Welcome one and all! Can you smell what the Chef is cookin'? (I sure hope not!!!) This will be my first grow journal as well as my first grow. I've done a ton of reading (still am) and have changed my direction three or four times since I started seriously considering this right about New Year. You can see the progress of my grow space here, if you care to. But here is the current plan of attack. 600W dimmable HID light. Currently running MH at 75% on 20/4 cycle. Large SIP tray with perlite and water. (Mortar pan) Three 5 gallon smart pots with organic soil that has cooked for about a month* Northern Storm Auto Fem's - Free seeds with my first order Small space heater (yet to be purchased) to help with temps in my basement Assorted fans and lift elements as needed The NSAF's are soaking right now. They will go in the smart pots tomorrow. You can also see four Bagginses that are hanging on from my germination experiments. They get to stay along for the ride until they show themselves to be male or not. Plan on doing some LST suppercropping unless that is frowned upon for Auto's. I am also doing the auto's first because they have the shortest time to harvest and it is dry around here. Plus, if all goes well these will be dried and into the cure jars by my birthday. Sweet! About 30-40 days out from anticipated harvest I have some White Rhino and Thai Stick lined up for round two. Doing the photo sensitives during the warmer months will let me run the lights all night and leave them in cooler darkness during the heat of the day. My basement stays pretty cool all summer, which is a blessing in the deep south. *My soil is pretty close to the Easy Organic Soil Mix for Beginners in the Organic forum. It has been "cooking" since 1/12 but it is a bit cool down there. Also I didn't get any tea on it for a couple of weeks since my pump hadn't arrive yet. But it smells pretty good and hasn't torched the bag seeds yet.