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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Green Candy Press (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931160961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931160964
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

As a staff writer for Skunk Magazine and a vocal advocate of his own True Living Organics grow style, The Rev has earned himself quite the following in the North American cannabis community. Though he was once a successful and prolific hydro grower, he saw the light several years ago, and once he sampled his first home-grown True Living Organics bud, he never looked back. Now he can be found lingering around his own earthworm farm encouraging the worms to breathe heavily, and sticking his arms into his soil mixes to feel how much they wriggle.

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This book is very easy to read and understand.
Charles Chamberlin
For anyone interested in growing legitimate organic plants, this is a must-have.
high in co
This is the "hard way" some will undoubtedly say.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By super silver on October 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is an amazing feat at something that has become all too mainstream in our culture at an amazing pace: Organics. Here we find a unique perspective that seems to buck the trend, a practice known as True Living Organics or TLO.

TLO, as the book explains, is a method of soil preparation in which the grower actively promotes bacteria, fungus, and microbial activity to make the soil become a living entity instead of chemically altered. What many of us think as "organic" is quickly brought out into the daylight and exposed for what it truly is: marketing for the trend, and nowhere near being "all natural".

This is the "hard way" some will undoubtedly say. This book is meant to be more of a lifestyle of gardening than simply adding a few natural ingredients to some soil and hoping for the best. This method will require the gardener to procure some items that may be hard to come by in regular garden centers. There are processes that will be required that seem to go outside the modern lazy western mindset, like actually making one's own compost and teas. The photos of the plants and their flowers prove the merit of the work and careful thinking this ideology imparts, however. When one builds on the soil the plant is growing in it is allowed to grow at an amazing pace and the health of the specimen will astound the gardener.

One of the photos is of a rather large (probably full size) plant growing in a tiny black square pot. Those who are familiar with hydroponic methods should have a giant flag raised when viewing it in the context of the book. In hydroponics, the root structure of the medicinal marijuana plant does not grow too large because everything the plant could want is supplied to the roots in perfect concentration.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By islandgrown on April 23, 2013
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I was interested in Revs book after reading his columns in skunk magazine for several years. I like Revs insistence on using only certified organic products, and his attention to soil microbiology. This book is full of helpful hints for the budding organic container gardener.
That said, It seems common for anyone writing a book about growing organic cannabis to claim they have reinvented the wheel, when they usually just take advantage of common knowledge used throughout history in the organic gardening of vegetables or other herbs.
I wish this book paid less attention to sourcing store bought amendments, some of which are unsustainable resources, and instead showed people how to be more self sufficient.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By oahuherbie on September 6, 2012
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the author of True Living Organics- The Rev...he has truly changed my life and how i garden... how look at life itself! when you read this book it will become evident why the soil is so fragile and TRUE organics is the only way to save it! the bonus of being stewards of the earth is you will get to enjoy exotic bounty on so many levels! TLO for life!! thanks to all involved with bringing this man's monumental work to the masses! and thank you, Rev, for always being there!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brave Sir Rob on October 24, 2012
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If you plan to buy the TOP 3 BOOKS about growing cannabis, buy 3 copies of this one and compost 2 of them in your worm factory. This book is all you need to grow the most exceptional cannabis around. I have been following The Rev for years, cutting and pasting his advice and techniques (written for SKUNK magazine) into a personal grow journal and FINALLY he has compiled his time-tested processes into a single volume. The book is high quality with lots of pictures and is easy-to-read in true Rev style. Experts should of course buy it because it will become the cornerstone of every grower's library, and beginners shouldn't waste their money on any other books because they will eventually end up following The Rev's advice. TLO is the only way to go--healthier, safer, cheaper, and of course, a better medicine. The Rev shows a respect for the cannabis plant and it's relationship with the environment previously unheard of in the art of growing. The Rev took my growing to the next level when I started transitioning away from synthetics and chelating salts towards a true living soil. TLO not only offers a better bud, but a closed system of recycling, in which every bit of the plant and soil can be reused and reintegrated back into future grows. Additionally, I now use worms and microbeasties to produce my own teas, castings, and soils. Besides purchasing certain common soil ammendments, everything I do is self-contained, which means a greater chance of people leaving me alone to do my thing. Cannabis is a medicine and should be grown with concern and compassion and without harmful chemicals and synthetics. It DOES make a difference, and your patients will thank you for buying this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mo on August 31, 2012
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I thought I was an organic grower and I was dead wrong. Love this book and it applies to anyone container gardening any plants not just pot.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dylan on February 9, 2014
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I gave this book two stars because it has turned a lot of people onto organic gardening, including myself. In the 'suggested reading' section, one will find Teaming with Microbes by Wayne Lewis and Jeff Lowenfels. This is an excellent place to start re-learning how to garden. As is the sequel, Teaming with Nutrients. Ok, enough book pimping....

Back to this book..... The Rev does a very good job of making organic gardening a hell of a lot more complicated than it needs to be. As I said in the title, I think he needs to reread Teaming with Microbes a few times and revise his book. There are several problems with TLO:

1] his soil mix is totally ridiculous and relies on either (a) bagged soil or (b) recycled soil. You can build a way better soil way easier folks. Bagged soils that you find at the garden or hydroponic store are basically low grade peat moss, some aeration, (maybe?) some worms castings/humus, and some amendments. Baled sphagnum peat moss from the big box store is unprocessed--just baled and shipped. It even has soil microbes! And it's way cheap!

If you want to make a water-only, living organic soil, try out this mix:

This is Clackamas Cootz's soil mix... he's an organic canna forum guru, and his soil mix is solid and insanely simple. It's basically a Cornell mix.

Base mix
1/3 sphagnum peat moss
1/3 aeration (perlite, pumice, lava rock, rice hulls, etc.)
1/3 HIGH QUALITY compost and/or worm castings

To every 1 cubic foot (~7.5 gallons) of the base mix add..

1/2 cup kelp meal
1/2 cup crab shell meal
1/2 cup neem or karanja cake
1 cup gypsum

A source of Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3) should be used to stabilize the acid pH of peat moss. This is often called a 'liming agent'.
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