Trial & Error:
Back in 2011 I wanted to test out if it was actually possible to grow cannabis plants outdoors in my area of Norway. Most people I talked with about it at the time said it was impossible, but I thought they must be wrong. I did a bit of research, and the closest successful outdoor grows I could find information about was over in Denmark. 🤔
The Danes seem to have done quite a bit of groundwork when it comes to creating sturdy strains that can handle the humidity, insects and general weather of Norway as well. I very quickly ended up ordering myself a 10 pack of Royal Dane X Typhoon seeds from a shop in Copenhagen.
I had the plants inside for the first 2-3 weeks of their lifespan. At the time I was living in a bit of a central area in Norway, so I had to be creative about where I could grow to not get caught. I had to find a place that would have the right angle towards the sun and also preferably usable soil.
Problems & Solutions:
After spending the first couple of weeks of the plants life looking for a place for them to live, I decided to do a gorilla grow. What I mean by that is that I bought and made my own soil mix. I later dumped the mix in a place that would not have been suitable for growing cannabis at all. The only thing the place really had going for it was the angle towards the sun.
I managed to get the plants out in the soil around the middle of May. I had a problem in June with Spanish Slugs killing a couple of my plants. 😕 I had to make a couple of DIY beer can traps to get them away from the plants. They prefer the smell of fermentation over plants, and go there instead.
I ended up harvesting the plants around the middle of Oktober. They could have been in flower even longer, but the season would not let me. It was not far from dropping below 0 degrees Celcius in the night time around then, so I decided it better to be safe than sorry. The finished product was okay to smoke by itself, but not super potent. I ended up making bubblehash from most of the buds. The hash was definitely super potent! 😅
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