this seems very elementary and i have looked around but seem to get alot of different options and answers...
I am looking for the best grow medium to start with... I have never grown before and am wanting to give myself the best shot at success.
I guess if I had to pick today I would lean toward growing in jiffy disks(cups) from germination and then transplanting to a 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 perlite, 1/3 sphagnum pete moss (sp) mixture.
I checked at my local garden store and didnt see any soil that said it was sterilized and I dont feel like cooking my soil.
Do you think the perlite, vermiculite, pete moss is a viable option or are there better options for me? I have watched all kinds of grow vids and read tons of post on the forums and I seem to be more confused now than when i started ( I would have used potting soil to begin with)
btw my setup is
400 watt switchable hps/mh for the actual grow and two 40 watt agrosun 48" bulbs for seedlings and to get the babies started.
(My fear and reasoning for the questions are this... I am afraid if i use the soilless mix disussed uptop I wont know when to fertilize. I have read it will not provide much nutritional value if any at all. Otherwise if you use top soil... i could introduce bugs or a time bomb of nutrients on my new children)
Any input would be greatly appreciated.