Everyday tips for growing cannabis by people with disabilities
It is always advisable to have help from your caregiver when setting up, not only for assembling the system but also for filling the pots with the compost mix. If you have trouble bending, the grow tent can be raised providing enough clearance between the top of the tent and your ceiling.
Tips for blind people growing cannabis
Many disabled and wheelchair users find it easier to set up what is known as a “lazy Susan.” This is a rotating base that the plants are grown on. These are constructed using a heavy-duty lazy Susan bearing, available online. The bearing needs to be fitted centrally to a plywood base that sits at the bottom of the tent. The rotating top that the plants will sit on can be either plywood or a heavy mesh, but it needs to be cut to give clearance when rotated. This makes tending and watering the plants far easier.
Blind users find the lazy Susan particularly effective and use talking scales to weigh the pots so that the crop isn’t over-watered. Many blind growers also place a graduated bamboo cane into each pot to help gauge the height of their plants.
Tips for convenient watering of cannabis
Watering can become a problem for many disabled users who have trouble lifting, so most impaired growers use a pressure sprayer with a hose or lance attachment. If you can lift, it is better to use a small and lightweight, well-balanced plastic watering can with a long narrow spout for reaching into your pots. There are designs available that incorporate a push button at the top of the handle to control the flow of water from the spout, and where the filling hole is covered by a sliding cover to prevent spillage.
How to protect cannabis from pests
The worst problem you may get will be insect attacks, and these are easily treated by spraying. Generally, it is better only to use pesticides labeled as safe for food crops. Pyrethrins are organic neurotoxins that attack the nervous systems of all insects. When used in smaller doses they have an insect-repellent effect. Spider mites are the most damaging pest attack you can suffer but they can be treated using either Neem oil or a special spray you can easily source online. Signs of spider mite infestation are seen on the leaves, which will appear speckled as the pests feed on the underside of the leaf. If you have a serious attack, you may see small webs and tiny spider-like insects crawling over the plant.