Ways to cut down your growing budget

Published Jul 25, 2022 01:00 p.m. ET
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Growing your own cannabis can save you a lot of money over the course of a year, but it’s not exactly a free endeavour. In fact, some find themselves spending hundreds of dollars just to maintain a small grow room to accommodate only a handful of plants. In the end, this expense is still always cheaper than buying it no matter how expensive the tools, seeds, and nutrients might be, but if you’re hoping to stretch your budget even further, then you may want to consider these five suggestions.

1. Buy regular seeds

There are so many different types of cannabis seeds out there that it’s hard to keep up, and some like those promising to deliver spectacular results with fast-growing times or 100% females are often more expensive than regular varieties. Though you might have to waste some time and space sexing the plants, these seeds are typically cheaper by 50% or more, which is a crazy amount of savings.

2. Make your own super soil

Commercial soils might come complete with everything your plants need to live their best lives including nutrients, pest deterrents and more, but with a simple recipe, it’s really easy to make your own boosted soil mixture at home. You might need to purchase a few base ingredients, but it’ll go much further, and you’ll save a tonne of money in the process year after year. If you’re willing to go the extra mile, then living soil is the next step toward a plant base that doesn’t need to be replaced each season.

3. Utilize natural nutrients and fertilizers

There are some pretty impressive plant-boosting nutrient solutions and fertilizers on the market today, but none can compare to those you make at home, as they’re cheaper and you’ll have complete control over what goes into them. Most store-bought varieties include an array of additives you probably don’t want to ingest, so why not avoid them altogether and pinch pennies by maintaining a healthy compost instead.

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4. Shop at the dollar store for accessories and tools

Gerning of any kind can get expensive and that’s especially true when it comes to cannabis plants. Luckily, you can pay a fraction of department store and greenhouse prices by visiting any number of dollar stores, where you’ll find everything from soil, to pots, shovels, hoes, and even fencing to keep invaders from munching down on your fragile plants. You might not find your favourite line of name-brand options, but they’ll get the job done, and leave you with some extra cash.

5. Invest in LED lights

Indoor grows can get really expensive, especially when you take into consideration the amount of electricity it takes to run each one for an entire season. Some lights are more efficient than others, while a few cost so much it could take years before they even start to pay for themselves. Instead, we highly recommend the economical LED grow light, which will offer just as much power, but it will cost less to buy and run.

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