For each of the past 3 years, a kind soul has been providing me with a few sativa clones, which I plant outdoors in the belief that direct contact with the environment will help the teacher/ally in providing what is needed here & now. I smoke frequently & regularly, but not in any quantity. A hit or two at a time a few times a day keeps this old bear happy & well adjusted.
Needless to say, I grow a lot more than I use, and few things make my heart shine more than watching someone's face light up when they are handed a mason jar full of citrusy buds grown with love. The most fun is playing "Canna Claus" at the holidays bringing unexpected joy to folks on tight budgets, particularly those supporting themselves & young families as musicians.
For the first two years, my outdoor location was remote & only accessible by wading through a swamp & crossing a field filled with poison ivy. This year, I've moved things a bit closer & it was a good thing given we've had the wettest summer since records have been kept, with 3X our normal summer rainfall. Bud rot has been a constant issue.
My first two years were exclusively Super Lemon Haze (SLH), but this year I also got a couple Ganesh / Columbian Gold hybrid plants (which I'm calling Gold Ganesh for sake of convenience) and a single sativa known only as "Ken" in addition to a couple SLH.
One of the Gold Ganesh matured far more quickly than the others & got overripe while I was out of town for a bit. It's now in the drying phase -- assuming things can dry with 96%RH -- and has a nice citrusy lemon/lime aroma in the raw & an energetic happy buzz when smoked. None of the buds was very pretty, but I expect that they will be serviceable.
The biggest Gold Ganesh -- at least a third bigger than her sisters when planted -- was named Bernice. She was harvested one morning in late September after I found her laying down after a hard rain. It was a bit before her time, but this year's experience with bud rot -- particularly for buds in direct contact with the ground, convinced me not to push it. Her buds are trimmed & drying prior to a final cure over the next 6 weeks or so
The final 3 -- 2 SLH & Ken -- stayed in the ground until yet another hard rain the night of October 3 left them laying down in the morning. They are now hanging in the pole barn with a fan providing direct air circulation for drying. I trimmed the sun leaves yesterday day & used the opportunity to inspect each bud. These babies will be gorgeous!!
Enough from me. Time to let the pictures do the talking.
Ken & Bernice September 19, 2018