Real estate is a valuable commodity for marijuana growers, especially as the lease rates rise with every passing year. The need for creative use of every inch of growing space has growers looking into some peculiar ideas to use “wasted space”. When surveying their plots, one notices how some patches of land between the roads and cropsgo unused, but are they really?
It turns out that although the weeds and wild shrubbery that border crops aren’t be used to grow weed, they are actually helping increase the yields of farmers by contributing to their defenses. These native species of plants bring natural species of insects that keep invasive species at bay.
Wildflowers are beautiful carriers of insect defenders, which don’t have any interest in pot. This allows farmers to forgo less usage of harmful insecticides, giving crops the greenest and purest strains on the market. Other native shrubs and grasses act as a physical barrier and their own pollens and nectars deter would-be invaders.
In fact, these native plants act as a superior guard against soil erosion, than other traditional means of planting trees along crop borders. These low-profile shrubs keep sunlight levels high and prevent soil erosion just as well. Talk about weed-friendly.
More Organic than Oregano
Cannabis connoisseurs are always looking for ways to set their purity apart from the competition. This new take on community crops sharing space with native plants is a realistic step towards truly organic weed. The means in which organic crops need to accomplish a truly organic label from the USDA include the use of only organic pesticides and that the crops meet biodiversity conservation standards. This method of sharing plots with native species hits on both of those requirements, and then some.
The best part about taking this route as a budding farmer is that you don’t need to be a rich start-up that has large plots of land for it to work. You can be the amateur backyard farmer and still reap the same benefits. It’s actually a little easier to maintain a good level of natural defenses with smaller grows, as you can plant an equal amount of wildflowers and shrubs in between or right beside your pot plants. Research does need to be done, though, before you just start plopping down weeds and random plants, of course.
As an amateur marijuana grower, sometimes you have to sacrifice aesthetics of your garden for the highest yields, but with practice and the right combination of native plants, that no longer has to be true. Some wildflowers are beautiful enough to throw into a bouquet. Plus, they give off a nice fresh scent, which can help mellow out or mask the strong smelling cannabis plants. Make your garden your own creation, rather than just a place to produce the same product every month.
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