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  • Best Trimming Machines of 2018

    As technologies evolve, trimming machines have become less of a niche and more of a necessity when it comes to a productive harvest. Of course, there will always be those who strictly stick to hand trimming, but more Commercial and Hobby Growers are introducing trimming machines into their facilities/homes. Even if you are hand trimming your A grade boutique buds, the quality of the machines available today makes it hard to tell which end product is hand trimmed and which is machine trimmed.

    Anyone who is in a constant state of harvest knows that trimming is the least desirable part of the cycle. Trimming does not have to suck and luckily there are many options for automated and nonautomated machines to help up the productivity of your operation. Not only does using a trimmer help maximize your production level and minimize your harvest time frame, but it offers a consistent end product with minimal human handling. No more strangers in your house for weeks or months, no more unnecessary liabilities.

    We have sorted out what we believe to be the top trimmers of 2018 into categories based on production size. There really is a trimmer for everyone and depending on who you talk to, you may get a completely different answer on which machine is best. There are unique qualities that are featured with each of these machines and we hope to help narrow down your options! 

    Best Hobby or Small to Medium Operation Trimmers

    Twister T6

    Introduced to the market out of Canada, harvest 2017, the T6 from Twister Trimmers is a small machine that packs a big punch. Weighing in at only 42 lbs, as long as you have an available 120v outlet, you can trim wherever your harvest takes you. Perfect for any hobbyist or small commercial grower, you can trim to up 4 lbs an hour dry and 20 lbs and hour wet (or 6-8 lbs with two machines in tandem for dry and 40 lbs wet). If you are switching tumblers, no tools are required and it takes only seconds.

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  • Post Harvest Extractions: What Does it Mean and How Does it Work?

    Extractions have become mainstream in the marketplace today, with many different ways to create a concentrated product, it can leave consumers wondering how can I make this at home? Cannabis Extracts have been around for a long time but the processes used to make these extracts has been in constant development, to the point now that any size grower can turn their flower harvest into a concentrated form.

    Cannabis extracts can take many forms, but the most popular ones today are what we call Bubble Hash, Dry Sift, Rosin, Distillate, and Butane Hash Oil (BHO). Make the most out of your harvest and see which extraction processes interest you! 

     

    Bubble Hash Extraction

    Bubble Hash is the method for making hash that utilizes water and ice as a carrier for the Trichomes by freezing them off of the plant material. The water is then put through an assortment of filter bags or screens that will separate out the different sizes of resin glands. This process is fairly straight-forward for the person doing the extraction, but the secrets to making full melt bubble hash are as follows:

    First, Make sure you are starting with fresh frozen or fresh, dry frozen flowers. The fresher the material the better the extract is going to be in the end. Second, Temperatures matter! You are trying to freeze off the resin glands by utilizing freezing cold water and ice cubes to maintain those temperatures. The ice cubes themselves should be big chunky cubes to keep them from melting too quickly. Lastly, the amount of agitation will make or break your product. It is customary to do a short gentle first wash on the material to be filtered out before repeating the process with a heavier agitation cycle. The first gentle wash will be the best product. The second wash will be utilized to get the remaining resin off the plant matter and will not be as high of a grade as the first gently wash.

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  • The Top Bucking Machines of Harvest 2018!

    A bucking machine, also known as a destemmer or a debudder,  is a harvesting machine that efficiently removes the buds from the stems prior to trimming. When harvest comes, there is always a lot of talk about trimming, hand trimming, motor-powered trimming, and friction trimming. Bucking can sometimes be an afterthought, when really if your destemming process is not on point, the efficiency of your whole harvest will greatly suffer! Whether you are trimming by hand or with a commercial trimmer, a bud bucker is an investment that will certainly pay for itself after one harvest.

    Anyone who wants to maximize their production during harvest should consider the art of bucking! Choosing the best bucker for your grow will depend on the size of your operation and budget. We are going to go over the key points of each machine and hope to narrow down your decision. The number of feed holes, as well as their largest available diameter, food grade safe materials and design and overall usability will be a few aspects we will be covering. 

    Trimworkz Ultimate Bud Bucker Machine  

    Designed and built in the beautiful state of Oregon, the TrimWorkz Ultimate Bud Bucker. Not only does this machine look like an industrial piece of art, it's proprietary multi-hole feed plate has an extended tube design for quicker, more gentle, flower removal. Quiet operation with low power draw keeps your grow under wraps. This machine also has variable speed control from 0-140 RPM for wet or dry usage.

    The Bud Bucker drives both the top and bottom rollers, which makes the machine less likely to jam up and also prolongs the life of the rollers. The rollers are much larger in diameter than most designs, which increases the gripping surface for better performance.

    The standard machine is great on its own with 15 feed holes, but Trimworkz also has their XL version, which is the largest bucker on the market with 30 feed holes! These holes have various sizes to fit your stalk (a presort is always recommended for the most efficient workflow). It's easy to clean, with no tools required to remove working surfaces, but it's unfortunately not food grade safe

    The Bud Bucker is designed for all-day use for large commercial grows and comes with a one year warranty. Shop the standard  Trimwokrz Bud Bucker and the XL Bud Bucker

     

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  • Grow Tent Ventilation

    I remember the first time I was setting up a grow tent and took one look at a ventilation diagram. My heart sunk, my head hurt, and I felt incapable of setting up a ventilation system.

    Guess what? It’s super easy —  it just looks way more complex than it is. Honestly, I felt a bit dumb after it took me less than 5 minutes to set it all up.

    Great ventilation does five vital things that are crucial to growing healthy plants.

     

    1. Lowers temperature — Removes the build up heat from your lights.
    2. Lowers humidity — Removes the moisture your plants and grow media produce.
    3. Provides fresh air (CO2) — Plants use CO2 for energy during photosynthesis.
    4. Creates air circulation — Prevents pests, mold, etc. from resting on the plants.
    5. Moves air through the plants — This creates stronger stems for bearing the weight of heavy fruits and flowers.

     

    Passive or Active Air Flow

    There are two main types of ventilation systems you can set up in your grow tent: Passive Intake vs. Active Intake.

    For the majority of indoor gardeners, a passive intake system works perfectly. Passive intake works by placing an inline fan at the top of your tent. The inline or exhaust fan will suck the air out of your tent creating a vacuum that pulls in fresh air from the intake ports at the bottom of your tent. It’s the same principle as sucking air through a straw. As long as you have negative pressure inside the tent you will have a passive system — negative pressure means your grow tent has less air pressure in it than the environment it’s sitting in. Continue reading


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  • How to handle excessive heat in your grow tent

    Not too hot and not too cold; many of the plants we grow are just like us and prefer similar temperatures  — between 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, like us, they hate extreme temperatures changes and will temporarily stress out when adjusting to them. Let's take a look at some common grow tent heat problems and how to remove excessive heat from your grow tent or grow room.

    Controlling temperatures is one of the single most important aspects of growing, and if you fail to do so, you will wreck your plants nutrient uptake and weaken them to diseases before they eventually die. How about I show you how to avoid this?   

    Never Grow Without A Thermometer / Hygrometer

    A thermometer and hygrometer are essential to every indoor garden. Locking your plants into their preferred temperature and humidity ranges is crucial for nutrient uptake. If your vapor pressure deficit (VPD) is off (air temp + leaf temp + relative humidity) then your plants will either drink and uptake too much or not enough nutrients. It’s common to see calcium deficiencies because transpiration is largely affected. Continue reading


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  • Why Grow In A Grow Tent

    When todays hobby grower decides to embark on their growing journey there are numerous choices they are faced with. From equipment to set up and placement of the garden the possibilities may seem endless. Once the choice has been made to grow indoors, whether that be a desire for a year round garden or discretion, one must decide between purchasing a predesigned grow tent or performing an overhaul on a room to fit their needs.

    For most hobby growers the overhaul of an entire room in their house is not practical and would be a daunting, expensive, and sometimes unnecessary project. Here are the top 5 reasons our customers choose a grow tent for their indoor grow.

    Grow Tents Give You Total Control of the Growing Environment

    Grow tents are enclosed spaces that are designed specifically for growing. With the correct combination of lighting, ventilation, air circulation, temperature, humidity and watering you can have total control over your growing area. With a little bit of fine tuning, you can set yourself up for a bountiful and successful grow. Continue reading


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  • How to Prepare Growstones Before Use!

    Growstones, manufactured in the USA from 100% recycled glass, are not only environmentally friendly, but have many benefits for your plants! They can be used in any hydroponic setup and will grow well with fruits, veggies, herbs and flowering plants.

    Before getting started, you will want to take the proper steps to prep your Growstones. Making sure they are free of dust and making them pH balanced is extremely important, especially when using them solely in a hydroponic system. Continue reading


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  • Different Types of Grow Light Bulbs

    There are many different types of grow lights and grow light bulbs on the market. There will be different factors that you need to know about depending on the lighting option you choose. The two main factors you will look at is wattage and spectrum.

    Wattage - Figuring out the wattage you need will depend on tent size, plant coverage, and light type. The last one is important to remember and not all light wattage is created equally. A 200W HID delivers lights much more efficiently than a 200W CFL.

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  • Garden Meters & Testing Supplies Overview

    Lets take a look at hydroponics meters & grow room testing supplies. The advantage for the novice hydroponics grower today is that the science and methodology is already determined and standardized.  This wasn’t the case for the brave pioneers with their primitive ebb & flow systems years ago.

    They had to learn everything the hard way and only had a vague, theoretical idea of what works and what doesn’t.  During the early days these growers had to learn exactly how to formulate the nutrient solution precisely to create the ideal growing conditions that would assure hydroponic gardens would thrive. Continue reading


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  • Garden Soil Amendments

    Garden soil amendments are essential for those reusing soil or coco husk to grow in. The good health of all garden plants doesn’t come down to fertilizer or watering. Plant health is only as good as the soil they are planted in.

    A good soil is the very foundation of a healthy garden.

    Often, however, the soil that is present in a yard isn’t healthy enough on its own to meet the nutrition requirements of garden plant.  This is especially true of new construction sites where all or most of the top soil has been stripped away as the home is being built.

    Although, the general contractor replaces the topsoil as they regrade the entire yard it is inevitable that some of the nutrient deficient clay or sand subsoil has gotten mixed in during this process. Continue reading


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