New Auto Light Dep Greenhouse Photos

Just a really quick post to share some new photos. We got these from one of our first 10 customers- who came back again for more this year! Since these guys were in the "prototype" group, and our first customers who gave us a shot before the rest of you did, we have special place in our heart for them. Plus- they share their photos! Take a look.

This is an Auto Light Deprivation Greenhouse from Humboldt Light Dep right before one of the 2017 replants. Please note the photos may include accessories that are not included with our Auto Light Dep Greenhouse package (including the cute pups). Please be sure to check out the product page for a full list of what is included or request a quote by emailing james@humboldtlightdep.com.

If you have photos you want to share you can share your hard work by using one of these ways:
-Hash-tagging the photos on Instagram #humboldtlightdep
-Tagging us on Instagram (@humboldtlightdep)
-Email them to james@humboldtlightdep.com

Be sure to let us know if you want credit for your photos or if you would prefer to remain anonymous!

Yearly Overview & Scheduling for Light Dep Growers

I'm writing this post because I've recently realized that there are some growers out there, for whatever reason (newbies, perpetually on a Caribbean vacation, too much sampling of their own product) who don't have a broad plan of what they should be doing each month of the year to achieve their goals. 

James addressed the topic of scheduling in his Harvest Calendar (which you can download here). But this calendar only addresses what you should be doing in your light dep garden (cuttings, transplants, dep covering, flowering & harvest) during 9 months of the year. The calendar does not include the ideal times you should be devoted to developing infrastructure.

We saw this happen a lot during late winter and early summer of this year (February- June 2016). Growers would call in a panic needing greenhouses two-weeks ago because they didn't plan ahead and had plants they needed flipped ASAP. The problem is, aside from the fact we don't have a time machine, there were many, many, many growers who needed our greenhouses yesterday. So there was a bit of a production backlog because the demand was so high. Spring is for growing NOT building! So I'm outlining this calendar to (hopefully) help the manufacturing bottleneck and give a broad overview of what the yearly cycle on a cannabis farm looks like.

The following yearly overview is based on a few assumptions:
Harvesting 3x/ year. Regionally dependent (we're pacific northwest biased). Infrastructure is defined as: building greenhouses, water tanks, water sources, running water line, building beds, filling pots, running electricity, hauling in soil & fertilizer, automating watering, automating your light dep greenhouse, etc.


JANUARY

Take receipt of goods & orders placed in Dec. of previous year. Begin building infrastructure.

FEBRUARY

Begin cultivation processes. Finish building infrastructure

MARCH

Continue cultivation processes. Start testing infrastructure > fix problems.


APRIL

Continue cultivation process. Fix problems as they arise and make a list of potential improvements.

MAY 

Continue cultivation process.

JUNE

Continue cultivation process.


JULY

Continue cultivation process.

AUGUST 

Continue cultivation process.

SEPTEMBER

Continue cultivation process.


OCTOBER

End cultivation processes. Start clean up.

NOVEMBER

Determine what needs to be changed for existing infrastructure and what new systems need to be put in place for next season. Start research on products & companies you want to work with next year.

DECEMBER

Vacation. Spend time with family & friends. Continue research. Buy/put in orders for the products you want to use. Contact Us for your Auto Light Dep needs.


Behind the Scenes

Now Carrying 10 mil Greenhouse Plastic + Note on Price Increase

Hey everyone- just wanted to give you guys a heads up. The manufacturer for the 6 mil string reinforced greenhouse plastic that has previously been used for every Auto Light Dep Greenhouse order has changed their formula. What this means is: their freshly manufactured plastic is no longer rated for 1 year. Due to the formula change any new plastic produced is now only rated for 3-4 months! 

We said to ourselves: "We can’t sell you something that is only going to last 3-4 months! So what to do? What to do?"

The long & short is that each Auto Light Dep Greenhouse order will now include 10 mil string reinforced, UV treated greenhouse plastic that is rated 4 years! What that means to you is an increase in price because of the increased quality.

10 mil greenhouse plastic

The good news:

- your greenhouse will be covered for 4 years instead of 1 year

- no hassle changing out your plastic or replacement cost after one year

- higher opacity means more privacy

-minimize landfill contribution with a longer lasting product 

Even though we recently had to make this change to our prices we are still 100% committed to getting you growers a great product at an excellent price.

-James D