Woah! Don’t be too blown away by the creativity of that title!!
Hello everyone, and thanks for checking out my grow journal. I’m brand new to this entire process, so I should have lots of trial and error in the upcoming months for you all to sit back, smoke up, and get a good laugh at if you want to follow along.
To take you on a bit of a journey, I have severe depression and anxiety issues which is what led me to cannabis in the first place. after 20 years of meds/therapy and not much relief, I decided to give this amazing plant a try to see if it would help. that was about 7 years ago. Since then, I have become a believer in this plants amazing ability to span the wide gap that the meds and therapy left.
However, my state has very limited medical applications for cannabis, and to get to the point, I am not eligible. Unless the laws change (which it is looking like they will in the next few years with any luck), I have had no choice but to get my supply via the black market. I’m sure I’m in good company here when I say that’s not something I’m overjoyed to have had to do. As you all know, there are a fair amount of risks involved which really do not help my original issue of anxiety.
I’ve spent the last few years weighing these risk factors against the idea of growing my own. but never really thought it would be feasible to grow my own. A few friends have also been kicking around the idea. one of which, just got a grobo and is in the process of their first grow. So far, it’s just a seedling.
However, in talking with them, I realized the biggest concern I have is of course the smell. I live in a city where it is very common to smell Cannabis pretty much at anytime of the day throughout the city. That is not to say it’s legal here, per se, but my city has a fairly hands off approach. I have a 2 story, 3 bedroom Old School town home/row home, and I know for a fact many of my neighbors are tokers. My landlord is pretty hands off, so I’m really only concerned about the odd event that the landlord may make a visit for the odd problems.
I am planning on having this set up on the second floor in one room with a grow tent. The tent I have selected is a 36" x 48" X 72" which will be housed in a room 8’ x 8’ x 8’. I have ordered a 6 inch fan 440 CFM, and a 6"x18" carbon filter. My plan is to grow 1-4 plants.
I’m also considering adding a second fan/filter for outside the tent in the event that the smell does get too intense, and/or the LL has to make a visit.
I’d be lying if I said I’m not a little nervous about this whole process, having never grown before and with certain factors being outside of my control. However, I’m sure I’m also among good company here who have also felt this anxiety before growing their first time.
I have already ordered my first batch of seeds this week from ILGM, the Blue mix pack. I am waiting for them to arrive. In the meantime some of the equipment I have ordered has arrived already, but some is still on the way.
As a side note, I have also ordered some other equipment to set up a full hydroponic garden for herbs, vegetables, and pretty much whatever I can grow. With all the insanity 2020 has brought, I’m trying to become as self sufficient as possible, including my “medicine”.
My goal, with any luck, is to try to clone, and of course, ILGM will be my place for any seeds I need, as I’m sure my early cloning attempts will fail miserably.
if you would like a run down of the equipment I have purchased, here you go:
VIVOSUN 2-in-1 48”x36”x72”
DWC SELF-Watering Bubbler Kit with 4 grow sites
VIVOSUN 6 Inch 440 CFM Inline Duct Fan
VIVOSUN 6 Inch Air Carbon Filter with Reversible Flange 6"x 18"
VIVOSUN 6 Inch Noise Reducer Silencer for Inline Duct Fan
VIVOSUN 6 Inch 8 Feet Black Non-Insulated Flex Air Aluminum Ducting
VIPARSPECTRA 600W LED Full Spectrum Lights with Bloom/Veg
SkyGenius Battery Operated Clip On Oscillating Desk Fan, Portable Rechargeable Mini Personal Fan
TaoTronics 4L Wi-Fi Smart Cool Mist Humidifier
VIVOSUN pH and TDS Meter
Top Secondary Chamber for Seedling/Clone Propagation:
MIXC 1020 Flat Trays with Humidity Dome Germination kit for seedlings/clones
Durolux DL822N T5 HO 2Ft 2 Fluorescent Lamp 7" wide
VIVOSUN 10"x20.75" Seedling Heat Mat and Digital Thermostat Combo Set
Bottom Secondary Chamber for Early Veg:
MAXSISUN 600W LED Grow Light, Full Spectrum LED
Rapid Rooter Plant Starters, 50 Plugs
pH Control Kit For A Balanced Nutrient Solution
Flora Grow, Bloom, Micro Combo Fertilizer set, 1 Quart (Pack of 3)
Botanicare Hydroguard Bacillus Root Inoculant, 1-Quart
HydroDynamics Clonex Rooting Gel, 100 ml
ClonexClone Solution Clone & Seedling Nutrient, Quart
Smart Power Strip Wifi Smart Plug and App Control
Apollo Horticulture Stainless Steel 1/4" Adjustable Grow Light Rope Hanger
Countertop Portable Universal 5-stage Reverse Osmosis RO Purification Water System with DI Deionizing Mixed Bed
Digital Wireless Microscope USB WiFi 50X to 1000X 8 LED Lights Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android Smartphone, Mac, Windows
There you have it. That is my journey thus far. I welcome any feedback/suggestion/criticisms you may have. I look forward to posting more in the near future.