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Getting clones isn't a problem where I live, but frankly, I am sick of the "same old". And even more importantly, my customers are feeling the same way. In fact, I have been losing the odd one lately because everyone around is growing the same strain around here and a lot of consumers appear to be buying mostly on pricing criteria. I don't want to play the price game because I know that ultimately it's not going to work out in my favor over the longer term.

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I live in an area where property crimes occur and I want to be able to protect all of the time and money I have tied up in my growing investment. Just the other day, I came out in the morning to find that someone had gone through my car, and it reminded me that I may be at risk for theft or worse. Anything you might recommend? I live in a semi-private detached house with a fenced yard. BTW, I noticed some ads in your mag for trained security dogs. Is that the best route to go for security?

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I want to move from growing in my closet to a larger op, but my girlfriend is worried about the greater risks. How do I set her mind at ease?

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I want to move from growing in my closet to a larger op, but my girlfriend is worried about the greater risks. How do I set her mind at ease?

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I hear LOTS of different things about sources of grow lighting that are alternatives to my energy hungry and heat blasting HPS (high pressure lighting) set-ups. In some growing threads, I see beautiful results with LEDs (light emitting diode) and even more recently the new generation LEPs (light emitting plasma). Other times, I see terrible results. The results are just as wide reaching when I talk with different growers. Most noticeably, the widest differences in the results seem to be with the LED grow lights - from “total crap” to “da bomb!”

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I have watched a couple of friends build grows in their apartments and houses, and see that they can get some really great results indoors. After learning more online and reading some issues of Rosebud Magazine, I have decided to make the leap and start growing indoors. The thing I have noticed about my friends’ grow set-ups, is that they had to make some pretty big holes in the walls for ducting, etc. I also noticed lots of holes in the walls and ceilings from staples, eye-hooks, etc. I want to grow in my spare room without having to do major repairs to it later, any advice?

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I have been working really hard to bring my first crop to harvest, and have a lot on the line because I need to make back my investment and cover some of my start up costs. In hindsight, it would have been better to research my rental a little more, as it turns out there is a big property management company that is running the show.

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I want to use sunlight to grow this summer. A problem I want to avoid is harvesting at the same time as all of the other growers, which is usually mid-September where I live. I prefer to harvest earlier. Growing auto-flowering strains is an option, but they don’t yield as much and I would need to start all the plants from seed. Also, I would need much higher plant numbers, which is something else that I am trying to avoid. I realize I might be asking for miracles here but is there anything that you can suggest to help bring my crop to maturity earlier using natural sunlight?

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I live in an apartment complex where there are rules about growing plants on your balcony. The thing is, there are few better simple pleasures in life for me than picking my own home grown under the open sky. I live and work in a city, so becoming a farmer or living somewhere with some property to grow outdoors is not an option for me right now.

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I have been growing for a while, and like most growers have had occasional battles with insects in my crop. However this time, it’s a little different. The crop is on a decline due to a really severe infestation that I just can’t seem to get under control with my usual applications of neem or pyrethrum based sprays. Admittedly, the grow is running a little warmer right now, which makes the spider mites that are eating my crop that much hungrier.

Q: Hey, really liking your new RAW! column. You have always told it like it is, but my friends and I are really appreciating your help as a grower with what goes on outside of the grow room too.

This one might be right up your alley:

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I have been enjoying the benefits that indoor growing offers for almost a year now. As a new but serious grower, I put a lot of time, effort and expense into my project. Happy to say the hard work is paying off. However, the problem that I am having is that I would like to be able to go on a trip once in a while, or even away for just a few nights for some R&R and to spend some of my hard earned loot.

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I just built a great grow room, and my plants are starting to come up really strong, but unfortunately it seems my new neighbourhood is inhabited by some nosy neighbours and even some sketchy characters I think might be scoping my set up.

What have you found are the best ways to protect your investment in terms of both privacy and the investment itself?

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My girlfriend doesn’t like my grow operation, but business is really taking off. She doesn't like the all the time it requires to run a successful hydroponics operation. What do I do now? Do I have to choose between my girlfriend and my growing?

Jeff – Bakersfield, CA

Nearly everyone has been wowed by GPS (Global Positioning System) technology. If you don’t already have one in your car, you probably have a GPS in your iPhone or BlackBerry. Remote location growers and mushroom pickers collecting morels can happily employ handheld GPS units in order to quickly find their favorite growing or harvesting spots again and again.

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