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Organic Gardening vs. Synthetic Gardening

The organic growing vs. synthetic growing battle has been going on for decades amongst gardeners but recently, due to several high-profile articles on synthetic fertilizer's harmful effects on the environment, organic fertilizers have been making a comeback in the MMJ cultivation community especially amongst greenhouse cultivators and outdoor and indoor soil gardeners. 

Depending on who you ask, an organic grower or a large, synthetic, cultivator, one is better than the other when it comes to yields, taste and overall effects.

To better understand the differences between these 2 different growing styles, let's start with a list of current, organic cultivation materials and methods and current, synthetic cultivation materials and methods. 

Hemp Farm in West Virginia using Suite Leaf Plant Nutrients

(Photo: large, organic hemp farm in West Virginia, USA, 2019)

POPULAR ORGANIC CULTIVATION MATERIALS & METHODS:

Organic Media:

  1. Living soil
  2. Soil, bagged 
  3. Native soil
  4. Soilless mix (soil, peat moss, perlite, pumice) 

Organic Cultivation Methods:

  1. No Till
  2. Outdoor, tilled 
  3. Greenhouse
  4. Light depravation greenhouse aka Light Dep 
  5. Indoor, hydroponic 
  6. Aquaponics (using live fish and their waste to feed plants)

Organic Nutrients:

  1. Liquid nutrients: can be applied via hand feeding, foliar spray or hydroponically using Suite Leaf Plant Nutrients 
  2. Powdered, dry or crumbled nutrients: mixed in during transplanting or applied as a top dressing  
  3. No nutrients, living soil only 

POPULAR SYNTHETIC CULTIVATION MATERIALS & METHODS:

Synthetic Media:

  1. Rock wool (soilless, photo example below)
  2. Hydro clay (soilless)
  3. H2O*
  4. Soilless mix (same as soilless mix above except with inorganic materials such as newspaper, rock wool)

Rock wool cube by Cultilene

Synthetic Cultivation Methods:

  1. Indoor, hydroponically
  2. *DWC (Deep Water Culture)
  3. Greenhouse

Synthetic Nutrients:

  1. Liquid nutrients: can be applied via hand feeding, foliar spray or hydroponically using Suite Leaf Plant Nutrients 
  2. Powdered or granular, water soluble, nutrients: mixed in during transplanting or applied as a top dressing. After initial feeding, mix with H2O and feed through, preferably, a reservoir system