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Growing weed in your room
Growing weed in your room can be done in a few ways. Many people think that a grow room is needed to create good bud and that’s not exactly true. Of course if it were a perfect world you would want to have the exact area needed for optimal growth for every plant, but in reality you can create some very legit gardens in some small areas.

Step 1- Decide on a grow box, grow tent, or closet grow.

These are the three best options when growing weed in your room. If your closet is decent size then you can use that. If cannot sacrifice all of your closet space you can use a grow box to separate the grow from your personal space. If you have a bit more room or a very large closet you could use a grow tent to simplify your garden and keep it neater.

Step 2- Choose Your Lighting

The downfall of small spaces is that they need proper ventilation. This becomes more important when you add the heat lights create. Some lights get hotter than others. If you use an HID light you will need a fairly creative and extravagant venting system will enough fans to move out the hot air.

If you choose fluorescent or LED lights you can keep your grow space cooler but you will still need plenty of air circulation. Most experts agree that HID lighting is the best for budding top quality medicine. However it is very hard to keep cool in a small room so you must use what works for your space.

Step 3- Choose a Medium

What are you going to grow your plants in? If you have enough space you could set up a hydroponics system such as a drip feed or an ebb and flow system. If you want to keep it simple then you can use potting containers with soil less mixture like pro mix. Keep your plants watered so the medium is damp but do not over water your plants.

Step 4- Plant and Create a Schedule

Now all you do is plant your seeds or seedlings and keep a consistent watering and feeding schedule. Different strains will vary but you will need to have your plants on 18 hours of light while vegging and 12 hours of light while budding.

Enjoy!

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grow-weed-in-closetThe size of your grow room will determine many things, such as the total amount of plants you can have growing at one time. However there is no rule that says your grow room has to be a certain size. Grow rooms can be rather small actually. There are even a few advantages of having a small grow room.

Growing in a Closet

Closet grows are very popular and offer growers the chance to grow with less light. Since the space is small, the amount of light can be small as well. The real challenge with a closet grow is keeping the air ventilated. If it is an option at all you will need to create some ducts for air ventilation and have a fan moving air through that duct.

You can get Good Results from a Closet Grow?

The good thing about a closet grow is that it is inconspicuous and although the quantity of your yield may not be high, the quality can be. A closet is a great place to grow a plant through its vegetation phase since you can use fluorescent lights for this. Fluorescent lights are good for small grow rooms because they do not get as hot and require the ventilation of an HID light.

Even if you are using fluorescent lights do not think that you can close the closet door up and everything will be fine. You still must have fans going on the plants so they do not overheat. Even a fluorescent light can make a closet too hot.

Growing in a Tent or Grow Box

You can also choose to grow in a grow tent or grow box. These are some of the best examples of growing in a small space. They make grow tents that are quite small and grow boxes even smaller. This makes it easy to grow wherever you like in your house. The one thing they both have in common however is they require proper ventilation just like a closet.

In Summary

You can grow in a small room and a smaller space than that in fact. Closets, grow tents and grow boxes are a great way to have a 1-3 plants and focus on taking care of them. Although the quantity of your yield will obviously be lower, the quality of your yield can be good when growing in a small room.

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Grow weed on a budget

For most of us we want to get the most bang for our buck. We love the idea of having nice frosty buds but sometimes investing a lot of coin on an operation just isn’t an option. Here we are going to talk about a few options for those budget grows that can turn out quite well.

Growing Cannabis Outdoors on a Budget

One of the best things you can do when on a budget is take advantage of the most powerful and free source of lighting, the sun. Now there are a lot of security and legal implications when growing outdoors so you must know you are taking a risk in that aspect. Some places have laws where outdoor growing is legal for medical marijuana patients so you should look into that.

Using the sun for light will save you a lot of money. Now all you need to do is keep your plants safe from pests and thieves.  A nice soil mixture can be created for very cheap and if you want more information on how to mix a good soil click here.

Growing Cannabis Indoors on a Budget

When you have to use artificial light to grow cannabis there is going to be an expense. Lights take up a lot of electricity. However for those on a budget you can investigate the use of lower energy consuming lights such as LED grow lights.

Also many people grow cannabis through the entire cycle with fluorescent light bulbs. This is not an optimal solution but CFL lights are some of the most efficient and take the least amount of electricity to run. The downside is that your buds will not be as big and dense but you have to weigh this against the cost of using more expensive lights.

Also your grow space will determine how much ventilation you will need, which requires fans, which require electricity. All your options will need to be weighed against the cons. If you have the space you can use a window for natural ventilation, however the con with that is that your security goes way down and you invite pests into your garden.

In Summary

Growing on a budget is always a challenge. If you can make use of the sun which is the most powerful and natural source of light available, you will have the best chance at growing cannabis on a budget. However if this is not an option for you, you will need to be creative with an indoor grow and wiehg out the pros and cons of different artificial lights.

Weed cure
Medical marijuana is known to help ease the symptoms of many ailments and diseases. The actual research on what marijuana and its ingredients can cure is still very young but major chronic illnesses such as certain types of cancer are on the list of possible illnesses marijuana and cannabis oil could help cure.

If you live in a state where medicinal marijuana is legal you will be able to get a certification from your doctor saying you can use marijuana to treat symptoms if you have issues such as chrons disease, glaucoma, cancer, severe chronic pain etc.

Treating Symptoms vs Diseases

The important thing to keep in mind when talking about marijuana as medicine is that we know it helps ease symptoms but as mentioned above, the research is still being conducted about what diseases marijuana can actually alleviate.

Cannabis Accessibility makes it hard to Study

One of the reasons why it is so difficult to research the effects of marijuana is because it is still illegal to possess in many places. Therefore how are researchers supposed to conduct studies on something that they cannot have access to? As laws become more lax about marijuana possession we will begin to see more evidence arise of conditions marijuana can help cure.

For now we know marijuana aids modern medicine in fighting many diseases. It can make the battle through chemo therapy much more endurable, it can ease cramping pains and increase appetite for colitis and chron’s sufferers and it can also help reduce that feeling of nausea so many pharmaceuticals can give patients.

Cannabis Oil in the News

There has been a lot of news stories lately of cancer patients using cannabis oil alone to treat their disease. Long time marijuana activist and user Tommy Chong was one of these patients and swears by the treatment. Some parents have even been criticized for using it on their children. Their defense is usually quite similar and includes the phrase, ‘We would try anything to help them’.

This could be the break through that cannabis needs to be given its chance as a serious medication. When someone is in a state where there seems to be no hope what do they have to lose? Then, if cannabis works on even one patient we will need to give it some serious research don’t you think?

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Best grow lights for cannabisThere are several options to choose from when deciding on the best indoor grow lights. You want to look for the best of both worlds, you need a light that is inexpensive to run but produces the most results. For most experts this means using a few different lights for different jobs.

High Intensity Discharge Lights

These lights are found all over the place in the world. They are used in street lights and stadiums for example. High intensity discharge or HID lights work by creating an arc between electrodes housed in a transparent arc tube. They have metal salts and gas in them that produce plasma which is very bright and intense.

High Pressure Sodium

High pressure sodium lights or HPS lights for short are an example of an HID light. These lights use sodium in an accelerated state to produce the light you see. There is also a version of these lights known as low pressure sodium which are much more efficient, however the light they emit is very limited and is not good for growing.

HPS lights emit a very broad spectrum and can be used for vegging and budding marijuana plants. Most experts do not use HPS lights for vegging because they are not very efficient compared to other options. For budding however HPS lights are the clear choice for experts. They emit the perfect spectrum of light.

HPS lights require a lot of air and ventilation because they can get very hot. They can heat a small grow room very quickly to the point of actually overheating plants if there is not proper ventilation. HPS lamps are also relatively expensive but given these few setbacks most experts would tell you HPS lights are the way to go for flowering.

Fluorescent Lights

Fluorescent lights are the common lights you probably use in your house. They are cheap and easy to maintain. They do not need much ventilation to stay cool and they can be purchased at any hardware or home store. They also just happen to emit the proper spectrum of light to be great at vegging marijuana plants.

This is why most growers will have vegging plants under several fluorescent lights and the budding plants in another room under HPS lights. You can use as many fluorescent lights as you can get into your room and even set up fluorescent lights on the sides of plants to encourage plants to grow out and not just up.

Spot to grow weed
Where to grow weed is mainly a question for those growers who are planning an outdoor operation. However the question could also be explored a little bit for people who plan on growing weed indoors. Where you set up your grow will determine several things including security of the grow, overall yield of the harvest, accessibility and convenience.

Where to Grow Weed Indoors

If you are growing weed indoors you obviously have thought about where you will set up your grow operation. Is it in your home, a rented space or someone else’s home? On top of that general location you can take it a step further and consider where exactly your will set up your indoor grow.

You could choose to grow inside of a grow tent to make things easier. A grow tent can be placed inside of a room and acts like a room within a room. A grow tent is a little easier to keep clean which gives you the advantage of making pest control easier.

If you are going to grow in a basement or closet you will need to consider things like air circulation, overall space, pest control, security and noise from fans and light ballasts.

Where to Grow Weed Outdoors

If you are doing an outdoor grow there are a few more things to think about. The first consideration you will be weighing in your mind is how open of an area you will want to grow in. This is the biggest trade off because if you grow in a very open area your security will decrease since people will be able to spot plants easier. If you grow in a more secluded area your security will increase but the amount of sun your plants see will go down, thus your overall yield could suffer.

You will also need to plan for water. It’s best to grow in an area with a clean water supply nearby like a pond, river or stream. It doesn’t need to be too vast but enough to water all your plants at least once a week is good (in case of drought).

When it comes to a water source it often boils down to highlands or lowlands which bring up your second trade off. Highlands ensure your plants will not be flooded in the event of very wet season however if it is a dry season you will be forced to haul water as highlands very rarely have water nearby. Lowlands often do have much water nearby but your crop could be vulnerable to flooding if there is too much rain.

Growing outdoor cannabis
If you are growing cannabis outdoors there are several things to put on your to-do checklist. First of all you want to match a good outdoor strain with the climate you are in. If you are in a place that has frost in the early spring and late fall, then you might want to choose a much tougher strain of cannabis to grow.

After strain selection your to-do list should consist of; choosing a location, preparing your medium, security from pests and choosing fertilizer.

Location for Growing Outdoor Cannabis

When it comes to a good location for growing outdoors you have to decide on one of two things, will you go big and choose a very open plot, or will you go secure and choose a plot with more cover. Some people grow more plants with more cover and some grow plots with few plants but out in the open but both methods should yield about the same amount.

Location is totally based on your judgment so weigh out the options carefully, scout your areas well and think it through.

Preparing Outdoor Grow Medium for Cannabis

There are several different type of grow medium for an outdoor cannabis garden. Once you have found your plot and dug your holes almost any traditional grow medium will work. You can even use the natural loam that may be on scene. Whatever you choose for a medium there are some amendments you should add.

Pest Security for Outdoor Growing

Your first line of defense should be a fence. It is easy to make a circle fence from chicken wire. Use wire with 2 inch holes so the plants can grow right through them later on. This will keep out deer and other herbivores from snacking on the young plants. It will also keep out carnivores that are lured in by the scent of the fertilizer.

Then you will need something to control slugs, particularly in lower damp climates. Also look for something to keep rodents and rabbits from chewing on the stalks. Inspect for any other pests attacking your plants. If needed only use organic pesticides.

Choosing Fertilizer for Outdoor Cannabis

You will want to choose an organic fertilizer for vegging and blooming. There are many options for each, for example blood meal works great for vegging and bat guano works for flowering. After fertilizer you should have something to help with drainage such as vermiculite and pearlite. In some dry climates you can add soil moist to your medium to help it retain moisture. If your climate is dry you will still need to maintain a proper watering schedule.

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Getting your hands dirtyIf you are new to growing marijuana you most likely want to get to it as fast as possible. So here are some tips for you to get you started.

Growing outdoors can be the best way to get your feet wet in the world of growing weed. Marijuana is a tough plant but it is not invincible. Some strains are easier to grow than others and some climates are more conducive for marijuana growth.

Marijuana Climate

If you’re in the southern part of the country you need to worry about drought and if you’re in the northern part of the country you worry about rain and cold. For most places it will be smart to start your plants indoors and get the root system nice and strong before putting them out in the elements. Many growers have their plants out by the first of June. Many strains will be ready to harvest by mid-September and some go well in October.

Marijuana Soil Amendments

Once you are ready to plant your marijuana seedlings you have to have your soil ready to go. Using some organic fertilizer amendments is a great way for beginners to start. Start with a non-soil medium like Pro Mix, add blood meal, bone meal, vermiculite and some soil moist and you are good to go.

How Big Should My Holes Be?

The bigger the plants you want the bigger the holes you should make. 3 feet by 3 feet is a good starting point. Fill the holes with your mixture and water the mixture well before planting. You should actually allow your mixture to set around for a few weeks before planting. Once you plant your seedlings you should use some kind of barrier to protect your seedlings, like a chicken wire fence. Use a slug and mouse repellent as well as these pests are your worst enemies.

Summer Time Care

Once your plants get growing you will need to make sure they get water at least once a week if there is no rain. Also give your plants some fertilizer every few weeks to keep them fed. Continue to do this all summer.

Harvest Time

One of the biggest mistakes new growers make is harvesting too early. Knowing when to harvest your plants is an art form. For the beginner you should be watching the hairs on your buds. Once the majority of them are brown or amber your plants should be near ready. Your buds should be dense and full as well.