Climate change is increasingly becoming an alarming issue for the world. Whether you acknowledge it or not, everyone is facing the strong impact of climate change. Our planet needs saving. So, going by the need of the hour, as a cannabis grower, how can you contribute to the cause?
Cannabis cultivation contributes a major share in the carbon footprint every year. With all the energy it consumes to create a healthy harvest, it’s not even a surprise. But, it needs to change. Whether you are a medical marijuana card owner and need only two plants at your home or a cultivator with a cannabis growing facility, there are a few changes in your growing method that you can make to make the entire process more sustainable. Besides, sustainability is a growing trend now. It’s best to become a part of the revolution and help make a small contribution to reverse the Earth’s damage.
Wondering how to make a start? Here are a few sustainable cannabis growing methods that you can adopt to make your harvest healthy and planet-friendly.
Growing Lights For Your Plants
Cannabis needs light. More than any other plant I know. If you have recently started growing cannabis or have been in this field for quite some, you probably know the importance of light for cannabis. The more light you give the plant for indoor growing facilities, the higher the yield will be. More light also increases the speed of plant growth and helps produce different varieties.
But, while large amounts of light give you quality buds and profit, it also results in high energy costs. Cannabis plants need 18-24 hours of light in a day when they are in a vegetative state and at least 12 hours of light during the flowering stage. Having the grow lights on for so long will greatly impact the carbon print and your energy costs.
So, instead of having grown lights on for the full cycle, you can reduce your energy consumption using a few other methods.
Try using natural light during the day. You can keep the plants near the window or open your growing facility to let the natural light in. You can also move to natural sources of energy such as solar panels, wind power, and hydropower. It has some initial costs but will give you cost-free energy for the future.
Change Your Irrigation System
The second most necessary aspect of cannabis cultivation is water. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife study, a single cannabis plant requires 6 gallons of water per day. The number, however, can vary based on your location and temperature. But if we take that as an average, a cannabis plant takes as much as 900 gallons of water per season. Considering the shortage of water in most regions, that’s something growers can work on.
To make irrigation more sustainable, you can rely on recycled water. Build a water harvesting facility where you can collect the rainwater and use it for irrigation. You can also reuse the water from your home machinery’s condensation like air conditioners and washing machines. Another great option would be to increase the soil’s water retention capacity by adding perlite and vermiculite into the growing medium.
If you wish to be more sustainable with your growing choices, try using hydroponics or aeroponics to save water more efficiently than regular soil.
Tweak Your Flooring
In trying to make cannabis cultivation more sustainable, we try to reduce the harm to the planet as much as possible. In the future, in the same direction, changing your indoor growing facility’s flooring is a great call.
A bare concrete floor is generally porous. So, when you use different pesticides, fertilizers, etc., for cultivation, the chemicals pass through the porous floor and enter the soil below. This contaminates not only the soil in the region but also any groundwater reserves.
But you can easily avoid this situation by changing your flooring to non-porous options such as fluid-applied epoxies and urethanes. They are impermeable and help avoid contamination of the underground resources and make the disposal of chemicals easier and efficient.
Use Organic Soil
Chemicals in the pesticides and fertilizers may be good for your harvest, but it is not that good for the natural soil. Most of it is mixed in the soil and reaches the earth’s deep recesses, thereby contaminating groundwater. So, instead of looking for artificially made nutrients, make your own manure.
Make a compost pit near your growing space to have good organic soil for your plants. It not only eliminates the harm caused by chemicals but also saves you money and effort.
So, use these techniques to make your cannabis cultivation more sustainable and help make climate change an issue of the past.