Guerrilla Growing

Guerrilla growing is growing cannabis in the wild, in a place where you are (reasonably) sure that nobody will pass by accidently. All you need to do after setting up your spot is to just come back when the plants are finished and harvest your crops.

Guerrilla Growing Cannabis Plants

Guerrilla growing is growing cannabis in the wild, in a place where you are (reasonably) sure that nobody will pass by accidently. All you need to do after setting up your spot is to just come back when the plants are finished and harvest your crops.

Find Your Location

Find an isolated, secluded spot where no one comes. Check to make sure there are no footprints visible nearby or other signs that people are sometimes wandering around, such as garbage. Make sure that the spot you’re looking for is not near to paths or streets. Places like that are more easily discovered by passers by, since the odour of the grow will be noticeable up to 10 metres away, depending on the wind.

On top of this, any street lighting can mess with flowering timing by disturbing the day/night cycle of the plants. It is also important that the location is not maintained by a team who might stumble upon the plants when they’re trimming bushes and pruning hedges.

A short bike ride through your district or to other places you’re considering is a good idea, to get an idea of possible locations nearby.

Preparing Suitable Locations

Preparing Suitable Locations

There are many locations that will serve nicely as a guerrilla growing spot. A few examples are:

  • In the woods
  • On the waterfront
  • In or between maize fields
  • In the backyard of an empty flat or house  

If you don’t have the opportunity to scout out a location in one of the above mentioned examples, you can put aside a bit of land in your kitchen garden and grow your plants there. The biggest danger with this approach is neighbours who might tip off the police or run off with your harvest. Also, in domestic gardens there tend to be many pests present, so your plants will need some protection from these.

Growing In Maize field

Should you choose a maize field for a location, it is important to research in advance whether there are bridges or high buildings in the vicinity. High places make excellent vantage points that might offer a view of the space you create in the field. It is also important to choose an early-blooming variety so that you can harvest before the maize is gathered in.

Guerrilla Growing & Nature's Animals

Guerrilla Growing & Nature's Animals

The disadvantage of an isolated spot is that they are often not deserted. Animals have often taken over these places and represent a threat to the harvest. It is recommended to avoid areas with lots of rabbit burrows around, or take steps against these nibbling animals. The most efficient solution to rabbits is to plant chicken wire around you plant(s). Note: the wire must be buried deep enough that the rabbits can’t dig under it.

Guerrilla Growing & Sunlight

If you grow on the edge of the woods or of a maize field, make sure you choose the sunny side of the field. Look where the sun sits in the sky at midday, where it comes up, and where it goes down. The more sunlight your plant gets, the bigger the yield during harvest will be. Try not to change the location situation too much. Trimming bushes or chopping down trees gives rise to suspicion among the local inhabitants and can lead to the discovery of your plants.

Maintenance And Precautions

Make sure not a soul sees you creeping through the bushes when you’re on your way to your grow spot. People will wonder what you’re up to and are liable to investigate or ask you directly. Taking a fishing rod or a dog with you makes a good alibi for being in the place.

Preferably always go on foot to visit your plants, so that people nearby don’t see your parked car or bike. It can also be a good idea to wear dark clothing and only go visit at dusk. Another good time is during office hours, as most people will be at work and it is therefore quieter in the vicinity of your grow spot.

Don't Leave Rubbish Behind

Don't Leave Rubbish Behind

Never leave rubbish behind. It can be easily seen from the air, and in areas where a lot of growing goes on direct action will be taken. On top of that, it is very likely that you’ll be leaving your fingerprints behind on whatever trash you leave behind, which will make you easier to find.

Footwear And Luggage

To reduce your footprints wrap duct tape on the soles of your shoes, thanks to which the relief of the sole is reduced and tracing is made harder. It is recommended that you clean your shoes as soon as you get home, given that soil on the shoes can also be used as evidence.

When Packing Your Bags

Be sure to pack the following items before venturing out into the guerrilla wildernis:

  • clones/seeds (Tip: pack your clones in a shoe box before putting them in your bag)
  • planting tools: spade, shovel, trowel, spoon etc.
  • container with water (with root stimulator if using)
  • any protective materials: wire, slug pellets or coffee
  • extra nutrient(s)

Put all materials in a large rucksack thus leaving your hands free if you need to creep or climb.

Plant Size

Cannabis Plant Size

The risk of being discovered also depends on the eventual size of the plant. With a relatively small plant of say 70cm the risk that someone spots it is smaller, even if the person comes quite close to the plant’s location. The autoflowering varieties in particular will result in smaller plants.

To mimic the natural situation in - for example - a forest, the plants must not be planted in a fixed pattern. It is better to give the plants some room between each other; 5 metres or so makes for unobtrusive results. Try not to apply a pattern when planting, as this will stand out in a natural environment and draw attention to your plants.

It is better to tell no one the location of your plants. Bragging about your plants or taking someone to see them increases the chance that someone will open their mouths and then bang goes your secret harvest. Try to keep your guerrilla garden to yourself, unless you’re sharing the growing with someone else

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