Southern Humboldt County (“SoHum”) has been receiving an unseasonable amount of rain, so much so that very few people have been able to get their plants in the ground or even prepare the beds and holes. After yesterday’s pounding deluge, the sun is finally out and the prediction is for mostly dry weather through the weekend. No holiday for homesteaders this Memorial Day.
Instead, most people will be at their homesteads in the hills digging holes, hauling potting soil up and down muddy trails and transplanting their pot plants into the gardens. This is part of the yearly cycle of life and work here, but plants are usually outside and in the ground by now. Since marijuana starts flowering (“budding out”) based on the length of the day, there is a limited-time growing season. The sooner you can get your plants in the ground, the bigger they will be at harvest time.
Over the weekend I’ll be filming some of my participants, all of whom have legal doctors’ recommendations to use marijuana medicinally, as they dig into this next phase of what they hope will be one good year.