To Till or Not to Till: That is the Question

CULTIVATION

Experimenting with a variety of cultivation styles is commonplace for many cannabis farmers as they aim to hone their craft. This is largely due to the multitude of options for cultivating cannabis: indoor vs outdoor, hydroponic vs soil and soil-less mediums, conventional vs alternative. Today, I’ll be sharing my experience using tilling and no tilling methods for indoor cannabis cultivation compared to conventional methods of growing. I’ll be honest, I am more of a proponent in the no-till methods but have seen unbelievable results in the indoor “tilling” methods and will always stand by both results. And don’t get me wrong, there are incredible growers who use a hydroponic system or grow in a more conventional setting but generally, when you see flower at dispensaries grown under those conditions you can tell right away. They smell like hay, taste like nothing and look hard as a rock from all the PGRs and salt nutrients that are pumped into them. With living organic soil, you are allowing the plant to showcase its true genetic potential. The aromas are outstanding and the flavors of the smoke really shine when you grow organically.

Pots vs Raised Beds--What’s Right for Me?

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So you’ve already decided to make quality cannabis production the center of your business model. You’ve determined that the best growing medium for your cannabis cultivation is soil. Living soil. Soil that allows your plants to have optimal growth using the ecosystem designed by nature. Mainly because you realize that no one can do it better than Mother Nature. But you may still be wondering where to put that soil. Should you grow cannabis in containers or in raised beds?

Where's the Fire? When Drying & Curing Cannabis, Patience is Key

CULTIVATION

When it comes to cannabis, there are many factors that affect the overall quality of the end product. Many connoisseurs will agree, final quality is usually dependent upon 3 major factors: plant genetics, growing method, and the way it is dried and cured. We believe plant genetics, the grow method and the curing method each represent about 30% of the “final grade” of buds. Then what accounts for the last 10%? Love and attention towards the plants themselves, will give flower the difference between an A or a B grade product. It is no secret that superior genetics will play a determining factor in the final product. At Whole Grow, we are pretty clear that living soil is the growing method we champion, as it allows the expression of the greatest potential of the plant. This of course is tied in to which genetics are chosen for cultivation. For the purpose of this blog, we are going to focus on post-harvest efforts and the importance of drying and curing flower for commercial cultivations.

Organic Pest Control: Hint—it starts with pruning

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Establishing an effective IPM is essential in order to have a clean and productive garden harvest after harvest. It is how you will make sure your plants will not have the opportunity to get overtaken by pests or molds. This will require you to identify all potential threats and their different stages of life, along with how to prevent them, and how to get rid of them if it does get to that point. Pests can negatively affect the plants in many different ways but the biggest problem is how pests can affect the health of the plants. This can drastically slow the rate of growth, reduce the yields, get stuck in the flowers (nobody ever is happy to find bugs in their cannabis), and even kill the plants entirely. A large amount of grower’s time should be dedicated to scouting for pests, monitoring pest population, and applying pesticides or fungicides. All which will take time away from your typical day to day, it will take a lot of hard work to make sure the plants still receive the same amount of care.

What is Living Soil? An Introduction for Curious Cannabis Cultivators

CULTIVATION

Living Soil is a growing method centered on the microbial life inside the soil. Through evolution over thousands of years, Mother Nature has developed a symbiotic relationship between the plants and the microbial life in the soil: fungi, bacteria, protozoa, and many other types. These microorganisms form a soil food web that help feed the plants, in exchange from carbons and sugars that the plant releases (extrudes) through their roots into the soil. In this organic style of growing, the power is given back to the plants, who as living beings have evolved over time to learn to feed their own needs by finding what they require in the soil in which they live. It is this ecosystem in the soil and its relationship with the plant that we call living soil.

Make Your Own Nutrients: How to Brew High-Quality Probiotic Tea for Your Plants

CULTIVATION

Skip the bottled nutrients and start brewing compost tea! Not only will you be saving yourself money, you will know exactly what you are putting into your plants and allowing your plants to fully express their true genetic potential. Organic amendments are great but only if you have the microbes in the soil to cycle them. Whether you choose to make your own tea or buy a pre-made recipe you’ll receive an abundance of benefits for a small amount of money as compared to bottled nutrients. So just remember, when you focus on feeding the soil you are building a healthy microbiome that will support your plants for years to come. Happy growing everyone!

Guest Blog: Jeff Lownfels on Living Soil

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Let’s hope that as more and more states become legal, that more and more indoor growers will come to understand that growing in soil is not only possible, but preferable. They better. As newer and additive hydro facilities get larger and larger, the current business model for smaller facilities fails. Great taste, however, differentiates and protects smaller facilities. Soil growing is the very best way to gain this protection and maintain a profit.

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