Anyway, I went on to another band where our manager was Telly Savalas and his brother Gus back in the Kojak days. After five or 10 years of trying to become established again and not being successful, I went on to being an engineer. So I spent the last 20 years in the musical instrument business designing musical products.
Were you surprised people still cared about the band when the documentary came out? As social media grows, it's easier to find people with similar likes. With the Seeds, there would be a mention in a magazine or some band would say "I used to listen to them" over the decades, but with Twitter and Facebook… we never realized. I knew there was some interest, but I never knew until the movie and we saw all the excitement and posts on Facebook and Twitter. It was like, "oh okay, if you want to hear it, we'll do it again." Nobody could replace Sky, but we auditioned a bunch of people and when we found Paul [Kopf], we went, "That's exactly it." Looking back on it, why do you think music changed so drastically in the mid '60s? How did it go from Frankie Avalon and surf rock to garage rock? It was the whole Beatles thing -- everybody owes everything to that. All of the sudden, that took little bands and put them into the big money category. Before that it was shows no bigger than your local basketball gym. All of the sudden there were lots of guitars and drums and amps available, a lot of things congealed that allowed it to happen.
But from the east coast to the west coast, there's a difference in the music, at least to me. I think the east coast stuff is more split between the British, it had a little more of a swing feel to it, and the west coast stuff is very straight with hard corners. I think the east coast rock has more of the rockabilly and Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins side to it. They incorporated more of that than the west coast side. area, that rock came out of the surf, instrumental rock. Rockabilly has more swing from country and western. What can people expect from seeing the Seeds at this June 3 show? The movie goes through band's history and then there's our show. By the time the movie is over and the band starts playing, the energy goes up a level of magnitude. When you can get that in short bursts, it's an amazing thing. Guerrilla cultivation is often the only available option for many growers to keep themselves supplied with cannabis throughout the year, especially for those who have no garden for outdoor growing and don't have the possibility of cultivating indoors. The idea is simple, it's a question of finding a suitable piece of land to grow on, in a forest, woods, or scrubland where plants can be left to fend for themselves until harvest time. Naturally, the plants need not be completely abandoned, they can receive some care and maintenance depending on how accessible the grow spot is, and how much the grower wishes to risk being caught red-handed while attending to them. Although the success of the crop will depend largely on luck, with the plants being more or less left to their own devices for most of their life, a series of steps can be taken that, while not guaranteeing a successful harvest, can certainly help the plants to remain healthy throughout the season. In this way, guerrilla growers can harvest cannabis crops of a quality rivalling that of the most pampered outdoor gardens, where it's far easier to provide the plants with all they need.In the following article we will outline the most important elements to consider for achieving a successful guerrilla harvest in the safest and easiest way possible. Choosing the right variety for a guerilla grow is crucial. The first thing is to choose a variety with a relatively short flowering period ; The shorter the flowering, the less time the plant needs looking after, which benefits us for two reasons: firstly, the less time the plants are in the ground, the less opportunity there is for problems to arise from pests and diseases, and secondly, the sooner the plants are ready and harvested, the sooner both the grower and the crop are safe. To avoid wasting time, space and energy growing male plants, it's important to choose clones or feminised seeds .Care should also be taken to select varieties known to be resistant to mould and pests . As we're not going to be able to provide them with regular insecticide and fungicide treatments as we might with plants in our private garden, guerrilla plants will need to be hardy, with natural resistance to ensure we harvest clean, mould-free weed, undamaged by pests. Due to the elevated risks carried by guerrilla growing, cultivators will normally choose to plant highly productive varieties , not wanting to take risks and waste effort on plants that will only produce a few small buds. Another factor to consider when choosing genetics is the height of the plant, it being preferable to avoid tall-growing varieties that could easily betray the location of your grow spot. Many guerrilla growers opt for autoflowering seeds, an excellent choice for this style of cultivation. These are plants that stay small in size, and thanks to their ability to flower independently of the natural photoperiod , if they're sown at the high time they can be harvested well before normal (photoperiod-dependent) plants, beating the rippers (plant thieves), Police or curious hunters in their search for guerrilla grows.
And depending on the climate, it's possible to plan two or even three outdoor crops per year thanks to both autoflowering seeds and the use of clones, as we've seen in our article dealing with off-season outdoor cultivation. Choosing the right place and the correct variety is essential. Whichever type of seed or clone is chosen, it's advisable to give them a small period of growth at home and take them to the selected guerrilla spot when they've got a little bigger. Young seedlings and newly-rooted cuttings are highly susceptible and will be at risk both from adverse weather conditions and insects or predators , so transplanting them when they are a few days older will greatly increase the chances of them reaching maturity. This is undoubtably a fundamental aspect, there's no point in choosing the perfect variety if we're not going to plant it in an optimal place for its development. We must follow the same principles as in any outdoor crop in terms of altitude, orientation and solar exposure (try not to exceed 700-800 metres in altitude, situate the plants facing the south or east and in the spot with the most hours of direct sunlight), but also other factors such as water, wind or wild animals, which can cause significant complications. Placing the plants so they receive direct sunlight first thing in the morning will quickly evaporate any rain or dew left from the night before and dry the buds, greatly helping in the battle against fungi like botrytis or powdery mildew. Ideally, we'd find a grow spot near to some kind of water source , so if we visit the plants, we can give irrigate them at the same time, without having to transport the water too far (and besides, being seen carrying water to some remote rural spot is liable to arouse suspicion). Some growers place their plantation nearby to riverbeds or streams , allowing plants to absorb water from the soil as they need it, although the rains of late summer - sometimes torrential in our Mediterranean climate - can swell watercourses and devastate plantations around harvest time .
There are several tricks that allow us to to irrigate less frequently, for example using polymers mixed into the substrate, which work by absorbing water when irrigated, which they later release as the substrate dries.