Organic gardeners like to use their own compost prepared from a mixture of chicken, cow or other manure and household food waste, leaves, lawn clippings, dog hair and other waste products including urine, which is high in nitrogen.
*Nitrogen is important during the “vegetative” stage of growing.
Bat Guano, chicken manure, or worm castings can all be used to fertilize organically in soil. Manures can burn, so they should be composted with the soil first, before planting, over several weeks. Sea weed is available to provide a rich trace mineral source that breaks down slowly and constantly feeds the plants.
If growing outdoors in available soil, look around for leaves and other natural sources of nitrogen and work them into the soil, along with some dolmite lime and composted organic fertilizer. Even small amounts of plant food can be added to soil at this time.
Mulch can be made from leaves and spread out over the garden area to hold in moisture and keep down weeds near the plants.
When should you water your plant?
When and what do I feed my plants?
Let’s examine the age-old cultivators question… What to feed my plants, and how much?
What should my pH be at, and how do I check it?
In the wild, plants prefer a slightly acidic soil environment. For soil an optimum root zone pH for is between 6.0 and 7.0, with the most time spent with a pH between 6.2 – 6.9. It’s a good idea to let the pH cover a range instead of always adjusting to the exact same pH number.
What type of pot should you use?
Plant size in soil is directly related to pot size. If you want the plant to grow bigger, put it in a bigger pot. Usually, 1/2 gallon per foot of plant is sufficient. A six foot plant would require a minimum of a 3 gallon pot. Remember, square containers have more volume in a square space (like a closet).
Planting in the ground is always preferable when growing in soil. The plants can then grow to any size, unlimited by pot size. Or in a fabric pot which allows your roots to breath.
What kind of lighting do I need for my Indoor Grow?
When choosing an HID system the first thing to take into consideration is the area you want the lighting fixture to illuminate. Based upon this you can choose from several different wattage systems; 1000, 600, and 400 watts are the most common. A 1000 watt system will cover about a 5 x 5 ft area, a 600 about a 4 x 4, and a 400 will cover an area of about 3.5 x 3.5 ft.
I want to Grow Outdoors!
The initial investment of an outdoor grow is cheaper than an indoor set up and it will give growers a season to get familiar with the plant. It will be the lowest cost way to experience the plant’s life cycle for the first time. No one starts out as an expert grower, like anything in life, it takes practice.