by, 07-07-2012 at 08:42 AM (131 Views)
Soil is Root Organics Original and I'm alternating between plain (distilled) water and water with nutes (R-O Buddha Grow, R-O Trinity and R-O Ancient Amber). Following the R-O feeding chart.
Bloom Room is ready to accept them and it's 11'L x 4'W x 5'H (220 cu ft). Only plan to use about half of this for grow and other half for storing of grow-related stuff. (1) 600 watt H.I.D. Hut "complete spectrum" HPS in a Sun System Blazer sealed and ducted hood. Room air is scrubbed through a "no name" 6" can-type filter near the ceiling, through the light hood, out of the room via a no-name but so far quiet and powerful 6" centrifugal fan & out the roof...about a 10' total run beginning at filter. House is a rental so I'm limited in my ability to punch holes + I have very limited $. Room draws fresh air passively from roof vent via lightly insulated 10" flexible duct 25" away. I plan to buy a CraigsList dehumid for $40 or so but its gotta wait and I don't need it yet anyway. No CO2, no AC, no $. I could really use a successful inaugural run here.
I'm on city water but I draw it through a decent "whole house" capacity filter (but it runs only through one faucet). Not activated charcoal and def not RO, but cheap and better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Using distilled water so far, but plan to use tap water and let it sit with the cap off for a bit before using. Maybe it's mumbo jumbo but I've read that this approach will "leach out" many of whatever chemicals are present in the city water.
A couple of the 4" pots already show tap root at the bottom. Planning to re-pot into (perhaps) 1 gallon size in another week or two, then right into the 5 gallon final pots. I've read some solid-sounding advice about several step ups in pot size but again, limited in cash. Recyling pots when I can from vegetable plants - sterilizing them first.
Planning (again, I'm a noob so way open to guidance here) on moving to Bloom Room at about 1.5' to 2' plant height. I intend to take some cuttings / clones prior (properly labeled) and flower them ASAP so I can ID girl plants and execute the males. Then leave at least one mother and the rest of the original fem beans into Bloom Room.
I have the 600w HPS positioned so that the grow area (of this room) is about 4' x 5 or 6' and if I ever have two nickles to rub together I'll hang some CFL's on either (long) side of the HPS. I switched out the breaker in the service panel to 30 amps, still single-pole. The standard Romex house wiring is rated to 30a so should be safe and adequate to run all this stuff. I'm not an electrician but I have quite a bit of experience with this stuff anyway, including building a house from foundation up, service panel install, etc, etc. Everything is clean. No exposed wires, etc. Putting the ballast outside the grow area really wasn't practical for me so it's mounted to an OSB panel along with a good surge suppressor and timers. The exhaust fan will run intermittantly off a Hydro farm timer. No speed control at this time - just on and off enough to clear the air out 20x per day or so. It's my hope that this will be adequate for CO2. I may invest in a C02 bucket or bag at some point.
With the exception of a small amount of escaping light around doors, both rooms are 100% stealthy (even though this is a legal grow, with my permit pinned on the Bloom Room wall). Noise is minimal and cloaked by normal ambient noise in the house. Air transfer was routed through existing fixtures with no external change / construction and I like to think that the 6" activated charcoal filter will be adequate to address smell. Also, as exhaust and intake are both vented through attic / roof vents, they're 20'+ above the ground and natural air currents should blow some residual odor away (or so the philosophy goes, applying my deer hunting "skills." Hey, if a whitetail can't smell me, neither can you!).
Goal is 2 ounces dry per plant from (I hope) 6 plants, after weeding out the boys. Will prolly top, tie down and lollipop. If I don't manage to kill all of these, will proceed to start clones when healthy to do so, getting a slight start over the seeds for Batch 2. Then order early in the month to get some good seed deals (not as many this time) and get some variety going.
Thanks for reading!