Happy first grow!!!! Welcome to the grow life. I just got back into growing after a long long break. Used to grow a ton when I was younger. Any hoo, this is a great place to ask questions and get great advice. I did a ton of research before starting to grow again. Back in the day there was hardly any info, and most growers horded their secrets. I love the community of growers these days.
For my first grow back, I went with 50/50 fox farm ocean forest and happy frog. This blend will give you all the nutrients for an easy first grow. I took some advice from a grower on how to extend my nutrients, here is what he told me. The nutrients will last about 3 to 5 weeks in your soil. So start in a smaller container and transplant. I started in a Dixie cup for 3 weeks. Transplanted to a 1 gallon for 4 weeks. Transplanted to a 3 gallon for 4 weeks. Transplanted to a 5 gallon smart pot ( final home). This allowed me to have all the nutrients I needed for a simple first grow.
There are plenty of ways to grow out there, and it doesn't sound like a grow adding nutrients will be to hard, if that's the way you want to go. Just read up on it and ask questions. I'm really happy with starting off with this's simple method. My next grow will be more complex for sure, just to try something new.
I also did some training 5 days after transplanting into the 3 gallon pot. Topped her. Then topped her again 5 days after transplanting her to the 5 gallon pot. 2 weeks later I started to tie her back to open her up. A lot of people say you don't need to do any training outdoors, but I have had great results.
I put brita filtered water on my girl with a ph of 6.6 . Since I'm not putting any nutrients in, I don't worry about run off ph. Haven't had a problem what so ever. No crazy leaf root lock symptoms.
Happy grow my friend. I will be looking forward to reading all about it and seeing pics. Here are a few of my baby Mary.