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Just how much marijuana can you get from a 25 square foot garden, anyway? | The NORML Stash Blog

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10 responses to “Just how much marijuana can you get from a 25 square foot garden, anyway?”

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  2. Mexikanoloko

    All i want is to be able to grow,eat,smoke,sleep on,bathe in,”make it rain” with all the high grade marijuana i want as an adult! why limits. i can go and buy 15 cases of jack d. and cigies .. why cant i do the same with pot!! aaahhh i hate prohibition! .. leave me alone and let me enjoy my ganja!!! …. ok im sorry for the rant… but you guys get me… p.s russ your the bomb keep fighting we will get there..and when we do.. i will fly my high bottom to asstoria and spark you up and we will be the first people to o.d on pot (i know its impossible but its gunna be reeealy fun to try)

    :stoned: EL MEXIKANO LOKO”

  3. McD

    “A 5×5 done correctly can easy yield in 3-4 months more than most people consume in two years on average. ”
    Absolutely, I can vouch for that. In fact, if you’re not greedy and you’re genuinely interested in what cannabis can do for you, rather than what it can do for your bank account, then a plant or two is more than enough to supply personal use. 5×5′ is almost twice as much space as I used for my first grow, which kept me happier than I’d ever been – as much weed as my heart desired – for more than six months. Count your blessings and don’t be greedy!

  4. Missippi Hippy

    My 5 gallon buckets are 11.5 inches across the top, so I could get 34 plants, with space left over.

  5. Delpart

    To be blunt (no puns intended): most people have little clue how to cultivate cannabis. Everyone imagines multiple pound tree harvests from outdoor and have never truly seen an efficient small scale personal indoor grow. They compare pics of whole house conversions into greenhouses and commercial setup perpetual harvesting rigs. You absolutely do no need that much production for personal consumption. Some of the best personal headstash grows I’ve seen are done in 4×4 tents. Done correctly you can cultivate an amazing amount of cannabis in such spaces. A 5×5 done correctly can easy yield in 3-4 months more than most people consume in two years on average.

    For that matter, people also have little clue how hard it is to properly grow tomatoes without constant battles with pests and other issues (just like cannabis in some ways there). Seriously count off on your hand how many people you see discussing perpetual tomato growing. See what I mean? Or what it potentially costs to feed and care for them in TIME. I choose not to grow my own tomatoes from the standpoint I dont have the space nor is it cost effective to compete per pound with my grocer and farmer’s market supply. Thankfully there is a supply of them available commercially without lurking in a 7-11 parking lot. The benefit of allowing the Walmart growers their chance at an open market helps the majority of people who dont grow already. If it was so easy to grow and hide it etc the cartels wouldn’t have the market they do.

    Same with alcohol folks. You can make your own wine, etc. Why isn’t everyone doing it? Are the cops beating down doors looking for those setups? Is the space required really worth it in micro bottling? When you run out isn’t there plenty available commercially? Can you honestly say you can do it easier and for less? Do you have the time?

    I know that many people who do cultivate fear the Holland restrictions. 5 plants, etc. They spend an inordinate amount of time busting people for growing there. Power consumption is monitored since using lights isn’t allowed etc. These are the folks who help show us how to hide a grow. They are also the pioneers in marketing things like tents and other equipment for *small scale* setups. Their decriminalization approach is to blame of course. Sell all you want, but god’s forbid you grow it in scale.

    BUT: if you are medical, you are allowed to break all those rules in Holland. Sound familiar? Again this is going well beyond what Holland did in so many ways.

    California patients should pretty much fear growing right now. Those who dont are careless fools. Complaints from a neighbor and other happenstance cause medical growers numerous headaches with the law right. Chances are good right now you will face court to prove you are medical in most areas once law enforcement is given an excuse. Having the basis to exclude yourself from further harassment because there is a good chance that 1 in 5 of your neighbors is trying their hand at cultivation will only help the truly medical.

    Commercial growers really do get a leg up. They haven’t found your grow in that 10×10 or 15×30 space to date. This just allows for more camouflage. You will still have your market for quite some time. Bootlegging didn’t go away, and it certainly didn’t go away overnight. You can now stop getting funny looks from the UPS guy delivering nutes and other equipment or can stop taking circumventive routes to the grow shop to provide your plants with what they need. So stop worrying and start saving to setup a legal commercial setup if you want to stay in the game. You may be forced into moving if you live in the SF area, but that wont even last like that forever. Or if the easy money is so important, there are 49 other states that will probably welcome a new super strain provider to the area since it will be several years before they see legalization in any form.

    I think the fear is this is a once in a lifetime chance and that everything will be set in stone is swaying people’s logic as well. This is the first step and it is not Utopian. But it is far cry better than Zero-ian. You got it medical, now it is time for the other 95% of the cannabis community to have a chance. Later on we can push for even greater access once society sees that it doesn’t unravel the very threads that hold the universe together.

    Ah well, I ranted a little. Short version is that most people have never tried their hand at growing and are making opinions based on ignorance of more than just what you can produce in 25 sf. We lie about how our society works all the time because we prefer the lie over reality.

  6. Guy Wise

    31 – five gallon buckets is a good years supply if you know how to grow.

  7. NegatroN

    Another thing I have wondered about the 25 sq ft rule. This is a measurement of area, are there no restrictions on the height of such a garden? Could we then make a tower grow house with multiple floors?
    I suppose that the floors would constitute extra grow “area.” But its interesting to think about

  8. E

    My eyes are red on the thought of being able to grow many pounds in a small area! That is great news. I hope California can get 19 passed. Once it happens there, the change will “roll” to the east (pun intended). As of todays notice from the campaign, the numbers are up, and in our favor.

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