Preparing for my first grow, hows my shopping list?

Hello ILGM community, Im looking forward to the advice you can give me!. As this is my first grow and I have no experience, Id like if you guys could give some input onto the shopping list I’ve created. I will be setting this grow setup in an extra bedroom/storage area, however I would still like this room to keep a fairly fresh scent, and I do not want it to leak into the rest of the house.

Grow Tent:
PH Kit:

If there is anything you would suggest I use instead of any of the items I listed, please let me know. I am also wondering if I will need to buy 2 carbon filters, as the lighting is air cooled. Can I just run air from outside the tent, through the lighting, to outside? Or do I need a carbon filter attached as well. Im obviously going to have a carbon filter with a fan going from the tent, to outside to mask the smell.

You’ll probably want a fan control switch of some kind. The fan will suck your tent inside out if you don’t slow it down a bit. Ok, so maybe not inside out but it will be cranking air and loud. I use LED so can’t help with the duct question. You’ll need other stuff as well, like a PH meter, thermometer, hygrometer, soil, pots, timer, etc. etc.

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I nearly forgot about the fan control, thanks for the reminder matthew! And I already have bought the smaller items :slight_smile: Such as pots, thermometer etc. Does this pot soil look good? I meant to link it in the original post.

Here is my list so far… Might give you ideas…

  • Lasko 2521 Oscillating Stand Fan, 16-Inch 1 ea

  • Simple Deluxe HIWKLTCLAMPLIGHTM Clamp Lamp Light w/ 8.5-Inch Reflector, 150-Watt, 6-Foot Cord, UL Listed 2 ea

  • 3 Way ( Straight Shaped ) with Plug Locations On The left, Right, and Middle – Wall Outlet Splitter Triple Prong Wall Plug Adapter– Green Color 1 ea

  • SPL Horticulture GLRP18 Pair of 1/8" Adjustable Grow Light Rope Hanger w/ Improved Metal Internal Gears 4 2-pk

  • Ideal-Air 380037 Noise Reduction Clamp, 6" 1 ea

  • VIVOSUN 6 Inch Noise Reducer Silencer for Inline Duct Fan 1 ea

  • Covery 3 in 1 Soil Tester Moisture Meter, Light and PH acidity Tester, Plant Tester 1 ea

  • Chapin 20000 1-Gallon Poly Lawn and Garden Sprayer 2 ea

  • Philips 433557 23W 100-watt T2 Twister 6500K CFL Light Bulb 1 4-pk

  • 200 Count- Jiffy 7 Peat Soil 42mm Pellets Seeds Starting Plugs 1 200-pk

  • Stansport Reinforced Multi-Purpose Tarp 2 ea

  • G-LEAF 5-Gallon 10-Bag Grow Bag, Grow Pot for Plant 1 10-pk

  • General Hydroponics GH1514 Ph Control Kit 1 each

  • VIVOSUN 440 CFM 6" Inline Duct Fan with 6" Carbon Filter Odor Control with Australia Virgin Charcoal 1 ech

  • Growsun 60"x60"x80" Horticulture Grow Tent 5x5 Indoor Growing Tents Mylar Hydroponic Grow Room 1 ea

  • VIPARSPECTRA Reflector-Series 900W LED Grow Light Full Spectrum for Indoor Plants Veg and Flower 2 ea

  • Pack of 3 - 22 Oz Durable Empty Spray Bottles 1 3-pk

  • Yield Lab 5ft. x 15ft (60 in x 180 in) Soft Mesh Trellis Netting 1 ea

  • Fox Farm FX14049 Liquid Nutrient Trio Soil Formula: Big Bloom, Grow Big, Tiger Bloom 1 ech

  • Century 7 Day Heavy Duty Digital Programmable Timer - Dual Outlet 1 ea

  • 10 Plant Growing Trays (No Drain Holes) 1 10-pk

  • Digital Aid Professional pH Meter with Large Backlit LCD Screen 1 ea

  • Foxfarm FX14000 Ocean Forest Soil, Smart Naturals, 1.5 cubic feet 3 ea

  • White Widow Seeds 1 10-pk

  • My Cozy Home Pruner - Bypass Pruning Shears with Safety Lock 1 ea

  • Century 7 Day Heavy Duty Digital Programmable Timer - Dual Outlet 1 ea

  • iPower GLDUCT25C Non-Insulated Ducting Aluminum Foil Vent with 2 Clamps, 25-Feet 6-Inch 1 ea

  • AcuRite 00613 Indoor Humidity Monitor 1 ea

  • Lasko 2004W 2-Speed Clip Fan, 6-Inch, White 1 ea

  • 3’ Fixture Chain, Nickel - 2 Pack 1 2-pk

  • Hydrofarm HGS16P Green Premium Saucer 1 10-pk

  • Camco 40043 TastePURE Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector 1 ea

  • 6 Inch Plastic Flower Seedlings Nursery Supplies Planter Pot/pots Containers 1 40-pk

  • Farmer in the Glen 10"x20.75" Waterproof Seedling Heat Mat for Hydroponics, Propogation and Cloning - Mat Only 1 ea

  • Apex REM 15 15-Foot Connector Hose 1 ea

  • A1001 Heavy Duty Brass Y 2 Way Garden Hose Connector Brass 2-Way Splitter 1 ea

I use FoxFarm Ocean with about 25% perlite added. Probably many more people here who can better help than me. I’m starting up after not growing for 20 years so we’re pretty much in the same boat :slight_smile:

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I can tell you the fan/air noise was my biggest concern. My system is in the basement and I could hear it upstairs - Even with the switch set to low. I ended up using a variac so I could control to any speed I want. It’s legal where I am in a few weeks so I guess I shouldn’t worry about the noise much. There might always be certain people you don’t want to know so quiet is better.

Thanks for your list, there are a few things there such as the netting, which could come in quite handy! How well would you say that carbon filters work? Lets say I had the air pumped out the window, is it a noticeable smell? And does it stink up the whole house? Or just mainly the room thats being used

I’m not far enough along to answer that, literally just starting back up like you. My understanding is they work very well. Out a window would help the inside but anyone around that part of the house outside might smell it. I’m going to see what happens. Not so much a big deal now that MA has legalized (12/15 effect date). I’m expecting the carbon filter to do a pretty damn good job (fingers crossed)

The netting is used for SCROG. you can google it or check out the video I posted in this thread. It helps utilize all available light by keeping the tops equal height and spread out.

There are many, many, more qualified people to help you here than me. I just thought seeing someone else’s list might help. I don’t claim to be an expert by any means but I’ll happily share whatever I’m doing and whether or not it works for me.

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Hmm alright, our house is pretty secluded, but I’m still a tad nervous because in WI, weed has not been legalized. I’m thinking about maybe having the air flow back into the room instead, and using a dehumidifier if needed. I just want to keep the house smelling fresh too you know,so sending it outside would be optimal haha

Mine is circulating back in the room. I’m ready to be able to send it out a window if I need to but I hope not.

I’m still in disbelief that MA passed recreational use. Our state is pretty uptight about stuff. But, I’ve been waiting over 30 years for this. I’m taking full advantage :slight_smile:

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Hmm, thats most likely the route I’ll take, after my first grow, things will be a lot clearer. Thanks for your input, anything is appreciated right now! What site did you order your seeds from? Im planning on ordering them from the shop here

Ordered from here of course :slight_smile:

Howd the process go? Get all your seeds in one try?

Still waiting. Which is good. It gave me time to read, read, read and set-up. Should be here any day… I’m like a little kid waiting for his Cap’n Crunch decoder ring to show up in the mail :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

I should add the ordering process was very smooth. My CC had an issue (international charge) and they let me know right away. I let my bank know I was expecting the charge and they shipped the next day. So far I love this site and all the people on. Very helpful!

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I would get a bigger tent i’m not sure how much space you have but you will wish you had more room one plant could fill that thing in a heartbeat

Half way through vegetation my tent stank the whole house out. I am using a 500mm Phat Filter and works perfectly, can’t even smell it in the room, fully recommend 1. I am using cool tube light with ducting out my tent then to fan then ducted to carbon filter. I need my fan and filter outside tent because of high temperature where I live.

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My name is Will or garrigan62 and I would like to Welcome you to ILGM Forum.
I don’t use filters cause I vent straight in the addict. But to have one or two on hand wouldn’t hurt. best to be ready than not…
best of luck in your grow.
If you ever have any questions you just ask…ok


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I let my first grow go w/o filter; 2x4x5 tent, 400W HID, 1 plant. YES, it smells up the whole house! People do notice and eventually, after talking about it all to themselves, will ask you about it. Luckily, I could shamelessly blame the youngsters present. :smiley: On 3rd grow now and venting is all on outside of tent, but still in basement, there is no smell anywhere except when I open the tent door! It Works Wonders! I vent out to fan ‘sucking’ air out of tent and ‘blowing’ directly into can filter sitting on floor. Ready to go outside with it if/when needed. Good Luck!