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.
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.
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.