The measuring stick is indeed tasty, more of em you have, the better they taste!
Both of em are grown indoors under high lighting which gives em more goo.
Might be too warm and/or too wet Jimscott... I'm not sure.
I grow mine cool, naturally in the winter & a/c'ed in the summer with a loose mix. I usually let the water tray mostly dry out in between waterings and they get a lot of light!
Hope that helps maybe...