By Danny Danko
Beware of short cuts and quick fixes that minimize the hard work and focus required to prosper. An effective ganja garden always satisfies the needs of the grower who maintains the following seven important rules of conduct.
Proactivity isn’t just a boardroom cliché. Simple tasks such as picking up dead leaves and sweeping up debris shouldn’t wait until piles have accumulated. It’s a daily process that requires due diligence and leaves no time for slacking.
Never allow pools of water to collect on the floor or under your plants. Check all surfaces daily for telltale signs of pests or molds, including the tops and bottoms of leaves, the surface of your growing medium, and the walls, ceiling and floor in your space. Change clothes before entering your growroom, especially if you’ve been outdoors recently. Some growers I’ve met have outfits by the door reserved for growroom use only.
Above all, make it your mission to keep things clean. Your indoor garden is your laboratory, as well as your income provider, and will benefit tremendously when habitually kept spotless. Put down the bong, get off the couch and clean your growroom top to bottom. The work you do now will surely pay off in the end.
When it comes to your garden, whether medical or not, silence is always golden. It’s tempting to brag and show off your hard work but it can only lead to problems down the road. Growers who live “out in the open” tend to be the ones easily targeted by police and thieves.
Never throw big parties or let people hang out all day smoking weed and don’t have traffic coming in and out all the time. Suspicious stuff like this has been the downfall of many a pot prospector. Create the illusion that you’re invisible and harmless to neighbors and simply another citizen going about your life. Whether purchasing lighting, moving equipment into your chosen space or interacting with locals, it always helps to keep a low profile.
By the same token, don’t allow yourself to become too paranoid. Freaky behavior such as blocking off all your windows or avoiding interaction with neighbors is a tip off that something’s not right. Be friendly but not too friendly. Never panic or antagonize those around you – keeping the peace is always in your best interests if you want successful harvest after harvest.
Of course it’s important to be goal oriented, but never count pounds before they’re grown. Too many farmers spend time guessing the final weight of their crops only to be disappointed when the real tally doesn’t match their hopes.
Try to ignore this tempting impulse and set your goals wisely and realistically. You’re not going to get 4 pounds per 1000-watt lamp every time out of the gate, no matter how great you grow. You’ll need to lower those outlandish kinds of expectations in order to maintain your motivation at all times, good and bad. A realistic grower considers many factors and weighs the pros and cons of