In the video I am going to illustrate to you exactly how you pull off the rotating raised beds using just compost and good water to grow your plants. States like mine, Oregon, have legalized growing of small numbers of cannabis plants for everyone—here that number is 4 plants. If your environment and genetics are all good, why the hell not?
Here along the west coast, moisture is always a problem when it comes to growing outdoor plants that flower until the 2nd half of October or later. In this case, I have seen peeps either use faster finishing genetics, that finish at the end of September, or, they use a greenhouse with active dehumidification. Below I’ll tell you some tricks and some options that will help you be successful with your backyard style grow.
First Things First
Along the coast avoid greenhouses, unless they have active dehumidification. Keep old-school “rules” in place, like not telling anyone about your plants. A fantastic outdoor top dressing is alfalfa meal and manure. Don’t use hard, or softened water. Well water is normally fine, but if the PPM value is too high it will cause problems down the line—like around 2nd half of flowering time. PPM under 110 should be fine, but at least 40 PPM.
Grow your outdoor plants from seedling plants, not clones. There are myriad of reasons why this is the best course of action, including wind resistance, and nutrient/water uptake, and both of these bennies are due to the mighty taproot; which does not exist on clones.
I would HIGHLY recommend you use raised beds. These are super easy to build from 1” plywood sheets, and the size of your beds will be at least 2’ sq. and 1’ tall—these are easy to build from a single sheet of wood. I would use drip irrigation for sure, myself, and dechlorinated groundwater. These raised beds can support plants at least 7’ if you use the compost x raised bed methodology I talk about in the video. You can use quality bagged soil and composting to pull off the whole damn thing, and only add water from start to finish. Your seasoned mini compost piles will have already started to change the soil beneath the bed itself, by the time planting season (May/June) arrives—AKA: bioremediation.
Raising Youngster Cannabis Plants Indoors, for Outdoors
Use powerful lights from the moment your sprouts break ground. At least 250-watt lights; like HID or LED. Avoid florescent type lighting; T5s and up work okay. You need your plants to adapt to a high metabolism environment, like outdoors will be. I advise a light spectrum that is full, and matches that of the sun’s as closely as possible, and the color temperature of the lights should be at least 4,000 kelvins and up to 6,500 kelvins is all good. Make sure you have good air movement around your plants, strong enough to make them dance a bit in the air currents. This will make their stems stronger.
OUTDOOR PHOTOPERIOD CALCULATION: SUNRISE TO SUNSET, PLUS 1 HOUR
I would recommend you start your seedlings indoors. There are a zillion ways to die for a small plant outdoors. I would keep them indoors and put them out around the first week of June at the latest. When you sprout them, use a 12/12 photoperiod for the first 10 days they are above ground, then change it to 15/9. This will make them very easy to sex when they are 30 days old. The 15/9 photoperiod for veg will make it easier to sync up with the outdoor photoperiod at the time you place them outdoors.
- Inspect plants near (upwind of especially) where you want to place your plants to make sure they are free of parasites and/or molds.
- If there are deer in your hood, then I highly advise you to use some type of a cage around your plants, like you would use for a tomato plant but much larger, to a height of 6’ or so. If the deer ever become super hungry, they will cross any urine type boundaries.
- Move plants outdoors during an overcast couple of days. If your outdoor is cranking hot and full sunshine for most of the day, you may want to take the plants outside in their containers for a few days, and place them under dappled sunlight, so they can adapt quickly when placed into full sun and heat.
- Make sure the first several times you water your outdoor plants, to water them long, slow, and deep. This will encourage the tap root to “chase the water” downwards, anchoring your plant better and also allowing the plant access to clay layer nutrients deep down.
- Make sure the place you want to grow your plants is free from any nighttime lighting. Neighbor’s motion detector type lights, or street lights, can be problematic in a big way, as can car headlights.
Afterword with Rev
I think mistakes are the best teachers, however, that being said, I am trying to help you guys avoid some mistakes, and take a shortcut, as it were. This brings quality cannabis buds into your world faster—yay you avoiding mistakes! Top dressing is really all you want to do using the dueling raised bed methodology I babble about in the video; as far as “feeding” your plants goes. Top dressing actually feeds the soil, which is exactly what you want to do. Avoid bottled liquid fertilizers; my two cents.
Have a great Ho-Ho-Ho and all that jazz homeskillets. I’m layin’ low with my hunny and vaping killer buds, drinking will be involved I’m pretty sure, heh heh, and some great food. It used to be called Saturnalia (Christmas) way back when. Cheers!
- REvski 😊
NOTE ON VIDEO: During the growing season while your plant is in the raised bed, the compost around the edges will continue breaking down and feeding your plant. As it drops in level, simply take some of the composting materials from the other raised bed to bring it back up to level.