It is always interesting to discover new cultivation techniques and expand cannabis knowledge as there are many ways to grow hemp.
In this article, we are going to discuss a very interesting topic for small-scale cannabis culturists who have little space. It is about the production of marijuana flowers in continuous rotation with other plants on the farm.
Cannabis Rotation and Association Of Other Crops
Rotating crops means not repeating the cultivation of the same species in the same place for at least three years. The association of crops means that Cannabis will benefit from growing alongside plants that have a different root system or that due to their repellent properties, prevent them from being infested by pests.
The Cannabis plant has deep roots that help aerate the soil and attract nutrients to the surface. This can favor the cultivation of plants with more superficial roots that are grown around them, such as lettuce and escarole. However, zucchini and cucumbers are especially sensitive to powdery mildew. Better not to plant them together with Cannabis.
Nutrients For Cannabis on Rotation
Compost is the main component of organic and organic farming. The addition of compost to the crop fields regenerates the microbial and organic activity of the soil, at the same time as it oxygenates it and helps maintain moisture, thus preventing the loss of nutrients.
You can get it from the oxidation of materials of organic origin. Good compost for hemp is earthy, odorless and pathogen-free. Commercial compost is usually produced with organic waste from the selective collection.
It can be prepared at home or bought certified compost. If we want to prepare the compost, we have to take into account that everything we throw into the composter will affect the quality of the final result.
The vegetable remains of non-organic vegetables have residues of chemical fertilizers. Non-organic animal droppings may carry antibiotics that hinder the growth of the bacteria necessary for decomposition.
We can prepare it with tree barks, biodegradable substances, coffee grounds, grass, plant remains, straw, humus, leaves, manure, mulch, sawdust, hay, microorganisms, wool, wood and vermicompost.
It is organic compost of totally vegetable origin. In nature, it is found in the first layers of soils with great organic activity. It is black because of the amount of carbon it contains. Humus is formed when living organisms in the soil ingest organic matter, mainly plant matter, in decomposition. This organic matter is formed by:
• plant fragments (leaves, stems, roots, wood, bark, seeds, and pollen).
• Exudates from roots, plants (propolis), and animals above ground.
• Droppings of worms and other soil microbial animals, dead animals and fungi and bacteria.
The quantity and quality of humus present in our crop soil will determine the quality of the crops. The Carbon / Nitrogen ratio should be measured at a 10:1 (C: N) ratio. It indicates good soil biological quality.
They are fresh droppings of herbivorous animals. It can be obtained in farms or individuals. The doses will vary according to the type of manure: the chicken manure is the strongest and it is recommended to use less quantity for cannabis on rotation. Beef manure is poorer and can be used more freely.