Recently, the demand for organically-cultivated cannabis has increased enormously as consumers become more health-conscious and environmentally aware, with products labelled as "no-till","probiotic" or "living soil" fetching premium prices in California dispensaries for their superior flavour. As a result, the cannabis scene has also seen a growth in natural gardening methods and the sale of eco-friendly fertilisers and supplements. The use of compost tea in cannabis gardens has become very popular as growers move away from mineral or salt-based cultivation towards organic gardening methods. With its high content in beneficial microbes alongside soluble macro and micronutrients, compost tea is the perfect, natural way to boost plant and soil health and optimise the uptake, retention and cycling of nutrients.
Organic Cannabis farmingMore than ever, today we must take care of our environment, so we present here a new Blog category about organic farming. Thanks to this type of farming, we use natural resources in a rational and sustainable way, without the need to use chemical products or GMO (genetically modified organisms). From how to make your own 100% natural boosters and nutrients to how to use other plants to protect your cannabis crops, in this category you'll find everything you need to know about organic farming.
Along with increased ecological awareness, there’s been a growing interest in organic farming methods, which, besides being environmentally friendly, have a much smaller carbon footprint than other types of cultivation, especially regarding plant nutrition and pest prevention.
Following this trend, you can now disregard mineral fertilizers and use organic nutrients, which already helps - a lot - to protect the environment. However, you can do much more, such as producing your own 100% organic fertilizer with waste from your garden or kitchen, as well as from other crops and agricultural activities. This way, you won’t make those plastic bottles filled with compost travel thousands of miles to get to your home, and instead you can recycle your own waste while obtaining a high-quality fertilizer.
In our article on how to make your own compost, we explained a good way to recycle vegetable waste and harness it for your crops. Today, we’d like to introduce you to another method originated in Japan known as Bokashi that produces even better results in less time. We tell you everything about it below.
What is Seed Sprout Tea or SST?
Despite forming part of Chinese cuisine and medicine for centuries or even millennia, it's only been in the last 30 or 40 years that the western world has really woken up to the health benefits of eating seed sprouts, or germinated seeds. These days it's widely accepted that adding some sprouted beans or other seeds to our daily diet is highly beneficial for their high content of protein, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. But did you know we can get some great results by adding seed sprouts to the diet of our cannabis plants too?
Yes, it's true! Our plants can make the most of the beneficial properties of sprouted seeds and enjoy a natural boost in growth and plant health. Seed sprout tea (SST) is an easy, economical and environmentally-friendly way in which we can irrigate our garden with our own homemade plant growth stimulant, rich in phytohormones, enzymes, minerals and nutrients, and is suitable for use on cannabis plants in vegetative growth as well as during the flowering period, depending on the seeds being used.
What is compost?
Compost is an excellent organic fertilizer resulting from the controlled decomposition of any organic, solid or semi-solid material. Several microorganisms are responsible for breaking down organic waste to turn it into a digestible product for marijuana plants .
Compost can be bought in different states: while in nature the creation process takes place by itself, if it's homemade, in addition to obtaining a good fertilizer for our marijuana plants, you recycle organic waste, thus contributing to the planet conservation.