As increasing numbers of people are recognizing the benefits of marijuana in treating their health conditions, more people than ever before are growing their own medical marijuana in Canada. However the cannabis growing process can end up being quite energy intensive, which can raise environmental concerns. Large scale growing enterprises are extremely intensive in their use of the Earth’s resources, but even small scale growing for your own use can prove to use a lot of energy and also be expensive. There is, however, one way to cut your costs and also to reduce your environmental impact, and that is by employing sustainable practices. Here are some of the best ways to grow weed sustainably at home.
Use Low Energy Grow Lights
Grow lights can end up causing your energy bills to rocket if you aren’t careful, especially if you’re growing more than a few plants. While small growing operations may not represent quite such a large outlay on electricity, you can still save by using low energy systems such as LED, LEC or ceramic metal halide lights. Although these lights may cost a little more up front, they will prove cost effective and more energy efficient in the long run.
Choose The Right Climate Control Solutions
When thinking about incorporating solutions for climate control into your cannabis garden, natural solutions are often the best way to go. You can often create an airflow pathway into and out of the garden which will reduce the temperature to such a point that an air condition is unnecessary, and if you run your lights during the night, this is another excellent way of taking advantage of the cooler air. By reducing your need to use an air conditioner, you can naturally reduce your energy bills and also alleviate your electricity circuits from being over-stressed.
While an indoor growing setup will produce more yields, it will increase your carbon footprint, and even with LED lights it will still increase your energy bills. Plants respond to natural sunlight, and even if the weather is poor you can still grow outdoors in a greenhouse while your weed grows using solar power which is completely free of charge.
Growing Mediums For Sustainability
Another great way to save money is to use a sustainable growing medium. Super soils are the perfect organic solution and are the best way to improve sustainability in your cannabis garden while cutting costs since virtually no amendments will need to be made to the soil since nutrients will already be readily available. There will also be no need to spend a lot of money on expensive nutrients as you can make an organic garden remedy using only ingredients which can be easily found in any household.
Cloning For Long Term Growth
Replacing your seeds or clones every growing season can lead to mounting costs, however you can reduce your overheads by creating a cloning regimen of your own. You will need to pay costs upfront, however these can be kept down and over time you will easily recoup those costs. You can get your cloning regimen off the ground with just a small 24” fluorescent light, a domed cloning treat to achieve the right humidity for the rooting out process, some cloning gels, some rock wool cubes, a hygrometer, a thermometer and a sterilized blade.
Water is still one of the Earth’s most precious resources, and if your home is on a water meter is can be even more precious to you in terms of your ever-growing water bill. Cut your costs while helping the environment by conserving water in your marijuana growing operation. One way to reduce the amount of water you use is to add a layer of mulch on top of the soil. This can save up to 75% of water which could otherwise be lost via evaporation. Mulch takes several forms and could be cardboard, straw or shredded bark which covers the soil and protects it from heat which leads to excess evaporation. Watering at cooler times will also help to reduce the amount of water you use.
By adopting all of these sustainable practices, you can reduce your energy usage and your bills, and will also be limiting your growing operation’s environmental impact.