Back in the days when “skunk” was mainly associated with Pepé Le Pew and hydroponics was a way of improving cucumbers, most of the UK’s cannabis supply was imported from places such as Morocco and Lebanon. This changed in the past two or three decades in the UK and many other countries as organised criminal gangs set up growing operations closer to home.
But if lockdown has led a significant number of people to start growing their own cannabis, it is also important to note that the vast majority of our participants were growing it already. And while many respondents (18%) reported growing more under lockdown, one in ten said they were growing less or had stopped altogether. Meanwhile, organised crime continues to supply a large chunk of the UK cannabis market.
Keeping up with cannabis
More than one-third of respondents reported that it was harder to meet up in person with people they grew with, or to obtain cannabis through personal social networks or their usual dealer. Yet fewer than one in ten reported that it was harder to get hold of cannabis seeds, growing equipment, or other supplies like fertilisers.
Once your outdoor plants are in position, you should protect them. Some growers use chicken-wire (garden wire mesh fencing) around their plants to protect them from deer, rabbits etc. You can use tent pegs to pin down the fencing and stop rabbits getting underneath. The most determined UK cannabis growers will also plant a perimeter of thorny brambles around their plots to deter grazing animals, dog walkers, hikers etc.
It’s difficult to give precise guidelines for every city and grow location in the UK. But by generalising around the four main regions you may be able to get a rough idea of your local challenges. It may help you to conduct some internet research on weather specifics for your grow location, such as typical last frost dates in Spring etc.
What does your cannabis grow calendar look like?
If you had good weather and planted your autoflower seeds early enough, you may be able to harvest your first autos in July.
Preparing the soil in your plot is one of the typical March activities. You may want to remove weeds and add some soil, compost or well rotted manure. If you add fresh manure, do it at the end of the previous growing season so it has time to be broken down by the soil over winter (otherwise it could burn the roots of your seedlings)
What’s the legal status of growing cannabis in the UK?
Some, but not all, of the Dutch Passion outdoor seed collection can be grow in the UK. But much depends on the specific climate in your region. A lot also depends on the specific year you choose to grow in. Some years (admittedly not many of them) have long warm autumns which will allow growers in Northern regions to grow a selection of outdoor feminised strains such as Frisian Dew, Hollands Hope, Durban Poison, Shaman, Passion #1.