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Time to think about Germinating, Not Germs

It's that time of year - regardless of what else is happening in the world. The time when buds are bursting, bulbs are exploding, squirrels are feasting, and we are feeling spring. It's time to start our seeds. Whether you have acres of land or a few pots on the balcony, Cannabis is relatively easy to grow.

There is a wealth of information on the Internet on how to grow Cannabis, but I am a lazy gardener (co-author of Gardening from a Hammock) and I think there is a reason that Cannabis was formerly called Weed.

The Cannabis seeds pictured above are from last fall's harvest and I am impatient to get them activated.

I put the seeds on a paper towel on a plate, folded the towel in half, and sprayed it with water until it was damp but not soaked. Over the next three days I continued to keep the paper towel damp. And then look below to see what happened.

No matter how many years I have been germinating and planting seeds, the miracle of them always leaves me in awe. A past, a present and a future all contained in a small shell. They look so alive as if they can't wait to emerge from their casings. It is almost time to pot them up.

I used a very good seedling potting soil mixed with regular potting soil. In a few days the Cannabis climbed out of the soil into the light. These seedlings are under lights inside the house. It is much too cold for them to go outside, and I want to give them a good start. However, if you don't have lights, put them in front of a window that gets lots of sun.

I have made the mistake previously of planting them into tiny pots, only to have to transplant them several times. By the end of the summer, each Cannabis plant is in the biggest containers I have.

Don't worry if you don't start seeds indoors. If you are patient, unlike me, you can always wait until the earth is warmed, and plant the Cannabis seeds directly outside.

Keep watching the plants grow on to see what happens. Happy planting.

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