Guerrilla marijuana growing has its charms…
Long hikes in the forest with an 80 pound pack of grow supplies, trying to deliver water without wrecking the environment, and of course, how to avoid getting busted or robbed.
One sad fact is that cannabis outdoor flowering phase often coincides with hunting season, adding additional concerns especially for marijuana growers who don’t wear a bright orange hat or vest.
Hunters are notorious for threatening people with guns, for ripping off crops, or for reporting outdoor marijuana gardens to the police.
Here are some tactics to use growing outdoors:
Take a different path to your garden each time you go in. Having several alternate paths will allow plants and soil to recover after you pass by, and keeps any one trail from becoming too obvious.
Unless someone is looking for your garden, they will usually just take the most apparent trail through the forest.
Don’t make too many paths though, as you don’t want the whole forest to lead to your patch.
Make a winding trail, not a beeline to your garden.
Trees often have a bare space underneath them where there is less to be disturbed, and natural barriers can make the path seem like it just meanders and isn’t a highway to somewhere special.
Don’t step on plants or bare mud, or crush soft, rotten branches underfoot. Try to step on rocks or fallen leaves when possible.
Keep your path as narrow as possible, and duck under low branches rather than breaking them off. Humans tend to be the tallest animals in the forest, and a small, low trail will seem more natural.
When your path makes a sharp turn, make a more apparent trail that continues straight past and away from your garden.
Most people will take the easier and more recently used path. This is a good place to drop a fallen branch across the path, like closing a small gate behind you and making the false trail even more appealing.
Instead of carrying tools and supplies every time you go in to your marijuana garden, wrap tools, bags of soil, and other supplies securely and bury them, Do this during the off-season.
Water shortages are becoming very common especially in the West. So one of the smartest ways to find a grow site is to follow the water line.
Bury irrigation lines when possible, or run them through thick brush to disguise the straight lines they tend to form.
Use dark colored line, and if you use a pump to move your water, cover it with a baffle to make it quieter. A simple wooden box over the pump does a lot to absorb the sound.
Train your marijuana plants by trimming or bending so they have thave a low profile or a less distinctive shape.
Leaving a few local plants around the hole and especially around the edge of the garden can help disguise and break up the shape of your plants.
Many plants begin to lose their color towards the end of the summer, and marijuana can become very apparent in contrast. Choose a place where the foliage is thick all through the year, and it will help screen your outdoor cannabis plants.
Bring in plant nutritional supplements such as Rhino Skin and B-52 so your plants have an internal edge against pests and diseases.
If you have foliar equipment, spray with Rhino Skin, B-52, Bud Ignitor, and Bud Factor X just as your marijuana plants are going into flower.
Keep your mouth shut about your outdoor grow unless you have an extremely trustworthy grow buddy helping you.
Outdoor marijuana growing can be profitable and inexpensive, but it’s very risky and you have little control over crucial factors such as light, water, and safety.
Happy growing, and if guerillas come to enjoy your marijuana, share some with them and talk in ape sign language.
Here’s another article about outdoor marijuana grow safety…
Finding a Marijuana Garden in the Woods…And Other Stories from Your Marijuana Plants’ Enemies