There’s really no such thing as too much good advice when it comes to growing cannabis outdoors. We’re slowly but surely entering that glorious time of year when the winter weather is beating a hasty retreat and there are hazy signs of spring and summer sunshine once again.
Contrary to popular belief, growing quality cannabis outdoors isn’t quite as easy as throwing a load of seeds down and hoping for the best. You might end up with a few plants with this approach, but in terms of quality product…not so much! There’s work to be done and effort involved, but to say that it’s all time well-invested would be something of an understatement.
Quite literally, you reap what you sow – meaning you might as well do it properly!
So as far as the experts are concerned, what are the most important tips to follow when hoping to succeed with your outdoor growing efforts?
Good Soil Is Everything
Well, first of all you need to acknowledge the fact that there is absolutely nothing more important than the quality of your soil. Given the fact that this is the stuff your cannabis will grow in…well, it should be a bit of a no-brainer. Checking soil quality means checking the texture of the soil, its pH level, its consistency and whether or not it is in any way fertile. It’s not just a case of making assumptions – you need to go the extra mile and test your soil extensively, bearing in mind that it could be completely different from one area of the garden to the next. If your soil quality is not up to par, it isn’t exactly expensive to invest in some better quality stuff – so no excuses.
Picking a Prime Plot
In terms of positioning, you need to make sure that you are planting your seeds (or seedlings) in an area that is sheltered, gets plenty of sun and has sufficient drainage. And of course, it may also be necessary to think about situating it in a place where it isn’t going to attract too much unwanted attention. It should be somewhere that can go undisturbed for as long as necessary and isn’t likely to be battered by heavy winds. Try to remember that the hemisphere you are in will make a difference in terms of sunlight. If you are in the southern hemisphere, north-facing gardens are preferable, whereas the opposite is true if you happen to be in the north hemisphere.
Start Out Indoors
For reasons that should be relatively obvious, it tends to be exponentially easier to get your plants started indoors before moving them outside. Even in the best possible instances, you have absolutely no control whatsoever over what happens outdoors, meaning that to germinate seeds and start things off from scratch outside can be inherently risky. It’s therefore always advisable to start things off indoors and to ensure your seedlings/starter plants are strong enough before taking them outside. And of course, starting things off indoors eliminates the likelihood of birds eating your seedlings away to nothing.
A quick point but an important point nonetheless, it is crucial that you choose wisely when it comes to the actual strain of cannabis you decide to go with. The reason being that if you happen to live in a region where the weather has a tendency to be unpredictable and occasionally harsh, it really doesn’t make sense to try your hand with an extremely delicate and fragile strain – go for something more robust.
Time it Wisely
Last but not least, be extremely careful when it comes to timing and don’t fall into the trap of jumping the gun. Chances are you are probably extremely enthusiastic and would like to get your efforts underway as soon as possible. But at the same time, it takes nothing more than a freak frost (which is hardly uncommon at this time of year) to completely and totally destroy everything you’ve worked for to date. Patience and common sense will be rewarded.