Retired dude. First indoor grow. Though I see many doing high tech hydroponics, I will do simple soil my first time out.
Step one was a tent. My good friend that is a grower recommended AC Infinity. I must say the build quality is amazing.
Step two was soil, and I am trying two types, each local. The first is Harvest Organics and the Second is MG Organic. I see a lot of inflamed opinions on soil. Well, I have to use what I can get locally and these look like good options. I live in a rural area, so not many options and the ones that are here are really pricey. I bet it makes a plant just fine. It will save the need to manage nutrients for the first half of veg I think. I am okay with a good grow, I don’t need a perfect grow.
I filled three five gallon fabric pots and one 3 gallon. The three gallon will start in the tent, but have to be pulled when space gets tight. I marked the soil so I can tell if there is any difference between the two.
The tent is in my cold basement, so it needed heat and humidity. I put in a small heater and decent sized humidifier. The heater is really small, so ideal. I had to buy two humidifiers, looking for one that could resume if the power was cut off (so I could turn it on and off as needed remotely).
I put the heater on a PID and the humidifier into my home automation system.
Temp is stable, but humidity moves around. The granularity of the home automation system is a bit rough. I will have to buy a PID for it as well.
Where the temp chart flattened out was when I migrated to the PID for the heater vs the home automation method.
Seeds are currently soaking. White Widow auto. No tails yet (20 hours soaking) but they all sank.
I have the dynagrow kit of nutrients. I will add pro-tekt after seedling stage.
We shall see how things proceed. I have to have the crop in by May 4th as I leave to go fishing for a week. At that point they could just coast on their own, but I think I am on the right time line.