1. K.I.S.S.


K.I.S.S. stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid. Don’t try and over think your garden. Sun, soil, water. With that, you can grow some plants.


2. Southern Exposure


When looking for a good location to grow, keep an eye out for an area with southern exposure. This means an area with no hills, trees or buildings blocking your precious sun. Maximize your sunlight exposure.


3. Good Soil


Good soil doesn’t have to mean bags of expensive soils. Granted this can give you great results, but it isn’t always cost effective or necessary. Find a landscape supply company that sells bulk soil, you can start with that and save a lot of money. $30–$70 bucks can get you an entire truckload of quality soil. Make sure the soil has good drainage and add perlite if needed. While soil with some nutrients is great, don’t forget you can always feed your plants when you water. Adding amendments to the soil is an easy and cheap way to boost your soils potential.


4. Timing With Planting


Growing outdoors successfully hinges on how happy your plants are. Giving them a good start from day one makes a big difference. If planting clones outside, wait until mid May. The long nights early in the spring will often induce flowering much too early. If you start your plants inside, make sure you don’t move them outside until the days are longer and the nights shorter. Seeds can be started the end of March or April as long as the freezing nights are behind you.


5. Security


When picking a location and setting up your garden, remember to plan for security. This means keeping people from finding it, and keeping animals out. Fence in the plants. If you are gardening in your backyard, build a fence tall enough so that the plants don’t peak over. Visible plants will bring unwanted attention. Game cameras are a good addition to guerilla grows. They let you know if anyone has found your garden and will tell you what critters are visiting.


6. Start With 1 Line Of Nutrients


Like indoor growing, start with 1 brand of nutrients. That brand of nutrients has everything your plants need to be happy. Adding to much fertilizer can overdo it and cause problems.


7. Larger Holes = Larger Plants


When you dig your holes, or choose your beds or bags, size matters. A deeper and wider area for the roots will produce a bigger health plant. Dig those holes big. You will never have a problem with too big of a hole, but it’s easy to run out of room because your hole or bag is too small.


8. Training


Training your plants can increase yield. Topping plants, cages, trellises, super cropping, or low stress training (LST) encourages more lateral growth and more tops. The more tops you grow, the more tops you harvest.


9. Lots of Water


Lots of water will make plants grow faster. Faster growing plants means bigger plants. Just make sure that they have good drainage. A drip system will help alleviate the stress of needing to hand water your plants all the time. Water timers can even let you got on a short vacation if needed.


10. Preparing for Harvest


When you grow big happy plants, you always need to think ahead. When you get ready to harvest your plants, have a place to hang and dry all your precious bud. Having a nice clean room is ideal. Sometimes that isn’t possible. So be creative. Sometimes you have to hang a tarp to keep rain and leaves off your drying buds. Make sure you have a plan for airflow. Even in your tarp tent you might need some fans. That might mean a small quiet generator. Don’t forget the scissors. Fiskers are awesome.


I hope some of these tips help you out. Please feel free to post any questions you might have in our forum and we will gladly help you out.