Can I grow hemp in my backyard? Theoretically speaking, you could theoretically grow all kinds of things in your backyard, including marijuana and tobacco. But is it wise to grow these things? And if so, how would I go about getting started?
To answer the second question first: no, you cannot grow any plants at all, even "potentially". Some plants are simply not worth growing for this reason. Also keep in mind that many "potentially" good plants may have some negative issues associated with them as well. If a plant does not work out, that's it; you either have to pull it out or find another source for its leaves/trimmings (which can be difficult or expensive).
So the big question now becomes... How do I go about getting started? Fortunately, it's relatively easy. There are two main options you can choose from. You can either start from scratch or you can "steer" your new plant growth towards becoming more naturally sustainable. If you choose the latter option, here are a few tips to help you out.
One way is to grow what are called "indoor plants" - these are plants that you can keep indoors without having to worry about the fact they may possibly "overheat" or get damaged by the elements. Indoor plants tend to work best in low-light environments, which is why many people choose plants like lilies or other similar plants for inspiration. However, there are some great choices out there for indoor plants, too - many of which would work quite nicely outside.
Another way is to pick and choose your seeds, taking care to only get plants that are as appropriate for your area as possible. This way, you'll avoid wasting time and effort replanting seeds that won't do well in your climate. For example, if you live in an area where snowfall is common, you might not want to buy Florida or Arizona-grown plants because they would need a lot of extra maintenance. With this in mind, it's a good idea to try and get plants that have some sort of dormant period - such as lavender, which has a pretty significant dormant period of around three months.
There's also another way to go about growing what you want to grow in your garden - hydroponic gardening. In this way, you won't be relying on a supply of water - which is a good thing for many people who might be tempted to think that they wouldn't be able to cope with the cold weather. Most of the best "hydroponic" plants are extremely tolerant of low temperatures, so you'll find that there's no difference in the taste between hydroponics and regular plants. As a result, you'll be able to grow almost anything that's suitable in a low-water environment.
If you're looking to start off with indoor plants and have no experience at all, you'll find that it's pretty easy to get started. The first thing you need to do is make sure that you have a nice place where you could grow some plants. A window box is just about perfect for this (unless you live in the country! ), as it won't get in the way. Just remember to keep it covered at all times! You'll also need some pots, preferably plastic ones, which will ensure that your plants have somewhere warm and dry to grow in.
Once you've got everything set up, you'll need to start feeding your plants and providing them with whatever nutrients and minerals that they need. Some experts recommend organic fertilizers, but feel free to use any store-bought brand that you prefer. Just remember to only fertilize the areas where your plants will be getting enough sunlight and water, as both of these are absolutely essential for a healthy crop of hemp. And after you've done that, all that's left is to wait... and watch!