I look forward to Evan’s visits each week, because he answers all the questions I’ve saved up for him.

My first question for him was, when I watered two days before, I noticed some yellow leaves, mostly lower down on the plants. Was that a sign of a problem? If the yellowing occurred throughout the plants, or on top leaves, Evan explained it could be a sign of a problem—nitrogen deficiency, high heat, or light burn.

But lower-leaf yellowing is normal at this point in the grow, he said, they’re old and shaded by the top leaves—the plant is just shedding them as it focuses on flowering.

My second question related to breakage. When watering the plants earlier in the week, I accidently broke a stem we’d trained sideways that had a good 6-8 solid looking buds, and did he think it would make sense to save it and dry it? Evan explained that the THC content was probably still pretty low, and given all the weed I’d have after harvest, an 1/8th of ounce wouldn’t be noticed.

My third question dealt with bud color. I asked if their turning from white to a kind of greyish-brown was an issue, and he said not to worry, that was a good sign—that the buds are in their final phase of development, and that’s evident when the pistils darken and resin forms.

My fears assuaged, we went on to the week’s garden tending.

Evan gave my plants a final dose of fertilizer (P Pa’s Perfect Poop, an organic fertilizer made from fossilized guano) that will provide the nutrients they need for the final bud ripening. We removed the yellow leaves, and then snipped off any large leaves that were shading buds—about ¼ of each plant.

We’re down to the final stretch—three weeks to harvest!