25 internautes sur 25 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
- Publié sur Amazon.com
This book is an amazing feat at something that has become all too mainstream in our culture at an amazing pace: Organics. Here we find a unique perspective that seems to buck the trend, a practice known as True Living Organics or TLO.
TLO, as the book explains, is a method of soil preparation in which the grower actively promotes bacteria, fungus, and microbial activity to make the soil become a living entity instead of chemically altered. What many of us think as "organic" is quickly brought out into the daylight and exposed for what it truly is: marketing for the trend, and nowhere near being "all natural".
This is the "hard way" some will undoubtedly say. This book is meant to be more of a lifestyle of gardening than simply adding a few natural ingredients to some soil and hoping for the best. This method will require the gardener to procure some items that may be hard to come by in regular garden centers. There are processes that will be required that seem to go outside the modern lazy western mindset, like actually making one's own compost and teas. The photos of the plants and their flowers prove the merit of the work and careful thinking this ideology imparts, however. When one builds on the soil the plant is growing in it is allowed to grow at an amazing pace and the health of the specimen will astound the gardener.
One of the photos is of a rather large (probably full size) plant growing in a tiny black square pot. Those who are familiar with hydroponic methods should have a giant flag raised when viewing it in the context of the book. In hydroponics, the root structure of the medicinal marijuana plant does not grow too large because everything the plant could want is supplied to the roots in perfect concentration. Thus, the roots do not have to grow in search of nutrients. This allows the plants to be grown in a much smaller container than traditional methods. This is also true when practicing the True Living Organics methods.
Another interesting technique taught is in how to make one's own organic grow spikes to supply nutrients to the plant. This allows for the roots to absorb nutrients from something that the grower is positive is organic and the components are known since the spike's are created by the grower.
One of the other things that makes this book stand out is organic container gardening, which is necessary in the field of medicinal cannabis. This fact is often overlooked in the world of organics in favor of turning an entire plot into an organic masterpiece. This is great for someone who is growing corn, but with laws varying by state it is highly impractical (or illegal) for many to grow their medicine in a field that is easily accessible to those without a license or prescription.
In summary, this book is not for the casual consumer who is seeking a simple method of growing. While the methods are not particularly labor intensive they do require some careful planning and attention. While significantly different than hydroponics the True Living Organics methodology allows for extremely happy and healthy plants, which in turn yield amazing medicine. When the information is completely understood one stops to wonder what other plants are capable of, if this method were utilized. What sublime fruits are tomato plants patiently waiting to gift their growers who finally realize the soil is the key to their happiness? Repent dear Hydroponics, for your end is near...
13 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
- Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
I was interested in Revs book after reading his columns in skunk magazine for several years. I like Revs insistence on using only certified organic products, and his attention to soil microbiology. This book is full of helpful hints for the budding organic container gardener.
That said, It seems common for anyone writing a book about growing organic cannabis to claim they have reinvented the wheel, when they usually just take advantage of common knowledge used throughout history in the organic gardening of vegetables or other herbs.
I wish this book paid less attention to sourcing store bought amendments, some of which are unsustainable resources, and instead showed people how to be more self sufficient.
13 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
Brave Sir Rob
- Publié sur Amazon.com
If you plan to buy the TOP 3 BOOKS about growing cannabis, buy 3 copies of this one and compost 2 of them in your worm factory. This book is all you need to grow the most exceptional cannabis around. I have been following The Rev for years, cutting and pasting his advice and techniques (written for SKUNK magazine) into a personal grow journal and FINALLY he has compiled his time-tested processes into a single volume. The book is high quality with lots of pictures and is easy-to-read in true Rev style. Experts should of course buy it because it will become the cornerstone of every grower's library, and beginners shouldn't waste their money on any other books because they will eventually end up following The Rev's advice. TLO is the only way to go--healthier, safer, cheaper, and of course, a better medicine. The Rev shows a respect for the cannabis plant and it's relationship with the environment previously unheard of in the art of growing. The Rev took my growing to the next level when I started transitioning away from synthetics and chelating salts towards a true living soil. TLO not only offers a better bud, but a closed system of recycling, in which every bit of the plant and soil can be reused and reintegrated back into future grows. Additionally, I now use worms and microbeasties to produce my own teas, castings, and soils. Besides purchasing certain common soil ammendments, everything I do is self-contained, which means a greater chance of people leaving me alone to do my thing. Cannabis is a medicine and should be grown with concern and compassion and without harmful chemicals and synthetics. It DOES make a difference, and your patients will thank you for buying this book.
26 internautes sur 31 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
- Publié sur Amazon.com
I just listened to The Rev, Kyle Kushman and Clackamas Coot on The Adam Dunn Show and thought I'd come back and edit my review. Great episode! I highly recommend it! I still agree with most of the things I said in my original review. I'll just make a few revisions and correct my misspellings.
The Rev seems like a friendly fellow, and I don't mean to attack the dude personally. I just think his book is in need of revision.
I gave this book two stars because it has turned a lot of people onto organic gardening, including myself. In the 'suggested reading' section, one will find Teaming with Microbes by Wayne Lewis and Jeff Lowenfels. This is an excellent place to start re-learning how to garden. As is the sequel, Teaming with Nutrients. Ok, enough book pimping....
Back to this book..... The Rev does a very good job of making organic gardening a hell of a lot more complicated than it needs to be. As I said in the title, I think he needs to reread Teaming with Microbes a few times and revise his book. There are several problems with TLO:
1] His soil mix is over-the-top, amendment-focused and relies on either (a) bagged soil or (b) recycled soil. You can build a way better soil way easier folks. (Kind of hard to use recycled soil when you have none! Lol) Bagged soils that you find at the garden or hydroponic store are basically low grade peat moss, some aeration, (maybe?) some worm castings/"humus", and some amendments. Why pay a premium for something made with low-quality ingredients? Who knows how long that bag of soil has been sitting on the shelf collecting dust? Chances are that the only living thing in bagged soil is a family of fungus gnats. If you already have bagged organic soil on hand, you can certainly use it.
If you want to make a water-only, living organic soil, try out this mix:
This is (basically) Clackamas Coot's soil mix... It's very similar to a Cornell mix or "LC's" Mix.
1/3 sphagnum peat moss
1/3 aeration (perlite, pumice, lava rock, rice hulls, etc.)
1/3 HIGH QUALITY compost and/or worm castings
To every 1 cubic foot (~7.5 gallons) of the base mix add..
1/2 cup kelp meal
1/2 cup crab shell meal
1/2 cup neem or karanja cake
[Coot would disagree with me here:] A source of Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3) should be used to stabilize the acid pH of peat moss. This is often called a 'liming agent'. It's not going to hurt anything to add some extra Ca, so I suggest using one. I do not recommend Dolomite Lime, but you can use it. Avoid "fast acting" or "hydrated" lime.
1 cup CaCO3 (oyster shell flour, calcitic lime, etc.)
4-5 cups rock dust per cf (basalt, granite, glacial rock dust)
Rock dust should be super fine: the consistency of flour.
Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly, moisten the pile to about the consistency of a well wrung-out sponge and allow it to compost for 2-4 weeks (for best results... longer is better).
That's it! The key here is quality compost/worm castings. That is the LIVING part that makes this whole soil mix work. So it must be HIGH QUALITY. How do you know it is high quality? Ask for a microbial test showing that there are sufficient numbers and diversity of fungi, bacteria/archaea, nematodes, protozoa, etc. Water with dechlorinated water and you are set!! I'M SERIOUS THIS IS SO EASY. No pHing, no checking the TDS of run off, no cal/mag, no flushing, no BS!
2] His Aerated Compost Tea recipes are pretty silly. Unless you are checking the dissolved oxygen levels in your brewer and looking at it under the microscope, how can you possibly have any clue what microorganisms are lurking in there?? Save all of the amendments for topdressing or better yet, put them in your soil. ACT's are meant to multiply and feed beneficial microbes. Overloading your brew with amendments will pull dissolved oxygen levels down and yeasts will exhaust the oxygen fast. If you want to learn more about ACT, check out Tim Wilson's website (microbe organics). It is recommended at the back of Teaming with Microbes.
3] The spikes and layers recommended in this book are totally unnecessary and really don't make sense from a living soil perspective. In a living soil paradigm, the soil amendments serve as "food" for the microbes in your compost and vermicompost. They are not directly available for plants and they are not immediately water soluble like those in bottled synthetics. They must first be digested by the microbes and the microbes then mineralize and feed the nutrients to the plant. (That is overly simplified, but it is the general idea). Feed the soil, and the soil feeds the plant. This makes it so that plants get the exact amount of nutrients that they need, when they need them. (No more "nute burn"!)
To make these nutrients available as quickly as possible, you should mix everything thoroughly. This makes it so that more surface area of the "food" is open for decomposition.
Layering is totally unnecessary too. With living soil, the plant is in control of what nutrients it takes up when. There is no need to have a "veg" layer and a "bloom" layer. Instead, just mix it all thoroughly and let the plant and the microorganisms in the soil do the work.
4] He recommends bottled Cal/Mag products! Hello! This should be a red flag! He does not recommend what he calls "soup-style" organics and yet it seems to me that this is what he is practicing here.... believe me, Crab Shell and Kelp Meal will provide plenty of Ca and Mg.
I hope that this review has been helpful, and I hope that The Rev reads this and feels encouraged to read more and up his game! This book has reached many people and that is great. Organic gardening is easy. Just keep it simple and your plants will be healthier and more vibrant than you've ever seen before.
If you are really stuck in the whole myth based-NPK-feed the plant-bottled "nute" method of growing, then this book might serve as an ok transition to living soil, but I don't suggest following his recommendations. Read the Teaming books and browse the internet. Some internet cannabis forums have great organic gardening sections to check out.
Get your hands in the dirt and grow some beautiful, fragrant flowers the way mother nature has for thousands of years!
11 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile
- Publié sur Amazon.com
the author of True Living Organics- The Rev...he has truly changed my life and how i garden... how look at life itself! when you read this book it will become evident why the soil is so fragile and TRUE organics is the only way to save it! the bonus of being stewards of the earth is you will get to enjoy exotic bounty on so many levels! TLO for life!! thanks to all involved with bringing this man's monumental work to the masses! and thank you, Rev, for always being there!