Inside The Lionís Den
Posted 21 August 2011 - 03:22 PM
This is the second year I have dedicated my 6 x 8 ft greenhouse to my most prized garden plants. Last year was the turning point in my own growing tale, when I decided to make the leap from indoor growing to the great outdoors, leaving indoor growing behind me for good.
Armed with what I had learnt from previous experiences I hope to build on last years 10oz yield. Not a bad result but Iím almost sure I can do better as the grow wasnít without its fair share of problems for me to solve. I'll cover some of these problems now and explain how I plan to resolve them this year.
(Sweet Peas providing great cover from any prying eyes)
Plants Outgrowing the Greenhouse
One of the biggest issues last year was my plants growing much bigger than I had planned for. What started as seven soon turned to five, which turned to two which is what I ended up with. Chopping perfectly healthy plants especially knowing some were female was quite painful. I considered finding a guerrilla site for them but decided against it as the plants were too big to move and I didnít want to compromise the whole grow.
To counter the problem this year I started the seeds later in the year. Also I planned for less full term plants in the greenhouse. Seven plants was perhaps a little ambitious for a 6 x 8ft greenhouse so I planned for three.
Using Indoor Solutions Outdoor
Whilst limiting the grow to 3 plants would solve the space issue It wouldnít solve the height issue also encountered. This year I decided I would put into practice a technique I had previously used in my indoor growing days, The Screen of Green or Scrog technique, which has proven to be very effective when height is an issue. It is also very pretty when all the buds are a level height.
I have simply strung some wire across in a crisscross pattern and forced the plants to stay below it whilst tying it in places with cable ties. As the plants begin to flower I will let them do their thing and stop training them.
Posted 21 August 2011 - 03:35 PM
Humidity is one of the big problems you have to overcome in the greenhouse. Itís not a problem during the vegging stage but if you donít act as soon as they start flowering the inevitable bud rot will surely follow.
Last year I left if until the bud rot started forming before I put two fans and a heater into my greenhouse to control the humidity. I ended up lose ounces of weed which I feel could have been prevented if I never allowed the humidity to get so high in the first place.
This year the fans are already in use and I will start using the heater when night time temps are consistently falling below 10 degrees.
Dealing with smell
In hindsight I think I was playing with fire last year growing Blue Cheese in my garden. I got away with it but on a warm day the smell would really kick up. I could smell them at the other end of my garden and was sure my neighbours (or any passers by) could smell them too.
I decided to go with some strains I felt wouldnít be as smelly this year (kinda...) and have also taken the extra precaution of making sure my whole garden is planted up with fragrant flowers so any smells will just get lost in the sweet smelling scents drifting from my garden.
These are some of the plants I have used:
Sweet Peas - An obvious choice to grow around the greenhouse. They serve the dual purpose of sheilding the greenhouse and providing an overwelming fragrance. I have planted two rows at different intervals to extend the flowering period. For added cover the peas will be left up long after they have finished flowering hopefully until the plants inside the greenhouse have finished flowering!
Posted 21 August 2011 - 03:45 PM
I could probably fill another 5 pages like this but i'll stop here. These are just some of my favourites worth a mention and a little picture.
In the evenings my garden really does smell like an Egyptian perfume shop. I find lots of flowers also helps disguise and break up the few plants dotted around outside of the greenhouse and the two walls of sweet peas completely hide what is going on inside the greenhouse.
Edited by Ras_Lion, 21 August 2011 - 03:48 PM.
Posted 21 August 2011 - 04:02 PM
It wasnít my original plan to have a Purple Maroc here but after the original chosen strain turn male this girl was all that was left to fill the gap and fill that gap she has! The biggest of the three plants she has just started to flower in the past week and is looking great under the make shift screen. I have just started in the past week to let her do her own thing only pushing the odd large fan leave under the wire.
Posted 21 August 2011 - 04:08 PM
(Super Silver Cheese under the screen)
This is the only strain the concerns me smell wise. I never chose this strain, it was a freebie from attitude. The reason Iím growing it here and not at a guerrilla site is because Iím not sure it will finish in time. Sheís only showing a few pistils at the moment. The greenhouse and heater will be of help if Iím looking at an end of October, early November harvest.
Posted 21 August 2011 - 04:12 PM
Another Attitude freebie but one which seems better suited to the job. Iím looking forward to this one. Covered in pistils now, I would say flowering is imminent. It has stayed quite short so I never made a wire screen over this one. If needs be I will supercrop any branches that start brushing the roof.
Posted 21 August 2011 - 04:39 PM
Posted 21 August 2011 - 06:21 PM
This plant was grown from a bag seed of which I'm assured was a fine lemon variety. This remains to be seen as in my opinion it currently has a strong smell of parsnip! I have grown many strains and this smell is definitely something unique I have never before encountered.
Not having any idea how long this would take to flower, I decided it would be a good idea to give it a head start and started forcing it about 4 weeks ago. It is taking a while to get going and the current bud formation has a rather hazy look about it.
This one may take a while so force starting it was probably for the best.
Posted 21 August 2011 - 06:42 PM
This is the Frisian Dew plant featured in my guerrilla diary and mother to many of this years plants. Anybody who has been following my diary will know that this plant has already flowered once and was sucessfully revegged! (Pictures from the first time round can be seen in my diary )
After 2 months revegging she was forced back into flower for a second time and this is her now:
I realise this Frisian and the Lemon Skunk above are not strictly greenhouse grown but I can't consider them guerrilla grown either and need a place to vent about them so I have included them in my greenhouse thread.
Posted 21 August 2011 - 06:59 PM
I think it is important to point out here that the Lemon Skunk bagseed and this Frisian were put into flower at the same time yet the frisian is miles ahead in terms of bud development. This goes to show the importance of using the correct genetics for outdoor growing in the UK and choosing the right strains for the job.
That's it for now. I will post about any problems I encounter and also a few updates on the above plants in good time.
Posted 28 August 2011 - 05:20 PM
Posted 07 September 2011 - 09:18 PM
Firstly the Purple Maroc
Budding up nicely now. I think I'm going to remove some of the fan leaves from above the screen in the next few days to tidy things up a bit.
And a closer budshot...
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