Tips for growing cannabis with sustainable practices
Growing cannabis seems like a natural state of mind, but professional breeders are harmful to the environment. Reduce your emissions with these tips.
When you think of particularly polluting industries, you probably think first of industries like fashion, meat, or oil. However, there are one branch is often overlooked – the Cannabis industry. Being environmentally friendly while growing green is a tough endeavor, ironic as it may sound. Marijuana plants are usually grown indoors and require special light, water and nutritional conditions which unfortunately result in a significant carbon footprint. If you’re interested in growing cannabis while also caring about sustainability, here are some top tips for you.
Reduce energy consumption
Growing weeds indoors uses a lot of energy. It has been reported that 1% of US energy consumption is from growing weeds. So the best way to reduce your buds carbon footprint is to grow them naturally outside in sunlight. However, growing outdoors can be impossible for many budding cannabis farmers as cannabis plants require a lot of sun and growing indoors is unsustainable as it uses an incredible amount of energy. Fortunately, there is a solution for this. Greenhouses are a win-win game as you can control the conditions while improving the atmosphere. LED grow lights can be installed in any greenhouse and provides the best lighting conditions for your buds while using significantly fewer resources.
According to previous academic research, a commercially grown marijuana plant is said to require around 22 liters of water per day. That sounds like an absurd amount of water, but it is the reality of the industry. However, home grown plants require much less water due to different growing conditions, and there are some ways to reduce your plants’ hydration needs. If you want to water your plant less, consider adding some hay around the planting beds. Mulch, like hay, stays in the water much longer and allows it to evaporate much more slowly.
Use organic products
While weed still cannot be certified as organic, there are certain ways to ensure that you are growing your product with care and without harmful chemicals. Replace any extra nutrients you use with those marked as organic. If you want your greens to be even greener, you can only use vegan board certified products. These bottled nutrients do not contain ingredients like bone meal, liquid fish, and other by-products of the meat industry.
Don’t be afraid of predators
Have one environmentally friendly grass Harvesting can make you face harmful pests. If you want to stay completely organic on your growth journey, you might want to put a predator in your midst. Fortunately, the food chain exists, and there is always a species that loves to eat the little pests that harm your plants. Be very careful when diagnosing the disease of your plants as a proper diagnosis of your problem will help you appropriately select the hostile species. When you pick the predator, leave it in your crop and enjoy the insect version of Fight Club.
Make your own compost
Growing pots creates certain organic wastes that, instead of throwing them away, you can use for other growing projects. After harvesting, you can throw the plant remains in the compost bin along with the trimmed waste. In a few months you will have healthy food for your plants. You can also make some compost tea for your cannabis. Pour some of your compost into an old sock and place it in a bucket filled with water. You should leave the sock in for a full day. If you have an air pump lying around, you can use it to oxygenate this brew, which will make the tea even more effective at providing nutrients and protection to your plants.