CANNABIS AND GARDENING
A burgeoning industry on cannabis gardening is developing, with a wide array of trades and professional opportunities, including horticultural and gardening specialists, landscape designers and architects, how-to books, and so on. In fact, mainstream and conventional lifestyle publications, such as Sunset Magazine, now offer some advice on cannabis cultivation. After over 8 decades of prohibition, the opportunity to openly explore cannabis gardening is very enticing to garden hobbyists and professionals. Hundreds of cannabis strains exist, many with beautiful flowers that are gaining quite a following among florists and gardeners. These varieties include marked differences in growth habits, categories, needs, etc. Although learning the differences may appear daunting to some, this is the stuff that tickles the fancy of true gardening “aficionados”.
There are many ornamental cannabis landscaping guides online that focus on different aspects, such as the flowers or the aromas. Sunset, for instance, recommends planting cannabis around lavender, jasmine, rosemary and salvia. Personally, I think it might also go well around citrus trees and laurel bushes. Perhaps even spearmint and dill. Other guides recommend planting along piney areas if the cannabis strain is of a more “astringent” type aroma. Along the lines of planting for aromatic purposes, they can also be cultivated as a kitchen garden addition, in this case, for flavor. There are several sites you can explore for gardening tips and instructions, including GreenState, Sunset, and others.
Cannabis can also thrive in container gardens, which offers a less labor-intensive alternative than an outdoors garden. Potted plants are less susceptible or vulnerable to pests and they are much easier to move around and relocate at your convenience. And finally, other gardening experts recommend, because cannabis flowers in the fall, to consider having it as part of a late-summer or fall flowering garden, when all your other spring and summer ornamentals are fading.
People interests in cannabis gardening, however, should do their due diligence in his or her location’s cannabis legislation for personal use and for cultivation. Although there are more signs of an easing up on the conflict between federal and state laws, this conflict continues to exist. It is also important to know your local and neighborhood norms, which could include rules against exterior cultivation. Cannabis plants can grow as high as 15 feet tall, according to strain, and this would make it highly visible, which also runs against local ordinances in some states. You will always be better off for being well-informed.
If this is something you want to pursue, some recent books on the topic you might want to look up are:
Cannabis: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Marijuana (2018) by Danny Danko
Growing Cannabis Indoors and Outdoors (2017) a 3-tome set by Scott Ethan, Mac Randall et al.
Kick-Ass Cannabis and Veggies (2015) by Kip Zonderkop (an e-book at kobo.com).
About the Author:
Trudy Mercadal, Ph.D
New Orleans born with a Latina background, I am a writer, social historian & cultural studies researcher with a doctorate in Comparative Studies. My focus on community and popular culture. Main interests are the ways in which people express identity through arts—such as music, graffiti, and magazines—and their consuming practices, that is, the what (and how) they buy, ingest, eat, and wear. In my personal life, I am a dedicated urban mini-farmer and, also, a certified cheese maker who makes a truly kick-ass grilled cheese sandwich.