Summer Solstice Hemp Report
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Summer Solstice Hemp Report

Most of the hemp seedlings have been transplanted from their nursery pots into their final homes in the ground. With summer solstice coming up this week, everything is right on schedule. The young plants were just starting to outgrow their pots so they’re very happy to be in the earth now where their roots can…

Hemp’s Vegetative Phase
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Hemp’s Vegetative Phase

It’s mid-July here in Maine, the last of the hemp seedlings were transplanted in June, and now the quick-growing plants really start to bulk up. Known as the “vegetative phase,” this is when these hardy annuals produce abundant foliage and branches prior to the “flowering phase” triggered by the longer nights. In Maine that usually…

Rain!
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Rain!

After weeks and weeks of drought we finally got a soaking rain–what a relief! It was only 1 -1/2″ but that’s a lot more than we’ve had in a long time. The plants were very happy. I’ve been irrigating during the drought but there’s no substitute for a nice steady rainfall. The brook is no…

Irrigating Hemp
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Irrigating Hemp

Hardy as hemp is, these resilient plants still require a regular supply of water to stay strong and healthy. Ideally Mother Nature takes care of this need by delivering a good soaking rain every week or so but as any farmer knows that’s never a given. Here in Maine right now things are definitely getting…