When you plant cannabis seeds, you typically end up with about half male plants and half female plants. It is imperative to get rid of the males before the plants begin to flower, as the male pollen will result in female buds that are full of seeds, which is no good. It’s not that hard to determine the sex of cannabis seedlings – you can find instructions here – and cull the males.
Cannabis plants love their nutrients, so plan to enrich the beds with composted manure, ideally at least one month prior to planting, if not the previous fall. Spread a minimum of 2 inches of compost over the planting area and work it into the soil. If planting in pots, you can rely on fertilizer, rather than compost.
Growing a successful cannabis crop is a bit more complicated than your average vegetable, but not much. Before you get carried away, familiarize yourself with your local laws – NORML provides a comprehensive list here . Horticulturally speaking, here’s what you need to know.
With weed well on its way to being legal, it’s high time we talk about how to grow the stuff in your garden.
Most importantly, purchase seeds for varieties suited to outdoor conditions, rather than those bred for indoor grow operations. Any reputable supplier will specify that information in their varietal listings. Most will also note mold-resistant varieties, which are a wise choice in humid regions, as well as those with a “short flowering period,” an important consideration in northerly latitudes (this is akin to the “days to maturity” listed on packets of vegetable seed).
Following this guide will mean that you produce a juicy and divine crop of vegetables which you can proudly state you have grown from seed!
A large amount of vegetables can be sown directly in the garden such as broccoli, cabbage and carrots. Seeds can be sown into prepared beds in spring, summer and autumn.
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Thinning out is the process of removing seedlings from the vegetable patch or seed tray when they are young. This is an important thing to do because it helps to prevent overcrowding as they grow bigger. Once the seeds have germinated and are about 2cm (1 inch) tall, thin them out so that you leave one good plant every 10cm (4 inches). The more room that you give the plants, the stronger they will grow, meaning you produce better vegetables.
When the danger of frost has passed, vegetable plants can be planted out directly into the garden soil. Here are the steps to planting out:
Plants that grow tall such as peas and beans will need staking to support their growth. Bamboo canes are a good support to.
The size of the seeds you are sowing determines the exact method you should use to sow the seeds. However, the principal is the same. The compost is a very important part of growing successful veg from seed. We advise using Gro-Sure Seed and Cutting Compost, because this is specifically developed to ensure perfect growing conditions for seed germination. It contains Vermiculite, which aids drainage and aeration, as well as being enriched with seaweed to stimulate strong seed germination. It is a fine compost which is great for sowing seeds because it maximises contact. Here is how you sow the seeds!
After seedlings emerge, thin them out to 60cm apart. They’ll start flowering around 60–95 days after germination. After the flower heads fill up with seeds, you have two options. You can either harvest these delicious treats or leave them to attract birds that will also keep pest insect populations down. Sunflowers do not have a distinct scent.
Richly aromatic flowers and gorgeous shades of purple—lavender will light up your garden beds. These eye-catching shrubs act like botanical traffic lights that divert pest insects away from your precious weed. What’s more, they’ll also bring in large numbers of friendly pollinators.
How to use in your cannabis garden:
Being a delicate plant, coriander dislikes being transplanted. Sow seeds directly into their final spot in the garden at a depth of 1cm. Do so in full sun between April and July, and expect to see them emerge 12–21 days later. Thin them to 25cm apart.
Keep the soil constantly moist to prevent white clover from drying out. A simple drip irrigation system will do a great job of keeping your beds hydrated.