There are plenty of reasons that can make you consider starting to grow your own garden with marijuana plants. To tell you the truth, whatever brings you to this idea, you will not regret it. Growing your own marijuana gives you plenty of benefits. You can save money, you can get high-quality weed of your favorite strain, you can have access to your cannabis whenever you want―you name it! And what is even more attractive about this project, is that you do not have to be a professional gardener to grow a garden that will make you proud.
Growing weed at home has a lot in common with growing any other plants, though of course, it requires more attention from your side. But even if you do not know anything about botanics, we have compiled a few recommendations, tips and the most important aspects of this process for you.
So, let us have a look at the things you should take care of to grow magnificent marijuana plants with huge sticky buds that you have always dreamed to have.
Find a place
Because there are only a few places on the planet where the climate is good enough for growing weed outside, and not every grower can afford a greenhouse, we are going to focus on growing pot indoors. This can also allow you to control the process better and react to any problem on time.
And now we have come to the place question. The main point here is that you should have enough space. Do not try to plant one hundred plants in your 300 square feet apartment. Do not be greedy, use your space wisely.
Another thing you should mind is whether growing weed is legal in the place where you live. No one wants to lose their freedom because of flower pots, so it is better not to risk it. If your state allows growers to cultivate a certain amount of plants, we would recommend following the law.
One more reason to start with a few plants instead of dozens is that it is less painful and less costly to make a mistake with only two plants than to fail with the garden of twenty. And if you are a beginner, you will make mistakes, it is normal for the learning process. But with a small amount of plants these mistakes will cost you less trouble and money.
When you are thinking of a place, remember that you need space not only for the pots with plants but also for lighting, ducting and air conditioning/air filters. And do not forget to leave space for yourself! Ideally, you need to have access to all sides of your plants. If you cannot see the back of your garden, you are risking to miss a problem (mold, powdery mildew, or pests) on its early stages and then face series consequences.
What is probably more important at the beginning of your project is your budget. The more plants you have, the more light (electricity) they need. More water, more nutrients―more everything. And do not forget about your neighbors. A big garden produces a lot of smell, so if you have a small apartment, you can end up with the whole district knowing you are growing pot indoors. And this, in its turn, can lead not only to problems with the police but also with thieves who will want to grab the harvest before you can do it yourself.
Choose a medium
When it comes to choosing a medium, we would recommend getting simple soil. Any soil for flower plants will fit you fine. Usually, it already includes all the nutrients your cannabis might need, but you can also add perlite or coco fiber to avoid upsetting the soil.
If you want to, you can also use soil additives, for instance, pear moss, bat guano, or compost. But do it before you plant your marijuana, so you place the seeds or clones in the prepared growing mix.
There is also the possibility to use the hydroponic way of growing cannabis, but it is a little bit tricky, and it is considered to be more difficult for the beginners than using a regular soil mix. If you want to try it anyway, you can have a look at our recommendations about this method.
A few more tips
Before you start buying all the expensive equipment, we would recommend you to divide your growing space into two areas, if it is possible. One part would be for the mother plants and clones, the other part would be only for the plants in bloom. It will help you control your plants better.
Another thing we would advise is to keep a journal where you can write down your experience and all the data (when you planted the seeds, when the first leaves appeared, etc.). These notes will make your next growing much easier and more predictable.