IMGS 152: Those Rabbits

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Show Notes:  Welcome to Ep. 152.  Thank you for hanging out.  I know the show schedule has been a little erratic.  It’s been busy around here and I’m dealing with a family medical issue, so all my time has been dedicated to dealing with that.  So thanks again for taking the time to watch and listen.  Later I will talk a little more about the cannabis plant in veg.   

Strain of the Week:   Durban Poison – Has a piney, wet dirt almost wet forest smell and taste and originates from the South African port city of Durban. It’s said that Ed Rosenthal, an American cannabis activist, discovered the original strain and brought in back to the United States in the 1970s.  It has a strong, energetic happy head high that’s great for creativity and daytime use.  It didn’t get in the way of my day but you gotta be careful.   It has a 23% THC so paranoia may be a possible side effect if you’re new to cannabis.  The internet says that Durban Poison is an effective treatment for depression and anxiety, as well as chronic pain, and it can also be helpful with nausea.  

Report from the cannabis front line:

Job Corps. https://www.marijuanamoment.net/stop-kicking-young-people-out-of-jobs-training-program-for-marijuana-congressional-chairwoman-says/ 

Get fit https://www.marijuanamoment.net/frequent-marijuana-consumers-are-actually-more-physically-active-than-non-users-study-finds-smashing-stereotypes/

Colorado new cannabis law https://norml.org/blog/2021/06/03/colorado-senate-lawmakers-advance-measure-amending-states-medical-cannabis-access-law/ 

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Get the upper hand on Ants in your garden.

by Rincon-Vitova Insectary

Ants 

There are more than 12,400 species of ants throughout the world. In California, there are about 270 species, but fewer than a dozen are important pests. Ants interfere with biological control.  Honeydew-secreting pests, like aphids, supply sweet food to the ants. In turn, ants protect the pests from beneficial insects that try to eat them. Controlling ants is important when attempting to control these honeydew producing pests. Baiting is a low risk approach that interrupts ants’ interference. Once they have found an adequate food source, they create a pheromone trail, a chemically marked highway, to and from the ant nest. More bait stations are not necessarily the answer, but strategic placement is important. 

Identification 

Ants are close relatives of bees and wasps.  

Common wingless adult forms, known as workers.  

Winged forms, which leave the nest in large numbers in warm weather to mate and establish new colonies, are often mistaken for winged termites. 

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Where in the backyard are you going to put your cannabis garden?

by Alex Robles

  Warning: When you do anything cannabis related at home, please look up and read your local and state cannabis regulations.  This way you know what your rights and limitations are.

     The temperature is warming up, spring is coming.  If you’re anything like me, you’re not just daydreaming about what fruits and vegetables are going in our garden this year.  We’re also thinking about which cannabis veritals/strain we want to grow this year.  But before we put any cannabis seeds in the soil, let’s talk about some things we need to think about when we’re looking for the best place to locate our cannabis garden.  

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Knowing is half the battle when it comes to fighting Earwigs in our gardens.

By Rincon-Vitova Insectary

Earwigs 

Easily recognizable pests in the garden and active at night, earwigs hide in tight, dark, moist places during the day. True omnivores, they actually are important predators of aphids, insect eggs, but will eat almost all parts of flowering plants, especially soft tissue, like newly forming buds in cannabis.  

Identification 

The adult body is about 3/4 inch long and reddish brown.  

Most species have wings under short, hard wing covers, but they seldom fly.  

Two appendages that resemble forceps at the tail end of body are used for defense, mating, and capturing prey. 

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Fighting off the Leafhopper in your garden.

by Rincon-Vitovo Insectary

Leafhoppers 

Leafhoppers feed on leaves and stems with piercing sucking mouthparts that extract a bit of fluid from the plant. Most have insignificant effects. A few species cause small, light flecking/stippling injury may occur at the feeding site. Black sooty mold is a secondary outbreak from their honeydew. Although some leafhoppers transmit plant pathogens that cause diseases of crops none of these leafhopper-vectored plant diseases are presently known to affect hemp.  

Identification 

Leafhopper adults are slender, wedge-shaped, and less than or about equal to 1/4-inch long.  They have varying colors; some species are brightly colored, while others blend with their host plant.  Leafhoppers are quite active; they crawl rapidly sideways or readily jump when disturbed.  Sometimes leafhoppers can be confused with aphids or lygus bugs: Lygus can be identified by their red-tipped antennae.  Aphids can be distinguished by two “tailpipe” structures (cornicles) protruding from their hind end.  1 or more long rows of spines on the hind legs distinguish leafhoppers from most other insects they may resemble. 

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Thrips and the Cannabis (Marijuana) Plant.

by Alex Robles

 When it comes to thrips, identification is key, because there are about 4,500 different species of them and they don’t all feed on cannabis.  The most dangerous threat to cannabis from thrips is the Frankliniella occidentalis, also known as the Western Flower Thrip.

Western flower thrip adult (UC Davis Department of Entomology)

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