The East Coast is hitting it’s grow season stride. With most of the seaboard starting the season off with a lousy month of May, late June and July has made up for it with plenty of sun and enough rain to make things relatively easy.

I love tending a garden. Every day I look forward to seeing the new growth that has occurred due to my work. Gardening is one of those activities where results are directly proportional to the amount of effort you put into it. Having a marijuana garden is no exception, in fact I think this is principal is amplified. If you are good to it, it is good to you. Going to a grow site gives me a sense of fulfillment, not to mention it satisfies my need to be in the outdoors and accomplish some hard work.

Growing marijuana is addicting. Somehow this type of plant has a hold on humans who begin growing it. It is such a satisfying experience that you look forward to every stage of it, from planning, to harvesting, curing and enjoying!

During the summer months it is important to keep some things in mind if you are doing an outdoor grow. First and foremost is the need to hydrate your plants, depending on your set up you will need to water plants at least once every 4-5 days in times of no rain. If you have large ground holes you have done the hard work in preparation and your plants should be able to stay hydrated longer without supplemented water. If you are growing in bails or bags you need to stay on top of your watering cycle. There is nothing worse than tending your plants only to discover brown wilted tops!

Next obvious factor is your feeding schedule. I always make sure to give plants supplemental food once every 2 weeks. I use a blend of organic fertilizers listed here.  Switch your ferts to a more flowering friendly mixture when you start to see white hairs forming on your tops.

The last thing that needs to be done around my garden is pruning.  Both my plants and other vegetation need to be pruned.  I ‘pinch’ the tops of my plants to produce multiple tops when they re-grow, I talk about it here.   As far as pruning existing vegetation, that is to simply make sure my plants are getting optimal light.  Throughout the summer natural plants fill in sometimes beyond what you initially expected so it is important to keep them in check.

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