JR: “If momma ain’t happy…”
Where do I start? JR is an older fella that has gardened his whole life. Growing up on a farm imparts a natural sense for the life cycle of things and nature’s rhythm. He lost his eye on a camping trip with Dough and the boys but it has not slowed nor reduced the number of his many activities and hobbies. Nor has it affected his vision that most things are living entities existing in a cycle. So given his vision and general notion of the world, he and Dough formed JR’s Cannabis, a entity living in the sun’s natural cycle.
Most of what JR wants to say is told in stories. At least to me. Even simple questions are often answered in a way that involves JR’s history. More complicated questions like: “why grow pot?” and “how do we get after the cultivation?” reaped long and winding reasoning and preferences and not so summery judgments. So for any summary, we must rely on my writing skills and the art of condensation.
Lesson 1 “If Mamma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”
This is a great law of the universe. Most of us may have heard it said. Here on the farm mothers are the beginning of everything. The image above is of happy Golden Goat mothers. They are happy enough and well pinched that they have made a great number of stems to cut and clone.
Below is the result of a very few happy mothers:
To keep these mothers and baby girl clones happy, JR designed a nice indoor greenhouse. Dough built it. The current space is modest in size and well insulated. Rain is collected for water and pumped to a barrel inside the greenhouse and adjusted to the proper pH. A heater and air conditioner keep the temperature a steady 78 while a humidifier and dehumidifier hold the dewpoint near 63 degrees or 55% humidity. LED lights are set to run 18 hours a day. And finally an exhaust fan is used to reduce energy by adding outside air when conditions permit.
Dough wrote a simple Python program to run the greenhouse. He uses a little Raspberry Pi computer to operate the code and to flip circuits on and off as needed. The relays, temp and humidity sensors and the Pi cost $200-$300. Dough has ours running on a small UPS.
April has been very busy and our sisters look better that we hoped. Next month – pinch and plant outside.