Hi beginner from VA and I’ve found a pretty good spot that gets good amounts of sunshine and is pretty well blended in with pine trees. It’s a 10’x10’ plot. Should I completely dig up this whole area say, 18" deep to make room for the root system? I’ve already started mixing compost from leaves and pine needles and I see plenty of worms in it. Also should I get rid of all the existing roots that are in my plot? Pics included
How many plants are you going to grow there I would dig holes 1 and a half size bigger then the pot your plants are in and just as deep
It’s 100 square feet so I figure if I can give each plant 3’x3’ I can get about 10 plants. More pics included here
I would collect a soil sample and do a ‘slurry test’ to make sure soil PH is correct. You can easily amend soil and not a bad idea to add additional natural source fertilizer worked in.
Is this a stealth grow or on property you control? (deer love cannabis plants)
Stealth grow but it’s very deep in the woods. Nobody sees me walking back and forth plus I can get there by way of my back yard. Doesn’t work castings or “black gold” as I’ve heard it called set soil to the right pH?
When I used/still do my guerrilla grows in the Blue Ridge Mtns. in Va. I used to go back up in the mountains and look for a honeysuckle or brier patch. If It grew them weeds, it would grow my weed. I would woller out about a 10x 10, like you are talking at least a spade and a half to two spades deep and plant about 10 plants like you are talking, except I did multiple spots like this. If possible sometimes I would tote a bale or so of peat moss and mix in each patch. If not possible still not a deal breaker. Some of our soil is right fertile. The critters can usually be kept at bay with bloodmeal or if you know someone that has a hair cutting place, human hair works rather well, just wouldn’t use anything with your DNA. If I can be of any help with specific questions, let me know. I don’t want to put all of my secrets out there. I will tag you into my journal. By the way, welcome to the forum/community. I may be able to help you get er figured out.
Guerrilla growing, now we are talking my bag of tricks, for sure thanks for tagging me @PharmerBob
I hope that all is well with you and yours my friend
I’d love to have an outdoor grow but it’s a no go. I may or may not have been a moonshiner in Ohio. Thinking of making a new pot still
Thanks for the advice. I need all I can get and thanks for tagging me in your journal
I resemble that remark. I can not confirm nor deny
It appears that you must be in the flat lands, based on the terrain and the VA pines
Kinda reminds me of some property that my dad had close to Lake Anna or in the eastern part of the state. I’ve grown there as well
Yep. Some of the soil is clay-like but once I Break it up and mix it with compost it’s a lot better. What about those roots that u see in my picture would they affect plant growth??
@I-am-nestic Could STILL be
@VA_flamez when I broke the soil up, I removed any excess plant matter. If possible for a 10x10, i bale of peat and a 5 gal bucket or 2 of composted for at least a year, horse/cow/chicken/pig/rabbit manure. All will work. Your gonna want to make sure that you get that VA clay broken up pretty damn good so, it doesn’t re-compact
If you ever want to get that moved down here to Miami I’d be your guy.