My First Indoor Grow
I am very excited to be starting my first indoor grow. I would have started much sooner but I decided to save up a little extra money so that way I could afford a half decent set-up and some good seeds. I am not planning on a huge yielding grow, just four feminized auto flowers in a little grow tent in my closet so I can have a good stash. I am starting this journal before I actually purchase any of the equipment so I can get some help from you guys here at AFN on deciding exactly which brands and equipment I want to use. So without further waste of your time, here is what I have planned:
Grow Tent: (60cm X 60cm X 140cm) I hear that the Secret Jardin DR60 is a good buy. I am open to any other suggest brands if anyone has used a good grow tent around this size. I honestly want a 2ft X 4ft X 5ft grow tent, but I can seem to find one of good quality.
Lighting: Blackstar 240w LED from Gotham Hydro. (After seeing what these panels have done with T-shirt's plants, I think its a good buy.) I will also be using CFLís for supplemental lighting. ( Thinking about making a few DIY CFL fixtures, thanks for the idea Andy B! )
Filter and Fan: http://www.amazon.com/Hydropronic-In.../dp/B002ZJNW1S - I am thinking about this one, I know its on the cheap side but has got some good reviews. And I figure I don't need as much ventilation as I would with an HPS so it should serve its purpose.
Soil: 25% Perlite/ 25% Fox Farm Happy Frog/ 50% Fox Farm Ocean Forest
Nutes: Growbig, Tiger Bloom, Big Bloom, Voodoo Juice, Cannabalyze, Mollases (Maybe Humbolt Honey, I need to research this product more.)
Strain: The Joint Dr.ís Easy Ryder Feminized Auto flowers (I hear these are good for beginners) And if my check gets here before the stock is depleted I would love to get my hand on Mossyís PJís.
I will be starting the seeds in Jiffy starter mix in 16oz party cups and use the tiered transplant method. I am also going to be bubbling my water to saturate it with O2. Thanks to Full Duplexís Guide to Hefty Autoís! I might experiment with a little LSTing and fan leaf tucking, but I will have to research both these methods a little more. I imagine they will be beneficial for helping the plants absorb the most light from the LED.
If I can find a decent 2ft X 4ft X 5ft grow tent I plan on using it to stagger grow 6-8 AFís. ( This one might do for my budget http://www.amazon.com/LED-Wholesaler...3683200&sr=1-1 ) I figure I can keep 0-30 day old plants under CFL lighting on one side of the tent and the 30 day plus flowering girls on the other side with the Blackstar. (Of course I will have a few CFLís on the flowering side to help supplement the LED as well. ) Does anyone see a problem with this plan?
If anyone seeís anything that Iím doing wrong, or right lol, please let me know. I will greatly appreciate any and all feedback and suggestions. Trust me I will not be offended because I am a complete noob grower (I have run about 3 outdoor random bagseed grows with MG Soil and Nutes lol, so I am not counting that.)
I also need some good suggestions on quality brands of the following items:
PH Meters (Soil and Liquid)
Thanks for your time :D