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  1. Be nice if I could recognize what the colors mean in a plant.
  2. This is one of the plants with a little burn maybe, you have to scroll up or down the see the fire leaves.
  3. tacman7

    New Press

    I have the large suasage press but I'm making smaller more boutique batches, lot easier to try things. So found this little press that's a lot less trouble for my hands. I was able to crank it down and squish it good without breaking the thing so that's something. Actually worked really good and pretty easy clean up. My counter top is just pine boards so after making oil I applied NewCanna Cabinet Refinisher and it looks better, boards get thirsty. This is a 3 day instaPot batch. Screen liner might be good upgrade. https://www.ebay.com/itm/272621665476
  4. Going along, looking pretty good a few plants have nutrition problem leaves as far as coloring but only down low on the plant, the top is looking green. Starting to see flowering getting going. Hope they stop growing now.
  5. This is the only box that has 4 plants in it. They get a look like they're taking over the place! It will be good to see if the boxes with 3 do as well or better in the long run. Air space gets to be a premium.
  6. I actually gave them a few more weeks, I unplugged the lights on Aug 15. They're looking pretty healthy, been having cool weather and cold nights, got heat wave next week. That should be good for flower.
  7. Thinking about turning off the lights. Some of the grow could use a lot more time but the best boxes look about ready. Takes some time after lights go out I think.
  8. Times article: Hemp is legal again. Congress should make it easier to farm WILDFLOWERS grow with hemp at the Funky Butte Ranch in New Mexico. (Doug Fine ) By Doug Fine Climate change got personal for my family in 2013, when a refugee bear fleeing a nearby wildfire scaled my goat-corral fence and killed most of the herd in front of our eyes. Milk providers, yoga partners and friends Natalie Merchant, Bette Midler and Stevie Nicks were lost that day (we name our goats after singers we like). Baby Taylor Swift survived and slept inside with my human kids for a while. Since that day, I’ve been consciously sequestering carbon — trying to reduce carbon miles by eating and buying locally, avoiding petroleum-based plastics in favor of compostable materials and furthering both of these goals by planting hemp and milking goats. It’s my day job: farming so my grandkids have a habitable planet. And it’s not just me. America’s 21,496 hemp farmers are buying humanity some time by growing a superfood, wellness and fiber crop whose roots not incidentally help sequester a lot of carbon. I plant a small field of it — experimenting with various cultivars, providing some to other farmers and researchers, eating some — at our Funky Butte Ranch in New Mexico. On a larger scale, I’m part of a team assisting a Rosebud Sioux tribal enterprise growing 125 acres of organic hemp. More hemp acreage is better for all of us. In 2018, Congress restored hemp, a low-THC member of the cannabis family, to full legality after 80 years of classification as a controlled substance. (THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis.) In the three years since relegalization, the commercial crop crossed the billion-dollar valuation mark. Two reasons we ought to celebrate this milestone: A lucrative crop builds struggling farming economies. And hemp is a regenerative agriculture star. As a cash crop or a cover crop, hemp’s substantial taproots are absolutely stunning at creating the conditions that build soil’s carbon capture qualities. And cover crops, in rotation with traditional crops, can sequester an average of 425 to 1,584 pounds of atmospheric carbon per acre per year, according to a University of South Carolina study . Along the way, hemp cleans soils of toxins. I’m proud to report that New Mexico State University researchers are seeing success in uranium uptake from contaminated mining soil planted with a hemp variety that I’ve been developing for five seasons. Besides your patronage, those of us who farm hemp ask one thing: Please loudly help us change the federal guideline for how much THC is allowable in commercial hemp. The 2018 relegalization law set hemp’s limit at 0.3% THC. (Psychoactive cannabis typically contains at least 15% and usually more.) For a lot of reasons, including local soil conditions, between 20% and 30% of the hemp crop has been testing mildly “hot” — above the 0.3% level. Nearly all the tests come in somewhere south of the still very low level of 1% THC, but any hot result means the crop can be destroyed, along with the farmer’s revenue. The 0.3% level is arbitrary as well as unworkable. Most parts of a hemp plant’s valuable architecture — the seed, fiber and roots — contain no THC at all. The flowers register THC, but upping the limit for hemp to 1% won’t make it psychoactive. No one is smoking 1% flower to get high. From a policy perspective, hemp is about the last crop a wise society would restrict in any way. Hemp fiber is made into textiles, ink, paper, construction materials and biodegradable plastics. The flowers go into sleep aids and pain relievers, low in THC but high in cannabinoids such as CBD or CBG. Hemp seeds can be eaten whole or de-hulled, or they can be crushed into oil. I eat the seeds every day in yogurt and shakes — they’re a balanced source of all three Omega fatty acids, high in protein, packed with minerals. Early results from a study, led by Qing X. Li of the University of Hawaii, indicate that a diet rich in hemp seeds might even help inhibit the expansion of lipid cells in humans. In other words, hemp could help reverse the obesity epidemic. Right now, we’re at about 500,000 acres licensed for hemp growing nationwide. Compare that with 89 million acres of corn, though. There’s lots of room for growth, especially if we make hemp as risk-free for farmers as other crops. Other nations, including Switzerland, Ecuador and Thailand , have adopted the 1% “definition” of hemp. Two major farm advocacy groups, the National Farmer’s Union and the Farm Bureau, are in favor of the change in the U.S. And you can help the effort by signing the online petition at the website of Vote Hemp, an advocacy group. A call to your representative and senators couldn’t hurt either. In the meantime, when you buy hemp products, please support local farmer-owned enterprises. You’ll be investing in sustainable rural communities and sustainable agriculture, while helping mitigate climate change. I’m just in from my own hemp field, my fingers dirty with carbon-sequestering soil. Pollinators were dive-bombing me as I checked on the plants. But in a multitasking life, dodging butterflies in a fragrant hemp field is about the most fun you can have making a living. And there’s another payoff: With the seeds forming on our hemp crop, I like the feeling of knowing that no matter what happens, my human kids and my goat kids will both eat high-protein superfood this winter. Doug Fine is the author of six books, including “American Hemp Farmer: Adventures and Misadventures in the Cannabis Trade.”
  9. I put the pic up cause I saw the web covering it. I know when I grew inside spider mites wiped us out. Outdoors I've never worried about it. There's predators to eat them, but still I keep an eye out and take some close up pics. I think it was just the one plants, have to have another look at that... Thanks
  10. I'm seeing stripes before my eyes, could use some interpretation help... Looks like Nitrogen or Sulphur maybe?
  11. I'm getting nitrogen deficient leaves again! I grew winter greens and they were supposed to get scrunched down but a lot were eaten by varmints. That was going to add the nitrogen boost to get them off into space. One box has really dark leaves, nitrogen abundance?
  12. I went shopping at greenhouse supply places and found a white 15% that has really lasted me. Probably similar to this: https://www.ovs.com/8-x-600-x-15-white-shade-cloth I lashed it to the framework with kite string, felt like a sailor somehow tying all those knots. That or I felt in touch with my ancestors who tied knots to survive, nets, traps, etc. Had a lot of time to think about things like that while I was tying all the @##% knots. After the first or second year when a storm damaged the plants we added plastic on top of the white shade cloth. So I have plastic with shade cloth under it, little more protection from the heat. Might help the cloth last.
  13. Plants coming along, so I have 14 but 2 are in the bed with the Roma tomatoes. They don't look very good, well have 3 like that. The Roma tomatoes ripen early waiting for the beefsteak to ripen, both have a lot of fruit. There's 3 big plants in with the beefsteak and they're doing well. The plants in the Roma not doing well. Have to do some detective work there. I usually put 5 plants in a box. It looks to be like 4 or even 3 might work well. These plants have a lot of airspace with missing plants etc. and only being planted 4 to a box to start with.
  14. Ok, that putting cocoa butter in to heat is something I want to try, have to see what that would do. I'll try the emu oil again. I'm going to try 1 min cook time on the instant pot. It has to heat up and build up pressure and the timer starts for 1 min. It takes a long time to cool down and loose pressure. So I just kick it on when ever I see the pressure down, maybe 8 or so times over two days. The oil doesn't have any burn smell to it. That was was a trademark of some of my other methods. Thanks for your help!
  15. I still have some MCT oil and should have some emu left over also. What does MCT bring to the table? So in 2 cups of oil I would add how much emu? teaspoon or two? Thanks for your help!
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