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Mon May 20, 2019, 06:47 AM

Canada's saddest grow-op: My humiliating adventures in growing marijuana

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Canada’s saddest grow-op: My humiliating adventures in growing marijuana

When Ian Brown was tasked with cultivating some home-grown pot, he did what any eager, if inept, gardener would do: he borrowed a state-of-the-art weed machine and hoped for the best. But as he discovered, growing good cannabis is way harder than it looks.

STORY BY IAN BROWN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIMOTHY MOORE
PUBLISHED MAY 19, 2019

Before we move on to the truly humiliating material in this story – and because it is a gardening story, in which a puny human tries to best unfeeling nature, you know it’s not going to end well – perhaps I could explain why I tried to grow cannabis in the first place.

It wasn’t my idea, but that of one of my editors. His name is unimportant. All right, it was Sinclair Stewart. We were sitting in a bar in one of those so-hip-no-one-has-heard-of-it-yet neighbourhoods where bars are the size of eight telephone booths, not that anyone there is old enough to remember those. The bars have ironic names such as Bus Stop and Brenda’s Favourite T-Shirt. We were dreaming up fresh ways to write about cannabis, which Canada planned to legalize that very fall, and discussing how the anti-establishment roots of cannabis had been co-opted by Bay Street financiers.

Suddenly, Mr. Stewart said: “Why don’t you grow some pot?” His theory, from what I could make of it, in between the references to Moby Dick and fly fishing – Mr. Stewart likes to operate on at least three channels at once – was that this quest to grow marijuana would acquaint me with the obsessions of the gardening mind, that jungle of detail and duty in which a watchful soul evades the thugs Random Weather and Lurking Pestilence and manages, with little more than a seed and her dirt-stained hands and her patience, to create something more. At least I think that was what was on my editor’s mind. The point is, he did not for a moment consider the likelihood of humiliation. Editors seldom do. But it’s always lurking somewhere in a gardener’s sense of the future.



Ian Brown takes a moment for himself after relocating and refilling the Grobo automated grow box.

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2019, 07:17 AM

1. So many people: I'll just grow my own weed. Me: It's a lot harder than you think

Same people: If so and so can do it, it can't be that hard.
Me:Ok.

A couple months later.

Me: How's the whole pot growing thing going?
Them: A few made it to a couple inches with tiny buds. Me: Hard isn't it?
Them:$%^$^^%##
Me: I told you.

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Mon May 20, 2019, 03:11 PM

2. bigges challenge to grow your own is those pesky red spider mites nt

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Mon May 20, 2019, 04:16 PM

3. It truly "grows like a weed." You'd have to be pretty incompetent not to be able to grow marijuana.

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