Ed Rosenthal’s 10 tips on “How to Grow Killer Weed”
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Posted by Mark Frauenfelder who is the founder of Boing Boing
Excerpted from The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well, by Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield.
Excerpts from BoingBoing’s excerpts:
It was the Sixties, and Ed Rosenthal, who listed his future career as “plant geneticist” in his high school yearbook, had discovered pot. After college, living in an oversize apartment in the Bronx, Rosenthal decided to grow his own. The rest is marijuana history as Rosenthal went on to become “The Guru of Ganja” and a godsend to both the home growing hobbyist and the commercial grower. He has authored a dozen books on marijuana cultivation and his popular grower’s advice column Ask Ed ran in High Times for two decades and is syndicated internationally.
1. Know the consequences. Face it, pot isn’t legal in most places yet. There are almost a million marijuana arrests in America every year, so know your local laws, both state and county. If you get busted in Oklahoma for growing a single plant you can get two years to life. In some states a medical doctor can lose his license for cultivation. A student can lose rights to scholarships. You can even lose your driver’s license or right to vote. Ask yourself: “Is growing worth it?” The police blotter is full of stories of people who didn’t think it through.
2. Design your garden. Determine the best garden design for your particular needs. If you’re squeezed for space, you can grow in a closet. Need a fast turnaround time? Plants grown hydroponically mature more quickly. Don’t want to risk being busted with an indoor garden? Grow a guerilla garden in a small hard-to-detect plot. If you’re growing medical marijuana, you might be legally limited to a certain number of plants, so design your garden for maximum yield of each plant.
3. Know your limits. When some people first start growing, they want to do too much and get in over their heads. I knew a first-time grower who planted a 400-square-foot indoor garden. He did everything by hand. No irrigation system. No help. Halfway through the first grow cycle he realized, “There’s not enough time!” He was having a nervous breakdown. I told him, “Shut off half the lights and do what you can.” Growing cannabis is not a fly-by-night project. Start small. Get some experience. Then you can expand into a larger system.