Beginning in 1996 with California’s Proposition 215, the opportunity for patients to grow their own marijuana became a reality in America. Today, there are 27 states with medical marijuana laws (including Washington, D.C.), 16 states with CBD-only cannabis laws, and four states with recreational laws making it legal for adults (21+ years of age) to purchase and use cannabis legally without medical need.
In several of these states, patients and caregivers alike are allowed to cultivate their own cannabis plants. And in the past decades, it was clandestine home growers that slowly twisted the arms of local politicians by literally overgrowing the government.
Still, it is more important now than ever before that we keep this essential right with the masses, keeping the movement firmly in the hands of the people before Big Pharm, Big Tobacco or Wall Street capitalists get their greedy hands on our new burgeoning industry.
That’s why High Times continues to proliferate and disseminate the necessary information so that people like you are able to grow your own cannabis at home, whether it is for medical or recreational use. The plant belongs to all of us—and we remain The Movement.
But for all these beautiful notions, there still come a lot of questions. Many casual smokers are now asking how exactly one might go about setting up a home garden in a quick and easy fashion. And because marijuana smokers tend to like a year-round supply which is not readily available at the grocery store, the questions on how to get growing at home often tend towards the indoor garden variety.
uckily, growing cannabis is not any more difficult than growing tomatoes. In fact, growing cannabis can be quite easy, and the answer to nearly all concerns about home growing can be summed up in three little words: Keep it simple.
Keeping It Simple
The first question on every would-be indoor grower’s mind is what type of system to utilize. System type incorporates many aspects of horticulture, from medium type, to container sizes, to feeding and irrigation programs. Let’s start with the most basic of aspect of cultivation: Grow medium.
To keep things simple, we need to look no further than Mother Nature herself. In nature, plants most often grow naturally out of soil. Growing plants indoors does not mean we must deviate from nature’s plan. In fact, the horticultural industry has excellent peat- and sphagnum-based soils tailored specifically for indoor gardens and these “soil-less” mediums act and feel just like earth soils found outdoors—and are extremely easy to use.
These mediums, which come from popular brand names, such as Pro-Mix or Sunshine Mix, often feature soil textures created by the peat or sphagnum base, but also have additional ingredients mixed in to aid in moisture retention and air permeation. Additional items in these mixes may include wood chips, perlite and vermiculate, as well as trace amounts of basic nutrients to get young plants started off right.
The primary benefit of using these types of soil-less mixes as a grow medium is that they are very forgiving for new growers, offering excellent buffering for root systems to help prevent nutrient shock from over-feeding. They also retain water very well and are perfect for smaller gardens where watering plants by hand is usually preferred. Additionally, soil-less mix mediums can be used easily in conjunction with quite a few different automated water systems as well.
Irrigation & Feeding
The simplest way to water small gardens is to do so manually. Hand-watering plants is also a good way to get to know your plants, garden and environment. Spending time watering plants can also help new growers begin to identify and learn about mineral deficiencies and pest problems.
Still, some growers prefer to automate their irrigation. Primary reasons may be that the garden is too tight to get into or navigate around, or the garden is too large to do by hand, or because they are not near the garden regularly enough to provide consistent water by hand. In these instances, the hydroponic industry offers many solutions, but not all of them are easy to use.
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