Potential outdoor grow areas are everywhere. This is especially true if you’re only growing for your own consumption since 5-7 female plants to sustain you for the whole year, even if you’re a heavy smoker!
Taking that into consideration, it’s easy to spot a few locations where growing marijuana would be fairly secure, sunny, and easy for you to access. Nonetheless, finding the best place can be a challenge for a lot of potential outdoor marijuana growers. You must keep in mind other elements such as the quality of the soil, how much sun accesses it every day, and so on.
Grow site examples
There are plenty of types of grow sites where you could grow your marijuana plants. The best place is your own garden since you have easy and constant access to it. This might not always be the most secure though, and it’s hard to deny they’re your plants when they’re on your property.
Another option could be your balcony, especially if you’re living in an apartment. It’s very practical but possibly still visible to the neighbors or passerby. Some steps can be taken to keep it more private, but the smell will still waft through the air.
Roof terraces work best if it’s not too windy up there. Some breeziness is always good because it gives your plants the ventilation they need, but constant wind can be harmful. Keep in mind that the odor will still be noticeable here.
An alternative to your own roof terrace is the roof of a building that is vacant. If you can manage to find a way in (and other people most likely won’t find a way in), then this could be perfect. It’s not recommended to grow on a roof that isn’t vacant since maintenance will still need to go up there every so often.
If you live near a forest, that could be the ideal location. Make sure it is sunny, not near a regularly used path, and is close to a water source. If you can find a riverbank, it’s even better since you likely won’t need to water the plants (the soil stays quite wet), and there are tall plants that will hide yours.
Growing marijuana in an open field could also work because of the sun. Be sure to use other plants to hide them, so that they’re not noticeable. A cornfield also works well because no one will be able to see them behind all that corn!
Finding the ideal place
The main issue is security. You don’t want anyone — and we mean anyone — discovering your plants. Besides the police, you also need to worry about thieves. Even random hikers could stumble upon your plants and either call the authorities or execute a crime of opportunity and steal your buds before you get to harvest.
Ideally, you should choose a place that you have a plausible deniability. That means that, if they are discovered, you can pretend you had no idea they were even growing there. Sometimes people make homemade greenhouses to grow their marijuana plants. These are great because they hide what kind of plants they are, but they also make it painfully clear that you are growing something for sure.
Public land is often the best option because then the plants can’t be connected with you (unless you’re discovered caring for them). If you’re growing in a place where it’s legal, then the options are practically endless!
The following elements should be considered when choosing a location:
- Enough sunlight
- Water nearby
- Breezy but not too windy
- Soil rich in nutrients
- Easily accessed
Hide your plants
You should hide the location of your plants as well as the fact that you are growing marijuana at all. If you need advice about the region you’re growing in, never ask about marijuana or something suspicious. Instead, ask as if you are growing tomatoes or corn since they have similar grow cycles to marijuana.
Plants can also be used to physically camouflage your marijuana plants. Be sure they’re big enough but not too tall, or else your plants will only use their energy to grow up and up, which is not ideal.
You can also just plant your marijuana under trees or by bushes that are already there. You can also spread them out, so you don’t have your entire garden in one place. Some growers go as far as pruning or training their plants, so they actually look like other plants! You can attach small (fake) flowers to your plants, so people think they’re other plants as well.
Keep your grow site protected
Security needs depend on where you are — is it legal to grow in your state? What is the geography of your location like? Some areas have huge, wide open spaces that rarely see humans. Those places are perfect for growing!
Become fluent at your local marijuana laws, so you know exactly what to expect in a worst-case scenario. Sometimes growing just a few plants can result in a far milder consequence compared to growing more plants, so to keep yourself safe you should know your laws and keep to the minimum sentence. Sometimes the worst that could happen is confiscation and a fine — and that’s not so bad! Other times you could be thrown in prison. So, know your laws.
Currently, Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Oregon have legalized personal recreational marijuana growing, so feel free to grow there.
In areas with terrible marijuana laws, guerilla growing is a great option. It means hiding your plants in locations unlikely to be found and unlikely to be connected with you. It can be a lot of work for the grower, but in the end, it is likely worth it. Whatever happens, make sure your own security is your absolute top priority.