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Harvesting Cannabis in the Back Yard

 
Anonymous Coward (OP)
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10/11/2020 03:19 PM
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chop your plants

hang them upside down to dry for about 2 weeks

trim and jar as needed, canning jars that is, lids seal the product

open jars once per day for a few minutes to breath

three or four weeks will suffice, product is now cured
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 79468251


forgot to mention a great way to test if your plants are ready for trim

you'll notice that the stems on the fan leaves are supple and pliable when first cut

as you move along in time the same leaves now become stiffer and reach a point where you can actually snap them off the stalk

when you can cleanly snap a fan leaf off of the stalk, you most likely can begin the trimming and jarring process
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 79468251


good to know!

my hanging plants are still pliable after one week, so not ready yet.
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10/11/2020 03:22 PM
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wow, page4 -- thx for your interest, GLP!

here are the two videos we are discussing in this thread:





for those of you who don't know, i've been super shy about showing my face on the interwebs for years; these videos are also a "face reveal" in case you've ever wondered what i look like. =)
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Ima Pseudonym

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10/11/2020 03:26 PM

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The wife makes canna butter with the trimmings, to cook with.

Her edibles are always VERY strong LOL
 Quoting: JoeNobHead


butter is great but coconut oil absorbs at least 2X as much THC as it has more fat

used to do butter, now with oil I use much much less for the same effect
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10/11/2020 03:33 PM
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youtube made me age restrict this one, sorry.. you gotta be 19.

but if you were ever curious how that canadian legalization thing is going, well, here's me harvesting a couple of my own plants -- it is now legal in canada to grow four cannabis plants for personal consumption.

also, if you ever wondered what i look like, here's your chance:


 Quoting: OpenHeartMonk


Real cool bro,
Thank you so much for doing this.
I have been dreaming of growing my own little babies forever.
Time to bite the bullet and just do it!

Blessed Be!
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The wife makes canna butter with the trimmings, to cook with.

Her edibles are always VERY strong LOL
 Quoting: JoeNobHead


butter is great but coconut oil absorbs at least 2X as much THC as it has more fat

used to do butter, now with oil I use much much less for the same effect
 Quoting: Ima Pseudonym


coconut oil -- now that could be tasty!
gotta try that sometime..
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OpenHeartMonk  (OP)

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youtube made me age restrict this one, sorry.. you gotta be 19.

but if you were ever curious how that canadian legalization thing is going, well, here's me harvesting a couple of my own plants -- it is now legal in canada to grow four cannabis plants for personal consumption.

also, if you ever wondered what i look like, here's your chance:


 Quoting: OpenHeartMonk


Real cool bro,
Thank you so much for doing this.
I have been dreaming of growing my own little babies forever.
Time to bite the bullet and just do it!

Blessed Be!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78237830


my pleasure

good luck with your crop!
HD Video and Photography by [link to www.StarBelt.ca]
Ima Pseudonym

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10/11/2020 05:49 PM

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The wife makes canna butter with the trimmings, to cook with.

Her edibles are always VERY strong LOL
 Quoting: JoeNobHead


butter is great but coconut oil absorbs at least 2X as much THC as it has more fat

used to do butter, now with oil I use much much less for the same effect
 Quoting: Ima Pseudonym


coconut oil -- now that could be tasty!
gotta try that sometime..
 Quoting: OpenHeartMonk


do it. it's as easy as budder and more versatile imho

I get 2 jars totaling 60 oz. Do crock pot on low abt 12 hrs. 1 gram/ounce oil, so 60 grams (Afghan Gooey trim). 2 jars last me close to 6 months 1/2 - 1 tsp at a time.
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10/11/2020 05:57 PM
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Re: Harvesting Cannabis in the Back Yard
The wife makes canna butter with the trimmings, to cook with.

Her edibles are always VERY strong LOL
 Quoting: JoeNobHead


butter is great but coconut oil absorbs at least 2X as much THC as it has more fat

used to do butter, now with oil I use much much less for the same effect
 Quoting: Ima Pseudonym


coconut oil -- now that could be tasty!
gotta try that sometime..
 Quoting: OpenHeartMonk


do it. it's as easy as budder and more versatile imho

I get 2 jars totaling 60 oz. Do crock pot on low abt 12 hrs. 1 gram/ounce oil, so 60 grams (Afghan Gooey trim). 2 jars last me close to 6 months 1/2 - 1 tsp at a time.
 Quoting: Ima Pseudonym


great tip

the crock pot method is fantastic

using crock pot plastic liners comes in handy
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10/11/2020 06:03 PM

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by filtering the light wavelength it emits from sunlight.wtf
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The use several wavelengths of the light reflected from the plants. Easy enough to choose 3 and make them red/blue/green for displaying. The plants will stand out.

HOWEVER, I'm sure this works only in dry places like Northern California. The green of the plants can be automatically detected against the brown of the rest of the scene. But these plants can always be seen with the eyeball just as easily. In the eastern US it won't work because the pot plants look just like most any other green plant.

They fly low altitude helicopters around here looking for plants. People with binoculars looking out the doors. Low tech.
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10/11/2020 06:12 PM

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How do you dry buds in a mason jar?
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10/11/2020 06:33 PM
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The wife makes canna butter with the trimmings, to cook with.

Her edibles are always VERY strong LOL
 Quoting: JoeNobHead


butter is great but coconut oil absorbs at least 2X as much THC as it has more fat

used to do butter, now with oil I use much much less for the same effect
 Quoting: Ima Pseudonym


coconut oil -- now that could be tasty!
gotta try that sometime..
 Quoting: OpenHeartMonk


I've been wondering about that. I make CBD oil with mine. I use coconut oil as well, but I always wonder about my trim. I have a whole bag of it outside.
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10/11/2020 06:50 PM
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Get a microscope first off. Look at the trichomes to decide when to harvest. Also your soil has to be nothing but dirt, I've never seen such skinny plants. Get some decent admixes in there, boost your soil! It looks like your second crop, you got a long way to go.
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10/11/2020 07:06 PM
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Did you check the trichomes with a loupe? I would hazard a guess that you harvested a bit too early.

It is important to harvest as late as possible because those last weeks are when they put on the most weight. Earlier you harvest, the more heady a high you get vs a later harvest more body high.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 79476748


I concur. Additionally, it appears nitrogen levels have been a bit high through flower...
Beautiful plant...clean, no bugs...noice.
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10/11/2020 07:06 PM
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Your soil-less mix looks like it would benefit from the addition of some grit. I'm a fan of calcined clay in my soilless mixes personally.

I agree you harvested a little early

Good video, though..
 Quoting: Asymptote


Real soil for the Win. Clay(Rock Dusts) and sand are VERY Beneficial to fast growing annuals such as cannabis. Silica is very beneficial to plant health, heat/pest resistance. It increases strength of cell walls.

Living microbes are needed to break rock dusts/sand into plant available silica. Charcoal benefits said microbes. Both rock dusts and charcoal, as well as the microbes living in the charcoal all to keep Nitrogen from washing out of the soil. Rock Dusts(Clay) have a negative charge that aids in retaining Nitrogen from washing out during excessive rainfall.

MAGA
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10/11/2020 07:28 PM
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Re: Harvesting Cannabis in the Back Yard
The wife makes canna butter with the trimmings, to cook with.

Her edibles are always VERY strong LOL
 Quoting: JoeNobHead


butter is great but coconut oil absorbs at least 2X as much THC as it has more fat

used to do butter, now with oil I use much much less for the same effect
 Quoting: Ima Pseudonym


coconut oil -- now that could be tasty!
gotta try that sometime..
 Quoting: OpenHeartMonk


do it. it's as easy as budder and more versatile imho

I get 2 jars totaling 60 oz. Do crock pot on low abt 12 hrs. 1 gram/ounce oil, so 60 grams (Afghan Gooey trim). 2 jars last me close to 6 months 1/2 - 1 tsp at a time.
 Quoting: Ima Pseudonym


thx for this recipe!

i've been reluctant to try cooking cannabis since the stinky disaster last year, but the crock pot idea on the porch could work out well
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10/11/2020 07:29 PM
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How do you dry buds in a mason jar?
 Quoting: Doctor Congo


to be honest, not very well!

i've split out into many, many jars now with only a layer or two of bud in each one, with the lids wide open.. too much condensation!
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10/11/2020 07:31 PM
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Your soil-less mix looks like it would benefit from the addition of some grit. I'm a fan of calcined clay in my soilless mixes personally.

I agree you harvested a little early

Good video, though..
 Quoting: Asymptote


Real soil for the Win. Clay(Rock Dusts) and sand are VERY Beneficial to fast growing annuals such as cannabis. Silica is very beneficial to plant health, heat/pest resistance. It increases strength of cell walls.

Living microbes are needed to break rock dusts/sand into plant available silica. Charcoal benefits said microbes. Both rock dusts and charcoal, as well as the microbes living in the charcoal all to keep Nitrogen from washing out of the soil. Rock Dusts(Clay) have a negative charge that aids in retaining Nitrogen from washing out during excessive rainfall.

MAGA
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72497887


always like hearing about optimized soil compositions..
thx for sharing!
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10/11/2020 07:39 PM

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How do you dry buds in a mason jar?
 Quoting: Doctor Congo


to be honest, not very well!

i've split out into many, many jars now with only a layer or two of bud in each one, with the lids wide open.. too much condensation!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 76452844


You may get mold that way. It’s better to have it too dry I find. Mold will ruin your stuff.
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some say you should always try and hang them on the stem they are attached to. hang anywhere from 6-14 days depending on how moist it was when pulled and how think/dense the buds are. you should be able to feel the outside being dry and almost flaky. make sure you dry out of any direct light.

then you trim them off for the jars. you don't dry them further in the sealed jars, you equalize the moisture (cure) throughout the entire structure.

the best method for this is to by small humidity/temp probes that you can just drop into the jar. (Veanic 4-Pack Mini Digital Electronic Temperature Humidity Meters Gauge Indoor Thermometer Hygrometer LCD Display Fahrenheit (℉) for Humidors, Greenhouse, Garden, Cellar, Fridge, Closet )

once they are in the jar, most people like to shoot for a humidity level of 62-63% for the ultimate cure.

anything over 70% humidity, take out of the jars and lay out to dry for 60 minute intervals. 65-70% for 15 minute intervals ... 60-65% is the ultimate cure zone ... <60% only air out for a few minutes once per day for the first 2 weeks. after 2 weeks - just once every few days. some claim the ultimate potency and taste come after a 6 month cure.
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Get a microscope first off. Look at the trichomes to decide when to harvest. Also your soil has to be nothing but dirt, I've never seen such skinny plants. Get some decent admixes in there, boost your soil! It looks like your second crop, you got a long way to go.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 78508905


you nailed it, just my second year..
and it's true i have much to learn!

really enjoying all the great comments from GLP on this thread
i'm gaining the knowledges!
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Dry them in the dark!
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What's the best method for long term storage?
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10/12/2020 04:14 PM
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Re: Harvesting Cannabis in the Back Yard
The wife makes canna butter with the trimmings, to cook with.

Her edibles are always VERY strong LOL
 Quoting: JoeNobHead


very cool.. how does she make it?

because last year, i tried to make butter but instead i made a huge stinky mess!
it was so bad i'm going to try the ice bubble hash method instead.

but i'm curious if you have a good method for making canna butter?
 Quoting: OpenHeartMonk


Yeah try to get dry ice... It works way better, but dont handle it inside...
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Dry them in the dark!
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Optimum is you cut the stem and put the hole plant to hang in the dark... it will empty its last reserves and produce mostly extra resin for dying reasons...
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Dry them in the dark!
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Optimum is you cut the stem and put the hole plant to hang in the dark... it will empty its last reserves and produce mostly extra resin for dying reasons...
 Quoting: King Retard 79485317


For two days... then you start trimming...
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How do you dry buds in a mason jar?
 Quoting: Doctor Congo


to be honest, not very well!

i've split out into many, many jars now with only a layer or two of bud in each one, with the lids wide open.. too much condensation!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 76452844


You may get mold that way. It’s better to have it too dry I find. Mold will ruin your stuff.
 Quoting: ChefElvis


The buds dont dry much in the jar... they cure.

After the 2 day dark thing, take off the buds and trim them, but leave a good piece of stem attached.

Put them in a hanging screen, room low humidity and under 19 degree celsius... Let them rest for a week or two and turn them every other day. When it appears dry on the outside, snap the stem close to the bud.

When it snaps like a dry stem in one easy motion... Trim off the stems and put them into jars. Only fill em half - two thirds.

Shake em up gently everyday so the stuff on the bottom goes to the top and open the jar for ten minutes.

This stage will take a couple of weeks... Its not meant to really dry it, in fact you need a bit of moisture for the process. After 4-8 weeks the stuff will start to smell aromatic instead of dried mowed lawn. It will also become more potent, since this process also converts some inactice forms of THC to active ones. Proceed to your liking up to 3 months...

Store the jars in a dry, 15-17 °C space, no light.

Have fun...
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What's the best method for long term storage?
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canning jars are a great choice, a sealed container is vital
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Wait til the stem really breaks dry n easy close up...

If you put them to jars too moist... the mold will eat them a hundred percent...
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What's the best method for long term storage?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 77703924


canning jars are a great choice, a sealed container is vital
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 79468251


Freezer. Dark brown or purple glass, airtight. Holds up for a decade at least...





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