Good Ganja Gardening Practices: Avoiding Malnutrition and Disease

Growing good quality bud takes more than just covering the essential needs of your cannabis. While feeding, watering, providing ample light and good environmental control is important to the overall success of your harvest, there are many other good gardening practices that can contribute to a bountiful return. When I say good gardening practices, I’m talking about the small important things you can do to make a big difference. Things like making sure that your grow area is clean and well taken care of, that you yourself are decontaminated and aren’t bringing anything negative into the grow area. These are a few examples of practices that exist in every top notch garden; I’ll go over why these practices and more should be a mainstay in your pot garden too!

You’ve heard of the saying “Cleanliness is Godliness “right? Well keeping your grow area clean and well-manicured can certainly make you a ganja messiah. By keeping your garden clean and crap-free you lower the likelihood that unwanted germs and bacteria will gain a presence on the surfaces surrounding you garden. Give the surfaces in your grow area a good wipe down after every feeding or pruning. Another good practice is to clean your tools in between uses. That way you’re not transferring unwanted contaminants from one plant to another. There are many types of plant diseases that can infect and even kill your sticky ladies, it’s important that you don’t aid or assist in their spread or transfer. One example of a virus that can ruin you weed crop is Tobacco Mosaic Virus also known as Tomato Mosaic Virus.

TBMV for short; is a plant disease that can spread from plant to plant easily, especially if there is a person or animal to catch a ride on. TBMV will severely warp the leaves of your plants causing abnormal growth and severe swooping on the leaf tips. This warping negatively impacts your pots ability to photosynthesize properly or optimally, which messes with your weeds ability to metabolize properly. In the long run your harvest will be ruined. The bud on these infected ladies will have low THC, low bud formation and wouldn’t even be worth smoking. You can prevent diseases such as TBMV from spreading into your garden by following a few good ganja gardening practices. First; wipe down and sanitize your grow area daily, it’s just as important as cleaning your kitchen daily (which hopefully you do, at least once a day.) You keep your kitchen clean to make sure that you aren’t contaminating your food with any bacteria or pathogens, apply the same practice to your grow space and garden tools. Second; Identify sick plants quickly and remove them from the company of the other weed plants ASAP. The longer that sick girl is exposed to the other ladies, the quicker the virus will spread, eventually catching like wild fire thus decimating your entire crop. Third; clean your hands often. Weather you change gloves in between plant interactions or sanitize, make sure you include this practice to prevent unwanted pests or pathogens from hitching a ride on you from one plant to the next. If you really want to make sure you keep your garden healthy then spread those cleaning practices into your living area as well. If your growing in your home then keep your home clean; vacuuming and dusting can help keep pest like mites out of your home. I never said cleaning would be a fun thing, but if it can help you have a good harvest then I think it’s a great thing!

Another good ganja gardening practice is to make sure that you are aware of your plants needs and have some kind of regular feeding schedule set up. Unless your growing your maryjane in a soil that has extended release fertilizer mixed in (which I certainly hope you don’t, CHEMICAL FERTILIZER!) then you will need to feed your plants as well as water them. When you’re adding liquid nutrients to your water to feed your plants, you want to have some kind of feeding schedule established. Most feeding regiments are dosed to be applied no more than once a week, depending on how nutrient hungry the strain your growing is. You’ll want to set up a feeding schedule so that you know which days you need to add food to your watering, as you’ll want keep you’re feeding and watering day’s consistent. This will help you to identify your plants needs and react to any deficiencies you may encounter. Making sure your plants needs are fully met will help ensure healthy and heavy bud production. Also, on a side note; growers please don’t recycle your soil. It’s like junkies sharing needles. Just don’t do it, if one of your girls gets sick and you reuse her soil on another plant, expect the new plant to get the same sickness. Think of it like exposing your girls to plant AIDS. Use clean new soils with each grow.

Sure these practices can require a little extra effort or planning, but I believe that growing high quality resinous buds takes effort. You should have a plan in place for the entire grow, from start to finish. Some of the worst weed growers are the ones that don’t anticipate the potential problems that can occur in any grow, and do things such as plan ahead and clean up after yourself and your ladies. Any high quality grow up follows these same grow practices and as a result produce high quality herb, just ask you self; what caliber of grower do you want be? It’s the little things that count and add up the quickest; take care of your weed ladies and gentlemen. Keep Growing 

-T.B. Green

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