Feels good to be back in the growing section again!!!
So this past weekend I found myself in a position with a little extra 'fun money'. For some reason, I felt it was necessary to change it up a bit and use the cash for something other than weed. So Monday rolls around, and it dawns on me - I have a neglected grow box collecting dust in the garage! This kills two birds with one stone, as I can a) not spend a small fortune on weed, and save future fun money for other things. My mind was made, right then and there.
Fast forward to yesterday. I grabbed some supplies at the shop (new lights, extra fan, cloning supplies, soil, etc.) and got to work. I removed the old internal lighting and fan system, which was just a bunch of household sockets wired in an array. Replaced those fixtures with the first new bulb, then installed my fans. I was about ready to order some seeds, but then a couple friends came through and set aside a clone from each of their next batches. By next week, I'll have my future AK47 and Kalichakra (Mandala Seeds) mothers sitting in the cab.
Okay, so here's the skinny on my growbox:
22" Length x 15" Width x 22" Height = 2ft Cubed
125 Watt 6500k CFL, 125 Watt 2700k CFL
Two 4" duct fans (80cfm rating each). One out, one in.
As you can tell, there's only one lamp in here right now. Waiting for the second one to come in next week.
I let it run for about four hours last night. When I check it at the end of said time, the internal temperature was a cool 65F. I think the second light (and being in a closet, opposed to a basement) will help bring the temps up to the mid-high 70s.
This box was part of an earlier design I put together. That previous system will essentially remain the same (it's a good system!). It's a typical sea of green technique, just on a smaller and more efficient scale. I'll flower my clones in one liter soda bottles, of which I can pack twenty-four in my cabinet. Each clone will grow into a fat, singular cola.
I like to harvest often, so my grow will eventually be perpetual. Factoring space for the twenty-four containers and an average eight week flowering cycle - every two weeks I'll cut six clones and put six new ones in the box.
I'm going to start with organic soil (Fox Farm Ocean Forest) for the first couple batches, but I'm going to switch to hempys down the road. You can get some incredible yields off small containers and they're SO DAMN EASY!!!
Anyway, my goal here is to have a small, confined, and easily portable garden that can pump out an ounce of dank every two weeks. Perfect for my own casual use. If I can hit an average of just over 4 grams per clone - I'll be in really good shape.
But yeah. My eyes hurt and it's time for sleep. I'll update as soon as the clones come in.