Just smoked some serious weeds—wowzerz, it was Riffraff Thai, a direct result of cool cannabis growing tools indeed. I shopped around for a lot of compost tumblers. I finally settled on a great one I think you’ll all really dig on too. Truly way better for damaged old-guys, like me-LoL. That’s the first item. Next…
If you aren’t already hep to the Bluetooth thermometer/hygrometers, you really need to be. These things pack a wealth of data. I have learned a lot since getting one of these a couple of months ago. Plus, in this article I’m going to throw in a little extra cannabis garden cooling tool that is a tad spendy, but fantastic as a parachute-measure, in times of dire need. Shall we adventure onwards?
Cool Cannabis Growing Tools: La Compost Tumbler
Yeah Baybee! I finally retired my old compost tumbler for a new one. See the photos above and right. It holds the same volume of organic matter as my old one. I will throw you all the links to everything at the end of this article. This new compost tumbler is superior in several ways to my old one; both being 36-gallon capacity/volume. We’ll run through the pertinent points. In 8 hours (or more) of direct sunshine per day, your compost is done in about two weeks. Otherwise, I always give it 30 days. Tumble it a couple or a few times a week.
My old tumbler lasted like 5 years plus. Not bad for longevity. This new one is made from the same plastic. The new tumbler is also up on legs which is a big perk for old-guys like me. I could have elevated my old one, that’s true too. Spinning this one is a dream compared to the old one as well. I can also fill this one like ¾ full (or even more actually), with pretty wet organic matter. A bit heavy, but still spins easily. The old one was a chore to spin when over ½ full of wet organic matter.
The price is right too, I think. I really love the new sliding door access. Makes it easy to dump scraps in and close back up in a second. I leave mine in a location so it gets direct sunlight for about 6 hours per day. You definitely do some hot-composting in direct sunlight—yowza! I recycle my soil in these tumblers. I recycle 3 to 4 cubic feet (18-24 gallons) per run. Root-balls, some cannabis trimmings, chop up a couple of old bananas, whatever I have handy. Plus, my little TLO amendment regiment, heh heh. A fantastic tumbler-tool! In 30 days, I have wicked good soil.
Rev’s Tip: The Portable Air Conditioner
Alright man, in fact, these A/C units are not cheap, I got the one in the photo for about $250.00. Not only that, but they are spendy to run as well, using a decent amount of amperage, and watts. That all being said, I wouldn’t want to have to run this baybee everyday to keep my garden cool. What it is super nice for, is being there in a pinch, when you really need it. A major overheating event, for even a day can cause some decent (and harvest-quality critical) plant damage.
Just be sure to run a unit like this on a true surge-protector. Not a cheap-O power-strip. It has built in thermostat controls. Never have an A/C, or dehumidifier aimed at, or right next to plants. The simple window venting kit is easy/cool. You may want to insulate the hot-air-tube, depending. The window kit can be made light-tight easily. I clean or swap the A/C unit’s air filters (easy) every 4th time I use mine. This schedule is mainly because I have a fuzzy cat in my house that sheds huge.
You can find these units at Wallyworld type stores, or online. Like I said, I use it as an emergency backup. A couple times a year I will get some super-hot-ass days, and my temps would go over the top and hurt my green hunnys. I fire up the A/C maybe 3 or 4 times a year, max. Sometimes for 4 or 5 hours a day, for several days in a row. It makes a big difference if you ask me, regarding your final product—really, really big.
Cool Cannabis Growing Tools: Bluetooth Thermometer/Hygrometer
I can’t say enough good things about these Bluetooth thermometer/hygrometers. I got the first one for a test drive, then I got two more. The Govee brand was my choice, on Amazon. I’ll link ya at the end of the article. One of the coolest cannabis growing tools ever, in my humble opinion. The greatest for humidity and temperature data, and you can review the data in detailed graphs for like a year back. You can learn a lot from this tool my green friends.
Consistency is the name of the game with your temperatures. Plants prefer their changes to be a bit gradual, and not fast and hard. These little tools will really give you an awesome synopsis, allowing you to see the results of your climate controlling dynamic; in real-time user-friendly details, if you want. I place the Govee just out of direct light, as you see in the photo. This gives me a more accurate humidity reading, I believe.
What you really want to do here is get yourself a laser thermometer. Set up your Govee(s), and as your garden heats up, keep checking the top leaves with the laser thermometer. When they reach about 86 degrees, note what your Govee reading is at that point, and that’s really where you like your temps. So now you have a formula and you can set alarms on the Govee for temps and humidity. If the top leaves on your plants are hitting 90 degrees on the laser thermometer, you should knock it back a bit.
Cool Cannabis Growing Tools Summarized
The compost tumbler is a must have in my opinion. I’m sure for you DIY skilled peeps you could even make one pretty easily. Makes killer compost, recycles your soil, and it does it all fast & hot. It’s under $100.00 on Amazon, for the one I have—and I love it dearly. It’s true that if you have bad ass composting skills, that is really all you need besides good water. You can pull off composting and soil recycling on a tarp, or in kiddy pools if need be. But the tumbler is for sure a way cool cannabis growing tool.
The Govee Bluetooth devices are a dream come true for any real artisan/connoisseur cannabis grower indoors, for sure. But I would want these baybees in my gardens no matter how I grew, and in any greenhouses too. I showed you how I place mine, you should place yours however works best for you. The way mine is placed in the tent, at the current light height setting, when my leaves at the tops of my plants hit about 86 degrees, my Govee registers 81 degrees. So, I set my alarm to 81 deg. To let me know when I am running optimal.
As far as the mobile A/C unit goes: If you are running it in your grow-room proper, beware of the lights on the unit. Light poisoning matters! Catch you all on the flip-flop next Tuesday, right here at Skunk! Good JuJu to you all. L8r G8rs…
- REv 😊
SOME COOL CANNABIS GROWING TOOL LINKS…
- Govee Bluetooth Thermometer and Hygrometer
- Laser Thermometer
- Compost Tumbler
- The Compost Tumbler and Organic Cannabis Growing – Skunk Magazine
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I'm The Rev, and I have been with SKUNK for about a decade now. I hail from Southern California, spent mucho time in Northern California, and now reside in Southern Oregon; always coastal. I am an all natural style cannabis grower and I have written a couple books on the subject - check out True Living Organics 2nd Edition on Amazon - I have been growing for over 45 years, and I have been breeding cannabis for over 30 years. Check out kingdomorganicseeds.com to see some exotic selections. Growing connoisseur cannabis is what I teach mostly, growing it in living soil without using liquid organic nutrients to feed the plant. I am also a highly skilled synthetics grower, hydroponics, aeroponics, DWC/SWC/NFT, Ebb and Flow, and soilless, but I cringe when smoking synthetic grown herbs, so for the last 15 years or so I preach the artisan style of all natural growing, specializing in container growing. Cheers and welcome aboard.