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And then there is the powerful sense of control you’ll get from making all the decisions yourself. Where do you grow? What seeds and genetics do you use? Are you going for fully organic weed, or do you use growing aides like fertilizers and growth boosters? It’s all up to you, if you decide and are able to grow cannabis plants at home. Can you feel those green thumbs tingling yet? Great. Let’s go over some grower’s basics.

Let’s go over these Grower’s Essentials in some more detail.

Growing Weed At Home Is Easy

Indoor growers need to keep the fresh air (rich in CO2) coming in and old air (rich in O2) going out. This requires an extractor fan with carbon filter for the smell, fans for air circulation and a fresh air inlet in a closed-off growing environment. This is also where growing outside saves you a lot of trouble.

When given the ideal amount of water, the leaves of cannabis plants should be upright during the day. As if they’re holding their little ‘plant-arms’ up to the sky to improve their intake of precious sunlight. At night, the leaves come down and hang towards the ground. If the leaves hang like that during the day, you are either giving too much water to your plants or not giving enough. Simply feeling the soil or substrate with your fingers should provide clarity on that matter.

Growing your own cannabis is easy, after all it’s called ‘weed’ for a reason. In fact, cannabis plants – depending on the endurance of individual strains – can handle more hardship than most plants in your backyard. This durability actually makes them hard to get rid of, much like regular ‘weeds’. Of course, you can ruin a grow if you want to, but if you know a few basic facts, you should be alright. Ironically, most of the classic screwups are caused by caring too much for the plant. So, in theory everybody is able to grow their own cannabis. The only things you need to grow your own usable crop are:

First things first: germinate your seeds! Use simple techniques like the paper towel method or simply sow directly into small seedling pots. Alternatively, Easy Start provides an ideal environment for germinating seeds and includes beneficial bacteria to optimise the process. As your seedlings emerge from the soil, place them under grow lights or on a south-facing windowsill to get them off to a healthy start.

Your plants will also be ready for more nutrients at this stage. Mix up a batch of Easy Grow Booster Tablets to feed your plants with everything they need during veg every time you water them. Add a healthy dose of compost tea every now and then to introduce beneficial bacteria and fungi into your soil. This will boost the biodiversity of your soil and ultimately improve plant health.

Growing cannabis outdoors in the Netherlands: A complete month-by-month guide.

A GUIDE ON GROWING CANNABIS OUTDOORS IN THE NETHERLANDS

Situated in the north-west of continental Europe, the Netherlands borders the North Sea. This body of water holds great influence over the environmental conditions in the country, making for a temperate maritime climate.

Every year, outdoor growers in the Netherlands load mason jars full of high-quality cannabis. Learn how to grow weed successfully month-by-month below.

If you’re cultivating cannabis in garden beds, make space in the mulch layer and dig a hole suitable for your plant. Add some mycorrhizal fungi to promote healthy root growth and ramp up nutrient absorption, and transplant your seedling. Return the mulch layer and give the plant a good watering.

Your plants will start putting on size both vertically and horizontally. Growers near the coast will need to safeguard their crops against the possibility of harsh winds. Regions such as the Hook of Holland, IJmuiden, and Vlissingen see over 100 days of wind per year at speeds of around 24kph. If you live in a vulnerable region, stake your plants to provide structural support.

Watson’s journey began in Santa Cruz, California, in the 1970s, where he was linked to two of the earliest cannabis breeding outfits to ever gain notoriety—the Haze Brothers and Sacred Seed Collective. A month after he was reportedly arrested on cannabis charges in California, Watson landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, allegedly with a box of 250,000 seeds that included Skunk #1, Original Haze, and Afghani #1, and immediately began meeting with emissaries from Amsterdam’s burgeoning cannabis scene. Along with Robert Colonel Clarke (Author of Hashish! and Marijuana Botany), he would go on to form Hortapharm, a company dedicated to collecting cannabis seeds from around the world, both to create a stable genetic library and to breed new hybrids with desirable traits. By the late 1990s, they were doing business with Dr. Geoffrey Guy, founder and chairman of GW Pharmaceuticals, which is now licensed by the British government to cultivate cannabis for use in making “whole-plant extracts” with specific ratios of THC and CBD for use as prescription medicines.

Those first-generation seed merchants didn’t just proliferate classic strains, they also developed new varieties. Soon Neterweed—as the Dutch called their domestically grown cannabis—made Amsterdam’s coffeeshops a dream destination for cannabis enthusiasts of every nation. Many were all-too-delighted to discover they could buy seeds of their favorite strains and smuggle them home as a prized souvenir.

But why the Netherlands? What made it the one country to tolerate cannabis when nobody else would? And how did that tolerance forever change the way the rest of us grow, sell, and consume this plant?

Nevil Schoenmakers

Meanwhile, the Netherland’s government undertook a comprehensive review of its drug laws in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s.

The Netherlands’ early cannabis industry was a shadowy patchwork world of activists, outlaws, and true believers. People came from all around the world to take part, occasionally arriving one step ahead of the law, and often bringing the best of their own local genetics. Some of the earliest seed banks formed as partnerships between these cannabis exiles and local entrepreneurs.

Because much of this activity remained technically against the law in the Netherlands, particularly when it came to shipping overseas, the true history of these seed banks and the people behind them is often obscured by secrecy, and much of what has been recorded is in dispute.

For anyone who simply longed to get high in peace, those wonderful shops sent out a green beacon of hope, even if you were never fortunate enough to actually visit one in person.