In today's episode I top my plants again, show off my new weed-whacker and the storm damage taken to my most successful plant, cleaned my plants up around the bottoms and thinned them out around the top and middle, and finally started caging.
It is important to remember to remove any whips around the bottom when pulling off leaves that are too close to the soil. The earlier in development you remove these branch whips, the less energy will be wasted producing them, and the more nutrients can be redistributed to other, bigger parts of the plant. Cuts for efficiency - leave any promising looking whips only if they are growing upward.
When thinning out the top leaves, also pull some leaves from the middle part of the plant to allow maximum amount of light into the smaller growth that was previously shaded.
Caging is not always as strait forward as you would think - I mean that figuratively and literally. If you cage early enough, you can do it by yourself, bu if you wait until this part of the season, you always need at least two people, sometimes three. In this situation, we had to re-wrap the cages around the plants to make it work. I then worked the branches into the spaces where they are best supported. You must be VERY CAREFUL when doing this, if you snap or even bend a branch, there is no saving it.
I also got a chance to start caging my heirloom cherry tomato plants. Although I did not finish caging all of either of my plant varieties, I still got a ton of work done that was slightly overdue, and ate some awesome blueberries from the outback bush in the process.
Here is the series so far:
Please enjoy episode 7 of this year's Backyard Cannabis Farming series. Hopefully we all acquire wisdom for growing cannabis effectively and organically together.