Guerrilla growing is basically growing away from your own house or property, or on a remote area of your property. The idea is to remove yourself from the operation, so that if the boys in blue do come around, you’re name won’t be plastered over every illegal plant. It’s mainly to protect you from legal trouble, but there are some other advantages too.
If you’re growing legally (ie you have a green card), there’s no reason to use guerrilla farming. For MMJ patients, there are more disadvantages and advantages to guerrilla farming. If you are growing illegally, keep your operation as quiet as possible. Don’t tell anyone, even if they’re your friends and you trust them. If you do tell someone, don’t tell them exactly where your plants are located. Try to keep the area as clean as possible as far as your fingerprints, hair, personally belongings, etc. The goal of guerrilla farming is to have absolutely no way to trace the plants back to you. Of course you can’t avoid getting some hair or fingerprints here and there, but that won’t be enough evidence to be convicted. Make sure no one sees you enter or leave the area, or at least not regularly. Also, when you go to care for your plants, bring a fishing pole or something like that. That way, if you do get into trouble, you can say you were out fishing, saw something weird and went to investigate.
Make sure your plants are completely out of sight. Also, don’t make any trails. Take a different route to your plants every time. If there already is a trail, keep it covered up and don’t maintain it. People are naturally curious and will follow a trail if they see it. If a stranger stumbles across plants, they’ll usually do 1 of 2 things: they’ll either steal your plants/weed, or they’ll report it to the authorities. Neither situation is one you want, so avoid making trails and drawing attention to your growing area. If you drive to your growing location, park far away and in an inconspicuous place, preferably not on the main road.
To deter curious people, as well as wild animals, use nature to your advantage. For instance, grow ops in areas with lots of poison oak are perfect. Nobody, even if they suspect there is weed growing close by, is going to trek through a bunch of poison oak. And you, with your knowledge and preparation, can survive the poison oak by washing it off before an allergic reaction occurs. Teknu is a special kind of soap that is proven to stop the spread of poison oak before you have an allergic reaction. With it, you can literally stomp through a bunch of poison oak in shorts, and wash it all off before anything bad happens.
Try to plant near trees. Also, don’t keep all your plants in one spot – spread them around, so if some are discovered, you won’t lose your entire crop. Wild plants will grow, well, wildly, so try to train yours to grow nice and bushy. To do this, tie the tops of the plants down for a while, then release them. This will cause branches to grow up towards the sun, increasing growth and yield. Though planting near trees is good, your plants need to have enough sun. They need at least 5 hours of direct sunlight a day, and another 5 of indirect, preferably much more. So if you do plant under or near trees, make sure the sun will come in at an angle for a long enough time.
Remember, don’t use ANYTHING that can trace the grow op back to you. Buy a cheap pair of shoes that you can throw away after use. Wear latex gloves so there aren’t too many fingerprints around. Put up a nice fence, so that deer and other critters won’t get to your crop. I use green wire mesh, usually wrapped around nearby trees. This creates a strong fence that will deter animals, but not attract too much attention from humans. Make sure to check your fence every time you visit, making sure it hasn’t broken or been damaged. Repair it regularly.
Certain pests are more persistent in certain areas. For example, gophers are a huge problem in California, especially in the mountains. Gopher Granola, a poisonous grain, is available if gophers and other rodents are a problem for you. Rats can also cause a lot of problems, and will eat the entire plant if left to it. Some people use soap to deter deer. This is a classic mistake. Soap actually attracts rats, and lots of them. The fat in soap is edible to rats, and they will swarm to it. So don’t use soap as a deterrent, and if you wash your hands or use soap near your plants, be sure to rinse the ground with plenty of water. If small rodents are a problem for you, place Gopher Granola or a similar poison into a small feeder. Make sure the feeder is small and that only small critters can get into it. You don’t want to end up killing deer or birds. Also, keep in mind that the poison takes a few days to kick in, so put out the grain early, even before planting if you can.
When growing guerrilla-style, security is your #1 priority, and water is your #2. Trust me, speaking from experience I can tell you that you DON’T want to have to pack in water daily. So, find a location with a water source nearby. If you can’t find a spot near a river, stream, lake, etc. then you’ll have to grow only a few plants, so you’ll be able to pack in enough water to water them. If you plant 20 plants and have to pack water in, you’ll have to make 5+ runs, and your back will be killing you.
Typically people start plants inside, and move them outside when they’re large and strong enough. This part is tricky though. DO NOT be seen carrying starts into your area. Make sure there is nobody around before you even think about transporting plants. Use lookouts if necessary, but make sure you trust them to know the location of your grow op. Also, before you move your plants to the wild, determine which are male and which are female. Weed out the males so that you don’t waste effort and water on them. A good way to transport starts is to use the 3” rockwool cubes. Place around 20 of them in a litter pan, and cover it up well. If anyone asks, say you’re burying a dead pet. No one except the most morbid will actually want to see the corpse.
I recommend steering clear of seeds if at all possible. If you have a hookup on starts, use them. With starts, there are no males, no uncertainty, no germination issues, and you’ll know exactly what type of bud you’ll get. Even if the starts cost you a lot, buy them if they’re from a legit grower and you’ve had the bud before.