Marijuana Garden Saver: Handbook for Healthy Plants
Book review by: Dopey Taylor
Author: JC Stitch
Editor: Ed Rosethal
Editorial Staff: Emily Peacock, Andrew Glazier, Paul Suliin
Cover and interior design: Hera Lee
Cover photo of bud: Freezer Boy
Photos: Numerous forum members, credits in the book
Retail Price: $17.95
Available now: Quicktrading and Amazon
This handbook offers stellar information from an entity which has a rich history with cannabis enthusiasts. Overgrow.com in the glory days was one of the 10 biggest web sites on the World Wide Web. From such a huge site many characters shared their expertise and photos. Those characters laughed, shared and grew together into a family unfound on any of the boards today. One of those characters was aware enough to capture all those threads containing information concerning how to care for sick and vulnerable plants. MYNAMESTITCH was a fixture within the overgrow walls and now she’s back with a new book. A book that encompasses the vast knowledge shared in those long threads. Picking up the book brings the welcome relief of at last finally finding a growing guide written in English as a first language. There are no translations to decipher and no wording inconsistencies that lead to unfortunate mistakes. If anything it’s so well organized you may not recognize the origin of the information was the Overgrow forums.
Marijuana Garden Saver is the quickest way to diagnose plant maladies I’ve seen. One you can rely on when you need the answer quickly. And when you’re plants are sick nobody wants to read a 50 page thread trying to find the information you think you read 3 months ago. Let’s take a look at the table of contents divided with the tabs below. The tabs indicate the general chapters that the handbook covers. The Marijuana Garden Saver chapters ar
|LEAF MINERS||MEALYBUGS AND SCALE||MOLES|
|RATS||SLUGS AND SNAILS||SPIDER MITES|
|AIR FILTRATION AND SANITATION||ALGAE||GRAY MOLD AND BROWN MOLD|
|LEAF SEPTORIA||POWDERY MILDEW||ROOT DISEASE FULSARIUM|
|ROOT DISEASE VERTICULLUM WILT||ROOT DISEASE PYTHIUM||STEM ROT DAMPENING OFF|
|AIRY LOOSE BUDS||BROKEN STEMS AND BRANCHES||CLONES|
|ELONGATED SEEDLINGS||FLOURESCENT BURN||FORCING FLOWERING|
|GROW ROOM: HUMID GROW SPACE||GROW ROOM: HOT GROW ROOM||HERMAPHODITES|
|KNOCKED DOWN PLANT||LIGHT||NO FLOWERS|
|DARK CYCLE INTERUPTED||LIGHT BURN||NUTRIENT BURN|
|PRUNING BRANCHES||PRUNING LEAVES||SEED GERMINATION|
|SHORT GROWING SEASON||SMALL PLANTS NOT GROWING||SOIL: CLAY SOILS|
|SOIL: SANDY SOILS||SOIL: DRIED-OUT SOILS||NUTRIENT BURN|
|TEMERATURE: LOW TEMPS||TEMERATURE: HIGH TEMPS||WATER: WHEN TO WATER|
|WATER: DROWNING ROOTS||WATER: UNDERWATERING WILTED||WATER: CHLORINE|
|WATER: HARD OR SOFT WATER||WATER: SODIUM IN WATER||WATER: SULFUR IN WATER|
|WEATHER: COLD SPELLS||WEATHER: COOL WEATHER||WEATHER: HUMID|
|WEATHER: RAINY WEATHER||WILTING||STRETCHING|
|ORGANIC AND IPM CONTROL||ALFALFA AND COTTENSEED MEAL||AMPELOMYCES QUISQUALIS|
|ANT BAITS||APHID MIDGES||BACILLUS PUMILUS|
|BACILLUS SUBTILUS||BACILLUS THURINGIENUS||BARLEY STRAW RAFTS|
|BEUVERIA BASSIANA||BORIC ACID||CAL-MAG|
|CALCIUM NITRATE||CASPSAICIN||CARBON DIOXIDE|
|CASTOR OIL||CHELATED MINERALS||CHOLECALCIFEROL VITAMIN D3|
|CINNAMON OLI AND TEA||CLOVE OIL||COMPOST AND COMPOST TEA|
|COPPER||CORIANDER OIL||CULTERAL CONTROLS|
|CREAM OF TARTAR||DIATOMACIOUS EARTH||FERTILIZERS|
|FISH EMULSION & FISH MEAL||FUMIGANTS||GARLIC|
|GLIOCLADIUM||GRAPE SEED EXTRACT||GRANITE DUST|
|HORTICULTURAL OIL||HYDROGEN PEROXIDE||HYDROPONIC MICRONUTRIENTS|
|IRON PHOSPHATES||IRON SUPPLENMENTS||KELP SUPPLEMENTS|
|LIMONENE||MAGNESIUM SULFATE||MECHANICAL CONTROLS|
|MILK||MINUTE PITATE BUGS||MYCORRHIZAE|
|NEEM OIL||NITRATE SALTS||PARASITOIS WASPS|
|PH UP & DOWN||POTASIUM BICARBONATE||POTASSIUM SALTS|
|PREDATOR URINE||PREDATORY MITES||PREDATORY NEMOTODES|
|ROCK PHOSPHATES||ROTENONE||SACCHAROPOLYSPORA SPINOSA|
|SESAME OIL||SILICA & SILICA SALTS||SILVER|
|SOAPS||LADY BEETLES||SODIUM BICARBONATE|
|STREPTOMYCES GRISEOVIRIDIS||SULFUR||TRICHODERMA bENEFICIAL FUNGI|
|WETTING AGENTS||ZINC PHOSPHATES||ZINC SALTS|
|CHART OF CONTROLS|
As you can see the book covers virtually all plant problems without making the reader feel overwhelmed. How that is accomplished is with a well designed format that first tells you how common the problem is. This alone might tell you to move on to another section as the problem rarely affects cannabis. For the first time I’ve seen there’s a scaled up version of the pest, and the pest portrayed actual size. So instead of looking for a pest the size of a fly it directs you to look closer because the pest is no bigger than the period at the end of this sentence. (See the 2 page photo spread on mites)
So just by glancing at the top of the page you can tell if it’s something likely to affect your plants. By reading the whole section you’ll develop the skill required to read your plants. Reading plants is the most useful skill a gardener can develop.
The information about each pest is divided by the subheadings listed below and makes for a compelling reference for all gardeners.
How common is it?
This one may beckon you to spend more time or no time further learning about this pest.
What does it look like?
A description is nice, but a picture speaks 1000 words, more on the photos of the book later.
Where the pest is found
Very helpful, if the pest chills out on the bottom of the leaves or on the stems there’s no use peering at the top.
What it does to the plant
This will give a good indication if you’re on the proper control method for healing your plants.
Maybe there are life cycle stages of the pest you need to be aware of.
An ounce of this is worth a pound of control.
This is pretty much the doctor’s prescription, heed it and grow on.
Diseases and Nutrients have slightly different subheadings, things like origin, symptoms, mobility, role in plant nutrition and problem solving are all topics you’ll be glad this book covers. If there are special needs indoors or out, that’s in there too. The control chapter describes the controls in more detail.
Already my book is well used. One evening I get a call from another patient asking ‘What are these things on my plants’? ‘Hard to tell over the phone’ I tell him. So off to the car I go, book in hand. He had Aphids, and the one I saw was on the petiole where stem meets leaf. And what caught my eye were sap bubbles filling and bursting as the little sap sucker was feeding. Quite interesting actually, the Aphid was the size of a period, and the bubbles were 3 to 5 times larger. Too bad for him I was there to serve his eviction notice. A few squirts of insecticidal soap and so far no more pest reports, not from that buddy anyway. The soap was easy on his girls; I think we made the right call. I know we caught it early. The organic control listed for Aphids would have been a better solution, but lay outside the scope of the gardener’s budget and time frame.
Making the right call is what this book is about. Many controls are listed per problem and the end reader can decide to use the stuff on hand, like we did. The reader might decide to purchase or make a better control. That’s the beauty of this book, it delivers enough information to put even a novice grower in control over his garden’s destiny. That’s a good feeling for newbs and old pros alike. This book is going to make novice growers into pros the easy way. Learn from this book, not your mistakes. Grow smarter, not harder. Most of all grow fatter and healthier buds.
My advice is this, take the money you’re spending on nutrient additives and spend it on the Marijuana Garden Saver book and improving your environment. It’s money well spent. While the Marijuana Garden Saver mentions products by brand name there are also recipes for the same remedies you can make yourself, for the do-it-yourself crowd. Many controls are organic and eco-friendly and the book is quick to point these solutions out. It’s the total solution, with prevention methods and what to look for in affected plants. The solutions provide for a safe grow room with the health of the grower and consumer protected. It’s important to note and is visible in all chapters of the book.
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Thanks for the galleries, because the photos provided from the Overgrow forums and a few from Ed Rosenthal come together to make this book more valuable. The contributor’s list is like a who’s who of the forum scene. Contributors like Digital Hippy, Freezer Boy, Prawn Connery, Beach Stoned, Mosfed and Toddicus to name a few. Thanks for the memories. Your work lives on to service a new generation of people needing mentoring and the mentors won’t even need to type it all up again.
This book is a labor of love that the staff at Quicktrading has been working on for a couple years. JC Stitch probably spent an equal time on the manuscript. Yes, years in the making. My opinion is it’s worth the wait. I’ve learned things I didn’t know before. I found out they put ammonia in with the chlorine of tap water and then the chlorine won’t evaporate and you can’t boil it out. I learned there’s no chemical control for verticillium wilt. Prevention and some bacteria and fungus are the only controls. I learned about the life cycle of Aphids, and how often to check for them and what side of the garden they are most likely to attack.
Every gardener will find the Marijuana Garden Saver book a definitive guide to healing, maintaining and caring for cannabis plants. The technical information is concise without jargon. The photos are clear and diagnostic time solving problems will be much quicker. Patients without caregivers will need to check this one out. Caregivers can learn from the Marijuana Garden Saver too. I like and use the Marijuana Garden Saver and you will too.
If I lost this book I would buy another one.