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Time to plant garden pot

Time to plant garden pot

By Paul Goguen

With the summer solstice on the horizon and the longest days of the year upon us, it is a time when many home gardeners think about planting or have already planted cannabis in their yards. We thought we would seek and provide some solid advice on these matters as things can go south in a hurry with young pot plants, causing a different kind of reefer madness.

There are a number of resources available to the novice grower, including a surprisingly large number of videos on YouTube and countless other sites that aim to help you grow that monster plant. These sites are frequently ready to sell you some stuff to make that happen. Everything from bat poop fertilizer, ladybugs by the bag, growing medium (i.e., dirt), to the oft-maligned hoop houses are all available for the backyard bud grower. Gone or hard to find are the weed strains of our forefathers, like Columbian Gold, Acapulco Gold or Panama Red. Sour Diesel, Tangie, Durban Poison, 9lb Hammer and Laughing Buddha are some of the contemporary strains of “devil’s lettuce” available at local dispensaries.

Erich Pearson, CEO of SPARC, offers these words of wisdom: “The county limits you to six plants, so grow them big. Clones that are purchased from a dispensary are often grown with artificial light, so they need to be acclimated to getting real sunlight, which is much stronger. Fifty percent shade cloth is good, or placing your plant in the sun just in the morning and afternoon to start so they don’t burn up.”

Typical gardening sensibilities apply when growing your hippie hay and careful cultivation leads to better yields. Best of luck this season to all of our valley growers, whether it’s tomatoes, squash, or 9lb Hammer.