07 Jan How to get started with cannabis organic no till farming
One of the most exciting aspects of medical marijuana and cannabis in general is the fact that you can grow your own. Instead of relying on others to grow your medicine, many patients and consumers opt to simply grow their own cannabis at home. This can be done indoors or outdoor with advantages and disadvantages to each different method. One method of growing cannabis which is becoming more popular at home is through the usage of organic no till farming practices. With this, cannabis grows can benefit greatly from taking an organic approach. We will take a closer look at how the difference between organic and non-organic cannabis grows can bring a different variety of benefits to users looking to enjoy or use cannabis as a medicine. Finally, we will dive into how a cannabis organic no till farming operation can be established with as few as eight simple steps. With that in mind, let us dive right in!
Indoors Versus Outdoor Grows
An indoor grow will oftentimes costs far more to start up than an outdoor grow. However, the indoor grow also benefits from having the ability to give growers more control over the environment and truly grow some of the finest cannabis plants. Outdoor grows, on the other hand, can be easily started with the simple act of planting a few seeds into the ground. The outdoor varieties of cannabis are often not as potent as the indoor plants since the environment is regulated by the unpredictable mother nature. Nonetheless, a plant that is planted outdoors can yield huge amounts of cannabis with yields of over 3 pounds of usable and dried cannabis flower not uncommon from an outdoor plant.
Indoor plants on the other hand will only bring growers around 1/4 pound of cannabis, with experienced growers bringing in closer to the 1/2 pound mark per plant. With these numbers in mind, the cost difference between the two types of cannabis can be astonishing. Indoor plants often costs around $200 per pound to grow with many of the expenses being in the lights which consume high amounts of electricity. On the other hand, a cost of a pound of marijuana from an outdoor harvest can be as cheap as $10 depending upon the environment in which the plant is cultivated. Take note though, these numbers can more than double when you put the grow into a licensed facility or garden since there are heavy costs associated with keeping up with regulations in which consumers simply do not have to follow for their smaller and personal grow operations.
What is Organic No Till Farming?
A more holistic approach to farming comes with organics, which can costs more but produce a healthier product according to many. The interesting aspect with organic no till farming is the reliance on the Earth’s natural presence to benefit the grow and the farm as a whole. First, the farm will be less susceptible to erosion if you utilize a no till farming method. Furthermore, you will not have to treat the soil after each season because no harsh chemicals will be used when organic farming practices are in place properly. The grow will have to be done outdoors to do this properly. With this in mind, the plants themselves should become a bit more hearty since they are growing an a more rugged environment than they would inside or on a tilled plot of land. Furthermore, the plants will naturally bring nutrients to the soil after each season since they will not be removed during the tilling process. Finally, some suggest that no till farming may help fight against climate change since there is less carbon dioxide generated from an organic no tilling farm versus a farm which is tilled and managed without organic practices in mind.
Organic or Non Organic for Cannabis Grows?
The big question for many cannabis growers will be to go organic or non organic? First, it is important to identify why you are growing the plant before answering this question. Medical patients will find the organic approach more appealing than recreational consumers. While the final answer to this question will be one you should make in a broader sense beyond just growing cannabis. By this, do you find the extra costs and labor valuable enough to invest into organic practices? If so, then you certainly should consider growing your cannabis
Steps to get Started with Cannabis Organic No Till Farming
1. Find the Plot of Land
This may be one of the most important aspects to setting up an organic no till farming operation for a cannabis grow. This is a vital aspect since you must ensure the soil and environment are ready for plants. By this, the soil should be free of chemicals from previous more industrial grows and also generate enough sunlight for the cannabis plants to thrive. A great place to look is at a somewhat higher altitude since the cannabis plants are naturally occurring in mountainous regions. Just be careful of hail, which can devastate a crop if not properly planned for.
2. Get the Soil Ready
Even though you are not tilling the soil, you should still get it ready for usage. This can include pulling any weeds which have plagued the garden or getting the watering system ready to go before the plants are in the soil. Making sure the foundation of your plants starts in a good place as it will be key to success of your grow.
3. Plant Seeds or Take Clones
An important aspect to growing cannabis is pulling your clones prior to the plants getting into a flower state. This means before the days get too short and the plants start to produce flowers, you should pull your clones. Seeds are another option for growers but should be taken into account as being more prone to produce different results because of different phenotypes. While clones can degrade, they usually produce the same results for a lot of different grow cycles. Furthermore, seeds take around three weeks longer to grow since clones often start anywhere from six to ten inches tall before even being planted in the ground.
4. Water and Treat for Pests
As a rule of thumb, most new growers over-water their plants. If you are worried about this or are new to growing, it is always a great idea to get a water testing unit which can be purchased for less than $20. Proper watering is vital to your grow’s success. Furthermore, properly watering your plants will allow for a less optimal environment for bugs and pests. On the note of pests, keeping a close eye daily on your grow will help keep pests away. Whereas you may only need to water once every few days, depending upon the environment in which you are growing this will vary greatly.
5. Wait, Wait, Wait
The plants can take some time to grow with many strains of cannabis growing for three to four months long. While this may be shorter than other types of plants, for a cannabis consumer it can be hard to resist the juicy buds. Especially, during the last few weeks of the plant’s growth cycle in which large flowers have appeared on the plant in the form of buds. These buds often look better when they are still on the plant. Remember, once you harvest them they will lose about half of their mass and over 75% of their weight since it is mostly water, thus will be dried out in the curing process.
6. Harvest Time
The harvest time may be the best time for many growers as they finally start to see their reward from months of hard work. The harvest is usually completed in one big swoop, so that the cure times for the cannabis remain similar. Yet, some growers do prefer to perpetual harvest with plants coming down somewhere between a week and two weeks of each other so that there are almost always fresh buds to be had.
7. Post Harvest Activities
Perhaps the most important aspect of a cannabis grow is the post harvest activities. These include drying and curing the plant so that it is ready to be smoked. Make sure not to rush this part of the grow process as a poorly cured cannabis bud is horrible since it only takes a few weeks to cure versus a few months to grow. Furthermore, many suggest that the curing process is the most important aspect to growing cannabis and therefore when done poorly can ruin a perfectly good grow.
All together growing cannabis can be a wonderfully rewarding hobby or career. The exciting opportunities with popping new seed sto find genetics, seeing how a new strain does in your grow, or simply fine-tuning a decades worth of grow experience all have their own novelties and enjoyable moments. If you are to try your hand at growing cannabis with organic no till farming, make sure you remember it is an art learned best over time. You may not get it perfect the first go around, but surely if you practice, it will eventually make perfect.