Cannabis Cultivation: Prepping Your Garden

Cannabis Cultivation: Prepping Your Garden

Price: $60.00

SKU: CC001
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June 2nd 1pm – 5pm ::: $60

This 4-hour workshop is designed for anyone who is interested in growing, maintaining, harvesting, and preparing cannabis for their own use.  This is an introductory to intermediate classroom workshop. Students will learn various techniques, tips, tricks, and scientific material in order to grow organic and healthy plants.


By the end of this course you will know how to:

  • Choose what kind of plants to grow
  • Setup your garden
  • Create and maintain healthy soil
  • Feed your plants with important nutrients
  • Maintain your garden
  • Control pests and beneficial organisms
  • Harvest, store, and prepare your flower


Getting started

  • What strain is right for you?
  • Clones vs Seeds & Autoflowers
  • Starting seeds
  • Transitioning clones
  • Using cold frames or hoophouses
  • Local rules and regulations

Setting up the garden

  • Site selection and importance of sunlight
  • Water and irrigation
  • Growing media and styles (smart pots, raised beds, in ground pros and cons)
  • Be a good neighbor

Soil and nutrients

  • General overview of the essential nutrients, why they are important, and how to add them
  • Differences between slow / medium / fast release nutrients
  • Law of the minimum / mulder chart / pH chart
  • Soil texture and physical properties and why they are important
  • Basics of soil biology and why it is important
  • Amending your soil properly

Feeding your plants

  • Liquid nutrients pros and cons
  • Top dressing pros and cons
  • Foliar feeding – how to do it and why it's important
  • Feeding your soil food web and teas
  • Nutrient imbalances and how to correct them

General garden maintenance

  • Importance of checking plants regularly and spending time in garden
  • Keep it clean!
  • Pruning and thinning
  • Supports / trellising, etc

Pests and how to deal with them

  • Common insect pests
  • Common fungal pests
  • Common animal pests
  • Basic IPM overview
  • Organic pesticides and fungicides
  • How to read a label and proper safety
  • Beneficial organisms

The Finish Line – Harvest!

  • How to tell when a plant is ready to harvest
  • Dealing with common harvest problems (i.e. mold)
  • Setting up your drying area
  • Harvesting methods
  • Hanging and drying methods
  • The importance of curing
  • Proper storage methods
  • Trimming and processing


Brandon Wheeler was raised on a multi-generational family ranch and homestead outside of Hopland and is a third generation farmer. His family first came to Northern California in the late 1960’s as part of the ‘back to the land movement’ and has been in Mendocino County since the early 1980’s. Brandon began cultivating medical cannabis 17 years ago at the age of 18 for insomnia and migraines. He is now the owner and founder of ‘Blazing Oaks – Homestead Cannabis’ a small, family run and legally permitted farm in the Sanel Valley region of Mendocino County. ‘Blazing Oaks’ is known for producing high quality, award winning sun grown cannabis.


Event Details

Start time: 01:00 p.m.

End time: 05:00 p.m.

Venue: Solar Living Institute - Classroom Yurt

Phone: 707-472-2456