After you cannabis plant has grown past a few inches, throw down some white clover seeds. The clover will simply grow around your plant, acting as a groundcover to prevent moisture loss. In addition, clover fertilizes the soil for you by fixating nitrogen. If you don’t plant clover, make sure to put down some kind of groundcover, like mulch or hay.
The following soil recipe calls for compost or worm castings. If you start vermicomposting a month and a half before you plan on mixing your soil, you can use this compost instead of buying bagged compost and worm castings. You may be able to purchase decent quality compost and worm castings at a store, but with a little planning, making your own vermicompost is much cheaper.
Depending on how tall you want your plants to be, use three- to five-gallon pots. If you live in a warm climate and you have a balcony, you could even go for 10- or 20-gallon pots, if you want to really go big. Pick a pot that has good drainage. To prevent excessive soil losses through the bottom of the container, some gardeners place a layer of mesh plastic fabric, such as a shade cloth, at the bottom to block large soil particles from flowing out the bottom. Make sure water can still easily pass through the plastic.
Every week, add two tablespoons of molasses to every gallon of water you use. The sugar helps stabilize the population of beneficial microbes. Adding liquid kelp or seaweed extract also helps the beneficial bugs, but you won’t need this boost if you continuously add the runoff liquid from your vermicompost.
To get ready for your no-till container garden, you might want to start composting. Some methods of vermicomposting (a technique which uses worms to create compost) are simple and take up very little space, making them perfect for a small-scale gardener. Worms eat almost anything and generate compost in less time than standard composting.
Using these no-till gardening techniques you’ll notice explosive, healthy growth and rich flavors. By composting kitchen waste and adding it to your soil, you can completely avoid using expensive bottled nutrients and bagged potting soil.
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Once harvest comes, simply cut the plant as close to the base of the trunk as possible, and dig up the biggest part of the root ball. Shake off any chunks of soil into the pot and compost the root mass, stems and clippings. Any old roots in the rest of the soil will simply decompose. Add some compost and place the next rooted clone directly into the same spot where the previous plant was. Add another generous layer of compost to the entire pot, and then some more mulch, hay, and/or clover seeds.
Remember, don’t cut away only some of the fan leaves at this stage. You can wait until the cannabis is fully cured to cut most of this away. Just let it hang out in its natural form, using a clothes hanger works well for this.
Light Schedule: 18 hours on and 6 hours off
Now, fill those pots with your soil and water them. You will want to water in about a gallon and a half of water into each 15-gallon pot. An easier way to look at it is to use 1 gallon of water for every 10 gallons of soil you have (this is a general “rule of thumb” and may vary).
For best results, we want to inoculate the soil with microbials every 2 weeks. The below instructions are for small amounts of soil. If you are using multiple yards of soil, you’ll want to use 10 grams of Rootwise Mycrobe complete per yard (1 heaping tablespoon).
Harvest & Curing
During this stage, we apply two different applications. One at the beginning of the week and another 3 to 4 days later. The applications are as follows:
Before we begin, you should know that you will want to use 15-gallon pots or larger. Personally, we prefer 30-gallon fabric pots or beds.
Remember, there’s definitely not just “one way” to do this by any means. And, you too may find that you prefer slight variations of this method as you make your journey growing cannabis in this way.
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Usually, we will add a nice thick layer of compost to the top of each plant at the start of the week. Then, water in the Bio-Phos and alfalfa tea right after applying the top dress. This is also a great time to do another foliar application of neem oil as done during week 2 of veg.
So, for this week, you will want to add the following items: