April marks awareness of medical cannabis and the advances that this green plant has on our lives. The FDA has approved THC, a key ingredient in marijuana, to treat nausea from cancer, muscle spasms, seizure disorders and Crohn's Disease. In April, we acknowledge the cannabis plant and how it is grown and used in the United States.
Medical marijuana can be smoked, eaten or taken as a liquid extract. Although marijuana can be recommended by a doctor for medical purposes, recreational use is often applied by vaporizing the contents, smoking it or adding it to baked goods.
With weed being legalized or decriminalized in at least 28 states including DC, more people are taking classes and learning how to grow weed from home. In 2016, Colorado marijuana sales totaled $1.3 billion just from home growers. Although weed can be grown indoors, some weed farmers prefer the organic route of growing marijuana outdoors.
Cannabis plants are easy to grow; but require maintenance like other plants on farms.There are a few things to keep in-mind before beginning a marijuana farm.
Outdoor Marijuana Growing Tips For Beginners
Choose a good location: Consider growing away from eye-sight of neighbors or walkers. Some individuals may feel awkward; others may be enticed to sneak-in and steal your goods. It's best to conceal your marijuana farm with trees and protect crops using deer fencing.
Sunlight: If growing weed outside, your crops will require at least six hours of natural sunlight. The more sunlight your cannabis plant gets, the better chance it will grow.
Water: If your farm sits near a stream, this will give you full access to what your weed farm needs.
Soil: Before establishing your site, check that the area has decent soil. You will need to periodically test your soil with a soil PH meter. (Cannabis needs be at a 5.5-6.5 level.)
Remember when we mentioned deer fencing? Well, the #1 complaint by marijuana farmers is that deer are getting onto farms and causing crop damage. Veterinarians agree that animals do become intoxicated or "high" after ingesting marijuana but the effects vary based on the animal species. For deer, marijuana poisoning can lead to death. The longer the plant grows, the stronger the weed becomes.
Deer damage may be occurring on marijuana farms if the following are present:
- hoof prints
- deer droppings
- missing leaves
Deer can jump well over 7 feet high; but they would prefer not unless they are being chased by a predator. To save marijuana plants, Deerbusters suggests installing a 7.5-8' deer fence around the cannabis farm. This is the best solution for deer management.
Contact Deerbusters.com at 888-422-3337 to find the right deer fence for your weed farm.