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Kayo: The Sinsemilla Technique
(inside America's Homegrown Industry) USA
text is an attempt to present a reasonable insight into
a cultural, agricultural and economic phenomenon. The
author, producers and publisher do not advocate breaking
first two parts of the book are more sociological and
political than botanical, stating the pressures of supply
and demand on licit and illicit markets, the "guerrilla"
mentality of outdoor marijuana growers in the north
west USA, and the socio-economic implications of the
trade and efforts at suppression. There is a brief discussion
on the growth of plants.
microclimates section discusses the need to regulate
the environment in general terms, chapter 4 (elements
of growth) stresses the importance of light (including
photoperiod), heat, water, soil and nutrients, with
information as to mineral content of organic fertilisers,
and symptoms of common nutrient deficiencies. There
are sections on problems and moderating influences with
indoor, greenhouse and outdoor microclimates, and a
number of colour photographs of outdoor cannabis plants.
This section reads more like investigative journalism
than a growers guide.
4 (the cultivation cycle) shows stages of development
from seed selection, planting of seeds or cuttings,
vegetative growth (environmental conditions and manipulation),
flowering and harvest, drying, cleaning and manicuring,
packaging and storage. There is a list of colour photographs,
some taken with infra-red film, and an index.
The book deals primarily with the outdoor cultivator,
and although there is enough information to allow a
novice to attempt to grow cannabis, and the principles
involved in doing so, it falls far short of a step-by-step
guide. The style is more descriptive than prescriptive,
showing how growers produce cannabis, rather than providing
a list of instructions enabling the reader to do it