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Organic cannabis growing

Here is a little video of our organic living soil in action:

Some people who grow cannabis choose to replace the peat moss portion of this recipe with coco coir, which is a more renewable, sustainable material. I can’t speak to its effectiveness because we haven’t used it for cannabis, though we do add a little coco coir to our raised beds sometimes, and also use it as bedding in our worm bin. Honestly, we have heard not-so-great results and read numerous studies that show coco coir has inferior performance to peat moss.

Evenly mix in the following amendments:

This article will get you started with your growing season, then check out the follow-up posts for ongoing care – with tips on routine fertilizing, organic pest control, and how to harvest, dry, and cure your cannabis too. Keep in mind that our goals are not all about high yields. The goal is to grow safe, high-quality, organic cannabis that we can utilize and enjoy with peace of mind – knowing how it was treated from “bean to bowl”. It is about quality over quantity, though we end up with more than enough anyways!

In most places, cannabis seeds are started indoors in March or April, and transplanted outside in April or May once the risk of frost has passed. Basically, cannabis seedlings need to be protected from freezing or other harsh conditions – just as any other seedling does! If you aren’t sure about your area’s frost dates, stop by this article. In it, I share veggie seed-starting calendars for every USDA hardiness zone. For cannabis, you can essentially follow the timing recommendations for tomatoes (but on the later end of the given windows).

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Another popular mulch option is to use an organic cover crop seed mix, and lightly working it into the top inch of soil when you first plant your cannabis seedling. As it gets watered, cover crop will grow under the canopy of your plant. It becomes a living mulch, and also enhances your living soil food web. As it grows tall, you can “chop and drop” mulch with it. That is when you trim it and leave it in place to decompose as green mulch.

Organic cannabis growing

Some growers choose to use modern, petrochemical-intensive monoculture production. This involves sterile conditions and manipulating variables to optimize cannabis production. However, this typically involves bottled nutrients that contain precise NPK values and a short pH range. In turn, this keeps everything efficient to support impressive cannabis growth.

This type of soil benefits the plants in several ways. It helps maintain nitrogen and retain water, prevents root diseases, and stimulates plant growth. This is why many organic cannabis cultivators choose to make their own “super-soil.”

The main difference between organic soil-grown cannabis is that the grower doesn’t use chemical fertilizers and pesticides. While these aid in plant growth and flowering, natural options are available – and safer.

Organic cannabis soil mixes offer a better microbiome. This is the community of microbes in the plants’ environment that contribute to healthy growth.

6. Organically Grown Marijuana is Better for the Environment

As consumers become more knowledgeable about unsafe cultivation practices plaguing the cannabis industry, they make better choices. While it’s not too much additional effort to grow organic cannabis small-scale at home, the large-scale operations have to take on more risk.

The microenvironment is better when you’re organically growing cannabis. This ensures your plants are producing more of the cannabinoids that make flower more flavorful and aromatic. You’ll find higher concentrations of terpenoids, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids resulting from these grow methods.

While some commercial growers worry that organic cannabis cultivation could reduce their yield, the opposite can happen. If all conditions are optimized properly, it’s possible to increase yields one would get through a conventional grow.

Organic Marijuana Benefits

The simplicity behind conventional cannabis nutrient systems gives plants the minimum of what they need to survive and grow. These cannabis nutrient mixes usually contain the essential macronutrients (nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur) and essential micronutrients (boron, copper, zinc, iron, molybdenum, and manganese).

Organic cannabis nutrients are actually quite cheap. In some cases, they’re free as they’re made through composting. This involves tossing organic food in a composter, then adding it to your soil.