A Guide To Companion Planting With Cannabis

A Guide To Companion Planting With Cannabis

As with all plants, the quality of any cannabis crop is hugely influenced by factors such as soil composition, predation by pests and disease outbreaks. While many gardeners attempt to tackle these issues using chemical fertilisers and pesticides, this often produces an unbalanced ecosystem that can result in long-term soil degradation and weaker plants. Companion planting, on the other hand, is an eco-friendly and sustainable method of enhancing the quality of your cannabis, and when done well can produce far better results than any chemicals. What is companion planting? Modern agriculture typically relies on monocultures, whereby an entire field is dedicated to a single type of plant and all other species are eliminated. However, you’ve probably noticed that such monocultures never occur naturally, and that forests, fields and meadows always contains a huge variety of plants growing side by side. That’s because biodiversity is necessary for the health of every plant in a given ecosystem, and each species benefits from having heterogeneous neighbours in a number of ways. For instance, plants that require lots of nitrogen, potassium or calcium tend to grow best next to other plants that fix these nutrients into the soil. Others, meanwhile, thrive when in close proximity to plants that repel certain pests. Biodiversity also provides protection from many kinds of disease. If you think about it, a monoculture is a bit like a crowded Tube carriage, where if one passenger carries an infectious disease then everyone else on the carriage is likely to catch it.…

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