Calling all ninjas! I may need help planning a grow…hmm, I don’t want to quite say “room,” because it’ll most likely just be a cabinet/section/tent? in our bedroom. I think I’ve mentioned on here a few times that we’re kind of in limbo, and I’d rather not get into too much more detail here. But basically, we have to figure out a number to put on my losses, and fight (hopefully not much) for that amount if necessary. So far, it’s been a moving target. My symptoms keep changing, mostly for the worse, but I’m very grateful for things that have improved, and for everyone that has helped me along the way, in every sense. Anyway, once that happens, I’ll just be posting pics of my 12’x12’ lab, hopefully!
For now, I’m still in the “tape measure/head scratching” stage, not even quite to planning. I’m just over not having a garden, and need to get back to it for my entire family’s health. @LogieByYoga is my family’s f**king rock star, and we’d be lost without her. But I’m lost without my garden, and her and everyone else feels it, too. I feel like I’m about half of my old self lately. Over the past few months, including today, I’ve been pretty torn up about not my old garden, or even the Frigidank™ (that was pretty cool, though,huh?), but mainly chopping up my plants. I feel like I killed my kids. Okay, maybe not that bad. But really crappy and sad. I’m not a tree hugger, like “oh no, I’ve killed one of God’s creations!” but…kinda…blah. Regretful. Remorseful. Especially Scully. That Head Cheese…man…wonder weed! Anyway, getting off topic…
For starters, we have a giant bedroom that I can section off anywhere from 2’ x 2’ super easily, to maybe even 8’ x 8’ ( …yeah, serious!) but to utilize all of that I’ll need more lighting. There may be room in the budget for some killer stuff there, but I need to figure a lot of other, more basic things out first. I’m leaning towards closing off a section about 6’ wide x 3’ deep x just shy of 8’ to the ceiling. Then, I’ll divide that into two spaces, and then one half of that into another two spaces…three in total:
Nursery - up on a shelf above veg, maybe 3’ from the ceiling, enough room for lights and a big baby waiting for a spot in the veg space. I might put my exhaust near here, since babies and clones don’t take much space. I might get a small T5 fixture or build something for this section, or just use a couple of the clamp on reflectors I have, but I haven’t decided yet. The goal is to use what I have for now to get going again, then add on as I go. Maybe an inventory is step one…
Veg - under the nursery, the remaining nearly 5’ high, once I subtract out whatever “floor” the thing has…maybe just a tarp? Anyway, I’ll use the majority of the lighting from the shelves in the ol’ closet here, for now. I might not do much more here for a while, because the lighting I already have vegged some nice plants…the ones I had to kill
BUDS - This will obviously be the biggest single section. I would like to have at least four plants in this space, staggered in age so I don’t have any single huge harvest, a plant at a time for now, one every 2-3 weeks or so. I’ll use my Chinese blurple panel from the Frigidank™ for now, but will definitely need more lighting here, probably a badass pair of lights (or a set of four, over one big scrog… ), so I have individual height adjustment for at least two sections, for two stages of the rotation…puff puff GIIIVE!
Here’s where y’all mfn ninjas come in. I am absolutely the worst when it comes to remembering who did what, where, and how. So I’ll maybe need help with some tags, for folks with expertise in a particular area. Plus, planning and I don’t get along so great, with the head injury and all. I have to write it all out a little at a time, then go back over it, and over it. I’ll probably do some more measuring and thinking and then some drawing once I finish this post. It’s getting a little long so I’ll work on wrapping it up.
But it’ll be about the same setup as I had before, just larger. Sticking to soil, probably Happy Frog again…it’s done well, and it’s what I know, and easy to get locally. Once I nail down the size of the area I’ll use I’ll start planning out the “box” I’ll put everything in. I’m leaning toward a two sided cabinet/wardrobe looking thing. Split it right down the middle (we could live right on the boat…don’t got to pay no rent!) where the divider for the doors is. Then put a shelf in for the nursery and add vents/ducting and fans and whatnot, environmental type stuff, and finally lighting. Oh, and then some plants of course. I also want to insulate it so it’s kept relatively quiet, like the insulation in the freezer did. If you’re smelling what I’m stepping in, I’m keeping it full nonchalant. A little smell is okay, since we smoke, that won’t be a big deal. But I’d rather keep the hum down to a minimum. My current exhaust fan will need a makeover or replaced altogether. It’s efficient, effective, and reliable…but not the quietest. Despite the laws being on my side here, there are some technicalities that might be an issue, so I’m going with the old saying, it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. Anyway, let the discussion fly!
Edit: P.S. all my seeds got lost in one of the moves (oh well), so I’ll be an actual ILGM customer soon! It’s gonna feel like when Wayne finally goes and buys the Strat in Wayne’s World.