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True Living Organics: The Ultimate Guide to Growing All-Natural Marijuana Indoors Paperback – August 28, 2012
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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.Read more ›
The Rev seems like a friendly fellow, and I don't mean to attack the dude personally. I just think his book is in need of revision.
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 over-the-top, amendment-focused and relies on either (a) bagged soil or (b) recycled soil. You can build a way better soil way easier folks. (Kind of hard to use recycled soil when you have none! Lol) Bagged soils that you find at the garden or hydroponic store are basically low grade peat moss, some aeration, (maybe?) some worm castings/"humus", and some amendments. Why pay a premium for something made with low-quality ingredients? Who knows how long that bag of soil has been sitting on the shelf collecting dust? Chances are that the only living thing in bagged soil is a family of fungus gnats. If you already have bagged organic soil on hand, you can certainly use it.Read more ›
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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Detailed dirt recipes and formulas for use. Everything the experienced grower needs to know to switch to TLO.Published 27 days ago by Jean Duguay
So obvious when you try to get out of mediocrity. Organic just go O-R-G-A-N-I-C. This book is a kind of "grow organic bible" it worth the cost. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nico bellic
Be biologically responsible and learn how to grow the best medicine at the same time. Let nature be nature, live in harmony with the soil and the plants you grow. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Was a great and very informative read. Definitely would recommendPublished 2 months ago by D'Quame T. Brown
Great read. The Rev knows how to do TLO... organic grows are tasty..pppPublished 2 months ago by greg h.