Thank you to all Homegrown Expo 2017 attendees. We had a wonderful time under great fall weather, and getting the support from our community makes it all worthwhile. This year had 22 companies and health advocates participate and bring their wealth of knowledge and products to our attendees. Lighting companies, growing mediums, local health practitioners and more were all on display. Refreshments were served; a nice fall soup with cauliflower, fresh waffles with whipped cream and fruit, as well as tea and coffee.
The highlight of the event was a discussion on cannabis legalization that included a presentation by Alex Rea on the history of cannabis, prohibition and the trend of legalization word wide. Abbey Roach of the Hot Box Cafe and Homegrown Hotbox gave a well received speech on the merits of private business to work in the cannabis industry as she is an advocate for small business in her community. We had speeches from Lene from Grodan and Stacey from Natural Insect and many others. It was a great event with many happy attendees and presenters. Homegrown Expo is more than just a customer appreciation day. It is a community focused education event to promote healthy lifestyles and a day to have fun.
Fall is in the air in Southern Ontario. The leaves are turning and there is a real feel of change in the air. 2017 has been an interesting ride with pending federal changes to Canada’s Cannabis Laws. 2018 will be interesting as we embark on a more just and equitable system of cannabis regulation. This new system has the potential to balance the safety of vulnerable people and the liberty of adults to self medicate with cannabis. There is still some debate as to whether legalization is a good thing, or if it will benefit small business and communities, or if it is only going to produce huge profits for stock markets and governments. I know there will be some growing pains, I am pleased to see a careful planning and a concerted effort to produce a just, and equitable system of cannabis regulation that cannot be undone overnight by the whims of a new government.
As things change, Homegrown is ready to change along with our country, to promote, safe, secure sensible cannabis production by individuals. We are announcing a new retail partner in Downtown Toronto Kensington Market. Pairing with the iconic Hot Box Café/Roach-a-Rama, one of the oldest cannabis friendly cafés, Hot Box Homegrown will offer indoor and outdoor specialty garden products to the urban community. We are proud to partner with such a knowledgeable and friendly crew who will support their community and promote safe cannabis cultivation.
Homegrown Headquarters has undergone a huge renovation to open more retail space and showcase more product displays. This Sunday Oct. 22nd will be a great day to come down and check out the changes and enjoy an afternoon of fun, food and learning. We are hosting our 7th Annual Homegrown Expo featuring seminars, experts and big discounts on the entire store. Be sure to get here early for the gift bag filled with samples, swag and literature on new products.
I have been honored to accept speaking engagements at many of this year’s cannabis events like Lift Cannabis Expo and the O’Cannabiz Conference in Toronto and later this fall at the Grow Up Conference in Niagara and our own 7th annual Homegrown Expo in Toronto. You may have heard our local radio ad on INDIE88 about changing cannabis laws or saw my interviews on Toronto news outlets. Teaching the public about growing plants, especially cannabis is a passion for me and any time I can pass on knowledge about this amazing plant and its unique traits gives me great pleasure.
As a proponent for safe, secure and sensible cannabis cultivation, Homegrown is becoming a leading voice for the legalization movement. We are proud to help ordinary citizens access their fundamental rights to grow and use cannabis to improve their quality of life. Call 1 (800) INFO GRO to speak to me about your plans or ideas about home growing.
It’s high summer in the Northern Hemisphere, so are your plants getting enough nutrition? For outdoor gardeners and indoor cultivators alike, plant nutrition is a vital component to success. Use the right complete fertilizer and your plants will reward you with vigorous and robust growth. DN nutrients are the best value to get the latest in plant growth enhancement products.
Your plant uses light for food, and CO2 in the air as building blocks. What role then does plant fertilizer play? The fertilizer provides the small amount of elements that are required to build the cells and DNA. Elements like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (N*P*K) are used in large quantities and they are what is present in common powder fertilizers. These common fertilizers do not contain more than the basic NPK and are like junk food for plants. Plants also use Calcium Magnesium and Sulfur in large quantities. To give your plants a boost, use a fertilizer that provides complete nutrition down to the micro elements.
Specialty hydroponic fertilizer products like Dutch Nutrient A/B contain the proper balance of all required elements in a plant available form. These products are known as base fertilizers because they form the basic fertilizer compounds that your plant needs. Plants need more than just three elements, and use many more elements in trace amounts. DN base fertilizers contain the exact balance of micro nutrients which cause plants to exhibit explosive growth.
Beyond the nutrition component of fertilizers, your plants can benefit from the addition of other organic compounds that are not fertilizers. Modern fertilizer products like DN use humic and fulvic acid which improve the plants movement and uptake of nutrient. B-Vitamins enhance resistance to stress like heat, cold or drought. Carbohydrates increase beneficial fungi and bacteria growth that improve root function and disease resistance. Plant derived amino acids, cytokinins, and other natural organic compounds stimulate cell division, or what we see as growth. Experts around the world agree that the DN products used according to the Feeding Schedule are unmatched for value and quality.
Gardening indoors is a great way to enjoy growing plants without needing a big backyard or the right climate. Bringing your garden inside can seem complicated but it is simple when you use a self contained space like a grow tent. There are many advantages to using a grow tent so let’s see why they are so popular.
Grow tents have a rigid frame surrounded by a cloth material lined with a reflective interior. With zippers to access the area, ventilation and electrical ports already installed, assembly is quick and easy. Simply build the structure and zip the material around the frame. With the grow tent in place, lights can be hung from the upper cross bars as well as other accessories like an exhaust fan and charcoal filter.
Grow tents have a degree of security to them as well. For those who grow legal medical plants, a grow tent can be tucked away out of sight, emitting no smell or light to give away its presence. Compared to the outdoors where there is less control against animals, pests and humans. Use a carbon scrubber attached to your exhaust fan to eliminate all odor emissions from the tent.
The main equipment that you need for your grow tent would be the proper amount of light for the space, an exhaust fan and your garden. You can use potting soil in simple containers, or use a more hydroponic garden to achieve greater results. The exhaust fan will bring in fresh air with CO2 from the vents and remove heat and humidity keeping your plants in a perfect environment.
A minimum of 20 watts of lighting per square foot of garden is required, and 40 watts per square foot is better. Use low heat lighting like LED or fluorescent grow lights to lower your need to cool the tent with an exhaust fan. If you put more power or hotter lights in your tent, be prepared to increase the ventilation to keep the garden cool. You can use high intensity lights like HPS with an air cooled reflector and venting hot exhaust air away from the tent outside or to another part of the house. Always ask your local hydroponic shop or send us an email if you have questions about equipment.
A grow tent is the easy choice for your indoor garden. See our new complete kits that contain everything required for your first crop!
You grow our own crops for a reason. You want to know what went into them and make sure you’re getting the highest quality possible. In a world where pesticides and harmful farming practices are the norm, we can reject that and grow something better.
Growing a better crop is not just about getting a big yield, it’s also about enjoying the fruits of your labor with better taste and flavor. Using only mineral fertilizers in any type of garden is a sure way to make a bland and harsh taste from your crop.
It doesn’t matter what you’re growing, getting big yields with greater sugars and terpene levels requires a healthy plant that has all the right building blocks. By using a product that delivers humic, fulvic acids, amino acids, vitamins, carbohydrates and root enhancers, you can achieve the highest quality and promote a larger harvest from a single product.
Dutch Nutrient Diamond is a blend of natural ingredients that increases nutrient uptake at the roots, stimulates increased cell division and delivers amino acids and other organic compounds that increase plant vigor. Diamond was created to increase plant vigor without the use of hormones or harmful ingredients like other products on the market.
DN Diamond was designed to use with a base fertilizer like DN A/B Bloom or DN Organic Bloom for unmatched value, consistency and quality of yield. Experienced gardeners around the world are reporting their best yields and improved taste when switching the DN Diamond for their additive product.
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Russ Landry from the Giant Pumpkin Growing Society explains How to Grow Giant Plants: