TLDR; experienced with gardening but not cannabis. 1 grow under my belt.
Is a hoop house recommended?
10 gal fabric pots or something else?
What kind of fertilizer? Used fox farm in the past
What if any pruning/training is recommended for outdoor?
Is there any advice you would give to yourself when you first started outdoor?
EDIT: I’m located in the midwest US. Elivation around 800ft
Hello all! When I was a teen I frequented OG.com almost every day. I wanted to grow my own, tried and failed or got caught by my dad more than once. It actually lit the spark that became my favorite hobby. Gardening! Ive been keeping a veggie and herb garden for over a decade. Last summer I was given some clones and figured what the hell! I grew 4 plants successfully. 2 purple mangos, one crescendo and one raspberry boogie. It was the most rewarding time in my garden in years.
It was all done on a whim with only my gardening knowledge and what I could remember reading here back in the day. I didn’t have enough room left in my living soil raised beds for two of them. So two were in living soil and the other two were in 5-gallon fabric pots filled with whatever I had on hand. I had some pest problems but managed fine with predatory insects, BT, and PureCrop1. No PM issues but had some rot due to excessive rain and the odd caterpillar that managed to escape being squished by me almost every night. The living soil crescendo grew at least twice the size of the fabric pots.
So obviously I wanna do things right this time around. Bigger and better. I’ve always wanted a hoop house. I figure it will help keep the rain off and help minimize insects. I’ve never used a hoop house though and I’m not sure if growing in there the whole season would be ok. Would it get too hot? The ones I’m looking at have ventilation, maybe add a fan or two for circulation?
Pots? I used 5 gal fabric last time, I was thinking of upping it to 10. I plan to fill it with living soil since that’s what I know best. This was my first time using fabric pots. I used to plant directly in the ground but this is a new garden and that isn’t an option at the moment.
I used foxfarm grow big, Tiger Bloom, and Big Bloom per Foxfarm directions. Bembe was used during late flower because I ended up getting it for free. As far as I can tell it’s just diluted molasses. Other than that I use calmag. I learned later that water pH is important and started pH testing my feeding water about halfway through flowering. I remember reading here way back when that fox farm was a popular choice for growers. I typically never use bottled fertilizer. Usually natural compost and compost tea or fish emulsion but again it’s a new home and garden. I haven’t set up a new compost pile yet.
Any tips for pruning/training? I had them a bit crowded and was hard to train and prune. Do the same rules apply to outdoors? I’m familiar with things like SOG and SCROG, topping, and LST. I LST my tomatoes and prune them to one or two runners to maximize the yield-to-size ratio. Years of trial and error with the same breed of tomato I know what proper care can do not only for yield but the quality of the end product as well. I notice a lot of outdoor grows to look as if they just let the plant grow and trim overlapping leaves and unwanted suckers. Is any one method for outdoors better or worse?
Thank you to anyone who takes the time to read or respond to this. I thought OG.com was gone for good. I’m glad to see it looks and feels exactly how I remember it here. I’m thrilled to finally be able to count myself as a member of this community