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Read for yourself what real growers like you are saying... I just wanted to let someone there know that I have become a very skeptical, wary consumer based upon obscene amounts of dissatisfaction with products I have bought over the years. That said, I have to explain how angry it made me to learn that the feeding program I wanted cost $1,000. It made me angry because I became obsessed with trying Advanced Nutrients products ever since I read the propaganda on the website. When I read these product descriptions, I felt like someone looked into my mind (from the marketing department) when I was asleep or something and discovered how to create ads for products that would simply force me to buy them. So, I went out and bought the Bigger Yields Flower System up to the Grand Master Level along with pH Perfect Sensi 2-part base nutrients. It was one of the most difficult purchases I have made in the last 10 years but I bought the stuff. I have never been more amazed by witnessing anything in my life (short of the birth of my son) than I have been by your products. This is the only case I can think of where every single claim made by a company about their products turned out to be completely true. This has provided a refreshing feeling. Thank you, Advanced Nutrients, and please keep up the good work! Sincerely, Jeff S.

They suck!!! lol just kidding!! I have been skeptical of spending the extra money on Advanced Nutrients for some time now. I have been a successful growers going on 8 years. I have always been happy with my yield and quality over the years. I started using the Advanced Nutrients Grand Master schedule just a few months back, and I did so with an open mind. But at the same time, not getting my hopes up too high, for the promise of bigger better yields. The only thing I can say is: ‘WOW!!!’ I cannot even begin to explain the crazy amount of growth and vigor my plants displayed throughout their entire cycle. As far as yield, I got an undisputed 20-25% increase, and the quality was second to none. If you are thinking about trying out this great product line I would highly recommend it. I can only leave you with one caution... Plants may exceed provided growing space!! Matt --- Oregon

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Why Most Silicon Supplements Don’t Work First, silicon isn’t supplied at all in most hydroponic fertilizers or growing media. Second, if you’ve tried a silicon supplement, you’ve discovered that most hydroponics manufacturers use an inferior grade of silicon that isn’t easily absorbed by the roots.

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* Samuel, A. L., et al., 1993. The

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The scientists at Advanced Nutrients knew this before they started designing our silicon supplement. And the potassium silicate used by Advanced Nutrients is even more effective because it has been blended with a proprietary mix of ingredients that allows your plants to absorb silicon effortlessly.

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Blair, Chicago, Illinois “After years of battling against powdery mildew, including using a foliar fungicide, I found that your potassium silicate in Rhino Skin along with Piranha stopped it completely.” Heyday - Wir lieben Pflanzen “Kind regards from Vienna, Austria. Our plants look great, thanks to your fertilizer. Good business.” Gary, Memphis, Tennessee “I am a macrophotographer who photographs my crops. I can send you the pictures to prove that Rhino Skin increases the size and transparency of my glands. I changed lenses because I didn’t need so much magnification.”

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CONTENTS

{ F R O M T H E TO P }

BIG MIKE

Dylan Ratigan’s future of hydroponics.

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{ E D I TO R ’ S N OT E }

JOSHUA GLAZER

Northern California tribute.

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{ F E E D BAC K }

LETTERS

Our readers report in.

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{ FUN }

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BUDDY

The Temple of Bloom.

HIGHLIGHTS

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{ CO V E R STO RY }

SONS OF ANARCHY

Exclusive interview with Sons star Rockmond Dunbar.

“I’VE ALWAYS BEEN AROUND BIKER GANGS” 88

{ BUSINESS }

DYLAN RATIGAN

From cable news to hydroponic hero.

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{ E Y E C A N DY }

NICOLE

This issue’s Canadian queen.

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{ F E AT U R E }

NORCAL TRAVEL GUIDE

A custom path for hydroponic pilgrims.

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HYDRO 101

22 ROOFTOP RESCUE

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24 COMPUTER CONTROL

Storage bags to keep your crop fresh.

26 SPY GAMES

ZOMBIE PLANTS

{ I N D USTRY G AB }

GARDEN PROPAK

Vancouver YWCA’s produce for the poor.

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Bitponics’ WiFi garden gadget.

{ PL ANTS 101 }

Crops keep living after harvest.

Secure communications for growers.

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28 CLEANLIGHT

{ H OT F O R HYD RO }

BUDGET GEAR

The new way to kill mildew.

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Small stuff can save you big in the garden.

30 TNB NATURALS

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32 FRESH FRUIT

Organic ripening supplementation.

{ ERIK’S ORGANICS }

FINISH LINE

CO2 in a bottle.

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Keeping your harvest delicious.

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{ NUTRIENTS }

SUPER STRENGTH

34 GMO NATIONS

Silicone supplements for indoor growers.

The worst nations for mutant crops.

36 NORCAL NUMBERS

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Keeping count in Northern Cali.

38 PICKLING

The latest taste for your crop.

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FILTER

HYDRO FEATURES 54

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Tighten up your trim time.

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{ DIY }

RAISED BEDS

Great toys for boy (and girl) growers.

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{ F E AT U R E }

STORAGE WARS

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Mythical monsters, maybe?

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{ F E AT U R E }

MOVING YOUR GROW

Pigging out to lose weight.

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{ H A RV E ST }

THE PERFECT DRY

The sweet healthy treat.

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{ FLUSHING }

ROYAL FLUSH

{ GAMES }

THRONE OF GAMES

Cleaning out your crop.

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{ CULTI VATE YO U }

RAW CHOCOLATE

How to hang your harvest.

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{ SWE AT EQ UITY }

CHEAT DAYS

Our guide to a fast getaway.

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{ 5 E SSENTIAL S }

CRYPTOZOOLOGICAL BEASTS

One grower’s tale – borrower beware.

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{ G AD G ETS }

GEAR UP

Budget beds for outdoor growers.

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{ G E AR }

HARVEST HELPERS

Summer games keep you indoors.

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{ H A RV E ST }

HARVEST HONEYS

{ H OT STUFF }

COMING SOON

Making trimming a treat.

Nine Inch Nails, Farm Aid, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. DEPARTMENTS

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WERE YOU LISTENING? What did you learn this issue?

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Learn how to get out of Dodge quickly and with your grow safely intact.

Dylan Ratigan gave up the limelight to work in hydroponics. Find out why.

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THANK GOD FOR PEOPLE LIKE DYLAN RATIGAN! BY M ICHAE L STRAU M I ETI S

Maybe you’ve heard of Dylan Ratigan. He was host of the highest-rated non-prime-time show on MSNBC. Last year, he wrote a best-selling book called Greedy Bastards detailing the unholy alliance between big business and government. By all standards, this man had it made. But then he turned his back on fame. You’ll find his story in an article titled, “The New(s) Deal,” starting on page 88 of this issue. It makes for great reading. While doing research for his best-selling book and awardwinning cable show, Ratigan learned how big business and government were negatively dominating our food supply and endangering

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our planet’s resources. He decided he wanted to do something about it. He’s the first to admit that he can’t turn the problem around on his own. But he was willing to do what he could — even to the point of giving up his career. At the same time, Ratigan became aware of another problem. Thousands of highly trained military personnel were returning to civilian life and needing jobs. These returning veterans have been trained to operate complex equipment and participate in intricate programs. Billions of dollars have been spent by our government in honing their skills into one of our country’s most valuable resources. Ratigan came up with a plan to give these veterans the opportunity to turn an acre of ground into a highly productive hydroponic-organic farm. Not only would such a farm provide a good income, but it would help the veterans make an often difficult transition from military to civilian life. If a thousand or more of these hydroponic greenhouses could be built, they would have a sizeable impact on our food supply and remove at least part of the influence of big business on our agriculture. Also, there would be a significant savings of energy, water, and land usage. A big plus for our planet. Obviously, part of the plan involves educating and encouraging consumers to buy hydroponic-organic products. Ratigan’s media background is ideal for spearheading just such a campaign. He also has an extensive background in finance, which will be important in both setting up the program and helping veterans obtain funding. I feel this is a win-win program in many ways. It’s a win for consumers by providing them with healthier GMO-free organic food. It’s a win for our planet by enabling the production of food using considerably less energy and water. And finally, it’s a win for veterans who will have a rewarding job and income. Take a moment and read the article. I believe you’ll agree with me that Ratigan has an exciting vision for the future of hydroponics and our planet, while helping many veterans successfully return to civilian life. I’ll say it again: Thank God for people like Dylan Ratigan! Talk soon, Big Mike :)


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As anyone who has spent time there can tell you, Northern California is a wonderful place full of natural beauty, rich history, and wonderful people. From the digital wizards of Silicon Valley, to the wine wizards of Sonoma County, and the guy dressed as a wizard on San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, there is something magical about that area of the world that can’t be matched anywhere else. And then there are our favorite wizards, the growers who make places like Humboldt one of the most productive growing communities in the world. There’s no place like NorCal to meet and mingle with some of the best growers in the world. It truly is a way of life up there. When we decided to dedicate this issue to Northern California, we instantly thought of one of our favorite television shows, Sons of Anarchy. Sure, the program is actually filmed in Southern California, and the violent antics of the tough-as-nails bikers aren’t actually indicative of the NorCal we love, but it’s hard to resist the intense drama that unfolds week after week on this mesmerizing show. We even got to speak with the show’s Oakland-raised regular, Rockmond Dunbar, who plays the tormented sheriff of the ironically named fictional NorCal town of Charming. But charm is one thing that the real Northern California has in abundance. Another is a quality of crops that makes the rest of the world green with envy. That’s why we’re booking our travel back to NorCal as soon as possible.

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delivered into that scenario is like a burst

the YWCA rooftop garden is also able to

of color on a palette of gray. A welcome

grow fruit uncommon to the region such as

development, indeed.

kiwis, peaches, and plums.

The rooftop garden started in 2006, and since then has produced more than five

downtown Vancouver,” explains Bradley.

tons of freshly picked fruits and vegetables.

“Because of the highrise buildings situ-

Once a week, volunteers harvest the

ated around us, we get reflection of the

produce and take it down to Crabtree

sun pretty much all day and at all different

Corner, a community center in the DTES.

angles, which allows us to grow the kiwis

“What makes us special is that our core clients are low-income families,”

and peaches. We get constant sun from about 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.”

explains the YWCA’s Chantelle Krish. “It’s

The YWCA also runs the aforemen-

Urban gardening is taking off in major centers around the

a drop-in and it’s free. Anybody can come.

tioned Crabtree Corner, a family resource

world, from New York to Tokyo. One of the most impres-

We’ve had great feedback because it’s not

center in the DTES with housing, medical

sive of these projects towers above Western Canada’s

often that people who are that low-income,

care, child care, and a community kitchen

most populous city, Vancouver.

living in serious poverty, have access to

run by volunteers that serves two fresh

fresh organic produce.”

meals a day. The lion’s share of the rooftop

Among the urban growing projects around Vancouver is a garden housed atop the YWCA in the city’s downtown east side (DTES), Canada’s poorest neighborhood. The DTES is a gathering place for the homeless, the drug-addicted, the mentally ill, and outcasts from cities

As for the garden itself, it’s a 650-square-meter operation with some unique qualities. “We minimize our carbon footprint

produce makes its way there. Its connection to the YWCA garden means that, unlike other community centers around the city, Crabtree Corner doesn’t

and towns around the province of British Columbia. A

by farming naturally, using smart irrigation,

rely strictly on donations, but is able to serve

stroll through the neighborhood reveals people openly

maximizing planting space, and harvesting

food harvested the same day from its own

injecting heroin, and many visibly disturbed and severely

at the peak of readiness,” says Dale Bradley,

resource.

ill people roaming sidewalks and stumbling across busy

the project manager.

The YWCA’s rooftop garden is a

In addition to typical Pacific Northwest

fresh-food oasis and a herald of good in an

mere blocks from some of North America’s most expen-

produce like lettuce, kale, spinach, rhubarb,

increasingly urbanized world struggling for

sive real estate. That fresh organic produce is being

broccoli, hot peppers, tomatoes, and beans,

sustainability.

streets. It’s an image of a post-apocalyptic cityscape

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gardening, including pH, water temperature, air temperature, light, humidity, and even electrical conductivity, if you so choose. The system is a sleek white base station with an Apple-esque sheen, two power inlets and three sensor connections. It takes little more than power cords, input jacks and a good Wi-Fi signal to take control of your garden. At its core, the station acts as a real-time transmitter between your hydroponic garden and your computer, using a Wi-Fi signal to relay data. Bitponics will adjust your sensors to adhere to a specialized grow plan contained within your Bitponics cloud application, which is viewable on any computer or smart device, phone, pad or tablet. As reliable as a German timetable, the station will keep you up to date with scheduled SMS and email logs to notify you of your garden’s progress or any potential trouble. Since the whole system is

If your socks weren’t already blown off by the staggering potential of hydroponics,

accessed through a login page on the Bitponics website, you

you’d better hold on to your hat. Indoor gardening will soon arrive at a laptop

can control the settings for your garden from anywhere in the

near you, and it’s coming in the form of a Wi-Fi-enabled base station designed by

world.

engineers Amit Kumar and Michael Doherty of Brooklyn, New York. The hip duo, who are both plant lovers and confessed nerds, have fasttracked hydroponics for the digital age with their new product, Bitponics. The

Bitponic users to interact with one another to build a shared

system is built especially for Millennials who know their future is going to require a

database of successful grow plans. The device itself is even

post-industrial green revolution. And they prefer that it come with a killer smart-

hackable and can be modified to make room for additional

phone app.

sensors or functionality. The only limits are your imagination

As fresh as it can get, coding-savvy Kumar and Doherty spawned Bitponics just last year with a full-blown Kickstarter campaign launched in the summer of

and technical skills. If you are skeptical whether Bitponics will work for you, not

2012. In 30 days they raised $23,662, exceeding their $20,000 goal, and made

to worry. The device is compatible with any hydroponic system

their hard-earned vision a reality: simplified gardening for anyone, anywhere, no

that has a nutrient reservoir, including aeroponics. It’s a hacker’s

matter where they live or what experience they have.

dream for do-it-yourselfers. Bitponics goes for $499 and will be

Bitponics is engineered to be an all-encompassing hydroponic experience and offers users automated control over the most important aspects of indoor

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Taking it one step further, the entire project is opensource and community-oriented. Kumar and Doherty encourage

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Ormus, it’s Organic, Natural and Ancient. This season grow your own Garden of Eden with Ormus from Blue Water Alchemy. Ormus concentrate is to be used at the rate of 1oz/30mL per gallon of water/3.74L (a 1% solution) three times per crop as a rootball soak. “Indeed, without the photographic evidence, (results of using ORMUS concentrate) they would be hard to believe. For example, a walnut tree treated over several years has grown to over twice the height of control trees and now produces six times the weight of nuts—and the nuts themselves are the size of tangerine oranges! A plum tree produced, in the first year of treatment, individual fruit nearly twice the weight of those from the control tree, and in the second year they were over five times the weight. One photograph shows maize plants so high that the owner has to stand on a stepladder to reach the top. They appear to be some 12 feet [~3.6 meters] high. Oranges were produced the size of cantaloupe melons! There are many other examples. In addition, there are consistent reports by those using ORMUS that ORMUS-treated crops are not only much more productive, but they also mature earlier, need less fertilizer and have greater resistance to pests. They even taste better!” —Roger Taylor PhD Nexus Magazine 3/2007 Whatever the crop, the use of Ormus maximizes the plant’s potential to become Enormous!

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Unless you’ve been living completely off the grid, you are no doubt aware of the massive data-gathering programs that were revealed in June by CIA contractor Edward Snowden. Since that shocking revelation, hardly a week has passed without a new report of government spying on citizens, from the NSA’s PRISM program that is “tapping directly into the central servers” to the U.S. Postal Service’s flagging of mail sent to known activists. As Big Brother tightens his grip on every aspect of our communications, how can DIY growers like you maintain the right to privacy without smashing your computer and tossing your iPhone into a nutrient reservoir? Rosebud has some suggestions:

Surf the Web anonymously with Tor Whatever you’re looking at online, there are ways to protect yourself from Big Brother. Tor is a great IP-anonymizing tool that bounces your traffic between several proxy servers before sending it to its intended destination. Instead of registering your IP address, websites will log whichever node your traffic happens to have passed through last. While Tor is sophisticated enough to protect your browser from the government, it’s relatively simple to use. The Tor Browser Bundle connects to Tor automatically every time you use Firefox, allowing you to easily surf with anonymity every time you use it. You can download it here: www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en

Search Privately with Ixquick Google continues to insist it did not know about the PRISM surveillance project, even though leaked National Security Agency documents explicitly name the company as a collabo-

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KEEPING YOUR COMMUNICATIONS SECURE IN THE AGE OF SPYING

rator. Thankfully, there are alternatives. Ixquick is the only website

BY STEVE N B LU M

parties.

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to have received the European Privacy Seal and earned a 100 out of 100 privacy score. Plus the site says it does not log any IP addresses or search terms, or share information with third


I’M SAFE

Make Secure Phone Calls with Silent Circle Silent Circle is an app you can download for your iPhone or Android device that offers end-toend encryption, which means that the company running the service can’t access your unencrypted calls and can’t turn them over to the feds. Founded by a former Navy SEAL and the creator of PGP, the software has been independently audited by Chris Soghoian of the American Civil Liberties Union to ensure it doesn’t contain any back doors. It’ll cost you and whoever you’re communicating with $20 a month to use, but certainly your privacy is worth it.

Tweet, Don’t Update Twitter is the only mainstream Internet service that wasn’t included in the list of PRISM firms. The company has a long history of protecting the privacy of its users — even refusing court orders to reveal their true identities. In May, the privacy advocate group the Electronic Frontier Foundation awarded Twitter full marks for protecting its users from government surveillance.

Encrypt Your Emails with PGP or GPG PGP and GPG remain the gold standard in secure emailing. The service works like this: You receive a private key that you keep, and a public one that you give to whoever you’re emailing. If a third party tries to intercept the emails and doesn’t have a key, all they’ll see is gibberish. You won’t be able to read your emails

WHAT YOU STILL CAN’T HIDE

on a phone — the service only works with external clients like Mozilla’s Thunderbird — but it’s worth the hassle if you only want

While you can encrypt the contents of your emails, anonymize your IP address,

to communicate with a handful of people.

and protect your phone conversations, you still can’t hide who you call or where and when you call them. The reason is that this metadata is stored by

You can download it here:

cellphone carriers, who are being monitored by the government. Until a secure

www.gnupg.org/download/index.en.html

carrier comes to market, there’s not a whole lot we can do about this. That said, we’re not living in a dystopia; there are tools we can use to protect ourselves from many government surveillance methods. But it’s our responsibility to learn how to use them.

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THE CLEANSING POWER OF LIGHT CLEANLIGHT OFFERS A NEW SOLUTION TO INDOOR DISEASE BY HAROLD LAWR E NCE

Every indoor grower has done battle with disease. It can set you back a season or even worse. The hydroponics industry offers many solutions and preventions that can help battle pesky problems such as botrytis and powdery mildew, but there’s a novel technology making its way to North America that you may not have heard of yet. CleanLight has imported technology developed in the commercial grow rooms of Holland to prevent and combat fungus, bacteria, and viruses. Their system incorporates UV-C light, along with ozone generation, compound filtration, and ion filtration, to utterly

CleanLight Hobby Unit

purify your grow room from unwanted pathogens. UV-C has been used since the 1930s to disinfect air, water, and surfaces such as operating rooms and food-processing facilities. CleanLight has refined this immense cleaning power for your grow room. The low-powered CleanLight is carefully calibrated to eliminate surface pathogens without penetrating your precious plants. CleanLight offers three products. The introductory-level CleanLight Hobby Unit is

CleanLight Pro

a handheld UV-C light that growers can sweep across their plants’ architecture to kill powdery mildew and botrytis fungi. The CleanLight Pro offers more robust coverage for larger grow operations. The 40-watt light can treat more plants and treat them faster. It’s made with a shatterproof lamp and can be put on a boom for automated purposes. The pièce de résistance is the CleanLight Air, which uses UV-C light technology along with six additional filtration devices in a single unit. The unit purifies the air in your grow room, not just the surface of your plants, killing airborne mildew or bacteria viruses. It actually kills fungal spores, and can treat grow rooms up to 750 square feet. By deploying a well-proven technology with new finesse, CleanLight might just be your salvation from powdery mildew and other grow room pathogens.

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mend the Enhancer from TNB Naturals. This all-organic CO2 generator

We have developed a superior all-natural

can add up to 1,200 ppm in a 12’x12’x8’ area. And it works just by adding

product with a growing reputation for

warm water to the bottle. Rosebud spoke to TNB to find out more:

effectiveness. An independent company

Growers know the benefits that added CO2 will bring to your indoor hydroponic garden. Tanks are inefficient and CO2 burners can be difficult to set

tested this product and the results

WHAT SETS TNB APART FROM OTHER CO2 COMPANIES?

were significantly positive. In a 4’x4’x4’ sealed environment, the Enhancer

Our product actually slows the release of CO2 at night. This gives plants

produced over 5,000 ppm of CO2. In a

a much-needed break. CO2 at night can negatively affect your final yield,

typical 12’x12’x8’ growing environment,

something no gardener wants to experience.

consumers can expect to reach between

The shelf life is another factor. Our product isn’t actually activated

900 and 1,200 ppm for a two-week

until the consumer adds water, which allows the product to stay on the shelf for up to three years without worrying about it expiring. Finally, this product is perfect for smaller spaces but is also highly effective in larger environments. We are seeing a lot of the bigger guys buying multiple canisters to meet their needs.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR STARTING THE COMPANY? We didn’t set out to start this company. It sort of started itself. Travis, the creator of what is now TNB Naturals, starting making the bottles for himself. It took a few years of experimenting with the ingredients and the process before he let someone try it. After seeing the results, his buddies were like, “You should sell this in a store!” So that’s exactly what we did.

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IN A 4’X4’X4’ SEALED ENVIRONMENT, THE ENHANCER PRODUCED OVER 5,000 PPM OF CO2

Additionally, this product is economically viable, does not emit any heat or require any electricity, and is very easy to use. Consumers can expect significant gain, including greener, healthier plants with bigger yields.

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10 TIPS FOR PROPERLY RIPENING AND PRESERVING YOUR FRUITS AND VEGGIES BY MAR S EA TR UAN

Whether you buy them from a supermarket, farmers

5. Salad greens and fresh herbs should

market, or grow your own, preserving your precious fruits

be kept in plastic bags with only a small

GIVE OFF ETHYLENE

and vegetables is incredibly important for your health and

amount of air and a very tight seal. Air is

your wallet.

the enemy to your spring mix.

Apples, apricots, avocados, ripening bananas, blueberries, cantaloupe, citrus fruit (not grapefruit), cranberries, figs, guavas, grapes, green onions, honeydew, ripe kiwi fruit, mangoes, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, okra, papayas, passion fruit, peaches, pears, peppers, persimmons, pineapple, plantains, plums, prunes, quinces, tomatoes, and watermelon.

A ridiculous amount of food is thrown away every day simply because it was allowed to over-ripen or rot.

6. Citrus fruits will store well in a cool, dry

What a waste. Luckily, there are some tricks to save your

place on your counter or in a perforated

precious produce from an untimely end.

bag in the fridge.

1. Some types of produce give off ethylene gas as they

7. To prolong the life of your pineapples,

ripen, causing other nearby foods to ripen too quickly.

cut off the leafy top and store it upside

Keep these opposing plants in separate storage (see

down. This will keep the sugars more

sidebar).

evenly distributed within the fruit, allowing it to ripen more evenly.

2. Potatoes, onions, and tomatoes should be kept on

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the counter until ripe. Refrigeration will cause uneven or

8. Wrap your celery in aluminum foil, then

incomplete ripening, and just a plain ol’ bad taste.

store it in the crisper.

3. Store unripe fruits and veggies on the counter until

9. Don’t wash berries until right before

ripe, then move them to the fridge, unless listed above as

you eat them. The dampness may cause

a no-fridge item.

premature mold.

4. Only buy what you plan to consume before it will go

10. Grow it yourself and pick it right at

bad. There is no point in taking advantage of a sale on

the perfect time. If you really want fresh,

produce if you end up throwing half of it away.

grow your own!

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SENSITIVE TO ETHYLENE Asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cucumbers, cut flowers, eggplant, endive, escarole, florist greens, green beans, kale, kiwi fruit, leafy greens, lettuce, parsley, peas, peppers, potatoes, potted plants, romaine lettuce, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, watercress, and yams.


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GMO

1 “I have pesticide in me,” he said. “Here we all have pesticide in our bodies because the land is saturated with it. And it is a huge problem. In Argentina, biodiversity is diminishing, even in national

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parks, because pesticides don’t recognize the limit of the park.” 2. Brazil (30.3 million hectares of GMOs)

We’ve pretty much established that GMOs are, at

Like its neighbor to the south, Brazil is

best, bad for your health and, at worst, going to cause

constantly growing soy to feed the needs

the zombie apocalypse. But which countries are the

of its Chinese partners. In fact, China has

biggest producers of GMOs, and why do they not seem

recently approved the sale of a Brazilian

concerned? Here’s a rundown of the three biggest GMO

Monsanto soybean that was genetically

producers (and they have everyone else beaten by a wide

engineered to detract (i.e., kill) a caterpillar

margin).

that has become a nuisance.

3. Argentina (23 million hectares of GMOs)

1. United States (69 million hectares

Like many GMO countries, Argentina’s main commodity

of GMOs)

is soy, much of which goes to China or elsewhere in the

Who else did you expect? Our insanely lax

scare campaign against a proposition that

Far East, where GMOs are not banned.

regulations on genetically modified food

would have required labeling of GM ingre-

and the advantage of large companies like

dients in our food. People voted against

plants in Argentina, they have to spray insane amounts of

Monsanto to bully state and local govern-

this essentially because Monsanto’s

pesticides, many of which have been known (and already

ments into dropping lawsuits and coerce

ads made it seem as though we would

shown) to cause birth defects.

voters into making unhealthy choices

somehow require gold bullion to buy our

make it difficult to get accurate information

Hot Pockets.

Due to the large amount of space taken up by GM

In his film Argentina: The Bad Seeds, filmmaker Glenn Ellis explores the cost of genetically modified soy in Argentina. At a speech in Cordoba, he listened to Nobel

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to the masses. This past California state election,

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The scariest part is that the GMO producers are winning. They have already

laureate Raul Montenegro speak about the grave harm that

Monsanto and the corporations that sell its

snuck legislation through Congress that

pesticides have done to the people of Argentina.

products spent nearly $1 billion to create a

increases their invulnerability. Be concerned.

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BY JOS H UA G LAZ E R

Amount (USD) of VC investment made in the SF Bay Area during Q1 of 2013.

Number of green job listings found for the San Francisco Bay Area, according to SimplyHired.com.

The year Sam Brannan published the first edition of The California Star, San Francisco’s first newspaper.

The main area code of Humboldt County.

The number of registered wineries found in Sonoma Country.

The height, in meters, of the giant sequoia tree named General Sherman, the largest living thing on Earth by volume.

The number of hydroponic stores currently carrying Advanced Nutrients products in Northern California.

The number of Michelin-starred restaurants located in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay and wine country areas.

Percentage probability of a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake hitting Northern California in the next 30 years.

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1. A distraught friend says that his

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b) A sticky substance secreted onto plants

plants are covered in “honeydew.” What is he talking about? a) The webbing caused by spider mites. by pests. c) A coating due to overusing foliar spray, vegetables are encouraged to ferment.

barbeque. It might be Uncle Ted, who

Regular dill pickles and sauerkraut, for

always has a few too many beers, but if

instance, both take about three weeks to

2. Someone calls your plants leggy if:

you’re lucky, it’ll be a sliver of dill cozying up

cure, while other vegetables, like cauli-

a) Your stems are stretched unnecessarily

to that juicy burger and salty potato chips.

flower, carrots, and beets, can be flash-

Combining the American palate’s penchant for increasingly big and bold

pickled in just a few hours. Today’s pickling trend, however, isn’t

long, probably due to lack of light. b) You have removed too many leaves from underneath your plant. c) You’ve got some sexy plants.

flavors with the DIY craze sweeping the

just about preserving the best of summer,

nation, pickled and other sour foods have

it’s about experimenting with various fruits

been hitting the top of dining trend lists.

and vegetables or varying the consistency

3. Plants experiencing phototropism

Pickling, which encompasses everything

of spices and brine. Habanero, rooibos

are:

from standard dills to sauerkrauts, fruit

tea, and star anise now join the traditional

a) Being exposed to too many lumens,

pickles and relishes, is a method of

pickling medley of mustard seed, celery

causing hyperactive chlorophyll

preserving with brine or vinegar. As acidity

seed, black pepper, and thyme, while

production.

increases during curing, colors and flavors

chefs experiment with pickling everything

change until fruits and veggies are left

from red wine-infused Asian pears to

with that signature tart, briny zing that

fennel flowers and green strawberries.

adds a burst of flavor to everything from

Like many good trends, pickling is a

sandwiches and salads to soufflés and

revival of an ancient practice, one that’s

grilled meats.

been put to use in various ways around

There are two basic pickling

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which may smother plants.

There’s a sour side to every summer

herring from Scandinavia, miso pickles

preserved in vinegar for just a few hours

from Japan, chutney from India, or a good

or overnight, and brining, where over

old dilly from New York City, your next

the course of a few days or months, raw

peck might just be a pickled one.

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probably because of inbreeding. c) Bending their stems and leaves to directly face your light source.

the world. Whether Korean kimchi, pickled

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OPEN LETTER FROM BAG IT BETTER | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | My name is Michael, and I am the president of Bag It Better. We manufacture the Garden ProPaks, formally Canna ProPak. For 30 years the only options people had to store herbal products were oven bags and food bags. In the last few years there have been several companies selling thicker versions of these types of bags. I saw a need to create a bag that was actually made for the industry. I didn’t want to make just another thicker oven bag, so I set out to find the best materials I could find to keep odor and freshness in the bag longer. I wanted it to stand up on its own, with a wide-open mouth and a heavy-duty ziploc seal. I also designed the bag to be vacuum-packed and heat-sealed for long-term freshness. I also wanted to be able to nitrogen flush it. We discovered that we could laminate different materials into a film that would accomplish the goals we were pursuing. The inner film of the Garden ProPak is FDA-approved food-quality plastic. We then added two more films to create a triple-laminated material that accomplished the

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most odor-proof stand-up pouch on the market today. All plastic materials are rated by the manufacturers for oxygen-transfer rate, moisture-transfer rate, and puncture-proofing. Garden ProPaks tested 48 times more moisture-proof and 12 times more odor-proof than all other bags currently being used. Yes, it would take 12 oven bags to even come close to the effectiveness of one Garden ProPak. All of these things were important to us to achieve an herbal storage pouch that would keep products fresher and the shelf life longer than anything else available. In the old days we used mason jars, but that is just not practical. By making an odorproof stand-up pouch, we also created a perfect container for ripening the bouquet much faster and keeping that bouquet at its peak longer by vacuuming and heat-sealing the pouch. We are a 21st century company bringing you the next generation in preservation. For more info see our website at www.gardenpropak.com.


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ZOMBIE PLANTS! CROPS CONTINUE TO LIVE LONG AFTER THEIR HARVEST BY JOLE N E BOR R E LLI

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arvest is the moment of truth for all plant life, and arguably the most important moment too. In just a matter of seasons, a cultivated crop will transition from a nurtured field of green to fulfilling its life purpose. Whether for nourishment or material use, harvest time within a growing cycle is key, determining a plant’s eventual value as well as its palatability and quality. This, however, is dependent on how a plant is harvested and its treatment thereafter as the fruit, flower, and body of a plant continue to live for some time after being cut, allowing outside influences such as photoperiods, moisture, and injury to affect both curing and ripening. After a plant is removed from its growing medium or is pruned from the larger plant body, the aridity of a post-harvest environment will be the greatest factor in a sustained life or rapid rate of decomposition. Water is the first element to leave a plant once it is no longer growing, evaporating through millions of tiny openings that cover a leaf ’s surface (called stomata) or by the incisions left from harvest. If a plant’s root system is left intact, water will be forced through the microscopic stomata and result in a long, slow release of moisture in contrast to the quick escape offered by open surface areas that remain after pruning. Post-harvest, a plant’s biological clock ticks onward, its cells still awake and active. Its flowers and fruit will metabolize as if they were alive, using light to spend any remaining chlorophyll for food production, even releasing natural insecticides to guard against infection, decay, and attacks from waiting predators. Floral volatiles soon intensify and develop pleasant or pungent aromas before degrading, while phytochemicals accumulate to produce the antioxidants so beneficial to our health. However, resin and sap production is suspended, and the sticky fluids will remain within the same cells as during harvest. Although a cutting may wither and die if left to its own devices just as a plant in autumn, the senescence we observe during fall is much different than the death cycle of a harvested plant. During senescence, a plant will induce certain parts of itself to die through chemical and hormonal changes sparked by seasonal cues. Because a plant that has been harvested remains alive for some time after, its decomposition only occurs when it has depleted its food and water reserves and can no longer sustain itself without a functioning vascular system. It is for this reason that it is important not to shrug off harvest at the end of a growing cycle. In many ways, it is the greatest way to ensure a worthier result of your labors and a much more sophisticated yield. Until a plant begins to decompose or is entirely desiccated, its post-harvest quality can be influenced through our actions as it passes from one stage of its life to another, a transition that can be tuned to a fine degree by understanding the dynamic process of harvest.


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etting up an indoor grow is not cheap. You can end up spending way more than you need to. That said, there is certain equipment that you really should not shy away from investing money in, such as a good pH meter and R.O. system. Never take a chance with pH and water when it comes to growing hydroponically. However, there are plenty of places to save a couple of bucks. In my store, I help customers shop on a budget, and I have a few suggestions regarding low-cost equipment that could save you money and improve your garden.

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One of the best bargain buys is a weather station. You can find one for as cheap as $17 from Sears, or get one from your local hydro store for a few more dollars. This is a great gadget because you don’t have to get up to check the temperature and humidity in your room. Instead, you can keep the receiver anywhere in your home, monitoring the environment in your grow room remotely. Another trick I’ve learned is replacing MH bulbs with fluorescents for the vegetative phase. This is a great way to save money on bulbs and electricity. They are cost-efficient, put out almost no heat, and produce about 10,000 lumens. T5s are the most common fixture we sell and will be the most efficient, but T8s are a tad cheaper, so they will give you the best coverage for your money. I’d also try to find a fixture that has a reflector attached to it. This will help direct the light downward towards your plants,

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creating more light coverage. For bulbs, you’ll want anything that says daylight, which should have a color temperature around 5000-6500K. Last but not least is the oscillating fan. These budget fans do not create enough air movement to cool a room, but they help move cool air around, which helps minimize hot spots. The motion they cause also strengthens your  plants’ branches, making them better suited for supporting heavy harvests. They can also make your plants healthier because fresh air movement helps prevent mold and fungal disease. Getting started in hydro doesn’t always have to cost you an arm and a leg, and if you do your research beforehand, you can find some killer deals that will help you save time and money. Until next time, grow big or go home!

Deonna Marie and her family operate Hydroponics Outlet in Gilroy, California. (hydroponicsoutlet.com)

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ipening is the crucial time right before harvesting, when the blooms of highvalue plants will noticeably fill in, pack on extra density, and produce a significant amount of essential oils. This final burst of essential-oil production can make the difference between good quality and great quality. For outdoor plants, the ripening stage is more prolonged than for indoor plants, which means a greater window of time is available to boost the plant’s natural tendencies. However, it is advantageous for both indoor and outdoor growers to supplement particular nutrients during the ripening stage in order to maximize production. There is a plethora of chemical fertilizers aimed at promoting ripening and last-minute essential-oil production. When looking around a hydroponic store, you can quickly see that most fertilizer companies have at least one, if not multiple, ripening additives. That is great for the chemical growers, but what about those who grow organically? One of my biggest pet peeves is hearing someone claim that they grow organically only to find out that they are using a chemical ripening additive. Organic purists who have worked long and hard to maintain a healthy balance in their garden’s microecosystem cannot afford to jeopardize it all by caving in at the last minute and using a chemical ripening booster. After all, most organic growers have well-built soil that already contains everything the plant needs to grow. But what if organic growers want to capitalize on supplementation during the crucial ripening stage like the chemical guys do? Here is how:

TOP-DRESSING It is possible for organic growers to add an additional boost of fertilizer by top-dressing the soil. This can be done throughout the blooming stage to customize the nutrients delivered to the plants. This can be advantageous for the outdoor grower to further

provide specific nutrients to monster plants. I do not recommend top-dressing during the ripening stage in indoor gardens. An outdoor garden’s ripening stage is much longer than an indoor garden’s, and this lengthened period of time enables the plants to obtain the benefits of top-dressing. During an outdoor plant’s early ripening stage, a grower can top-dress the soil with highphosphorus bat or seabird guano. As it rains, or the grower waters the plants, the guano will release and give a boost of phosphorus and microorganisms to the plants. The added phosphorus will stimulate the flowering process (which at this time is promoting the bulking of blooms) and the microorganisms will increase nutrient uptake and essential-oil production.

AMINO ACIDS Organic products that contain high concentrations of amino acids are great to supplement during the ripening stage. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and are essentially the fuel for all plant functions, including plant metabolism. By supplementing amino acids, you can be sure your high-value plants are always operating at full capacity. This means that all the natural functions during ripening (bloom density, essential-oil production) will be accentuated. Amino acids also help build the plant’s defenses against various pathogens. Amino acid supplements offer a proactive approach to a potentially devastating pathogen attack during the ripening period.

CARBOHYDRATES Supplementing a carbohydrate formula during the entire blooming stage is advantageous, but especially during the ripening stage. The carbohydrates will feed the beneficial break as microorganisms in the soil or medium that help all plant functions. Increased carbohydrates have also been shown to stimulate essential-oil production in many varieties of high-value plants. Adding carbohydrates during the ripening stage will dramatically boost the final production of essential oils, which creates better aromas and flavors.

TEAS Organic teas made from certain raw materials can be very beneficial during the ripening stage. Teas are generally brewed in a specific tea brewer or other homemade device that combines water, oxygen, and the organic matter for a period of time. When brewed correctly, these teas will contain an abundance of microbial life that can be beneficial to organic growers in all stages of growth. Guano teas, especially teas made from high-phosphorus bat or seabird guano, are a nice boost in the early ripening stage. These guano teas not only contain a good amount of phosphorus but also an abundance of beneficial microorganisms. Guano teas supplemented during ripening will increase bloom density and stimulate essential-oil production.

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Growers like us are often plagued by a unique dilemma toward the end of our grow rooms’ flowering cycle … should we delay the harvest with a slim hope for minor growth … or not? On the one hand, it might be smarter to wait and hope the effort pays off. On the other hand, whatever weight and size gains your plants make may come at the expense of floral quality, as essential oil structures tend to degrade at this stage. In a lot of cases you’ll just go ahead and harvest the crop since waiting doesn’t seem worth it. I might have made the same call at one point.

Bigger Yield Potential Proven By Science You know as well as I do your plants flowering cycle can be manipulated to produce bigger yields, and it starts when you flip your lights to 12 hours and put your plants on their flowering schedule. After the surge of growth in size and weight seen in the peak flowering phase, your plants will enter their late flowering phase. During this time your flowers might make very small gains or they may maintain their current characteristics until harvest time.

In some sad cases, flower quality can actually decline at this point which is an obvious indication you should harvest, but the good news is you can create a more productive finishing phase for your plants with the right knowledge and tools.

Help Your Plants Achieve Maximum Production The best way to rejuvenate your plants growth and yield potential during the finishing phase before harvest is to give them a special form of nitrogen called nitrate. The plants we grow DO need nitrogen during bloom phase, just not as much as they need during the grow phase and when they’re given nitrate, they use it to create enlarged floral structures instead of stem and leaf.

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1. Folic acid – which helps your plant maintain a healthy metabolism and DNA. But the problem with relying on your plants to produce this is that it breaks down too easily, especially under intense lighting. Best to supplement this one. 2. Vitamin B5 – critical for basic cellular processes.

Here’s why B-Vitamin Supplementation could be your key to a great harvest. The problem with leaving your plants to make vitamins on their own is: not only do they have to spend precious time and energy doing it, but they’re only programmed to make specific kinds of vitamins in specific amounts. If you want them to have every advantage, to truly grow to their full potential, then you’ll need a well-designed vitamin supplement. The solution?

Pour in a dose of B-52 B-Vitamin Supplement from Advanced Nutrients. The math is simple. The more time and energy your plants spend making vitamins, the less time and energy they spend using vitamins. Which means they’re not growing as big and heavy as they could be. Not only that, but our scientists have tested different combinations and ratios of vitamins in sideby-side grows of clones. They did this to find out, in the real world, what works and what doesn’t.

3. and B1 – or Thiamine – helps your plants create and use carbohydrates, so they have the energy they need. B1 affects everything from essential oil production to Systemic Acquired Resistance, which is a fancy way of saying your plants are responding very well to the challenges in their environment. Last, B1 helps your root development substantially, so your plants can take in nutrients faster, and are more resistant to shock, transplanting and cloning. Our team of plant scientists have spent a long time testing clones side-by-side to come up with this formula. And when they couldn’t get one more milligram out of the flowers they were growing, they knew they’d arrived.

But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself how easy it is, and don’t risk a single penny. If you’re not thrilled with how easy and effective B-52 is, return with your proof of purchase for a full refund.

B-52 works. Plain and simple. Here’s how: There’s a lot going on in B-52, but here are the three major players:

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Christopher Netzer “Been using B-52 for many years! A kick ass product from germination through mid flowering! Can’t recommend it enough just like the phenomenal voodoo juice! I’m still used to the old school 2+ formula, and now they keep making the products easier to use.” HydroHerb “Advanced Nutrients products are a lot stronger than anything else I’ve ever seen or heard of so you’re not really comparing 1L to 1L. You have to account for the final volume of solution it makes. For my money it’s completely worth it. I get more yield, better quality bud, and a grow with little to no problems. It actually costs me less to grow with AN when you add it all up.” g13laze “I’m using B-52 right now. I apply twice a week and have been since week 1. I’m now into week 2 flowered and all I can say is: B-52 ROCKS! I’m just following the directions on the bottle. I plan on continuing to apply twice a week up until the 2nd or 3rd week from harvest. Good Stuff.”

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f all the important elements needed to produce vigorous plant growth, indoor horticulturists often forget the one that is fundamental for plant cell structure and essential oil production. I’m speaking about silicon, the element that until fairly recently wasn’t even described as a beneficial addition to your nutrient regimen. Silicon’s benefits are many, but two stand out for the grower of high-value plants. First, silicon is used to help build cell walls, directly influencing the structural integrity of the plant itself. After all, it seems logical that bigger, stronger plants can support larger, more bountiful yields. Secondly, and maybe more importantly, silicon is vital to the production of essential oils. Certain plants create special defensive structures called trichomes, which can range from sharp, pointy spears (that protect the plant from being eaten) to resinous structures (that protect the plant from harmful UV rays or insects). Many of the plants that build these defensive trichomes do so with the use of silicon. In fact, plants will combine their own organic material with silicon absorbed from the soil or medium to build numerous trichomes on their leaves, stems, and flowers. In order for growers of high-value plants to maintain optimal growth and keep their plants’ defense mechanisms operating properly, they must ensure that their plants receive silicon. In nature, silicon is provided by the soil. In a hydroponic system, silicon must be provided by the nutrient solution. Because silicon is so vital to the structural integrity of the plant and its invaluable defense system, growers of high-value plants would be cheating themselves if they didn’t use the very best. The optimal silicon supplement for indoor horticulture needs to be soluble and pH stable. Rhino Skin by Advanced Nutrients is just that. Besides being derived from the highest quality silicates available, Rhino Skin is specifically designed for hydroponic systems. Silicon is an extremely beneficial supplement and is sure to join the list of “essential elements.” The truth is that indoor horticulturists have known silicon to be an essential element for years, and continue to add it to their feeding regimens. What are you waiting for?

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Thanks, and happy growing. Visit your favorite hydroponic store, keep an eye out for more and more of our coco coir safe products. Check out advancednutrients.com/cococoir

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STEP ONE: GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

STEP TWO: SET YOUR WOODEN POLES With your shovel or trowel, dig square holes 1.5 feet deep for your wooden stakes. Once they are in place, pack dirt around them to keep them sturdy.

The finished poles should look like this. Make sure that the sides are completely even or the wood that makes up the side panels will not fit properly.

STEP THREE: ATTACH YOUR SIDE PANELS Nail your side panels to the wooden stakes to make your raised garden strong. If you choose a quality wood, it should last for a while.

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Start with a high-quality food-grade soil, then supplement it with nutrients, like Advanced Nutrients’ new Jungle Juice 2-Part, an indoor/outdoor two-part liquid nutrient solution. An affordable base solution like Jungle Juice 2-Part allows you to spend your money on higher-quality supplemental nutrients made specifically for your plant of choice.

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Growing

Connoisseur Level Buds

Has Never Been This Easy – Because Now You Don’t Even Have To Balance Your pH

If you’d like to grow connoisseur level buds with relatively zero work – then here’s how we did it in Bulgaria and how you can do it too. First, you’ll need guardrails along the pH highway Balancing pH has always been a pain. Until now. With pH Perfect® Technology, you’ll always be in the sweet spot between 5.5 and 6.3 – with zero work on your part. All you’ve got to do is make sure you’re using the right water – either R/O water or something close (100 ppm [EC 160 µS/cm] ), and pH Perfect Connoisseur will do the rest.

No pH Up or pH Down. No more pH pens. Just pour your nutes and watch the magic happen.

Second, you’ll need a brilliantly designed base nutrient And what if we told you that the same base nutrient that will automatically balance your pH for you is so brilliantly designed, Einstein himself would give it two thumbs up? It’s said that Albert Einstein called compound interest the most powerful force in the universe. Our team of 21 PhDs, led by a man named Dr. Savov, developed pH Perfect Connoisseur with this in mind. Drawing from a Japanese engineering breakthrough called “kaizen” (pronounced k-eye-zen), our team has applied the power of compound interest to developing a base nutrient for your high-value plants.

Here’s how they did it: Kaizen is all about making small changes at every opportunity, so that in the end, you have big results. Just like compound interest. So, in a leading Bulgarian research facility, Dr. Savov and his team applied kaizen to the development of pH Perfect Connoisseur. The team realized there were three areas they could improve over standard base nutrients. 1. The selection of the nutrients themselves. They wanted facts, not superstition or hearsay. So through a series of exhausting plant-specific, tissue sample tests, the team isolated every variable they could. Then, they asked a series of small questions. Including, what’s really going on here? Can we improve this element in some small way? Can we improve the way it works with everything else? When they were finally able to answer all of these questions with authority, the results of the formula they’d come up with were breathtaking. 2. The delivery process. Once they had optimized the nutrient selection, they realized it would all be a gigantic waste if this new formula, as powerful as it was, couldn’t be absorbed easily and reliably by your plants. So they tested surfactants, amino acids, and every imaginable ingredient or combination of ingredients they could.


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Joseph Bates “Connoisseur!!!! It’s worth it. And while you’re at it bump up to Hammerhead. A true PK booster.” Jason Frank “I love Advanced Nutrients’ Connoisseur A&B, it gives me the best base nutrients to give to my plants in any stage they may be in!!!” Kevin Hessler “I love Advanced Nutrients!! I’ve tried ALL the other brands & A.N. silly out does them all! Connoisseur & BIG BUD produce AMAZING results!!”

When this step was finished, the plants they fed their new formula to couldn’t help but absorb every last drop. 3. Any loose ends? This is where our team discovered a real prize, where there was the potential for huge leverage... over not only the industry standard, but even Advanced Nutrients’ best developed nutes so far. The point of leverage was in plant bloom metabolism and floral production. These were weak links in the armor of most base nutes, and when Dr. Savov’s team discovered them, the team did what they do best. Patiently, ardently, they went to work. Now, when you buy pH Perfect Connoisseur, you have a base nute with the power to rival entire stacks of standard bloom boosters. It all worked better than they imagined, and Connoisseur has been the world’s most advanced base nutrient since it was released. Now with pH Perfect Technology, you’ll be unstoppable. And it will be easy.

Some benefits you can expect from pH Perfect Connoisseur, the most advanced 2-Part Base Nutrient in the world for growing high-value plants • pH Perfect Connoisseur includes 100% chelation of all macro, secondary and micronutrients. This built in chelation “safety net” gives your plants rock solid protection against poor water conditions and harmful pH extremes. • You’ll enhance your bloom phase dramatically, without increasing the time it takes to reach harvest. You’ll be growing more in less time than you’re used to, and you’ll easily keep your growing schedule.

• You’ll maximize aroma, taste and see truly great color in your plants. If you want your product to be more marketable, to be able to charge more and have clients happy to pay you, then pH Perfect Connoisseur is your new bff.

But don’t take our word for it. Let us prove to you that pH Perfect Connoisseur is not only our flagship product, but the pinnacle of hydro growing technology We’re very proud of the work our team of scientists has put into pH Perfect Connoisseur. Connoisseur has been the best around for awhile. With pH Perfect Technology included, no one else even comes close. But we understand that your concerns are with your plants. Not with our competition. So let us take all the risk out of the deal. When you buy pH Perfect Connoisseur, you’ve got a safety net. If you’re not thrilled with the results, and how easy it is to grow such mouth-watering, profitable flowers, return it for a full and immediate refund. Trust begets trust so, we’ll take your word for it.

What are you waiting for? Deals don’t get much better than this. Visit your local hydro store and ask for pH Perfect Connoisseur today. GROWER’S GUARANTEE

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here was once a guy, who I’ll call Joel, who had lost his grow. We met in a storage unit yard where he put his equipment after this dream of growing became a nightmare. He unlocked the padlock and slid up the door to unveil a treasure trove of hydroponic gear: 24 HID lights, Lumatek ballasts, 14-inch MaxFans, carbon filters, CO2 burners, and even a high-end cloning machine. There was a lot of good stuff. Clearly he had spent some money. From what I could gather, Joel’s was a medium-complexity grow, but definitely capable of producing a fine crop. We began to talk about what had gone wrong and it was an all-too-familiar story — one of greed, ego, and partnerships gone wrong. Joel explained to me that he had gotten into bed with a money guy who told him that they were going to do a big grow together and split any profits down the middle. The investor would pay all the upfront costs and Joel would put in the sweat equity to bring the grow to harvest. I’ve heard of this sort of deal before, where no one sees any revenue until the crop turns into cash. It’s fair, but it can be difficult on the grower. This grow took Joel two months to build, and another three months until the first crop was finished. During those five months, Joel barely got by. His wife scraped and saved on everything she could while Joel worked long hours seven days a week to make the crop a success. And it was a success. Come harvest time, Joel could smell the cash as he trimmed and dried his crop late into the night. And that is when his moneybags partner changed the deal the first time. He began insisting that all of his initial investment had to be paid back before Joel could start collecting his share of the profit. Trying to be fair, Joel suggested that as partners they work out a split where a percentage of the investment would be paid back with each harvest while each party took a portion of the cash to cover their own living expenses. His partner offered Joel $1,000

a month to keep him going (which would later be put against his share of the profits). Desperate for cash, Joel accepted the new deal and told his wife their belts would have to stay tight a little longer. All this was made more complicated by the fact that Joel and the money guy had been friends for several years. Many growers prefer to partner with people they know and trust rather than strangers. Although Joel had seen money put strains on friendships in the past, he still thought that his friend was in there somewhere and would do the honorable thing. Joel figured he could keep his own expenses lean for a few more months until the next crop.

“MR. MONEYBAG$ WOULD GLADLY TAKE EVERY PENNY, EVERY TIME” So what happened next? Joel continued to bring in successful crops. He was producing and keeping all the bills paid, and paying back his partner with big chunks on his original investment almost monthly. It was only a matter of time before it would be Joel’s turn to share in the wealth. And with all the investment paid off, and Joel’s own budget-conscious living for almost a year, it would be a major boon when the cash started to finally flow. At this point I was becoming baffled as to why we were sitting in a storage unit. Joel went on to say that no matter how much money he was able to generate, Mr. Moneybags would

gladly take every penny, every time. He also said that his investor had started to strut around the local hydro store like a hotshot, dropping money like a fiend to get every new toy that they put in front of him. Of course, these expenses were going on the grow tab. He even insisted that they purchase a pair of super-trained German shepherd attack dogs and added them to the tab of their warehouse. This was the last straw and resulted in a long fight with Mr. Moneybags. When he refused to back down even a little, Joel finally realized the awful situation he had gotten himself into. The money man would just keep the debt high at all times, and then he would never have to pay his gardener. In the meantime, the $1,000 Joel was “borrowing” to barely scrape by had now grown to a substantial tab so that, should the garden investment ever be paid off, it would take several bumper crops to cover the added debt. Joel was practically paying to work. He was trapped because if he walked away and missed even one monthly stipend, his family wouldn’t be able to pay their bills. Just to be clear, I asked Joel, “You were unable to quit because you wouldn’t have money to pay rent or move or find something else, and Mr. Moneybags was keeping the debt high so that you would never get your promised percentage?” “Yes,” he answered. Joel had a successful, productive grow. He had met every obligation to his investor as far as building the grow, running the grow, and selling the crops. He had been a loyal friend even when he had doubts, and continued to stick with this dude, hoping that he would someday keep his word. So what did Joel finally do to change his situation? Well, that’s where we are now. Realizing the impossibility of his situation, Joel simply shut down the grow and put his personal gear in the storage unit. He hoped that selling the now used gear, along with things like his deceased father’s tool collection and his own modest guitar collection he’d had since

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HYDRO • S T O R A G E W A R S college, would give him enough cash to pay back the last of the investment and give Joel a little money with which he and his family could use to move back in with his parents and start over. I remember thinking to myself, “How does it end like this?” Our noble grower who did the right thing repeatedly through this whole scenario leaves with nothing? But in the real world, things don’t always end well. I ended up purchasing a few pieces from Joel and didn’t haggle too much about price. I wanted to help him out. After our brief meeting, we kept in touch. Joel did end up getting back into growing, starting small and working for himself before moving on to a job in the industry. Today he is doing better than ever and has a very productive and rewarding career in hydroponics. But his whole family will always remember that experience and Joel is forever wary when it comes to trusting a friend. This is but one of many stories I have heard about growers being taken advantage of by greedy jerks, most of whom are just looking for quick cash, with no knowledge or respect for growers and their talents. There are a lot of folks out there who have the capacity to do selfish things and have no remorse. That’s not to say that all growers are kind and generous beings. Or that all growers lack the entrepreneurial sophistication to develop the business end of their grow while also delivering a quality crop. And I’ve seen plenty of business partnerships flourish, both in hydroponics and other fields. But when it’s someone else holding the purse strings in hydroponics, the lesson here is this: grower beware.

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t is every grower’s worst nightmare — having to unexpectedly move your grow op, especially in the middle of a crop cycle. But fussy landlords, angry girlfriends, nosey neighbors, and other emergencies can mean that from time to time, you just have to get up and go.

STEP ONE: TAKE A QUICK INVENTORY Look around the room and write down how much there is of each item, such as lights, fans, air conditioners, etc. Decide how many boxes you are going to need of each size. Make sure you also take note of how items are disassembled in order to reassemble them on the other end.

STEP TWO: SECURE YOUR PACKAGING There are a lot of folks who sell boxes. However, my favorite is Home Depot. Not only do they have the cheapest boxes that I have found, they have small, medium, large, and extra-large boxes, including wardrobe boxes. They also have tape guns, bubble wrap, foam padding, plastic wrap, and several other helpful packaging solutions.

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HYDRO • M O V I N G Y O U R G R O W STEP FIVE: PLUMBING, FRAMES, AND OTHER LONG ITEMS

STEP THREE: BUBBLE WRAP IS YOUR BEST FRIEND You can bubble-wrap many items in your grow room. This is the best approach for pH pens or meters, iceboxes, rope ratchets, pretty much anything small. Quickly wrap each item, hit it with a piece of tape, and into the box it goes. The bubble wrap will create a cushioned layer to protect these items as they all get stacked on top of each other in the box. The main advantage here is speed because you can fill boxes and get stuff packed very quickly. I like the thicker bubble wrap because it provides more protection. A 4 foot wide roll costs about $80 at the UPS store. These big rolls go a long way, but one 12 light grow I know of required almost two rolls to get everything packed.

STEP FOUR: PACKING YOUR LIGHTS Reflectors can be too big for even the largest boxes. An Advanced Nutrients Uno Reflector is 39.5 inches long. However, you can still fit two in two boxes if you’re clever. Place each reflector glass-to-glass with a piece of bubble wrap separating them. Wrap both reflectors at once with bubble wrap and slide them upright into your box. Then take a second box and slide it over the top like a beanie. Tape the two boxes together and voilá!

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Get yourself one of those giant 3 foot rolls of plastic wrap that movers use. It has an orange handle at each end for easy maneuvering and is very strong when wrapped tightly. Stand your long PVC pipes and other framing items together leaning against a wall and walk around them a few times with the plastic wrap. This turns them into a stable, easily lifted, easy-to-move item that can be loaded into a truck. A lot of these items don’t have a ton of weight to them; they are just long and awkward. Bunching them together is a great way to move quickly, turning dozens of trips into far fewer.

STEP SIX: PACKING YOUR NUTRIENTS AND LIQUIDS Remember to use the small boxes for this, because liquids weigh a ton when packed together. In this case, a few extra trips to the van is better than having the box rip or your back break.

STEP SEVEN: AIR CONDITIONERS AND OTHER BIG HARDWARE We are all going to have an A/C or chiller, dehumidifiers, and other big electronics that are most likely going to need to be moved. For these, you need to go old-school and just cut boxes to fit. I would start with a couple of wraps of bubble wrap to insulate the device inside of the box. Then cut the box and wrap it around the item as best you can. Then cut another box and wrap around the other side, and just keep doing this until you are sure that the device is protected.

STEP EIGHT: BREAKING DOWN TENTS If you have tents, break them down and put all the poles in one pile, and the tent itself in another. You are going to either bubble-wrap or tape these poles together so that they are one piece. Then simply fold up the tent and put it into a box. Done.

STEP NINE: PACKING UP RESERVOIRS Reservoirs are a great place to pack other items since they are generally made of a strong plastic. Just take the time to dry your reservoir out entirely before boxing up other gear inside. You also might want to consider boxing up the reservoir if you like to keep your growing private.

STEP TEN: PACKING PLANTS Packaging plants is a special scenario, but sometimes needs to happen. For this, there is only one box that is going to stand up to the challenge: the wardrobe box. Wardrobe boxes come in a few different sizes, but the biggest one is about 4 feet tall and will hold up to four 5 gallon pots. This box is thick, strong, and kind of expensive, but your girls are worth it. You can even use the hanger bar at the top to tie the tops of your plants for added support on bumpy roads.

STEP 11: RENT A TRUCK It might be tempting to save a few bucks and make multiple trips in your personal vehicle. But even a nice-sized SUV is difficult to load and dangerous to drive when stacked completely full of grow gear. Which reminds us …

STEP 12: DRIVE SAFELY This goes without saying, but take extra care to follow all traffic rules when transporting all of this expensive equipment. If you get into an accident, your auto insurance might not cover items that are damaged.

STEP 12: UNPACK Hopefully, you have someplace prepared to take your grow op right away. But even if you can’t get back up and running immediately, be certain not to let your plants sit in dark boxes for more than 24 hours if you have any hope of saving that crop.


There’s a War Going On In Your Root Zone And you’re going to need more than ferocious, blood-thirsty warriors to win it. “So they've got us surrounded, good! Now we can fire in any direction, those bastards won't get away this time!”

- Chesty Puller, USMC

You also need to set up a smart infrastructure. Read on to find out how:

Introducing Voodoo Juice by Advanced Nutrients!

In nature, a plant’s root zone, or “rhizosphere” is a complex battleground of harmful and helpful bacteria.

Voodoo Juice has been carefully developed to optimize your rhizosphere, completely inoculating your plants’ root zone. That way, there won’t be any intruders to worry about in the first place.

In human-controlled growing environments, this rhizosphere is absolutely critical to manage. This is the place where billions of tiny microbes break down material so that it can be used by your plants. These tiny helpers also fight off pathogens and harmful bacteria. But unless your rhizosphere is properly inoculated, it won’t ever reach the state of health and vigor that makes truly amazing yields possible. Because your plants will always be battling a certain amount of intruders. This takes time and energy away from doing what you want them to do: grow.

Your plants will be able to feed freely, without interruption. And the helpful bacteria that would normally be busy fighting, can instead work on breaking down rough material to feed your plants... so they can grow larger, and heavier. These tiny helpers will build strong, steady feeding routes and with all the time and energy freed up from fighting off intruders, they can break down tremendous amounts of food for your plants.

Food that was there the whole time you’ve been growing... but without an optimized rhizosphere, wasn’t available before.

Grow With A World-Class Rhizosphere... Risk-Free! To see what it’s like to grow plants that can feed as often as they like, without wasting energy on fighting microbial pathogens and pests, visit your local hydro store today and ask for Voodoo Juice by Advanced Nutrients! If you’re not blown away with the results, return with proof of purchase for a full and immediate refund.

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Jorge, Pima Country, Arizona “I live in the desert near Tucson. I grow outdoors and two big problems are heat and dry, sandy soil. After using Voodoo, the plants were wilting a lot less and their color was much better. When I removed them at the end of the season, their roots were better than any plant I’ve ever grown. I’m sold.” Shaun Abalateo “I love Voodoo Juice. It gets my root mass to explode. Big Bud is great as well as Bud Candy!” Amy Carpenter Schares “Oh I forgot to tell ya...I also love the Advanced Nutrients’ Voodoo Juice. It really kick starts my babies, makes a big ball of roots and that makes a big plant. Then ya have a big harvest!!!!!”

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THE PERFECT DRY HOW TO HANG YOUR HARVEST B Y E L J AY I L L U S T R AT I O N BY GLEN SCHROEDER


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rying your crop is a notorious failure point for many new growers (and some experienced ones, too). I have felt that burn several times myself. After two weeks of cloning, eight weeks of vegetative growth, and up to 12 weeks to flower, a poor job drying can leave you with hay-smelling, bad-tasting fruits or flowers that no one wants to sell or consume. I have seen several people throw up their arms and quit, and it’s easy to see why. All that work out the window because the temperature was a bit off or the humidity was too low. Only the most dedicated growers seem to have the willpower to do it all again, hoping for a different result. But just hoping for a different result from the same action is the very definition of insanity. That’s why we’ll share with you what to do differently with your next crop when it comes to the drying process. There are a couple of different ways to drop your crop depending on the drying method you use. Some growers use drying nets, while others hang branches, or even hang the whole plant. All of these are viable options with different consequences.

node site. This cocoon will make the site less exposed to the environment as far as light and wind. These variables could discourage extraordinary flavors and smells from developing.

HANGING THE PLANT

GOING TO THE NET

Take off the biggest fan leaves right after cutting the plant at its base. Leave the leaves closest to the node site, as they will form a protective cocoon around the precious

Quickcure® racks are awesome. They take up very little space compared to the other two methods, and they have

HANGING BRANCHES Branches are probably my favorite way of doing this task. Start by removing the leaves and flipping the plant upside down. Take your trimming scissors and start at the base of the plant, working your way to the top. This is easier to do when the plant is upside down. Look at the first junction (where the branch meets the stem) and follow it up to the next junction. Make the cut right below the next junction up the stem of the branch you want to hang. By doing this, you create a little hook to hang your branch later.

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DRYING RULES TO LIVE BY Control temperature and humidity for a slow, even dry. Whether you do the trimming in the front or the rear, get ready for some trimming. There is no curing method that can fix a poor dry. Look for an even stem snap all through the branch before pulling the crop down to trim and cure it. Drier is better. If unsure, give it another day.

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multiple levels to easily separate different species that you may be harvesting. In order to prepare for drying in nets, every flowering site must be removed from your plant. Once you are down to just your flower, you may want to go one step further and cut the bigger leaves from around your flower, or even further, and trim it to its final, finished look. After that, lay your flowers gently into your nets to dry. You may be wondering how much vegetation you can put on a rack. Fill the entire circular surface of each rack, but leave enough room so that the flowers are not touching. If your flowers are touching it can lead to several bad results that we will talk about momentarily. Also, be aware that racks can make your flowers flat on one side if they lie still for too long. To avoid this, make sure to turn your flowers a few times a day for the first two or three days. This is more crucial the first day than any other, so I might turn the flowers every two to three hours, then less often on the following days. I like rack-drying because it allows you to take advantage of your room’s height instead of just its square footage. This means less room for more yield. The other major benefit is that wet leaves are much easier to trim and break off than dry leaves. When the plant dries, the leaves shrivel up. Shriveled up leaves are much smaller and are harder to find, especially when there are lots of them overlaying each other. You will notice that with each drying method, the work gets more intense. Hanging the plant is relatively easy, hanging branches requires a bit more work, and going into the racks can easily turn into a final trim. But don’t be fooled, you are going to be doing this work either way. The only question is this: do you want to do it at the beginning or the end of the process? Regardless of the method you use, the most important thing about drying is your environment. Plants thrive when environmental conditions are met, and this includes the drying stage. I like to use the grow room for drying as it is generally a totally controlled atmosphere. My perfect drying conditions are 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit and 45-55% humidity. Hotter or dryer can ruin the flavor while colder or wetter can lead to disease. Wind is your friend, but too much can damage your flowers. Every book out there usually recommends that you bounce a fan off a wall in order to create circulation, but not blow directly on the flower. If you’re drying in your grow room, then the fans and carbon filters you’re already using should move enough air around to get the perfect dry. Usually this process will take 7–14 days to get a totally even dry. Snapping the stem is one of the best ways to see if your crop is dry. Bend the stem, listening for an audible snap. This will show that the crop is dry all the way through. Make sure to always try a snap at the top of the branch too, to make sure that the whole branch is dry, not just the bottom of the branch. Drying is the big deal. Once you have dried well, then no matter how you cure your crop it will come out well. A good dry is what creates a good curing. And a good curing equals a great finished product.


Your Secret Weapon

When was the last time the smell of your harvest took you to a truly magical place? You know, the perfect blend of fresh, dank and sweet that keeps people talking. Well, the aroma of your plants depends on one thing: the essential oils. And a secret was discovered in the Himalaya mountains: How to trigger maximum, high-potency essential oil secretion in your plants? Here’s the story: the flowers growing in the Himalaya mountains are at such a high altitude, they are exposed to absurd amounts of ultra-violet rays from the Sun. And, just like you or I would be sunburned, plants can be damaged too. So, to protect themselves, they secrete an abundance of highly-potent essential oils. These work as a natural sunscreen. And these are the same oils responsible for how your plants taste and smell.

Working with Nature

Visit your local hydroponics store today and ask for Bud Factor X for your garden!

Using a secret, proprietary blend of shellfish and plant extracts ... the scientists at Advanced Nutrients have discovered a way to trigger this process without UV rays! This means you get the essential oils and resins of your dreams, without risking any damage to your plants. But it gets even better. Because there’s

more to Bud Factor X. There are also ingredients that are very effective at keeping your plants out of repair mode.

Why your plants need your help It’s very important to keep your plants out of “repair mode” because it wastes time in your schedule. That is, every hour your plants spend repairing themselves is an hour lost. Because they could have been growing instead. Without interruption. If only they’d had what they needed to speed up the process. Bud Factor X, like any Advanced Nutrients product, will help keep your plants in a growing state. Adding bigger, more potent flowers to your harvest – in the same amount of time you’re already using.

Back to the Future – where your harvest is not only abundant... it’s ahead of schedule To get an idea, imagine if you had a time machine... so you were able to give yourself more growing time without changing your deadline for harvest. That’s close to what you’ll experience when you use Bud Factor X. Because that’s what Advanced Nutrients are designed to do. To give you the most incredible results humanly possible.

We guarantee it Your risk absolutely nothing. Let us put our necks on the line, not yours. If you’re not thrilled with Bud Factor X, for any reason at all, return the unused portion for a full and immediate refund of your money. And we’ll still be friends.

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HYDRO • F LU S H I N G FLUSHING IN SOIL

ROYAL FLUSH CLEAN OUT YOUR CROP WITH PROPER FLUSHING TECHNIQUES BY E R IC HOPPE R

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n order to maintain optimal growing conditions and produce tasty consumables, growers must understand the basics of flushing. The problem most growers face is the overwhelming amount of information and misinformation on flushing. Although methods of flushing may differ from grower to grower, the concept behind why and when growers flush remains fairly consistent. Before we dive into the actual flushing process, let’s first define what flushing is and when and why it must be done. Flushing is essentially a cleansing of the plant’s root zone, including the medium itself (if any) and the hydroponic reservoir. Unfortunately, defining flushing in terms of indoor horticulture is confusing in itself. This is because the term “flushing” is used to describe two different procedures in an indoor garden: flushing during the plant’s life cycle and flushing before harvest.

FLUSHING DURING THE PLANT’S LIFE CYCLE Flushing is a common solution to solving problems that occasionally occur during the plant’s life cycle. In situations when there is a lack of runoff, nutrients can build up in your growing medium, leading to issues like nutrient lockout. Many growers mistake the signs of lockout, like leaf discoloration, for a deficiency and will try to correct the problem by adding more of the individual nutrient that appears to be missing. This of course causes the problem to become even worse. A flush will allow you to purge the buildup so that your nutrient regimen can again be properly uptaken by your plant.

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The biggest mistake growers make when flushing is that they don’t put enough flushing solution though the soil. First, elevate the planting container so that the runoff can go to waste and not be wicked back up by the plant. Pour a significant amount of water through the planting container until there is a noticeable lightening in the color of the runoff water. The solution poured though the containers can be straight water, a flushing additive, or a diluted mixture of the nutrients being used (1/8th the regular strength). Flushing with a flushing agent or with diluted nutrients is usually more effective than plain water at drawing the excess salts out of the soil.

FLUSHING IN HYDROPONICS Flushing in a hydroponic system will depend on the particular type of system being run. With deep-water culture, current culture, NFT, aeroponics, or other hydroponic systems where there is virtually no medium, a flushing can be done by simply changing the reservoir solution. Top-feed, ebb-and-flow, soilless, or rockwool hydrogardens will require flushing that is similar to the requirements of soil. Growers with these systems can add straight water, a flushing additive, or a diluted mixture of the nutrients being used to the reservoir and then run the pump for 10 to 20 minutes. This should be done when the lights are off so that the feeding of the plants is left uninterrupted.

FLUSHING BEFORE HARVEST When flushing is referred to in regard to harvesting, it can be defined as a cleansing of the medium or reservoir, with or without the aid of an additive, and the withholding of all or most nutrients for a short period of time leading up to harvesting. Flushing before harvesting is essential to the removal of excess salts built up in the medium and the plant itself. By withholding nutrients during the last seven to 10 days prior to harvest, the plant is forced to use the remaining nutrients in the medium and then some of the reserves within itself.


Consumables are safer and have smoother flavors when proper flushing has been implemented. There are many techniques growers use during the final flushing of their plants. From flushing additives to fruit juices, growers have tried just about every technique possible in order to accentuate the flavors and aromas of their plants. For the final flush before harvest, the best thing a grower can do is to experiment a little with the amount of time and type of additives used. Some varieties of plants will respond differently to different flushing techniques, so it is important that growers are able to slightly change their technique depending on the plant variety, if necessary. Newbie growers or growers who want to stay on the safe side should flush a good week or more before the projected harvest date to ensure an adequate flushing. As growers get more harvests under their belts, they will find the particular flushing method that works best for them and their plants. No matter how well a garden is grown, without a proper flushing at harvest time, the fruits of a grower’s labor can end up tasting like garbage.

FLUSHING DOS AND DON’TS DON’T underestimate the importance of a proper flush before harvesting. High-value plants that are not properly flushed will retain excess salts, which cause unpleasant flavors. DO experiment with different flushing procedures and durations, especially when growing a variety of different plants. Each variety of highvalue plants will have slightly different needs for the pre-harvest flush. DON’T add fruit juice concentrates or any other raw carbohydrate sources to a hydroponic reservoir during the flush before harvest. Many of the carbohydrates available at the local hydroponic store will better suit your plants than the raw carbohydrate sources. DO use water, diluted nutrient solution, or flushing additives to flush during the plant’s life cycle. When using any flushing additive, make sure to closely follow the manufacturer’s directions. Many flushing products have slightly different instructions. Failure to follow these directions precisely could make the difference between a good or bad tasting product. DO leave Advanced Nutrients’ Final Phase in the reservoir during the last week prior to harvest. Final Phase is the only flushing additive on the market that can be left in the nutrient reservoir for the final days of the plant’s life. DON’T use flushing agents during the garden’s light cycle. During the light cycle, plants will attempt to uptake the flushing additive. This is really bad for the plant itself, not to mention the horrible flavors it invokes (the exception to this is Advanced Nutrients’ Final Phase, which is designed to be absorbed by the plants). DO flush at any sign of nutrient lockout or at transitional times throughout the plant’s life cycle (such as when they change from vegetative growth to blooming). DON’T use any plant-hormone-based product as a flushing agent or during the final week before harvest. Excessive plant hormones in the late stages of blooming could cause the plant to revert back to vegetative growth. DON’T flush plants in soil containers that are already overwatered unless a nutrient lockout has occurred. Choose to flush soil containers only when they have naturally dried out.

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When you use pH Perfect® Technology with RO water or water to approximately 100 ppm (EC 160 µS/cm), your pH will always stay in the sweet spot between 5.5 and 6.3. You’ll never have to adjust it. And if it goes up or down at all, it will self-correct in a matter of seconds. We’ll show you video proof below. Not only that, but your pH will be maintained for an entire week after one mixing. You’ll never be chained to your reservoir again. You can go live your life, and grow the best plants you’ve ever grown. Forget your pH worries

What if you had a three-part base nutrient that perfectly balanced your pH for you? So that your pH never went up or down in the first place? And what if that same three-part base nutrient was actually five products in one, so that you could save hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars in your growing this year?

Video Proof

When you visit www.advancednutrients.com/ph-perfect you’ll find a video proving that pH Perfect® products are able to bring your pH into perfect balance in a matter of seconds, no matter how far out of balance it might be (in the video, our examples are 4.5 on the low end and 8.5 on the high end. In seconds, pH Perfect brings them into perfect balance, as if there were guardrails for your pH so that it never wandered off course.) And this pH “safety net” is incredibly easy-to-use. Either 2 ml/L for additives, or 4 ml/L for base nutrients.

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pH Perfect Grow-Micro-Bloom is actually 5 Advanced Nutrients Products in One! When you buy pH Perfect Grow-Micro-Bloom, you get the following: 1. pH Perfect Grow-Micro-Bloom Base Nutrients 4. Wet Betty (non-ionic-surfactant) 2. Grandma Enggy’s F-1 (fulvic acid) 5. Advanced Nutrients’ Amino Acid Complex 3. Grandma Enggy’s H-2 (humic acid)


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No more pH Pens They’re expensive. They’re time consuming. They constantly need to be calibrated. The chemical adjusters burn your skin. It’s all a drag. If you’re tired of pH pens, then we have good news for you: You don’t need them anymore. With pH Perfect® technology, you’ll never need to use a pH pen again.

And there’s even more impressive technology included There is a molecular process called “chelation”. Chelation is altering an element at the molecular level by attaching tiny hooks all the way around the elemental ion, totally encapsulating it. pH Perfect Grow-Micro-Bloom uses an entire spectrum of revolutionary, game-changing chelates.

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The Highest Quality Versions of the Elements Your Plants Need To grow to their full potential, your plants need 16 basic elements. Most growers are familiar with the big 3: Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium. Often abbreviated “N-P-K” on fertilizer bags. But there are 13 more bases to cover. Here's how it happens in nature: From the air, water and soil your plants get:

• Carbon (C)

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IT’S A FACT: Most growers are male. And while we love ladies who can bring a crop from start to finish, there’s one task where the females already dominate — that’s trimming. Rosebud wants you to meet three great young women who know how to care for your crop.

Kelsey

The first thing most people want to know when they meet Kelsey is how she found this unique career path. “What really got me into trimming was my personal needs, and then it extended,” she says. Since those initial steps, Kelsey has created something of a trimming empire. “We run a squad,” she says proudly. “But I am also sitting with them, plucking away.” Like most other parts of growing, Kelsey is passionate about what she does. That’s why she is always right in the middle of things, meticulously staying on top of all the details and making sure everything is running smoothly and efficiently. “Your heart has to be in it,” Kelsey says. “If you wake up and love your job every day, you are going to be as productive as possible. I can’t think of anything more fulfilling than that.”

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Kelsey says that many trimmers become connoisseurs. And although every experienced trimmer has their own technique, Kelsey has a few tricks that will save any trimmer time. “The best solution for cleaning scissors is moonshine,” she insists. Kelsey also tells us that the biggest challenge new trimmers face is dealing with being in close quarters with a group of people, sometimes for weeks at a time. These often remote locations are challenging for some, but they have benefits as well. “Last year we were all together for a good three weeks doing all the outdoor work, and we became a family,” Kelsey recalls. “The awkwardness melts away and people share some deep personal stuff they wouldn’t normally share.”

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Ali & Emily

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Ali and Emily are two trimmers who love what they do. Ali has been trimming full-time for over six years, and Emily has been trimming the past two seasons while attending school. They both love the fast money they make trimming, but admit that it’s a lot of hard work — with back pain and wrist strain being just two of the challenges. “Don’t forget being cooped up with people 24/7,” exclaims Ali. “Some people don’t respond very well to that after a couple days.” Like most trimmers, it was personal relationships that brought these girls to the growing lifestyle. As Emily explains, “I was just always surrounded by it, either family or really good friends. They always needed help and I guess I’m kind of fun to hang out with.” As most Rosebud readers know, this aspect of the business isn’t all fun and games. Harvest is hard work. Many people

“Sorry guys, but girls are better at trimming.”

don’t last very long. So what tips do two beautiful, feminine, yet strong ladies have for keeping up with all the work? “I do not use gloves,” Ali insists. “They slow me down. Once you work for a certain amount of time, your fingers start to get coated. If you can tough it out for about an hour and a half, then your fingers will be stick-free.” “I carry a lot of scissors, about eight pair,” says Ali. Emily jokes, “We’re girls, and that’s like saying, ‘How many shoes do you have?’ You are supposed to get scissors sharpened every six months to about a year, depending on how much you use them.” “Not the way we use them,” Ali interjects. “I have to get them sharpened every time I go out. Just keep them sharp, keep them clean, and that’s it.” Besides equipment, what other advice can these young ladies give growers looking for the perfect trim? “Be hard on your trimmers and tell them exactly what you want,” Ali says. “It’s simple: Practice makes perfect. And sorry guys, but girls are better at trimming. We are more patient, and we see things that guys don’t see.”

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Rockmond Dunbar is at home in Los Angeles, cleaning up cat hair and getting ready to look at houses for his new family. Having just married fellow actor Maya Gilbert and excitedly preparing to become a father for the first time, Dunbar’s domestic lifestyle is infinitely different from the tornado of chaos he chases as Sheriff Eli Roosevelt on the FX biker drama Sons of Anarchy. Happy and content as Dunbar is in real life, his character trudges through tragedy in the bad-luck magnet that is the fictional Northern California town of Charming. “We left off where my wife was murdered and I’m searching for revenge while still trying to keep Charming a decent place to live,” Dunbar says over the phone about his recurring role on the show. Since the series launched in 2008, Sons has amassed a massive cult following. The show centers around the outlaw biker crew SAMCRO (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original), led by at-odds leaders Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) and backstabbing stepfather Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman). The show moves fast and characters face sweeping misfortune every episode, from arrests and overdoses to kidnapping and murder. Sons debuts its sixth of seven seasons this September with a 90-minute premiere, and Dunbar advises fans to prepare themselves for more mayhem. “You’re going to want to watch it over and over again,” he says. “There’s a lot of juicy stuff in this new season, with at least five people dying every episode. The writers are especially good at putting themselves into a corner and finding their way out.” Creator and head writer Kurt Sutter, who himself plays imprisoned and deranged club member Otto Delaney, is famously cruel with the fates of the cast. Each season,

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beloved characters bite the dust in dark and twisted ways, making Sons one of the most tense hours on television. No actor is safe with Sutter, and Dunbar himself nearly learned that hard truth firsthand, originally signing on for just 10 episodes in Season 4. “I sat down with Kurt and he was like, ‘OK, you’re going to die a horrific death your 10th episode, and that will be that,’” Dunbar remembers. “But during the episode I was supposed to die, Kurt announced, ‘Dude, we can’t kill you.’” Having survived Sutter’s pen and found favor with fans, Sheriff Roosevelt — with his Bic-clean scalp, gold-rimmed aviators, and broadshouldered cop uniform — holds his own in the law-vs.-lawbreaker showdowns that usually find viewers siding with the criminals. The

Hunnam and Dunbar in a stare down.

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toughest scenes, Dunbar says, are when the whole ensemble shares the screen. His first appearance on the show involved Charming Police, led by new-sheriff-in-town Roosevelt, pulling over the entire SAMCRO gang on an empty patch of highway. The challenge in this standoff was simply being believable. “You have 20 guys on motorcycles, testosterone built up to here,” Dunbar says. “And they’re settled into their characters. They eat up the room with their presence. So you have to have the cojones to have the presentation of, ‘I’m the new guy and you’re going to listen to me and this is the way it’s going to go.’” The ever-present conflict between good and bad continues even during the read-throughs of new scripts, where the law sits on one side


“You’re going to die a horrific death your 10th episode, and that will be that.” NorCal’s dark knights: Sons of Anarchy stars Tommy Flanagan, Kim Coates, Charlie Hunnam, and Mark Boone Jr.

of the table and the outlaws on the other. Perlman has even said in interviews that the actors often ignore each other on set in order to stay in character. It takes a strong performer to play the cop whose job it is to take down SAMCRO’s charismatic club members week after week, but of all the lawmen present on Sons of Anarchy, Sheriff Roosevelt is easily the most dynamic. “It’s easy to be intimidated on this show, but if that happens you’ll have people going, ‘Nah, that guy’s weak,’” he says. Weak is definitely not the word used to describe this Oaklandraised actor, whose own upbringing offered some exposure to the tough-as-nails NorCal crime syndicates that are dramatized on Sons.

“I have family members in the Houston Dragons — a motorcycle club that used to go to a bar my family ran back in the day,” Dunbar reveals. “So I’ve always been around biker gangs and I know the culture and the type of dynamic.” Still, Dunbar stayed out of trouble and soon left the Bay Area to attend Morehouse College to study law. But he found his true calling when a friend pointed out, “Is it law that you love, or is it acting like a lawyer?” “I wanted to be a commodities executive early on because I saw Michael Douglas in Wall Street,” Dunbar says. “I wanted to be a lawyer because I saw Blair Underwood [on L.A. Law.]”

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Rockmond Dunbar as Sheriff Eli Roosevelt.

Soon after, he sent an audition tape to the renowned College of Santa Fe acting school and was accepted. From there, Dunbar quickly booked a recurring role on Steven Spielberg’s ill-fated Earth 2 series [We don’t remember it either — Ed.]. The next decade was spent hustling around Hollywood from role to role, including recurring parts as tow truck operator Kenny on Showtime’s Soul Food and as Dr. Thomas Jonas on TNT’s Heartland. His visibility rose following a stint playing hardened criminal C-Note on Fox’s Prison Break, but it was his role as Det. Mark Gustafson on the Fox show Terriers that lead to Dunbar’s current cop incarnation. “I did a series with [fellow Sons guest star] Donal Logue called Terriers and also with [producer] Shawn Ryan,” Dunbar explains. “Shawn and Kurt worked together on The Shield, so when they were looking for the new sheriff, my name came up. In the 10th hour, Kurt called over to Shawn and said he’d been hearing stuff about me. Shawn told him I was the truth. So I went to wardrobe and got fitted the next day.” How long Dunbar will stay in a Charming Police uniform remains to be seen, since even the head of the show seems uncertain when Sheriff Roosevelt will meet

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“YOU NEVER WANT TO TRY AND ANTICIPATE WHAT HE IS GOING TO DO, AND YOU NEVER WANT TO BE INSIDE OF HIS HEAD,” his seemingly inevitable (and certainly unenviable) fate. But Dunbar isn’t waiting around, using time between seasons to

appear on multi-episode arcs of The Game and For Richer or Poorer. He also has his first staring role on deck with The Cheaters Club, the ironically titled film where he met his wife. The pair met on March 11, 2012, and started dating exclusively a few weeks later. He proposed by the new year, and now a baby is on the way. One might ask if this rather sudden and rapid ascent to domestic bliss changed how Dunbar approaches intense characters like the one he plays on Sons. “I’m not a method actor,” he says. “I do my job and come home to my beautiful, pregnant wife — that’s where my focus is. I like having the peace of home and chaos of your job.” As Season 6 of Sons of Anarchy rolls out this fall, chaos is the one thing viewers can definitely count on. “There’s two things you don’t want to do with Kurt — you never want to try and anticipate what he is going to do, and you never want to be inside of his head,” Dunbar says with a cautious laugh. “You have to be a really tormented person to come up with these types of ideas. I don’t know how he stays sane. The things that come out of the show are totally crazy, but it makes for great TV. It’s a roller coaster of absolute mayhem.”


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FORMER MSNBC ANCHOR DYLAN RATIGAN HAS FOUND A NEW CALLING IN HYDROPONIC GROWING BY HAPPY KR ETE R

Dylan Ratigan was enjoying a career that by common standards seemed like a dream come true. He had his own highly rated TV show on MSNBC, was making regular guest appearances everywhere from Oprah to Conan, and seemed to have the media world by the tail. And then he quit. Why did the outspoken television news personality walk away from the type of career millions of aspiring journalists would love to have? He found a new calling: hydroponics. Hydroponic organics, to be more exact. But it’s not just growing vegetables that ignites passion in Ratigan. It’s his vision for developing a massive network of hydro-organic farms based on the model developed by former Rosebud Magazine contributors Colin and Karen Archipley. Archipley’s hydroponic operation, Archi’s Acres, not only grows organic produce, but also helps U.S. military veterans adapt to civilian life by setting them up with the skills to start their own hydroponic farms.

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That caught the attention of Ratigan, who saw an opportunity to create a business model that would help veterans, consumers, and the planet alike. This model involves getting hydro-organic greenhouses up and running all over the country. “I call it the magic building,” Ratigan says. “The ability to reuse the resources I’ve accumulated over the past 20 years to help organize and produce more of these magic buildings that are veteran-jobcreating, carbon-extracting, combat-decompressing, water-saving, food-producing, food-desert-curing, health-care-cost-saving buildings that do so many things. And particularly to do, not just hydroponic, but hydroponic organic growing, that really puts it over the top for me.” The benefits Ratigan outlines are numerous, but one he seems particularly passionate about is the creation of jobs for U.S. military veterans. Vets get more than a viable career from becoming owneroperators of these hydro-organic greenhouses; the psychological benefits and stress reduction


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associated with gardening are significant enough to treat the ills of combat-hardened vets whose adjustment to civilian life can be difficult. The tranquility of raising plants and spiritual rewards of hands-on food production make an effective antidote for years spent in violent conflict. Ratigan is using his media and finance history to both launch and nurture the project into a larger entity with great philanthropic implications. But while he’s eager to list the numerous benefits for society and the environment, he’s also emphatic that he’s no Mother Theresa. When the suggestion arises that he has some altruistic motivation for leaving his job in the limelight in order to undertake his new project, Ratigan takes exception. “I take issue [with the idea that this endeavor is completely selfless]. I believe that your job is to create value for other people and use your resources to do that. I’m not a martyr,” he insists. “I took the resources I had and I’m applying them to a mission to build more of these buildings because I think they’re valuable. “The question is, can a character like me, with my media and corporate finance background, create a replicable model, financing vehicle, and media vehicle to build more of these more quickly?” he continues. “That’s my job. “And to help not only the veterans to do this, but to train veterans to do things that increase food and energy, because increasing food and energy decreases global conflict,” he says, before adding, “I think I can make a good business out of that.” This is not Ratigan’s first attempt to use his resources to effect positive change. His book, Greedy Bastards, took on government corruption and what he calls “corporate communists” in order to address a variety of ills at the heart of America’s decline. While writing that book, Ratigan discovered the first seeds of what was to become his current project. “It was upon completing the energy chapter of Greedy Bastards that it became clear to me that the veteran community is perfectly 90

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suited to address the issue of resource depletion, and that resource depletion correlates very closely to conflict,” explains Ratigan. “And I knew that just doing cable news wasn’t going to cut it, and that my job was to figure out how to work with those veterans, or to develop systems like hydroponic organic greenhouses that I believe veterans are the perfect labor force to address. “It’s a joke that we’ve got 20 percent unemployment in [the veteran] community and yet we’re desperately out of date in terms of our resource management on the food, energy, and water side,” says Ratigan. There’s no doubt that veterans are hardworking and well-versed in making tough

decisions on the battlefield, but the average civilian might not intuitively understand what makes a veteran such a good fit for the work of hydro-organic growing. “The U.S. government invests about a million dollars in each of our veterans while they’re in the service,” says Ratigan, “and their skill set tends to revolve around the reliable operation of very high-value, very complex technical equipment. The adaptability of that training into the operation of a 1 acre hydroponic organic greenhouse is extremely well-suited. And the combat decompression benefits of being able to work outside in an environment like that is incredibly valuable.”


In other words, Ratigan’s vision for a series of veteran-owned and -operated farms is a mutually beneficial undertaking for himself, the vets, and society at large. “I believe, if done properly, this is a good deal for everyone,” says Ratigan. “Whether you’re buying the produce, whether you’re a veteran owner-operator, whether you’re the planet Earth trying to get some carbon extraction going, whether you’re trying to improve your diet, whether you’re trying to protect the soil that’s depleted, whether you’re just an early adopter who wants to use the technology of hydro-organics to produce three times as much food three times as fast [as conventional growing] while using 90 percent less water

— the nice thing is that there are several locations where people can attach themselves.” Those “several locations” mean that no matter what walk of life you come from, chances are you are going to find true value in Ratigan’s operation. “Some people just want veteran jobs. That’s great,” says Ratigan. “Some people just want carbon sponges. That’s great. Some people want water conservation. That’s great. Some people want organics. There’s a 42,000-square-foot standardized building, and then the ability to finance and empower the veterans to be owner-operators in those buildings — it’s an incredibly compelling opportunity for everyone involved.

Ratigan tours a hydroponic farm with former Rosebud contributors Colin and Karen Archipley.

“And hopefully, this will serve as inspiration for other people to build their own greenhouses and develop their own ideas around this, having nothing to do with me,” continues Ratigan. “And hopefully, [people will] look at veterans in a different way, as a high-value asset for resolving core community issues, which is what they’ve been trained to do.” Hydroponics is still on the rise, and in many ways remains in its infancy in the broader scope of agriculture in the U.S. Because new ideas, even good ones, sometimes struggle to take hold in the mainstream, you might expect some resistance from traditional farmers. But Ratigan says that conventional agriculture can welcome these hydro-organic operations with open arms. “I think that big agriculture is largely focused on corn and soy and the cash crops that are subsidized by the government,” he says. “So, if anything, I’ll give them more land and just do the consumer produce, where only 1 percent of the market is hydroponic right now, let alone hydro-organic.” Ratigan isn’t just whistling Dixie. He’s been at the ground level discussing his project in communities across the country. “I had a bunch of meetings in Chicago,” he says. “And the people that control the land in the Midwest asked me a bunch of questions about what [this project] means for the local farming community. I said that it means they’ll have more land because they won’t have to give up land for produce where they just want to grow corn anyway. I see no conflict. I think [hydro-organic agriculture] is a quantitative pro for the produce manufacturers. It needs to be standardized and expanded.” Of course, for any of this to work, the food-buying public is going to have to purchase hydro-organic produce. The demand has to match the supply. “I think the key is having the consumer at the point of sale understand that when they buy that produce that they’re participating in a water-conserving, self-healthimproving, veteran-job-creating circle that you’re part of when you buy this produce,” says Ratigan. VOLUME 4 / ISSUE 29

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“I think there’s an opportunity for consumers to expand the demand for hydroponic organic produce, but I think that in order to do that, people like me and people in the hydroponic organic world need to do an increasingly good job of differentiating our produce in the marketplace so the consumer has a reason to buy it.” In other words, educating the consumer is an important facet of Ratigan’s work. While typically people have opted for the lowest price, an increasing number of consumers are now willing to shell out a little extra for locally grown, fresh, non-GMO, and/or organic products. But the drive to educate doesn’t end with the consumer. Part of Ratigan’s larger plan involves equipping would-be growers with the expertise they need to succeed. “I intend to work to finance and develop not just hydroponic organic greenhouses but a custom training center and platform that can create work for veterans, not just in sustainable food and water, but in sustainable energy,” says Ratigan. “And then I intend to look for the most valuable journalism that I can find in these novel solutions until I can produce what I hope will be very entertaining, useful, and valuable media that can show off some of the great solutions that either we’ve discovered out here [in California] or that other people have discovered that I would love to showcase.” It’s a multi-pronged operation — developing the greenhouses, training the owneroperators, and spreading the gospel of hydroorganic. The last of those being what the ultimate success of his project hinges on. Is that sea change in the American consciousness attainable? Time will tell. “People need to connect the dots,” offers Ratigan. “We spend too much time taking inventory of what we don’t have, as individuals and as a country. And the veteran hydroponic organic greenhouses are a great example of what we do have. I believe that they are likely one of millions of expressions of an appropriate inventory of what we do have. We have these beautiful young men and women who

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are millennials, who are well-trained, and who are looking for meaningful missions at a time when the world needs a really powerful young workforce to update our resource management system. “Even if I’m really, really successful and do thousands of greenhouses, it’s still a flea on a dog’s ass compared to what has to happen on the earth,” continues Ratigan. “So the more people can self-organize around the realization that [we have great] resources when it comes to labor and technology like hydroorganic and solar, and [the more people realize that] the problem needs to be solved in every community in the world, the sooner we get on that the better. “If I can inspire some people to do that, that’s great. I’m going to try to do as much of it as I can, and I believe it has prosperity for

Ratigan on the air at MSNBC.

those who participate in the process and for the communities that are able to deploy it the best. I think the more people we can get to do that, from America to Africa to China, the better. I just want to pick up my little corner of the action and do what I can,” says Ratigan. As for what exactly is within his power, that remains to be seen. But Ratigan is both optimistic and realistic. “This is a cool project. I’ll do a thousand farms, a hundred farms, or one farm,” he says. “I’ll do as much as possible, but I’m not delusional in that I know that no matter what I do, the story of doing it and the illustration and accessibility of doing it will catalyze an increased rate [or awareness] that has already been happening in this world. If I can play even a small part of accelerating that process, that’s my goal.”


NICOLE MAJOR PHOTOG RAPHY BY JASON HARYN U K

Bust: 32 DD Waist: 25” Hips: 33” Height: 5’8” Sign: Virgo Birth Date: Sept.18, 1984 Birthplace: Oakville, Ontario Goals: Try something new every day for a month, like skydiving. Turn-Ons: Intelligence, a sense of humor, integrity, creativity, passion, confidence, positivity, and tenacity. Turn-Offs: Close talkers with halitosis. Yuck. Favorite Books: Conversations with Myself, Epitaph of a Small Winner, Shantaram, and The Alchemist. Favorite Movies: Magnolia, Meet the Parents, Iron Man, Capote, Good Will Hunting, and Avatar. Favorite Bands/Musicians: Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Enya, The xx, Elton John, Kyle Lionhart, Macklemore, and Florence Welch. Favorite Sports: Swimming, running, and snowboarding. Celebrity Crush: Johnny Depp. Craziest thing I’ve ever done: Cliff jumping.

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dyllic weather mixed with a wide cross sampling of different views, personalities, and backgrounds makes for a varied travel experience for even the most veteran excursionist. There is something to see, visit, and experience for every walk of life on any day of the week. Epicureans, boozehounds, leisure lovers, and adventure seekers all have a place to sit at the table of events and destinations in Northern California.

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DRINK In addition to Northern California’s reputation as a food destination, the area has kept pace with the burgeoning culture of mixology and spirits. Located in the heart of one of SF’s seedier neighborhoods lies a bar (three bars, actually) steeped in the culture of Prohibition-era speakeasies. Bourbon and Branch, located on the corner of Jones and O’Farrell, is flanked by its “public” bar, the Library. Reservations and passwords are obtained through online or phone booking for the night, after which one is granted access to B&B’s main bar, complete with an old-school Prohibition-style security guard and hostess. Home to a number of award-winning handcrafted drinks and a selection of hand-numbered and limited-quantity spirits, the bar is cozy and maintains more than its fair share of secrets. We would suggest several things to order, but in keeping with the bar’s rules, we just can’t. With regard to the mystery behind Wilson & Wilson, you may want to investigate further. We’d tell you, but then we’d have to kill you … For those seeking something a little less cloak-and-dagger, Otis Bar, nestled right

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off Union Square, has seen everyone from hip-hop luminaries Ed Lover and D-Nice to new-school kids like Childish Gambino looking to escape the prying eyes of fanboys and girls. A mixture of old-school flavor and modern decor, Otis is favored by locals for starting your night right. It’s easy to enjoy the scene after grabbing a drink downstairs and cozying up on the second floor amid friendly music, people, and aromas. Across town from Otis, Southside Spirit House was built on top of what was once a famed SF spot, Eve Lounge. Trading in a

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Travelers more inclined towards Dionysian tastes should definitely take the time to travel through Northern California’s wine country. Boasting culinary flavors and styles for every budget, there are food outings ranging from the finest of dining to more artisanal experiences. Thomas Keller’s French Laundry has become synonymous with excellence in highend dining circles the world over. Reservations for the restaurant can take two to three months to schedule; however, one may find it easier to book a tour of their organic garden nestled just off of the kitchen confines in Yountville. Led by members of the French Laundry’s in-house horticultural team, visitors would do well to listen to advice on the seasonal aspects of different crops and take away lessons on everything from soil to seeds. Expect to try vegetables imported from more exotic locals like Peru and Bolivia that are specially cultivated on site. If the French Laundry and its garden are too rich for your taste, a short drive through the scenic countryside will land you in Napa, home to the Oxbow Public Market. Located just past some of wine country’s best eateries, including Morimoto’s (as in Masaharu Morimoto, of Food Network and Iron Chef fame) and Eiko’s, the locally driven fare has all the flair and substance of SF’s famed Ferry Plaza Farmers Market without the tourists, traffic, or seagulls. A haven of artisanal coffee, cheese, and food products, you’ll be doing your taste buds a favor by checking out some of the highlights. The Fatted Calf, known for its charcuterie and butchery, is also home to 4505 Meat’s

air-puffed chicharrónes, while Hog Island Oysters has an ever-rotating variety of delicious seafood to be sampled. It is a haven for local growers and a best-kept secret for many in the NorCal culinary scene.

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NORCAL Travel guide traditional club/bar layout with open and comfortable spaces hewn in warm wood and soft lighting, the atmosphere maintains a sensibility that is equal parts traditional Americana and modern-day gastro pub (think Texas roadside meets a wall of cassette tapes). More than just a hip SoMa hangout, the bar is home to a revered team of bartenders and culinary staff. Aside from cocktails mixed and served in mason jars, the bar maintains a rotating menu of different comfort foods and re-imagined bar bites, including beer-braised beef sliders and homemade porch chips.

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Lagunitas Brewing Company is a change of pace from the city-hewn bars and mixology spots. A drive north of San Francisco lands you at the Petaluma-based brewery. Known for their unique interpretations of traditional beer styles as well as their irreverent labels and descriptions, the brewers have become known for their signature IPA and pale ale. However, their seasonal varieties and small-batch re-interpretations are more than worth the trip up the Redwood Highway. Friendly, inviting, and unique, the careful programming of music, food, and beer is meant to appeal to fans of all of the above. Of course, this being Northern California, there is plenty to offer the outdoor adventurer who still appreciates the finer things in life. The Tourist Club is located in the heart of Muir Woods outside of San Francisco. Known for its conservatory efforts of the Highlands and surrounding preserves, this SF chapter of the Nature Friends organization is also known for its biergarten and festivals. Members are treated to a number of different hiking trails that lead to the German Brewhaus, which T RIS U O celebrates a variety of different beers all served T TH E CLU B with a healthy dose of nature and camaraderie. Though membership is typically required, Tourist Club offers multiple events

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that are open to the public, so check the calendar. Sommerfest and Kinderfest are two signature events.

RIDE Looking for something edgier during your NorCal outing? Adventure seekers should check out the calendar of events put together by United Bikers Northern California: Humboldt. The UBNC is a collective of different motorcycle organizations that put together runs and events for both members and casual enthusiasts. The Humboldt chapter organizes at least one monthly run of varying length, sometimes up to 100 miles along the coast and back roads of Northern California and the greater Bay Area. The MCs within this particular collective know how to keep things interesting but friendly at the same time, and their knowledge of the roads in the area can help the most aspiring enthusiast through their travels. On the flip side of two-wheeled outings, there is the East Bay Bike Party. Relying on pedal power, this is one of the largest organized bicycle parties in Northern California. The event sees people of all skill levels join up for various rides, each with its own unique theme. Should you choose a Berkeley route, make sure you say “what’s up” to Patches as you pedal past his infamous hippie crafts table set up just outside Rasputin Records.


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Of course, the best thing about NorCal is the folks who make up this magical place. Events are often just an excuse to meet likeminded people who are always happy to share their stories and knowledge with an eager visitor. Growers looking to discover new DIY practices and techniques should attend one of the area’s several harvest markets, where discussions of sustainable practices and legendary yields are freely shared over plenty of delicious crops. Just another taste of the amazing flavors Northern California has to offer.

FOR MORE INFO The French Laundry 6640 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599 www.frenchlaundry.com Oxbow Public Market 664 1st St., Suite D, Napa, CA 94559 www.oxbowpublicmarket.com The Fatted Calf www.fattedcalf.com Hog Island Oyster Bar www.hogislandoysters.com Bourbon & Branch/Library/Wilson & Wilson 501 Jones St., San Francisco CA 94102 Reservations: www.bourbonandbranch.com Otis Lounge 25 Maiden Lane, San Francisco CA 94108 www.otissf.com Southside Spirit House 575 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105 www.southsidesf.com Lagunitas Brewing Company 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, CA 94954 www.lagunitas.com The Tourist Club 30 Ridge Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941 Off Huckleberry Trail www.touristclubsf.org UBNC: Humboldt www.ubnchumboldt.com East Bay Bike Party www.eastbaybikeparty.wordpress.com

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From Sasquatch to Chupacabra — beasts that blur fact and fiction.

112 SWEAT EQUITY

Surprising tips for making that diet work for you!

114 GAMES

Incredible sequels to keep your heart racing and your thumbs moving.

116 HOT STUFF

Musical icons return, plus comic books take over TV.

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GEAR

HARVEST HELPERS TIGHTEN UP TRIMMING TIME WITH THESE MAGNIFICENT MACHINES

Got some trimming to do this season? We’ve got you covered. Here are a few different options based on the scale of your project and the size of your budget.

TRIMPRO TRIMBOX Trimpro has been around for years, offering a variety of different sizes of trimmers. For newbie gardeners, the light, cheap, and effective Trimbox is a great place to start. There might be other budget trimmers on the market, but when your precious crop is on the line, it’s a good idea to stick with a name you know.

TRIMPRO TRIMBOX MSRP: $895 trimpro.com

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MEAN GREEN TRIMMING MACHINE These new kids on the block have designed a very impressive trimmer. They have taken the idea of the tumble trimmer and made it more usable for smaller growers. These units aren’t cheap, but given the right amount of work, they can pay for themselves in as short as one season. A lot of growers would argue that tumble trimmers are the only way to go, but until now, the high cost has put them out of reach. Not anymore.

MEAN GREEN TRIMMING MACHINE MSRP: $3,969 meangreentrimmingmachine.com

TWISTER T2 A lot of growers say that the Twister is the best trimmer in the world. However, the cost of this machine generally makes it only available to bigger gardeners. But a very cool fact that you may not know is that a lot of hydro stores are now renting these machines out for daily use. When you have lots of trimming to do, want it done well, and need it fast, there is only one machine up to the challenge.

TWISTER T2 MSRP: $14,900 thetwistermachine.com

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GADGETS

GEAR UP MORE THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR GREEN THUMBS SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Just because you’re answering the call of the wild doesn’t mean you can’t call for help as well. The DeLorme inReach SE ($299; inreachdelorme.com) allows you to send and receive text messages and, when necessary, even an S.O.S. The inReach is ready for almost any adventure with its waterproof, dustproof, and impact-resistant casing. It can also share GPS coordinates via Facebook and Twitter and can pair with a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth to provide even more communication options. It also has a battery that can last up to 100 hours. With this device at arm’s length, you can always reach help when you need it.

QUIET TIME The world can often be a noisy place. But you can block it out with Bose’s QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones ($299.95; bose.com). These earbuds weigh just 1.5 ounces, but inside are two microphones and an electronic processor that can cancel virtually all ambient noise, while the StayHear+ ear tips help to further passively block sound while ensuring a comfortable tight fit. The rechargeable battery ensures 16 hours of sound blocking, but since there are times when hearing the world around you is a good idea — like when near traffic — the QC20 can also be switched to aware mode.

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RE-UNITED (AND IT FEELS SO GOOD) Riding a bike is never a bad way to get somewhere, unless you need to bring something with you. And while bicycle panniers can carry a lot, they’re still attached to your bike. But the United By Blue Pannier Bike Bag ($98; unitedbyblue.com) can be slung over your shoulder when you get to your destination. It is made of 100 percent organic waxed canvas, and has a durable brass and leather strap that attach to any size bike. Best of all, for every product sold, United By Blue will help remove 1 pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways.


TAKE A LOAD OFF

BLUE MOON

So you know that scale in your bathroom that you haven’t stepped on in years because you hate being reminded that you really need to lay off the burgers? Well now you can ignore a scale that does much more. The Smart Body Analyzer from Withings ($149.95; withings.com) will also tell you your heart rate, your body mass index, and the current air quality, while monitoring it all with the Heath Mate App or another compatible program. If this scale were any smarter, it would yell at you every morning for ignoring it.

While having all your music on your tablet, computer, or phone may be convenient, listening to music with those tiny speakers can make it seem like a chore. For the rich, full sound your tunes need — nay, deserve — you need Blutooth speakers like the E2x Luna Eclipse from Edifier ($199; edifier.us.com). Available in white, black, gray, yellow, or red, the Lunas pump 64 watts with enhanced bass, have a range of 30 feet, and come with a wireless remote, though there are also buttons on them so you can crank it up even when your tablet, computer, or phone is in another room.

CRANK IT UP Usually, cranking up your radio means turning up the volume. But in the case of the Eton FRX3 weather alert radio ($59.99; etoncorp.com), cranking it up is how it gets powered up. One minute of cranking will produce enough power for 15-20 minutes, so you can tune into AM/ FM and even NOAA weather radio. It can even be used to dump charge your mobile phone. In addition to the hand turbine, the FRX3 can also get juiced via a solar panel. And if you find yourself in the dark, don’t worry — it has a built-in LED flashlight as well.

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CRYPTOZOOLOGICAL

BEASTS As Halloween approaches, our thoughts naturally turn to ghouls, vampires, and other spooky beings from the netherworld. But while most people understand those types of creatures to be completely fictional, there’s a whole class of preternatural beasts occupying a gray area somewhere between fact and fantasy. Literally the study of “hidden animals,” cryptozoology is widely considered a pseudoscience. Nevertheless, intelligent and learned people will insist that mythical fauna called cryptids really do haunt certain corners of the globe. Here are some of the most famous of these legendary beasts:

THE LOCH NESS MONSTER “Nessie” is thought by some to be a descendant of an aquatic species of dinosaur that somehow managed to survive and hide in Scotland. The logistics of such a creature’s survival are highly dubitable, and the most compelling photos, films, and sonar images of the creature have proven to be hoaxes or cases of mistaken identity. Although stories of lake monsters abound in cultures around the world, the Loch Ness Monster is the one with the most staying power. In recent years, reports of Nessie sightings have declined, and as expedition after expedition has failed to produce even a shred of evidence for the creature’s existence despite increasingly advanced technology, belief in the creature wanes.

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CHUPACABRA

SASQUATCH Also known as Bigfoot, the Sasquatch is one of the most plausible of cryptozoological beasts. Possibly a descendent of a giant hominid species confirmed to have existed as recently as 100,000 years ago, the Sasquatch is said to reside in the deepest, most remote forests of North America, usually in California and the Pacific Northwest. The most famous evidence is the 1967 “Patterson-Gimlin film,” which shows a female Sasquatch lumbering through the woods and turning to face the camera for a moment. Believers point to the fact that special effects make up at the time was insufficiently advanced to have produced a costume with the seamless contours and musculature of the creature in the film.

The legend of the “goat-sucker” originated fairly recently in Puerto Rico, where a series of animal deaths were discovered in the 1990s. The animals, mostly sheep and goats, were found with puncture wounds in their chests and were bled dry, leading to stories about a vampiric creature stalking the night. The chupacabra is often described as a hairless four-legged creature about the size of a large dog or small bear. When the legend spread to Texas and Mexico, reports emerged that the creature was able to fly. Investigations into the existence of the chupacabra have turned up little evidence. In fact, a number of the instances of animals reported to have been bled dry turned out not to be true. Further, many sightings of the creatures have turned out to be dogs, wolves, or coyotes with severe cases of mange.

KRAKEN For hundreds of years, sailors have told stories about giant octopus-like sea monsters. The legends seem to originate in Scandinavia around the 13th century, and were perpetuated by seafarers for centuries after that. The kraken has also made cultural appearances everywhere from the epic poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson to Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the hit Disney franchise Pirates of the Caribbean. In 2004, the first images of a giant squid were taken by Japanese researchers. The creatures measure over 40 feet in length, possibly substantiating the ancient legends of the kraken, and giving hope to cryptozoology buffs that their favorite mythical species might also turn out to be real.

THE JERSEY DEVIL A beast that stands on two legs with a horse-like head, bat-like wings, hooves, and horns, the Jersey Devil is said to haunt the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Sightings of the creature were plentiful in the early 20th century, but have dropped off since the 1950s. Unlike the Loch Ness Monster and Sasquatch, the origins of the Jersey Devil tend to be supernatural. That fact, coupled with the total absence of tracks, bones, or any other physical evidence suggests that the Jersey Devil is wholly the product of imaginative folklore.

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CHEATING IS GOOD FOR YOU TRICK YOUR BODY INTO LOSING MORE WEIGHT It seems like cheating is everywhere — from sports and politics to business and relationships. We tend to regard cheating as a bad thing, but what if cheating was actually good for you? When it comes to your diet, there might be some truth to that outrageous claim. When we diet, there is a thing called “hitting the wall,” at which point the body stops responding to the reduction in calories and we cease to lose weight. This

“THE SOLUTION IS SHOCKING, BUT I PROMISE IT CAN WORK. PIG OUT!” George Robichaud, a fitness consultant at Gold’s Gym Southern California in the 1980s, was a world-class bodybuilder for 10 years, having trained and worked with Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk) and other bodybuilding greats.

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can be a very frustrating. When you diet and exercise, much of the motivation comes from stepping on the scale and seeing results. But once changes to your body cease to occur, no matter how strict and disciplined you are, frustration quickly overcomes motivation. The solution is shocking, but I promise it can work. Pig out! That’s right, go wild and eat whatever you want. Welcome to cheat days — let the banners whirl and the bells chime!


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Here is what happens when we cheat while on a diet and why it makes us start losing more weight. The human body seeks stasis, a constant state in which it is comfortable. When your body deviates from that place (like during a diet) the system rebels and the  metabolic rate shifts and goes into survival mode because the body’s feedback mechanisms tell it that something is wrong. Your body believes it is being starved, and it responds by holding on to calories for a rainy day. But if we feed it, your body relaxes and says, “OK, everything is fine. I can lose calories without being in any danger of starvation.” 

DESSERT OASIS RAW CHOCOLATE SATISFIES YOUR SWEET TOOTH WHILE IMPROVING YOUR HEALTH BY E M MA S M ITH OF Z I MT ARTI SAN C H O C O L AT E S

Growers know the importance of caring for their plants. Of course, what you feed yourself is equally important. But what to do about those cravings for sweets? We’re hearing more lately about the health benefits of dark chocolate, but the next level in healthy desserts is chocolate in its most sublime state: raw.

Of course, cheating requires strict discipline, perhaps even more so than sticking to a diet. It can be a slippery slope when it comes to returning to a healthy eating program. Never prolong a cheat day or  let the taste of rich foods beguile you off your healthy diet. It’s very easy to fall off and your body will start packing on more pounds almost immediately, ruining all of your hard work. When dieting for leanness, you want to keep your body in a mild state of want for food (not need, there is a difference). Then, from time to time, whack the body with rich  foods for a day before going back to a strict diet of low-density, slow-release carbs like fresh fruits and vegetables along with low-fat, high-protein meats and nuts. Do this feeding frenzy twice a month until you are at the desired body fat. Then you can reward yourself by doing it once a week if you have a handle on your weight. It may sound counter intuitive, but it works and is how I got so lean in my 50s. Cheat days do more than kick-start your metabolism; they also feed cravings and break the boredom of so-called diets, all of which makes life both healthy and enjoyable. Think about cheating on your diet. Your body will love you for it. 

Cocoa beans from the Theobroma cacao tree are used to make all chocolate. However, most chocolate involves roasting these beans to develop different flavor profiles prior to being ground with sugar and other ingredients into a liquid paste. Raw chocolate, on the other hand, uses beans that are not roasted, leaving more nutrients intact, nutrients that high temperatures destroy. Unlike most regular chocolate, which uses high-glycemic cane sugars and emulsifiers like soy lecithin, raw chocolate is sweetened with lower-glycemic options, such as coconut sugar. This avoids spiking consumers’ blood sugar levels and keeps its effect on the body positive. The cacao also maintains the nutritional elements of chocolate at its highest and most readily useable forms, contributing to both mental and physical health. Raw cacao also offers more than 300 nutritional components, including iron, zinc, copper, magnesium, and sulphur, the latter two of which strengthen bones, hair, and nails. Chemical compounds in chocolate also cause the release of neurotransmitters, chemical messengers that travel between different areas of the brain and orchestrate our alertness, mood, and energy. Raw cacao retains PEAs (phenylethylamines), the chemicals in chocolate that give us the feeling of being in love. If you’re looking for the euphoria of a great dessert that won’t derail your healthy eating plan, raw chocolate is the answer. It’s wholesome eating that feels like cheating, delivering the best of both worlds to your health-conscious sweet tooth.

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Why We Want It NOW! Because it lets you be the leader of a gang who’s been elected the President of The United States, and you have to use your superpowers to fend off an invasion of aliens who’ve come to Earth to take our women. Yes, this Grand Theft Auto-ish open-world action game really is that unapologetically ridiculous. And ribald. But that — and the taut controls, crazy side missions, and silly customizing options — makes it unapologetically addictive as well.

THE THREE GAMES WE’RE MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS ISSUE TOM CLANCY’S SPLINTER CELL: BLACKLIST DEVELOPER: UBISOF T TORONTO (TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: PATRIOTS) PUBLISHER: UBISOF T SYSTEMS: XBOX 360, PLAYSTATION 3, PC, WII U Why We Want It NOW! Because there are few things as satisfying as sneaking up behind a bad guy and snapping his neck while his coworkers mill about nearby, completely unaware that they’re next. Cast once again as Sam Fisher, whose stealth skills make James Bond look like a bull in a china shop, you use guns, gadgets, and good old-fashioned sneakers to take out terrorists engaged in a series of increasingly deadly attacks.

THE BUREAU: XCOM DECLASSIFIED DEVELOPER: 2K MARIN (BIOSHOCK 2) PUBLISHER: 2K GAMES SYSTEMS: XBOX 360, PLAYSTATION 3, PC Why We Want It NOW! Because the only thing we love more than shooting aliens is shooting historical aliens. Set in 1962, this third-person shooter has you repelling an alien invasion. Thankfully, you don’t have to save the world on your own, as you command a squad of alien-hating gunslingers in a way that makes this feel like a cross between Brothers In Arms, Mass Effect, and a classic ’50s/’60s sci-fi movie.

PLAYING ON THE SIDE THIS MIGHT BE THE DROID YOU’RE GAMING FOR While games on Android tablets are built to use the touchscreen, there are times when you just wish you had a joystick — or two thumbsticks and a dozen buttons. That is what you get with the Archos GamePad ($189.99; archos.com). With a 7 inch 1080p touchscreen and the aforementioned buttons and sticks, it’s kind of like the ergonomic spawn of a PlayStation controller and a tablet (and can thus surf the Web, show movies, and so on). Best of all, thanks to its easy-to-use Game Mapping Tool, you can map any game to work with the controls.

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Upstate Hydroponics 2026-B Lake Rd Elmira, NY 14903 607-489-1990

Brisas del Sur Garden Supply 4521 107 Circle N Suite #3 Clearwater, FL 33762 727-433-1541

Capital City Growers Supply 2208 East Michigan Ave, Suite A Lansing, MI 48912 517-853-9988 Cultivation Innovation 6652 Levis Ave, Suite 7 Temperance MI 48182 419-725-4769   Flo-N-Grow 214 N 2nd Street Niles, MI 49120 269-277-2238   Feed ‘N’ Seed Inc 3658 Lapeer Road Port Huron, MI 48060 810-982-8861

Organica 296 Delaware Ave Albany, NY 12209 518-618-7666

Hefty Harvest 5131 Capitol Blvd. SE Tumwater, WA 98501 360-489-0627

M&M Hydroponics 2222 Oriskany Street Utica, NY 13502 315-790-9825

Island Horticulture Supply 8608 S March Point Rd Anacortes, WA 98221 360-293-0000

North Carolina

Island Horticulture Supply 1500 Port Drive Burlington, WA 98233 360-707-5999

Esposito Garden Center 2743 Capital Circle NE Tallahassee, FL 32308 850-386-2114 Falero Lumber & Hardware 6758 W Flagler Street Miami, FL 33184 305-266-8878 Green Touch Inc 5011 South State Road 7 Suite 104 Davie, FL 33314 954-316-8815 Grow Fast 14025 SW 143rd CT Miami, FL 33186 305-595-0931 Instant Garden 7751 West 28th Ave Hialeah, FL 33016 786-402-2295

Joe Dirts Organics 760 Heartland Drive, Ste 1. Sugar Grove, IL 60554 630-466-8346 Midwest Hydrorganics, Inc. 20647 Renwick Road Crest Hill, IL 60403 815-838-0100

Indiana

Brew and Blooms 7205 Calumet Ave Hammond, IN 46324 219-595-2739

Green Thumb Garden Supply of Menominee 2625 13th street Menominee, MI 49858 906-424-4227

Success Hydroponics LLC 1624 Old Paris Rd, Suite 130 Lexington, KY 40505 859-294-4769

GrowCo Garden Supply 1042 Michigan St. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Kentucky

Garden Grove Organics 29 E. 7th St. Covington, KY 41011 859-360-1843

Mr Nice Guy Hydroponics and Supply 1800 North West Federal Highway Stuart, FL 34994 772-934-6785

Success Hydroponics LLC 1624 Old Paris Rd. Suite 130 Lexington, KY 405050 859-294-4769

Oasis Garden 8200 W 33rd Ave Hialeah, FL 33018 305-819-3675

Grassroot Grower 595 Civic Center Dr. Augusta, ME 04330 207-513-8644

Oasis Garden 5011 West Hillsborough Avenue Suite D Tampa, FL 33634 USA 813-443-5017

New England Garden Connection 141 River Side Drive August, ME 04330 207-621-1700

Oasis Garden 4241 SW 71st Avenus Miami, FL 33155 305 666 0774

The Local Hub 224 Main Street Greenwood, ME 04255 207-357-1781

Sunset Hydrogardens 801 West SR 436 Suite 1013 Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 407 852 5800

Massachusetts

The Best Grow 7249 NW 33rd Street Miami, FL 33122 305 639 2775 The Healthy Harvest 21113 Johnson Street Ste 126 Pembroke Pines, FL 33029 954 538 1511 Tropical Garden Supplies 18679 SW 103 Ct Miami, FL 33157 786 293 8448

Maine

Perpetual Harvest 273 Hanover Street Hanover, MA 02339 508-577-8635

Michigan

A & M Garden Supply 16010 King Road Riverview, MI 48193 734-225-6414 B & B Hydro 28974 Warren Road Westland, MI 48185 734-469-2805

Hawaii

Barefoot Gardener 104 W. Main Street Lowell, MI 49331 616-987-3457

Illinois

Battle Creek Indoor Gardening 1125 E. Michigan Ave. Battle Creek, MI 49014 269-282-0554

Hawaiian Hydroponics 4224 Waialae Ave. Honolulu, HI 96816 808-735-8665 Aerogro 502 N. Prospect #18 Bloomington, IL 61704 708-557-1411

Beste’s Lawn & Patio Supply Inc. 21410 Schoerherr Warren, MI 48089 586-776-1794

Grow Green MI LLC 5079 Canterbury Drive Brighton, MI 48116 810-299-2900 H20 Hydroponics 5210 W. Saginaw Hwy. Lansing, MI 48917 517-749-0711 Happy Harvesters of Burton LLC 4410 S. Saginew St Burton, MI 48529 810-496-3005 Harbour Country Hydroponics 17648 US Hwy. 12 New Buffalo, MI 49117 269-469-2242 Holland Hydroponics Outlet 587 E. 8th St. Ste. 40 Holland, MI 49423 616-298-7395 Hydro Bucket 33223 Suite A Ford Road Garden City, MI 48135 734-956-5882 Hydro Pros 45683 Van Dyke Utica, MI 48317 586-803-0966 Hydroponics and More Inc 3519 Van Dyke Rd Almont, MI 48003 810-798-2524 Indoor Growers Edge 8998 E. 34 Road Cadillac, MI 49601 231-675-1348 Jungle Jim’s Hydroponics 1568 Remington Rd. Caro, MI 48723 989-673-4769 Northern Hydroponics LLC 2322 US41 W. Suite B Marquette, MI 49855 906-458-3852 Oakland Hydroponics and Garden Centre 1290 S. Lapeer Road Lake Orion, MI 48360 248-693-5747

The Flower Factory, Inc. 2223 Highland Road Highland, MI 48356 248-714-9292 The Hydro Grow 8210 Telegraph Road Taylor, MI 48180 313-633-0641 Third Coast Horticulture Supply 2357 Holton Rd, Suite B Muskegon, MI 49445 231-288-1762 Today’s Health Club LLC 307B Sixth St. Calumet, MI 49913 906-337-2711

Fifth Season Gardening 106 S. Greensboro St. Carrboro, NC 27510 919-932-7600

Ohio

Bubbling Bucket 11156 Kenwood Road Blue Ash, OH 45242 513-226-4440

Ultra Greens Hydroponics 8067 N. Wayne Road Westland, MI 48185 734-425-1000

Eastside Hydroponics 550 B Ohio Pike Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-528-4769

Minnesota

Hydro Gardens & Lights LLC 1144 N. Memorial Drive Lancaster, OH 43130 740-654-9376

Duluth Hydroponics 26 W 1st Duluth, MN 55802 218-341-7253

Missouri

Green Thumb Organics 249 Mid Rivers Mall Drive Saint Peters, MO 63376 314-546-5426 Advanced Garden Supply LLC 901 Missouri Blvd STE C Jefferson City, MO 65109 573-635-7878

Nevada

Best Hydroponic Supply 6818 W. Cheyenne Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89108 702-750-9300

Nebraska

Bodhi Organic Garden Supply 1437 S. 1st Suite 6 Lincoln, NE 68502 402-438-6785

New Jersey

Boyer Indoor Gardening 57 Rt 130 S. Gloucester City, NJ 08030 856-456-5000

New York

All Season Hydro 2159 Buffalo Road Suite 6 Rochester, NY 14624 585-713-9043 Green Zone Hydroponics 2148 Niagara Falls Blvd Tonawanda, NY 14150 716 693 9663 Sun Flower Supplies 409 10th Avenue East Northport, NY 11731 631-651-8281

Urban Gardens 671 E. Center Street Marion, OH 43302 740-375-2800

Oklahoma

Grow With the Flow 3702 S. Peoria Ave Tulsa, OK 74105 918-895-6747

Rhode Island

EZ Grow Supply 477A Tiogue Ave Coventry, RI 02816 401 822 4769 Grow RI Westerly 105 Franklin St, Unit38 Westerly, RI 02891 401 596 0904 Grow With Us 709 Warwick Ave Warwick, RI 02888 401 270 6998

Indoor Tropics 5930 Sunburst Lane #B Cashmere, WA 98815 1-509-470-7782 Indoor Tropics 801 N. Prospect St. Ellensburg, WA 98926 1-509-933-4441 Linda’s Gardening 11522 Canyon Rd E Puyallup, WA 98373 253-531-9641 Lucky Greenhouse 3223 3rd Ave S #100B Seattle, WA 98134 206-682-8222 Lynnwood Co-Op 19505 24th Ave W Ste 104 Lynnwood, WA 98036 425-776-2811 Rain City Hydro Inc 301 Airport Way S Renton, WA 98059 425-291-7385 Water Works Hydroponics 5039 S. Washington St. Tacoma, WA 98409 253-301-4343

Wisconsin

Grow Big Hydroponics 958 S Westland Dr Appleton, WI 54914 920-749-4769

Texas

Botani Garden 15106 Bellaire Blvd Houston, TX 77083 281-575-1999 Coolhouse Hydroponics LLC 2732 Shamrock Ave #108 Fort Worth, TX 76107 817-850-9700

Washington

Affordable Indoor Gardening Supplies 10621 Renton South Avenue Seattle, WA 98178 All Green Garden 6409 6th Ave Suite 8 Tacoma, WA 98406 253-564-2767

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