As the cannabis industry continues to grow worldwide, more and more unsustainable practices are being put in place to meet growing demand. Most people are now growing weed at home. You should look for quality cannabis seeds for your cultivation.
Take your time to find the best seed banks with high-quality seeds for different strains. Growing cannabis on a small scale, such as for personal use at home, can require a lot of electricity and water.
Sure, growing plants is a great way to give back to the environment – but if you don’t understand how the environment works, you can harm it. Here are our tips on how to create and maintain an eco-friendly cannabis garden!
Stay Away From Chemicals
It can often be tempting to go to your gardening store and buy pesticides made from purely chemical substances. These pesticides end up not only in your weed (and then your body) but in the natural environment as well. When cannabis plantations are sprayed, it contaminates the earth and, consequently, rivers, the sea, and wildlife.
Don’t Waste Water
The cannabis industry is notorious for consuming and wasting a lot of water. One of the most common mistakes made by first-time growers is that they water their plants too often. However, measures can be taken at both private and industrial levels to prevent the plant from losing water through evaporation.
Mulching your potting soil will allow your plant to stay moist longer without having to water it. Plus, mulching can keep weeds out of your cannabis garden! If you’re serious about joining the eco-friendly weed growers club, you should start collecting your own rainwater!
Choose Your Growing Medium Wisely
There are many different ways to grow marijuana, and many of these media do without soil. However, some of these soilless media may not be as environmentally friendly as you might assume. Peat takes centuries to grow naturally, and currently, it is being degraded much faster than it can reproduce. Stone wool, on the other hand, takes centuries to rot.
Hydroponics may sound tempting, but you still need a lot of water and energy to grow your cannabis indoors using this method. If you want to do without soil, you can use coconut fiber. They are a by-product of the coconut industry and are completely natural.
Use Companion Plants
As an alternative to chemical pesticides, consider companion plants. Companion plants keep pests at bay that destroy your garden while also attracting insects to help it thrive. Marigold, garlic, and citronella grass are the best companion plants.