Cannabis Containers Windstorm
Wind is one of the strongest forces outdoors. Sustained wind will suck moisture from plants. Wind causes plants to draw moisture from the rools and shed it through the leaves in a defensive mechanism to regulate internal temperature and chemistry. It creates a problem if the water supply is limited.
For example, Southern Spain and other arid regions are subject to strong desert winds that transport abrasive sand and other particles. We call it "kalmia" in Spain because the grit is mixed with saline air from the Mediterranean. These winds can destroy crops. II your climate is plagued by such abrasive winds, protect plants with windbreaks. Wash foliage with plenty of water to remove the particles after windstorms.
Moderate sustained winds will dry out container- and field-grown crops within a few hours. Container crops suffer the most. For example, plants grown in five-gallon (20 L) containers on a terrace that receives full sun and constant moderate winds uses about two gallons (7.5 L) ol water daily! Indoors, the same plant would use 75 percent less water!
1. A solid wall causes air to drop and whirl about the same distance equal to the height of the wall.
2. A louvered wall diffuses air and protects plants 6-12 feet (18-3 m) from wall.
slugs and snails. First identify the pest, and then determine a course of action.
Properly grown outdoor cannabis has few problems with pests. See Chapter Ten, "Soil," for more information on a wide array of diseases and pests that attack cannabis.
Low-tech, natural approaches to pest control work well. A few large pests like caterpillars and snails can be hand-picked from the foliage. Caterpillar populations can be reduced at the source by installing bat houses. Resident bats will eat moths and decrease the number of chewing caterpillars. Birds will eat caterpillars too, as well as aphids and other insects. Attract birds with suet, bird houses, baths, and feeders but cover tender seedlings and clones with wire or nylon mesh to protect from birds, too! Ladybugs and Praying Mantis are good options for insect control and can be purchased from nursery supply stores.
Barns owls eat mice, gophers, and voles but are hard to come by in the city. If you are lucky enough to have them nearby, take advantage of their ability to eat plant pests. On the other hand, some rodents, like moles and shrews, help your garden by dining on slugs, insects, and larvae.
3. A solid wall that is angled into the wind protects plants close to the wall.
4. A solid wall that is angled away from wind protects plants up to 8 feet (2.4 m) from the wall.
Plant in protected areas so the garden suffers little effect from strong wind.
Continue reading here: Pests and Predators
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