Planning for Success

To start anything, a PLAN is the best way to go. Having a map to guide you from the beginning to the end helps and also provides a baseline, in case an issue takes you off course, to help you get back on tract. With a plan of action, you can develop your environment based on what is available and what you want to accomplish. It also streamlines the process so you do not waste precious time or have limited resources. A good idea is to build a TEMPLATE and enter the necessary data to create your own personal plan.

It all starts with a PLAN! As you read in “BEGIN”, knowledge is the key and from this knowledge we formulate a plant to take us from A to Z. Carefully observe your environment and think about the positives and negatives that go along with it.

For Indoors, space is the first consideration…what space is available, what restrictions, constraints or problems will be inherent to it, how accessible is it, how stealthy is it, how large or small is it? Does it come with temperature constraints, humidity, access? Will it be satisfactory enough to get you going, take you to the next stage? Is it modular that you can move it, or pieces of it from here to there. Will spills be an issue? And a major thought…can you expand it so you do not have to start over with investments to increase your operations. Would a few extra dollars be better off spent on a larger tent, a better or bigger light? These are all things to keep in mind.

For Outdoors, does your space have the things you will need to go from A to Z? Is water readily accessible, does it require stealth, will it be in the ground or containers? Is water nearby or will you have to cart, pipe / pump it in? How much sun will the area receive…spring, summer, fall and winter, how much shadow does it get, can you protect it in case of extreme weather conditions (rain, wind, heat, cold)?

Write up your plan….what equipment will you need, want, what supplies, tools, nutrients, soil, compost, mulch, insect and / or animal protection might be needed. Will you have a compost area, will you be growing companion plants or vegetables that might introduce problems (squash, zucchini, pumpkin plants are notorious for mold spores). These are all things to consider.

Then, time to chose your seeds / clones that you will grow. Try to match them to the environment…is your location humid, rainy, cold, short seasoned, do you need short plants, quick growers or can you grow tall plants, plants that take time to produce. Remember, outdoors it is not as easy to FLIP (give 12 hours of darkness to induce the Flowering stage) unless you have some creative measures. Sometimes McGuiver is called to the rescue. Expect failures, issues and problems….it happens to the best of us.

Time to BEGIN!

….then watch the passion grow