By Samuel Janovici
Whether growing indoors or out, winter is a time for reflection and review. It’s a time to take stock of successes and correct past mistakes. Also, it’s the perfect time to learn and investigate new technologies. One should look hard at whether the process has maximized plant potential or squandered opportunities to perfect the craft.
Since there is no single-way to grow, gardeners must seek to understand all the modalities available to form a perfect union. Some believe in organics only. Still others think the right chemicals can produce any desired effect. Many have blended those techniques and have come up with ways to minimize the downside of chemical nutrition by supplementing with organic soils and natural fertilizers.
A few adherents practice on the cutting edge. One such grower was at this year’s NORML Conference, Kyle Kushman, the author of Veganics: Beyond Organics for Medical Marijuana. He explained indoor techniques that do not use animal products or damaging chemicals, so a practitioner can create a living growth medium that sustains perfect conditions for maximum results. He claims a pH balance that is so steady a grower can put away their meters and just grow. Kushman said that his practice minimizes mold and disease too.
Kushman and Danny Danko took the panel on a high-paced ride through organic practices, reviewing and expanding on ideas many have tried, and few have perfected. Both agreed that growers cannot be too complacent about what they know.
Exploring new strains is another seasonal suggestion that may expand your horizon. Thanks to a dedicated corps of cannabis gnomes, evolution and science have created a never-ending supply of new breeds that can produce some of the most effective natural medicines available today.
No review can be complete without a hard look at the last year’s security measures. Understanding the ever-changing laws and statutes is the best way to start. Knowledge is our best protection. If you are an outside grower, check your perimeter fencing and enhance your landscaping to reduce your visual profile and minimize those telltale smells that accompany the flowering season. Make sure that your space is protected from wandering eyes and the explorations of neighborhood children.
Indoor growers need to look at the fire potential they have created. Make sure your wiring is up to or beyond the required safety codes, that you have installed enough ventilation and air-filtration to handle the smell of a successful crop. Make sure your entrance and egress are covered from wandering eyes, too. Insulate your walls to minimize noises and make sure your power supply is yours and not one you have tapped into illegally. Most importantly — be a good neighbor.
For those who adhere to good gardening practices money can grow on trees. Be safer out there . . .