Growing medicinal marijuana using organic cultivation practices doesn't have to be messy or complicated. While outdoors, nature's elements are stacked in the grower's favor when it comes to things like composting and soil fertility, indoor bud farmers have to create the cropping environment and supply all the elements needed if there is to be a successful harvest of sticky nugs.
Fortunately, organic gardening practices are growing sectors in home gardening and industrial agriculture. Coupled with the collective knowledge that the world's pot farmers have accumulated and shared in the area of organics with cannabis cultivation, it means that you can reap respectable yields of a high standard with relative ease using readily available materials and products when you adhere to some of the fundamentals shared here.
Firstly, indoors, there are limitations to “how funky” you want to get for the sake of health and practicality in terms of the materials you intend to use indoors. For example, even very well composted poultry or other types of manures would not be recommended. While they may help to grow great crops outside, the smells and other potential drawbacks says leave these types of ingredients for your outdoor gardens.
Even vegan based composts that are still in a more “raw” state are not always recommended. When growing indoors with organics, the more refined the products and ingredients you apply, typically, the better.
Not only does using more refined ingredients, for example organic minerals and prepared liquid solutions of organic nutrients cut down on the funk factor (as not to gag the neighborhood) it helps to ensure that nutrients are in more “available” forms for your plants to take up.
If you are serious about organics it pays to learn about things like the Nitrogen Cycle. For example, it can tell you why for example the Nitrogen in your synthetic hydroponic fertilizer can be taken up right away by your plants, and why organic sources may require some time to break down and then become plant available forms (for example Nitrate Nitrogen and Ammonical Nitrogen).
When you use organic nutrients that are being supplied in a higher percentage of available forms, you are in better control of very important aspects of your cultivation endeavors, and that's fertility and nutrition.
Humates, beneficial bacteria, plant friendly fungi and enzymes are also very important in terms of nutrients cycling through the soil and uptake by crops in organic cultivation. These naturally occurring substances and life forms are what we find in a healthy compost outdoors. However, since indoors, there are a limited number of natural forces at work, better rates of success are had when they are supplied as refined products or isolates.
By no means does it mean you can't “do it yourself” indoors with organics. Aerobic compost tea brews are a great way to use naturally occurring organic materials like earth worm castings, kelp meal, alfalfa meals, glacial rock dust, etc and create healthy living preparations that nourish organic cannabis crops to healthy yields sustainably. However, not everyone is going to want to learn to brew compost teas as well as source and keep on hand an array of organic materials for their “brew.”
The kind of growing media you choose if you grow totally organic is a very important consideration.
Typically, organic bud cultivators find they have their greatest successes with raised beds or containers filled with materials like coco coir, sphagnum moss, perlite, earth worm castings, etc versus mediums more associated with hydroponic growing methods.
When done right, it's tough to argue that a well flushed all organic bud might not be some of the smoothest and tastiest medicine you may ever sample-naturally!