Learn how to grow your own cannabis with the guidance of a professional gardener
Gardening in the yard bloomed like The coronavirus has forced us to stay at home since the growing season began this year. Like Charlotte Mendelson written in april for the New Yorker, “There is no balm for the soul greater than planting seeds.”
I calmed down outside this summer by tending to a piece of land in my community garden; and inside, watching more gardening shows than I ever thought would be consumable. “Martha knows better” on HSTG is a brilliant extension of the lifestyle icon’s own dreamy, daily 40s account on Instagram.
While Martha Stewart does not grow cannabis (that we know, at least) at her farm in Bedford, New York, she gave her seal of approval on a comprehensive manual, Growing grass in the garden.
“Beautifully photographed and with clear expert advice, this great primer for growing grass makes it easy to harvest and process a great crop at home,” praises Stewart on his back cover. “I need two copies, one for me and one for Snoop”
Published earlier this year, the 256-page text was written by Johanna Silver, a writer based in Berkeley, Calif., Who was editor-in-chief of the garden at Sunset magazine for a decade and now regularly contributes to Better houses and a better gardensand Martha Stewart alive.
The book was born from a 2018 Chronicle of San Francisco mission to follow a cycle of cannabis cultivation from seed to reserve. Granted, “not a stoner at all,” Silver set out to “grow grass in the garden and document it as a gardener,” continuing to cover cannabis gardening in a recurring column while finding a whole new plant in the process.
“I didn’t know anything, I didn’t know if it was this incredibly mysterious plant that was very complicated to grow,” recalls Silver. “I had people saying to me – people who knew a thing or two – ‘No, you really can’t grow this without light. And I’m like, ‘Wait, what? It cannot be true. It is literally a plant.
Silver compares growing cannabis to growing tomatoes: “Cannabis has been grown every year as a warm season wherever humans have lived. A native of Denver, Silver admits, “I didn’t grow up gardening.” I wasn’t swinging in the trees or picking blueberries in the garden with my mom.
She adds, “I actually think my lack of being that green and sunny hippie wild child is a strength, because I fully understand what it’s like to have no knowledge and how to approach it from there. zero. I really tried talking to the newbie, the novice, the scared but damn want to try.
This approach has also resulted in a video series for the Leafly cannabis website, where Silver shares step-by-step instructions from home while planting a new set in her own backyard. According to Silver, while now is not the time to sow in most areas, the start of the harvest season is a great time to sort out your garden and what to put in it for next year.
Silver recommends, “Follow your nose. It’s time to smell, smell, smell. Look for dispensaries that are well known for their cultivated cannabis, and find the flavor profiles you love and the strains that work with your body.
Here are Silver’s top five pro tips for getting started with “Growing Weed in the Garden” (excluding the obvious first step of reading his book):
- With the harvest season upon us, it’s time to step outside and smell the flowers. Much like a masseuse who puts essential oils under your nose to see which one you like best, you can use your instincts and cultivate the scent that appeals to you.
- After the odor test, take some samples home to try them out. If smoking isn’t your thing, try simple alcohol-based tinctures or infused coconut oil.
- Decide where you will grow next spring. If you have a vegetarian vegetable garden, this is ideal. All you need is a small space, anywhere that will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight per day (yes, it is that simple).
- Consider growing a cover crop, such as a mixture of crimson clover and hairy vetch, to turn into soil next spring. The “green manure” breaks down, leaving rich organic matter in the soil.
- What good is winter if not eyeing seed catalogs? In most states, dispensaries are the only legal place to get seeds. For the most stable genetics, look for regional seed companies with transparent breeding practices. My date is Humboldt Seed Company– you can actually order seeds from their website (legally deliverable to California, Oregon, Maine, and Oklahoma with more locations to come).