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growing cannabis outdoors in vermont

For my outdoor plants I use large pots 10 or more gallons. I prefer air pots or fabric pots that air prune the roots and encourage healthy root growth. When growing in a greenhouse you want to limit the moisture and standing water attract pests so I place these pots in saucers and shop vac out any runoff and remove it from the greenhouse. Plus you don’t want your plants sitting in the runoff anyway.

Vermonters are faced with a shorter growing season with warm spring weather arriving later and cold fall nights coming sooner using a greenhouse helps extend that season but unless you have sufficient insulation and heating your still faced with a relatively short season. Careful research should be done to choose a strain that will be ready to harvest before the cold comes.

The easiest way to extend your outdoor grow season in Vermont is to build a greenhouse. There are countless greenhouse kits available and an endless supply of free plans on the Internet. Choose a design that works for your space. Be sure to consider how you will control the temperature in the greenhouse, mainly how you will keep it cool enough when the summer sun is blasting. Good ventilation and temperature control is critical to a good harvest. Some other benefits of growing in a greenhouse include precise control over when and how much your plants are watered, built in security, protection from pests like rodents, and deer. Having grown plants right in the ground outdoors, indoors and in a greenhouse, a greenhouse is my preferred method because of the control it offers while still taking advantage of the best light source for your plants; the sun. The following techniques can be applies to both true outdoor grows and indoor grows as well but there will be some greenhouse specifics included.

Training your marijuana plants can be a great way to increase your yield. By exposing more of the plant to the sun and creating multiple dominant colas instead of one main cola. I recommend reading up on mainlining and creating a manifold. This process of topping and training the plant to develop numerous bud sites and devoting equal energy to each can have huge payoffs. Of course if you have the space and don’t wish to train your plants you can let them run wild and grow one massive main cola too. It’s totally up to you.

Your plant will continue to veg until the days start to get shorter. The summer solstice falls on June 21 and shortly after this point your outdoor cannabis plants will begin to show signs of flowering. It is at this point you will need to determine the sex of your plants. There are numerous resources, photos and tips for this online either know what your looking for or do your research and make sure you remove any male plant and make sure that you wither destroy them or get them somewhere they have no chance of pollinating your lovely females. I like to have all of my training done before plants start to flower and aim to wrap it up pretty quickly if it’s not quite finished. From this point forward keeping your plants happy is your number one concern. Everything that can be done to keep humidity and temperature in check during flowering should be done. Make sure your plants have adequate air flow so as to avoid mold problems. Adjust your feeding schedule to provide the plants with the nutrients they need. At this point they will want more phosphorus and potassium and some good compost teas with molasses and seabird guano can really go a long way in charging up your soil for the flowering phase of your girls life cycle.

Growing cannabis outdoors in vermont

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan has also lamented this problem.

“There’s a lot of people in Vermont that have been growing forever,” McNames said. “There’s connections all over the place. There’s delivery services, people give out prizes that are edibles or certain bud.”

“I’m just kind of learning about it,” she said. “The dispensary people were really pretty helpful.”

The law went into effect a year ago this month, making it legal for Vermonters over 21 and without a medical marijuana card to tend to six cannabis plants, four immature and two mature, in their backyards and basements.

In the past, Leigh Girouard’s gardening experience was limited to the basics – tomatoes, zucchini, the occasional onion. Now, however, she is digging into a new project: cannabis.

“The fact that we’ve told Vermonters that you can legally possess marijuana, but we’ve remained silent on how they can obtain marijuana, raises real issues and frankly lets the black market flourish,” Donovan said. “I’ve been very outspoken, saying we need a fully regulated system where we tell Vermonters, who are of age, how they can obtain marijuana legally and how they possess it. That’s good for public safety, it’s good for public health and it’s good for consumers.”

“Our customers are forced into a grey market to get their seeds, to get their clones,” Raap said. “It’s our customers who are taking the risk.”

“With the advent of legalization last year, we’ve been able to massively revise our messaging to be more clear about how people can grow cannabis, to be more supportive of providing information and education around using cannabis, both hemp and marijuana, for therapeutic purposes,” she said. “We were able to really focus on bringing it out from the underground and trying to really dispel any stereotypes or misinformation there was around using, growing, the type of people who opt for cannabis.”

Green State Gardner’s twice-monthly free classes for cultivating medicinal plants, which have been offered since Oct. 2016, have anywhere between 10 and 40 attendees, she said.