Virtually overnight, gardening has become a big thing. In the U.S. and beyond, people are sheltered at home, unemployed, and unable to venture far beyond their own abodes. Out of worry, boredom, food insecurity, or just a nascent desire to get their hands in the soil, “victory gardens” are sprouting up everywhere, according to The New York Times. Not since the Great Depression and WWII has there been a better reason to cultivate vegetables, flowers, and herbs for the nourishment of body and mind. And that includes cannabis.
If you live in a legal state and have a bit of land, a modest backyard where you could easily grow tomatoes, or just a patch of dirt next to the carport, you can grow your own cannabis. A patio with a planter box or a balcony to keep a few large pots would work, too. Or even a closet or spot in your garage where you could set up a modest grow room. Get yourself some decent clones or feminized seeds and do it! You’ll be glad you did.
For those with little-to-no experience, a good place to start learning how to grow cannabis outdoors is Sungrown: A Grower’s Guide to Cannabis, by Louise Weinberg and Erika Winters. Available as an ebook, this concise little handbook explains all stages of cultivation, from starting seeds and clones to soil prep and nutrition, as well as plant care, disease and pest prevention, harvesting, curing and storage.
Educational Resources for Growing Cannabis:
- DJ Short, Growing Exceptional Cannabis
- Danny Danko, Cannabis: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Marijuana
- Ed Rosenthal, Marijuana Grower’s Handbook: Your Complete Guide for Medical and Personal Marijuana Cultivation
- Jorge Cervantes, Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible
- Mel Frank, Marijuana Grower’s Guide Deluxe
- Mountain Girl, Primo Plant
- Robert Clarke, Marijuana Botany
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