therefore, live on in your soil? Did you know that the powdery mildew that attacks your zucchini is not the same powdery mildew that...

2020 Isolation Grow: Pests (Part 2)

2020 Isolation Grow: Pests (Part 2)

I have a truly vile anecdote regarding fish and raccoons that I share for full disclosure. The first year I planted fish, we had no idea what to expect. I worried about raccoons, but had to simply wait and see what happened. In that first year, and the second, they...

2020 Isolation Grow: Pests

2020 Isolation Grow: Pests

All growers have pest issues. Be they insect or vermin, growing food and/or cannabis attracts creatures who want to help themselves to whatever is being grown. I have largely prevented raccoons from helping themselves, and that is a major victory. I work proactively...

2020 Isolation Grow: Compost Teas

2020 Isolation Grow: Compost Teas

I remember when my teacher at Oaksterdam began talking about compost teas, I felt a bit sick to my stomach. I had heard about compost teas for a while, but knew nothing about the specifics. Whenever I heard compost tea, my thoughts were only on the unruly mess of...

2020 Isolation Grow: Bed Preparation

2020 Isolation Grow: Bed Preparation

urrently, our beds are filled with nearly flowering fava beans. Why fava beans? Nitrogen is something that has to be replenished in soil. It gets depleted with every grow. If you want to grow effectively again next year, you’ll need to replace the...

2020 Isolation Grow: Tracking the Sun

2020 Isolation Grow: Tracking the Sun

oon, I will begin my pre-dawn ritual of rising between 5-6 in the morning. I’ll stretch, do some pilates, pushups and crunches for about 30 minutes, before bundling up and heading outside. I have to be extra careful at this time. I had my second...

2020 Isolation Grow: Costs

2020 Isolation Grow: Costs

​n the previous post, you read about the basic infrastructural work that went into what I’m doing now. We tapped into our spring water long before we started growing cannabis. That cost close to $20,000. We built our own beds and fence, but had to...

2020 Isolation Grow: My Setup

2020 Isolation Grow: My Setup

Let me tell you about my setup.  hen we first moved here, we waited two years before starting to build a garden, which had always been a dream of ours. We waited, so we’d have enough time to observe which way the wind blows, and which way the water...

My 2020 Isolation Grow

My 2020 Isolation Grow

My name is Jeffrey Hickey. I’m 63 years old, and Oaksterdam University has asked me to blog my 2020 cannabis grow from rather deep isolation north of San Francisco. I am a 2016 alumnus of Oaksterdam. n April of 2015, my beloved wife of 38 years,...