You guys are incredible help. I am going to pour over all the responses even more when the coffee hits good.
Money is not an obstactle, however, I am not keen on throwing it away either. With the GH I have been able to grow some really nice, fat, smooth smoking buds. I actually had to reorder all the bottles about a month ago and have them. The bottles lasted two grows other than CaliMagic and the Supreme Growers Silica (silica is like the magic bullet for them).
Per the light: yes, I am stretching that a bit. I am only going to grow four plants this time, yeah right… but I do have the first light I got, a UFO light I could add. Or I may can add a smaller Mars Hydro to link to it. But when I was ‘gifted’ with the new tent I told him I didn’t think I had to upgrade and could use everything I have, I found out right off the 4" inline fan the tent came with was only 170 CFMs and not enough so right off I had to but the new inline fan. I am sure he wouldn’t mind me buying another light but I want to kind of put that off for the next grow if I can.
I appreciate the information on the Coco Loco. I have a big bag of Ocean and bag of Happy Frog. I can put the Coco Loco in the garden boxes next year. Maybe when I transplant some of my asparagus crowns, they will need a looser substrate for awhile and I will just mix it in there. I appreciate that information. Should I just use the Happy Frog?
I am not sure why I stuck with distilled water. Maybe worrying the valves would clog up with the well water? I did use a Zero water filter early on and it was so slow went with distilled. We are looking to get an under sink filter now. The TDS of our water is 268 and the pH is 7.58. I like to keep pH around 5.86 to 6 on my reservoir. Probably because I read it somewhere.
It seems like each grow I do is a steep learning curve with something new. This grow was managing autoflowers. First grow was just growing and managing plants that outgrew the tent. I have known for some while that I need to really dial in nutrients and learn about them and be a bit more knowledgable and this grow seems to be that lesson plan. CO2 is next and that is pretty daunting but I am not going to worry so much about it at this time. The nutrient thing though has been on my mind for some time. And really, I do like to keep things simple. I have not had any nutrient issues, I learned to spot calcium/mag deficiency pretty quick early on. And that has been the only issue to ever show up. By dumb luck I have managed to keep them all looking great and not overwatering or over applying nutes. I did use full CaliMagic this grow rather than half or quarter with the other nutes as these plants I am finishing up really demanded it. That has been about as challenging as it has gone. But I am at the point that if I am going to invest money and time in this, I want to make sure I am doing the best I can, not necessarily meaning spending money but good quality products and that may not be the fancy label ones, and getting a nice product. I am super picky about gifting my bud to friends unless it meets my high standards. I have several half gallon jars of Wedding Cake that was harvested too early from first grow (still no a bad smoke) my bad for listening to someone when my gut said no, but I won’t even hardly give that away as it is not up to my expectations and not sure what I will do with it at this point. I am looking at rosin presses and may just use it in my topicals. (BTW, I do not sell anything I grow.)
Time: THAT is what I have a lot of! This autoflower grow has been disappointing in that it needs so little of my attention. It has been downright boring. The only things in my life going on is still training for insane ultra trail races and weight training to support that. While I am loving my retirement I need something to keep my busy and I can happily lose hours of time in my grow room. The mushroom grow I have going on is pretty much like watching paint dry. Not much to do with it. So time I can spare in loads. Money is not endless but enough to get what I need for a good grow. Which I reason, and this is the reason I won’t ever grow autos inside again, maybe outside, it costs the same in electricity with the light, fans, etc., and it seems to be taking every bit as long to harvest as I watch an 8-10 week auto finisher on week 14 just simmering along not yet ready, I might as well grow photos and get the most yield out I can and still retain some quality bud.
If I was honest with myself and you guys, I have this dream of having a small boutique production grow of top quality bud that I can eventually market. Now that is most likely way off, but it seems the political climate in New Mexico to recreational is leaning more and more positive now.