How do we grow?
Very well, thank you very much... Just kidding!
Our garden is unique in some ways.
First of all, we use an air exchange system, opposed to using air conditioning. One of the benefits of air exchange is that it removes Co2 from the Earth's atmosphere; air enters the garden with high PPM, and is exhausted at low PPM. This also means our garden is some what seasonal, during the summer it's much warmer, and in the winter we can make it cooler if we choose to.
We grow hydroponically, using the best coco growing medium available. Coco, derived from coconut husks, is a completely renewable resource. Some other popular substrates, like pete moss, are not renewable.
We use the world's finest synthetic and organic fertilizers. We have experience growing with organic fertilizers only, and may return to all organics in the future. Even though we use synthetic fertilizers, we still maintain healthy bacteria often associated with organic farming. The truth is, using some synthetic fertilizers allows us to fine tune the fertilizer regime for each strain, perfecting each one individually. In pursuit of the perfect fertilizer regiment for each individual strain, we found that we can lower the EC and still have an equally satisfying yield and quality. In addition, in blind testing the vast majority prefer the synthetically supplemented end product.
Perhaps it is our perfectly timed final flush, or maybe our controlled drying and curing process that makes us unique. We are not fans of long, extended curing, we cut down and dry the whole plant for about one week. It is then manicured by a team of experts, and left out to breath for another four or five days. We think it smells and tastes the best between two and six weeks after the harvest.
Pesticides? We don't use them. We minimize and remove "bad bugs" in the garden through preventative procedures, environmental control, and beneficial/predatory insects. This is a more expensive and complicated process, but it's important and worth it. We don't want to injest poisons, and you shouldn't have to either!