Hi guys, I have been lurking around for a couple of days, and this forum seems like an awesome resource. I have decided to get into growing my own, but I have not actually done anything yet. I still have to purchase all my gear and supplies. Here is a brief summary of where I think I’m headed at this point:
This will be in a tent. That’s how this all started, we saw some tents advertised, and got to looking, and before long here I am excited about the prospect. I have been looking at VIVOSUN’s stuff, but I did seem some negative mentions on here about their lights. I liked the idea of putting all my stuff together in one place so I was sure it would all work together, more or less. We’re in Virginia, so the law man says we get 4 plants total for the household, so that’s my target size. I have been looking at the 48x24x60 or the 48x48x80 tents. Am I reasonable to think I can get 4 well-tended flourishing Autos in the 4x4 box? What about the 2x4, I feel like that’s too small for more than a couple of plants? I don’t really have a good sense of scale on this, since my previous mj prep experience involves opening a baggie.
The second (first?) most important thing in this is the lighting. As I said, I was thinking about just doing the kit thing from VIVOSUN, but now after reading here some, I feel like those might not be the best choice. I’d welcome anyone’s experienced input on what brand and model/size lights would work in my two proposed tent sizes. If I’m spending the cash to get this started, I want to grow big beautiful dank buds, in as great a quantity as I can. To that end, I want to have the right gear out of the gate. I can’t afford gold-plated everything, but I don’t want to skimp and have regrets before the first crop comes in. So please give me some realistic suggestions.
I am planning so far on starting out with some Autoflower seeds, and growing them in dirt. I saw some folks here and elsewhere saying good things about the Fox Farms Ocean Forest, and it seems like that is kind of easy mode with regards to nutrition? Like I can just water with plain water until some time after they start making flowers, then supplement with some liquid food? Is that a reasonable newbie plan? Again, I’m just laying out my proto-plans here, looking for a sanity check. It looks like I should be able to plant my sprouted seeds directly into their pots with the lights further away or dimmed down until they get their legs under them. Oh that brings another question. Give all of the above, am I looking for 3-gallon or 5-gallon pots? I thought the nonwoven cloth ones looked and sounded cool.
So that’s the first hundred questions posted. I am sure I will have another hundred before long. I am hoping to get everything assembled for an early October planting, so I have time to figure all this stuff out.
Thanks for reading, and thanks in advance for your input.