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Yohimbe2

Member
Hi all, I'm brand new to growing and long story short have dreamed about being able to do this legally for many years. I'm so excited and my two new Northern Light Fems are growing great ! They are like pets to me, I even say good morning to them. I'm in Virginia , woo hoo! It's legal to grow four plants.

The reason I edited my post is that it seems there is a flood of newbie growers like myself and I'm getting the impression experienced growers can't answer all the questions coming in. Just trying to keep it down and there doesn't seem to be a delete thread option.
 

twentyeight.threefive

Well-Known Member
Hi all, I'm brand new to growing and long story short have dreamed about being able to do this legally for many years. I'm so excited and my two new Northern Light Fems are growing great ! They are like pets to me, I even say good morning to them. I'm in Virginia , woo hoo! It's legal to grow four plants.

The reason I edited my post is that it seems there is a flood of newbie growers like myself and I'm getting the impression experienced growers can't answer all the questions coming in. Just trying to keep it down and there doesn't seem to be a delete thread option.
No need to delete your questions. You may get a flood of sarcastic answers but if you have thick skin you'll find a wealth of good information here. Unfortunately you just have to filter it all out.

The best way to learn is by asking and by learning from your own grows. There's no replacement for experience. GL
 

Yohimbe2

Member
No need to delete your questions. You may get a flood of sarcastic answers but if you have thick skin you'll find a wealth of good information here. Unfortunately you just have to filter it all out.

The best way to learn is by asking and by learning from your own grows. There's no replacement for experience. GL
Thanks, this is my first forum entry and I've been watching newbie threads in many forums. After posting, I realized that I don't really have anything interesting or different to add, so I use NT as "No Text" to remove my thread to avoid boring experienced growers to death. No worries! Nobody said anything offensive that I need thick skin for.. I just decided, my post was lame... If that makes sense.

So, I'm building a gun safe into a grow cabinet. My biggest concern is size, I am very envious of folks with tents, but in my case I have to use something in home (that locks) so family members won't notice.

My big questions are:

1. Size. My dimension are H 55", L 38 and Depth (W) 18. The safe currently has a wall separating my usable space in two halves. I will probably remove the wall (or grow two separate plants in restricted quarters. My biggest concern is height! Will my limited height cause problems in flower? I am studying hard and plan to use LST and a screen to keep things low. Hopefully my Northern Lights will have room to flower with a little work. Can I make this space work? Should I leave two separate chambers and add another SF-1000 or tear down the wall ====pink floyd'ish...

2. In my home, I can barely open an eighth of good bud without my family smelling skunk... I am very worried about the smell when I have ounces of bud floating around. The Strain I chose is supposedly low odor, but I wonder... I will be using a carbon filter but I'm not sure about this. No problems yet, I figure I have quite a bit of time to figure out how to keep odors down. Negative pressure and a carbon filter are my plan and many say it eliminates odor, but I have to open the doors to water... Will I be ok opening doors to water during flower? I'll worry about curing later, but thats another big question I have. Weed stinks to non weed people.,

Any tips greatly appreciated ! this hobby seems to be very rewarding and I am really enjoying every minute of it.

My newbie gear:

Metal Gun safe.
Spiderfarmer SF-1000
Fox Farm Ocean....
Nirvana NL fem
Cheap 4 inch Vivosun fan to test the waters...
Smart pot 5 gallon ( may dump these and go plastic)--- seedlings currently in plastic cups.
 
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beansin

Member
Hi all, I'm brand new to growing and long story short have dreamed about being able to do this legally for many years. I'm so excited and my two new Northern Light Fems are growing great ! They are like pets to me, I even say good morning to them. I'm in Virginia , woo hoo! It's legal to grow four plants.

The reason I edited my post is that it seems there is a flood of newbie growers like myself and I'm getting the impression experienced growers can't answer all the questions coming in. Just trying to keep it down and there doesn't seem to be a delete thread option.
what ever you write here is on the interwebs for ever
 

bam0813

Well-Known Member
Welcome to RIU
Just please keep it secret, keep it safe Frodo, if my wife and kids find out I'm toasty in a bad way.... Weed growing is legal were I live... Life is good !

In my opinion life is better with a family. Maybe I’m misunderstanding but it’s legal we’re you live ( congrats) perhaps it’s best to purchase some occasionally, will most likely be cheaper in the short term and no risk to your family life. Best of luck
 

twentyeight.threefive

Well-Known Member
Thanks, this is my first forum entry and I've been watching newbie threads in many forums. After posting, I realized that I don't really have anything interesting or different to add, so I use NT as "No Text" to remove my thread to avoid boring experienced growers to death. No worries! Nobody said anything offensive that I need thick skin for.. I just decided, my post was lame... If that makes sense.

So, I'm building a gun safe into a grow cabinet. My biggest concern is size, I am very envious of folks with tents, but in my case I have to use something in home (that locks) so family members won't notice.

My big questions are:

1. Size. My dimension are H 55", L 38 and Depth (W) 18. The safe currently has a wall separating my usable space in two halves. I will probably remove the wall (or grow two separate plants in restricted quarters. My biggest concern is height! Will my limited height cause problems in flower? I am studying hard and plan to use LST and a screen to keep things low. Hopefully my Northern Lights will have room to flower with a little work. Can I make this space work? Should I leave two separate chambers and add another SF-1000 or tear down the wall ====pink floyd'ish...

2. In my home, I can barely open an eighth of good bud without my family smelling skunk... I am very worried about the smell when I have ounces of bud floating around. The Strain I chose is supposedly low odor, but I wonder... I will be using a carbon filter but I'm not sure about this. No problems yet, I figure I have quite a bit of time to figure out how to keep odors down. Negative pressure and a carbon filter are my plan and many say it eliminates odor, but I have to open the doors to water... Will I be ok opening doors to water during flower? I'll worry about curing later, but thats another big question I have. Weed stinks to non weed people.,

Any tips greatly appreciated ! this hobby seems to be very rewarding and I am really enjoying every minute of it.

My newbie gear:

Metal Gun safe.
Spiderfarmer SF-1000
Fox Farm Ocean....
Nirvana NL fem
Cheap 4 inch Vivosun fan to test the waters...
Smart pot 5 gallon ( may dump these and go plastic)--- seedlings currently in plastic cups.
How is the air inside the safe vented externally? Yes I've noticed in my experience that even with a lot of negative pressure the smell escapes the grow area instead of being vented out.

Also consider you will have to trim the dried product which will really smell. I recently trimmed a small plant and it smelled up the entire area including the adjacent floor for hours.

The height could definitely be an issue but may be workable for a very small plant. Consider that you need height to hang the light and height between the light and plant canopy. Those both take away available vertical space available for plant height. GL
 

twentyeight.threefive

Well-Known Member
Thanks, I guess I'll be trimming outdoors or in the attic. I'm working with 55" height - 12 inches recommended flowering hang height = 43 inches. Realistically, I'm probably working with just over three feet. I'm hoping short squatty Indicas will stay low.

Ventilation, I'm planning to run 1 or 2 carbon filters and am using 4 inch duct to keep it as small as possible. I am working out a solution to keep light from escaping out of the intake but have a few ideas. I also happen to have a chimney ash door right behind my safe. It may be possible to run a duct and a few duct fans right up my chimney.

I chose Northern Lights because many say it has low odor. Has anyone grown it and how bad does it smell in flower?
12 inches may be cutting it close for the light but may be workable. Also keep in mind the height of the pot. Even a small pot is probably 12 inches tall so that leaves you 31 inches of plant space. Plants typically double in size in flower so you'd be looking to flip when the plant is 15.5 inches tall. I'd recommend constant LST to keep it as low as possible which will also make it wider.
 

LeastExpectedGrower

Well-Known Member
Thanks, this is my first forum entry and I've been watching newbie threads in many forums. After posting, I realized that I don't really have anything interesting or different to add, so I use NT as "No Text" to remove my thread to avoid boring experienced growers to death. No worries! Nobody said anything offensive that I need thick skin for.. I just decided, my post was lame... If that makes sense.

So, I'm building a gun safe into a grow cabinet. My biggest concern is size, I am very envious of folks with tents, but in my case I have to use something in home (that locks) so family members won't notice.

My big questions are:

1. Size. My dimension are H 55", L 38 and Depth (W) 18. The safe currently has a wall separating my usable space in two halves. I will probably remove the wall (or grow two separate plants in restricted quarters. My biggest concern is height! Will my limited height cause problems in flower? I am studying hard and plan to use LST and a screen to keep things low. Hopefully my Northern Lights will have room to flower with a little work. Can I make this space work? Should I leave two separate chambers and add another SF-1000 or tear down the wall ====pink floyd'ish...

2. In my home, I can barely open an eighth of good bud without my family smelling skunk... I am very worried about the smell when I have ounces of bud floating around. The Strain I chose is supposedly low odor, but I wonder... I will be using a carbon filter but I'm not sure about this. No problems yet, I figure I have quite a bit of time to figure out how to keep odors down. Negative pressure and a carbon filter are my plan and many say it eliminates odor, but I have to open the doors to water... Will I be ok opening doors to water during flower? I'll worry about curing later, but thats another big question I have. Weed stinks to non weed people.,

Any tips greatly appreciated ! this hobby seems to be very rewarding and I am really enjoying every minute of it.

My newbie gear:

Metal Gun safe.
Spiderfarmer SF-1000
Fox Farm Ocean....
Nirvana NL fem
Cheap 4 inch Vivosun fan to test the waters...
Smart pot 5 gallon ( may dump these and go plastic)--- seedlings currently in plastic cups.
What I've learned my first grow...we've got 4 small autos, two are NL...they started smelling about 4th week of veg. By the 1st week of flower they were strong enough that the carbon filter was really needed...but also works REALLY well. Outside by where I've vented you'd have no idea the air is from a grow.

...but inside the minute you open that tent, the smell gets loud really quickly, even in contiguous rooms. I wouldn't count on doing watering and have anyone nearby within a couple hours...so if you're in close quarters...hrrrrm.
 

LeastExpectedGrower

Well-Known Member
Lol, yeah I have a feeling I'll be buying sandalwood incense in bulk... I already burn it at night. My wife thinks I meditate now and nothing will seem out of place if incense is burning.

I'm into week 3 now, but my first seedling lost about a week due to a stuck seed and a layer of film that prevented the the leaves from opening. I almost tossed the plant in the trash, but after removing the seed/film, she came alive.

Interesting story about smell. I was camping in Virginia recently and someone I met gave me a few buds out of a huge jar. They stunk so bad my campsite smelled like skunks ! And this was outside. I'm an old timer and don't remember weed smelling so strong back in the 80's. In fact, I haven't smoked in 30 years. Times have changed, I was really hoping Northern Lights would be less stinky, we'll see.

New words for me... Loud. Dank. ----- It was just sweet sinsemilla back in my day that kinda smelled like a dollar bill.. You could walk around with a quarter in your pocket no problem !
I played live music in a touring band...anyone who opened a good bag in the back of the tour van, in moments someone up front would shout THAT'S LOOOUUUD!

The bonus of being in a touring band (especially in legal states) is that fans would bring goodie bags of all sorts of products to us. And often green-rooms and festival backstages were stocked or 'upon request.' I never bought a damn thing for years. Off the road now, so taking care of myself.
 

twentyeight.threefive

Well-Known Member
Lol, yeah I have a feeling I'll be buying sandalwood incense in bulk... I already burn it at night. My wife thinks I meditate now and nothing will seem out of place if incense is burning.

I'm into week 3 now, but my first seedling lost about a week due to a stuck seed and a layer of film that prevented the the leaves from opening. I almost tossed the plant in the trash, but after removing the seed/film, she came alive.

Interesting story about smell. I was camping in Virginia recently and someone I met gave me a few buds out of a huge jar. They stunk so bad my campsite smelled like skunks ! And this was outside. I'm an old timer and don't remember weed smelling so strong back in the 80's. In fact, I haven't smoked in 30 years. Times have changed, I was really hoping Northern Lights would be less stinky, we'll see.

New words for me... Loud. Dank. ----- It was just sweet sinsemilla back in my day that kinda smelled like a dollar bill.. You could walk around with a quarter in your pocket no problem !
If you're hiding a grow or even marijuana use from the wife that's probably not a good thing. Open communication is always best. But it's none of my business. GL
 

drsaltzman

Well-Known Member
The 55x38 is doable with some training.
The 18 could be a little problematic.
I usually get 4 zips from each 2’x2’ area in an 80” tall space.
I don’t see why you couldn’t get at least 2 in yours.
Good luck.
 

twentyeight.threefive

Well-Known Member
Long story, its not how it sounds at all. Its mainly a "job" related thing. I also have kids and am trying to keep this to myself. I'm being more careful than I have to.

100 percent legal here in Va, but there are still some catches when it comes to employment. Funny, I was talking to a few cops and asked them if they wanted some bud. I could actually hand them a bag with zero legal problems. They got a good chuckle out of it and told me "not yet, for us, but maybe soon".... Although weed is legal here in Va, the job thing has not caught up yet, hence my discretion.
Keeping it to yourself and offering the police some weed aren't exactly in the same wheelhouse.

Also growing your own weed has nothing to do with your employment. If you are worried about your job you should refrain from smoking not growing.
 

twentyeight.threefive

Well-Known Member
Dam man, your coming in a little hard aren't you? I was just talking to cops, it was a fun conversation.

Your completely wrong by the way about jobs, but I don't want to go into detail. Its complicated.

I don't smoke at all now. Just growing. It's something I've wanted to do for years. There is a very good chance I'll need to gift all of this bud away depending on "things"...
Not "coming in hard at all". You posted that you burn incense all night and the wife thinks you are meditating. You're obviously smoking and I don't give a shit. You were originally worried about opening an eighth without the family smelling a skunk. Guess I'm wrong about everything.

You were worried about being low key but you asked the police if they wanted some weed. Joke or not that's not low key. Get it?
 
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