Since then I've taken some time to research growing a little more, though, I am still a rather uneducated grower, with no experience to go on. So, this'll be a learning experience for me, but I thought that'd be perfect for a grow journal, as if all goes well, it'll encourage others who've never grown before that it's worth a shot - especially people on a tight budget like me
So a couple of weeks ago I ordered my seeds from pickandmixseeds.co.uk (shameless plug), I went for the cheapest nice seeds I could get, since I still feel nervous after my last attempt, and want to spend as little as possible on this grow just in case things go bad.
8x Walkabout - A variety of different strains suited for outdoor growing
2x Kaya Gold - Sativa dominant outdoor strain
2x Shortrider - Indica/Ruderalis autoflowering strain
All my seeds are regular, so that means potentially a handful or less of females, but I figured I'm learning to grow so I may as well learn to deal with males etc too.
My ghetto budget supplies:
7 Small pots + 5 plastic tubs with holes poked in the bottom for drainage
2 Large pots
Generic Potting Soil
I also have 3x 20W 2700K CFLs for my 2 Shortriders which I plan to grow indoors, and once I get some E40 fittings for them I'll probably put my seedlings under them for their first couple of weeks.
6/12 seeds planted
3/6 seeds sprouted
3/3 sprouts alive
Day 1: Friday 13th May
Approx 11pm, placed 3 of my Walkabout seeds in a mug of lukewarm water, covered by a saucer, first germination attempt. Only placing 3 in just in case something goes wrong with the germination/planting, never put all your eggs in one basket, right?
Approx midday, checked on the seeds. All still floating. Tapped all 3 and they sank to the bottom instantly, suggesting they are viable seeds. So far so good.
Filled 5 plastic tubs with some generic potting soil, added a couple of holes for drainage on the bottom of the tubs. Impatience got the better of me, and though the tap roots were not yet showing, I planted all 3 seeds in 3 of the tubs. These tubs are sitting under a window in my garage, unfortunately the light is not completely direct, and it is frosted glass, so they'll probably stretch for light a bit. I'll find a way to deal with this though.
No sign of any seeds sprouting. Starting to worry that something might be wrong.
Two tubs still showing no signs of anything sprouting, but the middle of the three tubs now has a 2 inch high stem, looks like there's some seed casing stuck on the leaves still, but I'll leave it for now. Also, looks like it might be stretching for light a little as expected. Bought 3 cheap 20W (2700K, but they'll do) CFLs today to start my 10 outdoor plants under, and to finish my 2 indoor (Shortriders) under, but don't have any E40 fittings for them yet.
Day 8 - Today:
Looks like it is stretching quite a bit, so I decided until I get some lights on it I'd move it to somewhere with more light. Moved it over to the second garage window now, seems to get better direct sunlight, and the tub is angled towards the window now so that should help too.
Edited by JesusGreen, 27 May 2011 - 08:57 AM.