About 10 weeks ago I started to let my soil build. This was at the start of the covid thing and being out of work and not knowing what work was coming I want to do this cheap. I found decent organic soil at the dollar store on sale for 2 bucks a bag. Some peat and other good things in there and mixed it 50/50 with black kow store bought compost. Then mixed in 30 tables spoons of Dr. Earths home grown organic premixed dry nutes, and I have been adding organic matter as well. Mostly egg shells and fruit leftovers. The soil looks and smells amazing. Dark and rich.
Now to the plants. I plan on growing 3 ladies in my tent. 1 White Widow XL fast, 1 Jack Herrer, and my first cbd strain Critical Mass cbd. I started them a few days ago in jiffy pucks and all but the CM cbd have popper and are in solo cups. I was going to leave them in my shop which stays around 85°f but we have a heat wave and it reached 101°in there. So, I have moved them to the tent and will be in there with the two ladies I have finishing the last two weeks.
My grow space…
I use a 2x4 tent with a 4inch fan pulling through a 4 inch filter. Has worked great. I run 2 marshydro ts1000s in there turned down a little bit. I use a lux meter on my phone as the mars does not have a % that u have ur lights turned down on the dial or knob used to turn down. I find that 22,000 to 26,000 lux on my phone is perfect. Any higher and my plants burn. Now I know that the lux meter on my phone is not exact but it does give me a useful reference point to know where I am at. I use tap water set out. My tap tds is between 117 and 86. And I will only water when my pots feel light or the top inch is dry. I use 5 gal smart pots as well, 2 to 3 clip fans and keep my temps around 75. I will use a humidifier or dehumidifier if needed. I like about 75% in veg and around 50% RH in flower. I start the plant off in seedling soil tell they are big enough to stand the hot soil.
So cost so far.
Cheap organic soil from DG. 5 buchs for 2 bags
Black kow was 5 bucks for 50 liters
Dr. Earths home grown was 8 bucks at the time on Amazon.
And perlite I had already and I will mix it 70%soil 30% perlite.
So, around 20 bucks for about 20 gallons of super soil. Not bad.
I know I forgot a few.