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Cannabis Companion Planting: Dill

Dill companion planting

Growing cannabis is a large and constantly developing field of learning that spans far beyond sowing a seed into soil and waiting several months. In fact, there exist techniques and methods that can be employed at every point of the life cycle of a plant to ensure they remain healthy and produce the absolute optimum yield possible made up of the strongest weed obtainable. Methods can be used to cultivate populations of friendly fungus in the soil to enhance nutrient uptake. Defences can be used to protect crops against fungus gnats and other pests. Different pruning methods can be utilised to maximise yields and work with space in creative ways. Another increasing important growing choice that has a multitude of uses and positive effects is companion planting.

WHAT IS COMPANION PLANTING?

Companion planting is based on the idea that certain plants, when grown in close proximity, form a symbiotic and synergistic relationship with each other. Perhaps one plant is brightly coloured and so lures away pests from other. Perhaps one plant releases chemicals into the soil that acts as a natural pesticide. The act of companion planting spans over centuries and although some of the methods have not been tested and verified by a scientific laboratory, they have been put to use by gardeners over long periods of time and have provided results.

DILL: PERFECT FOR CANNABIS COMPANION PLANTING

Cannabis is a hardy plant that can grow in a diverse range of habitats, from sun-soaked pastures to cold and windy mountain ranges. Cannabis can actually be used as a pesticide itself and even has some insect repelling features. However, to obtain the best results possible from a grow companion planting can be used for extra advantages. One excellent option of a companion plant for any cannabis grower is dill. Dill is an annual herb and is part of the celery family Apiaceae. It grows to heights of between 40 to 60 centimetres, and its dried leaves can be used to season a wide variety of dishes, adding a decent amount of vitamins and minerals to meals.

As a companion plant, dill works in two directions. It is extremely useful in outdoor gardens where it attracts beneficial insects into the ecosystem such as honeybees, ladybugs, butterflies, praying mantis and hover flies. On the other hand, dill simultaneously works to repel insects that may damage certain crops and act as pests within the garden. These critters include cabbage loopers, spider mites, and aphids. There is evidence that suggests it is far superior to utilise companion plants such as dill to repel pests instead of covering your garden with synthetic chemical pesticides. Such chemicals are tied with damage to the environment and are even carcinogenic in nature. Using companion planting will serve to avoid there use, whilst adding to the biodiversity of your garden.

Dill’s usefulness as a companion plant is reflected in its apparent abilities to protect and enhance the growth of other garden plants such as lettuce, onion, chervil, corn, cucumber, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and broccoli.



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