10 Tasks every outdoor grower should tackle in June and July
The hot, steamy summer months are upon us, and it's time to really get to work, especially if you're growing cannabis outdoors. Time is wasting, and what you do with these precious moments could make or break your crop, even if harvest still seems like it's miles away. To help you get started, we've compiled a list of gardening tips and tricks that should help to ensure you make the most of June and July.
May 24th is often viewed as the unofficial start to the growing season, but when it comes to fragile varieties of cannabis, it's understandable that most growers choose to wait until the risk of frost has passed, and we're now in the clear! So if you haven't already got those seeds, seedlings, and clones into the earth, then now is the perfect time to get the job done.
2. Nourish those gardens
It is the beginning of summer, which means all of your hard work from last year is about to pay off, as you take those nutrients and sprinkle them on or mix them in with the soil in your cannabis garden. If there's any old mulch, be sure to pull it back first, and in mere minutes your whole plot will be thoroughly nourished and ready to support some healthy plants.
3. Put down mulch
There is some controversy over mulch when it comes to cannabis plants, but the only real problem comes from using chips that contain dyes or other harsh chemicals you might not want in your garden. Instead, opt for natural wood mulch, and use it to create a barrier that will keep your weeding responsibilities to a minimum throughout the summer and hold in much-needed moisture.
4. Save those lawn trimmings
Grass cutting season is here, and that can be a huge pain, especially when you've got a whole lawn and backyard to contend with, but the action itself leaves behind trimmings which can be a useful tool when added to compost. Of course, you won't need all of it, so anything remaining can be sprinkled on the lawn to feed into the natural cycle of the soil and grass. Doing this will leave your lawn happier and your cannabis plants healthier!
5. Prune and trim away dead or problematic growth
It may be early in the growing season, which might leave you thinking your duty to trim and prune is still a few weeks off, but now is the ideal time to start, especially if you've got an overgrowth of bushes or any other types of plants that might block out sunlight or crowd your cannabis plants. Start with all the dead and problematic ones, then transition to cutting away portions that make everything look healthy and uniform. This will make maintenance throughout the summer so much easier.
6. Cage those cannabis plants
Caging isn't for everyone, and if you're in the country with no pesky intruders who might look at your soft, sweet cannabis plants as a delightful snack, then you might not benefit much from this addition. However, these things aren't always noticeable until it's too late, and if you reside in a city center or are growing in a high traffic area, this could be the one thing that stands between you and a lost crop at the end of the season. For a few dollars' worth of chicken wire, it's likely worth the peace and protection a cage will provide.
Once you've got your cannabis plants in the ground, you've probably already done a thorough job of weeding, but even with mulch, it doesn't take long for those irritating plants to regrow and get established, sucking nutrients and moisture from your precious crops. In no time, they build robust root systems, making them much more difficult to pull, and that's why it's a good idea to keep up on them right from the beginning while they're small.
8. Keep on turning the compost
Once you've fed your gardens, it's easy to forget that you have an entire living compost to maintain because you won't really need what's inside again until next year, but slacking now, will result in mediocre nutrition to fuel next season's crop. Use all of your pulled weeds, lawn trimming, and food scraps to keep feeding the compost, and don't forget to turn it regularly to avoid unwanted additions like mold.
April showers bring May flowers but come June, things start drying out, and the weather is often much less predictable, especially where rain is concerned. In Canada, it's not uncommon to see high winds and harsh storms that don't quite produce enough moisture to keep your cannabis plants happy, which is why it's so important to establish a regular regimen now.
10. Keep track of sales
For many who prefer to tend to tropical plants, the season is only beginning, while flower beds are already well established, which means that there are some incredible sales to watch out for just in time to get stocked up on all the things you might need on a budget. Soil, nutrients, seeds, and nearly every regular garden tool you can think of, from hoses to shovels, will be marked down soon, so don't miss out on this amazing opportunity.