Most people seem to be afraid to grow - not because of the potential legal repercussions - but more so because they think there is a lot more to growing your own than there really is. Over and over again I tell them it's really not as hard as one might think.
So if you are looking to grow, but don't have a lot of money to spend on fancy lights and equipment - or if you cannot grow indoors due to living situations - then this is the thread for you. In this thread I will give you the basics to pull off a decent crop, outside, with minimal work, costs, and risk.
First and foremost, you want to find a good outdoor spot. I tend to look for thick bramble patches (a large enough patch so you can hollow out a spot in the middle - making it sort of doughnut shaped), and for the following reasons:
1.) People don't like trying to make their way through thorn bushes - so chances are no one is going to fuck with your spot if it's in the middle of a bramble patch.
2.) They grow - FAST - so the pathways you use to get in & out of your patch will quickly get filled in (just give it a couple days, and you won't even be able to tell someone was there).
3.) They grow in areas of high lighting... So if you're in the middle of the woods, look up for breaks in the tree canopies... If you find a big open space in the canopy, chances are there's some good spots to grow in underneath that.
4.) Brambles grow tall and thick, so if someone does wander near your patch, chances are they will not see it.
Now - as far as equipment is concerned... You only really need a shovel... You can keep the little plants in garden pots at first - to let them get some size on them before planting them in their permanent homes in the ground... But this isn't necessary
It's as simple as putting the seed in the dirt, and giving it a drink of water. I used the pots (when I was growing). Once the plant outgrows the pot, it is OK to put it right in the ground. Clear out an area for the plant, but try to keep it close to the surrounding vegetation so that it doesn't stand out.
Most soil in the woods is pretty fertile, so you shouldn't need an abundance of fertilizer. I usually only feed twice during vegetation, and once during flowering. This will vary, though, depending on your plants nutritional needs, and the soil in your native area.
If you grow in thick underbrush, you want to be sure to come back once in a while to knock back the weeds that may be trying to choke out your babies... But not so much as to arouse suspicion.
If you want sensimilla - then you're going to want to check them daily when you start noticing pre-flowers - so that you can remove the males. If you don't care about your buds being seeded, then you really don't need to come back until harvest (usually the middle to the end of October, depending on where you live).
So you see, it's really simple. Just stick a seed in a pot until it gets big enough to compete with surrounding vegetation. Feed it a couple times (most any vegetable fertilizers are fine - use at 1/2 strength). Then come back and chop it down around harvest time.
There's my quick and easy outdoor grow guide. Feel free to add anything I may have missed - or any little tips you think may be useful.
Edited by IGotTheCottons, 04 April 2009 - 06:31 PM.