Organic products are a popular choice for health-conscious consumers and those interested in protecting the environment. The living soil movement is dedicated to providing a truly organic experience for those who use marijuana as medicine or for adult use purposes. By considering the benefits of living soil when choosing Adult Use (rec) marijuana services in Garden City or Fort Collins Colorado, you can ensure the best experience every time you light up in our area.
What Is Living Soil?
Organic farming typically focuses most on what needs to be left out of the process, including chemical/ synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. By contrast, the living soil movement considers the soil in a more holistic way. By making sure that soil contains the living creatures needed to break down organic matter into the necessary nutrients, living soil advocates can produce healthier and more robust crops without the use of chemicals or other hazardous materials. This can make a significant difference in the quality of product you receive from companies offering marijuana dispensary services in Colorado and beyond.
The Ingredients of Living Soil
Living soil begins with the right blend of items/ingredients such as compost, worm castings, topsoil, peat moss or leaf mold and small rocks for aeration. Other nutrients can be added to increase the food value and quality of the soil for the bacteria, fungi and living creatures that will make their homes in this growth medium. Earthworms, nematodes and other arthropods act as tillers for the soil, moving through it and cycling nutrients to ensure the healthiest environment for growth. With proper care, living soil can be used and reused indefinitely to grow cannabis for Adult Use and Medical cannabis plants.
Preserving the Balance of Nature
The basis for living soil growing techniques begins with microbiology. In nature, microbes help organic material in the soil to break down and provide energy for growth and renewal. The right balance of microbes, soil organic matter, and stored carbon can make a big difference in the quality of the plants grown in this soil. Tilling the soil can often disrupt the activities of microbes and can reduce their overall numbers. For this reason, living soil practitioners typically do not disturb the soil in which their plants grow unless it is absolutely necessary.
Why Living Soil Matters
For cannabis users who are interested in achieving the most healthful and natural results, plants grown in living soil conditions are much more likely to provide the best experience. Living soil does not accumulate excess salt buildup caused by the use of synthetic nutrients and hydroponic growth mediums. It can survive nicely on tap water and recycled plant materials along with occasional infusions of compost and topsoil to keep cannabis plants growing in the healthiest and most natural way. The end result is a product that smells, tastes, is more nutritionally diverse, and works better for end users.
At Smokey's, we offer Adult Use and Medical marijuana dispensary services for Garden City, Fort Collins, Colorado, and the surrounding areas through our Stash wholesale line. Our team is committed to the living soil movement and to providing the healthiest and most effective products for our customers. We go beyond organic practices to create truly natural and healthy solutions, which include the following:
• The use and reuse of living soil with the addition of compost teas, fermented fruit and plant wastes, earthworm castings and other necessary elements for healthy soil microbiology
• Natural solutions for pest control, including praying mantises, nematodes and lady beetles
• Closed-loop systems for recycling plant waste and composting
Less than 10 percent of all waste produced by our operation ends up in a landfill, and we are working diligently to reduce even that percentage. We are also working toward Organic Certified Cannabis Product certification. At Smokey's, we are constantly working to deliver the best experience for you. Call us today at 970-797-2155 in Fort Collins or 970-515-5839 in Garden City. We are here to serve you.
So You Want to Grow?
Part 1: Before you Grow- state and local regulations, and issues to consider for your home.
As a resident of Colorado, I have discovered the joy of producing my own cannabis indoors using my small grow tent. In a space that takes up 8 square feet (48 cubic feet when you factor in tent height), I am able to produce a variety of strains to keep me stocked and smiling for several months of the year. With a little investment of time and money, it is simple to create an environment conducive to producing top-quality buds in a space the size of a spare bedroom closet.
In the first installment of So you want to Grow? we’ll focus on the preparation and planning stage of your first home grow, and discuss the main issues to consider before you start growing your own cannabis in Colorado.
Though it is legal to grow cannabis for personal consumption, there are several state and local regulations to consider before you plant your seeds or purchase clones. State and municipality regulations can conflict, so it is extremely important to know the laws before you set up your grow. For example, the state allows each individual in a household to grow 6 plants (3 flowering plants, 3 in vegetative stage), but the city of Denver only allows 12 plants per household regardless of the number of adults occupying a dwelling. Also, if you are a medical patient, regulations surrounding your personal grow will be different. The state and local laws of Colorado will dictate how you set up your grow, thus it is imperative that you understand these regulations before you begin setting up your grow.
The following links provide information on state and certain municipality regulations concerning growing cannabis for personal consumption.
Home Grow Guidelines- State of Colorado
Safety Guidelines for Home Growing -State of Colorado
Cannabis Regulations, including personal cultivation- City of Fort Collins
Cannabis regulations, including personal cultivation - City of Greeley
The next set of issues to consider are where you intend to grow and the utilities needed to grow. Again, to emphasis the importance of knowing the laws, one cannot grow cannabis outdoors legally. If you live in an apartment, duplex, or any type of building with shared units, you are prohibited from growing cannabis for personal use. If lucky enough to have a house, one should make sure the electrical system is up-to-date, and the area that you selected for your grow is located near a reliable power source, and said power source can handle the electrical needs of your growing setup.
Like any other plant, cannabis needs air, water, and nutrients to grow, and depending on your grow setup, each of these items may require electrical energy to adequately supply your grow space. Will your space require fans for ventilation and air movement? Will you be running pumps for watering? What type of light do you plan to use, and what are the power needs? Can your circuit handle your electrical load? Best to find out beforehand, or you could risk an electrical fire. Also, clean running water nearby your grow space (or better yet, in the same room) helps in maintaining your grow in the long term (or putting out fires in the short term).
We have only scratched the surface of preparing for your grow.
In the next installment of “So you want to Grow?” we will examine some of the equipment you may want to consider for your home grow, including lighting, tray tables, fabric pots, and hydroponic equipment. Did you know that some forms of lighting, such as HID lamps like Metal Halide or High Pressure Sodium lamps can no longer be used in certain municipalities?
These topics will be discussed in the next installment of So You Want to Grow?
The following links and book suggestions are for those eager to learn more on their own! Happy Growing!
Jorge Cervantes Ultimate Grow DVD- Beginner’s Guide to Growing Cannabis
Closet Cultivator by Ed Rosenthal : Easy to ready cultivation guide. This was my first book about cultivation, and still serves as an excellent guide to growing cannabis for personal consumption.
Ready, Set, Grow – High Times Growing Guide .
These blogs are written by Smokey's Cannabis Co. friends and staff. Please feel free to read, comment, and share!!