Monthly Archives: March 2013

Happy Easter! The fence project continues…

Hopefully everyone is enjoying beautiful weather and the forthcoming spring!


A stone retaining wall shores up the back length of the yard and looks beautiful besides!

Tim has taken advantage of the beautiful weather to work like a dog on the awesome new fence. He decided against railroad ties along the alley behind the property, and is building a gorgeous ornamental block retaining wall for structural support instead. The ties worked great between his yard and the neighbors, but for this large of slope, the ornamental retaining wall gives great support while being much more pleasing to the eye. Note the string line for keeping his levels and straight edges.



What a beautiful approach to the back fence!

A retaining wall like this takes a few steps. First a string line is run parallel to the property line, and then a trench is dug slightly wider than the blocks up to the highest level of ground nearly equal to the bottom of the fence (a slight slope for water run-off away from the fence is suggested). The trench is leveled and smoothed with a bottom layer of pea gravel. Then you begin placement of the ornamental blocks, using the string line to keep your levels and your straight lines.

IMG_0034-45This new fence is going to require 280 new cedar planks. Tim has elected to pre-stain the boards by dipping them in the sealer in a tank, then standing them up to let dry (see photo below).

Meanwhile, he’s got all of his 4 x 4 posts cemented  into the ground, including the extra tall one(s) on which he’ll mount his security cameras.


These boards have been dipped for sealing and stain, and are now curing prior to placement.

He’s nailed up the stringers and begun to screw on the boards. He’s using screws instead of nails for ease of replacement should any get damaged.




Here the cedar boards are going up.


I have to say, the fence is coming along beautifully, Well done, Tim!

See the page Fence Project Begins… for the “before pix” of this project.

Or visit the photo gallery at for all the photos of this project.

Feel free to contact Tim at with any questions about building the fence, or about growing medical marijuana outdoors!

Article about our “Easy Outdoor Grower’s Guide” in TAC

Pick up a copy of The American Cultivator newsletter next month or login to their site and you’ll see a front-page article introducing our book — Easy Outdoor Grower’s GuideMedical Marijuana Growing for the Beginner. We are so excited! We wrote this book for the newbie. Thinking about the states opening up to legal medical marijuana, and we realized there were tons of books and guides available that are encyclopedic in knowledge and information, but no simple little instruction manuals on how to begin. So we wrote a book that tells you how. It’s a friendly little heavy duty guide, only 6×9″ in a spiral format with laminated covers and heavy 70# paper so it will last through many seasons and you can take it with you into the garden. The spiral lets you open to a page and follow instructions on that page. It’s small enough to carry around, and its finished just in time for the 2013 season.

We also offer tips and pointers, and support. Tim is happy to answer “in the garden” questions, and Anne is happy to tackle any general botanical or biological questions (pertaining to marijuana, of course :). We are having fun in the kitchen too, experimenting with delectable edibles recipes and will share a recipe a month on our website.. Feel free to pop in and share one of yours as well!

Happy Growing from Cannabis Outdoor Growing!

Season 2013

Scheduling for a medical marijuana growing season goes something like this:

Weather gets warmer

Major garden prep takes place in March–raking and clearing the plot, any repairs or updates to the area–thus the fence project. The old fence will be torn down and burned or recycled as appropriate, the new boards will be sealed and pre-stained, the new posts sunk and the stringers nailed up. Then screw on the boards and voila’ fence done, head to the garden…

Check the soil pH throughout and in specific spots around the garden, depending upon surrounding trees and vegetation–(e.g., pine increases the acidity of soil in its vicinity). Treat the soil to increase or decrease soil pH as needed.

One of these days go get some clones! Visit one of our favorite dispensaries (or make our own clones. We’re adding a section to next year’s book edition to show how to clone…)

We’ll keep you updated on our progress.


A gorgeous "Black Domino" bud, back cover photo from book "Easy Outdoor Grower's Guide"

A gorgeous “Black Domino” bud, back cover photo from book “Easy Outdoor Grower’s Guide”

We’re going to be sharing Tim’s 2013 medical-marijuana-growing season with anyone who wants to come along. The clock is ticking, the weather is warming, and spring is hurtling our way–Tim’s old bones are complaining but it’s time to prepare the garden. The first thing on the agenda is to tear out the old rotten privacy fence, extend it out a ways, dig some post holes, mix some cement and pop in the new posts. As we mention in our Easy Outdoor Grower’s Guide a good privacy fence is a must, and this old one isn’t doing its job anymore. The dogs keep escaping and you can practically tap the boards off. Follow the project as it progresses on the Fence Project page.