I've wanted to grow for a while now but until recently I didn't have a suitable place to set up an indoor grow. My wife and I finally got our own place a few months ago and that eventually led to getting the equipment to try some indoor growing. This is my first real grow and I've already made a lot of mistakes but I'm learning from them and trying to get things going in the right direction. So far, things are going OK. I can already tell that I have caught the growing bug bad! Lol. Every morning I get up before work and check my plants. All day at work I wonder how they're doing and when I get home in the evening I check them, and then I usually check them once or twice more before bedtime. I'm obsessed, I think. Lol. I love growing so far. I can just sit and look at them and they make me smile. The first mistakes were trying to use Miracle Gro and not having big enough containers to grow in. Next time I'm going organic and I've got 7 gallon cloth pots on the way to grow in. This is a " budget" grow. I've got a little over $600 in equipment so far. Equipment I'm using: -Apollo Horticulture Purple Reign ballast 400-1000 watts. -Apollo Horticulture 1000 watt bulbs- MH for Veg. HPS for Flowering -iPower GLARCL6 Little Sun, air cooled reflector hood. -iPower 96"x48"x80" grow tent -VIVOSUN 6" fan and filter. My wife is a long time smoker and she's the one who actually got things started. She started a bunch of seeds after a coworker told her about how he was growing in his closet. I started doing some research and realized pretty quickly that a tent would be much easier to grow in than a closet. So, we ordered a tent, light, fan and filter. I had the seedlings growing under CFL's until the real grow light came in. The night we got our equipment, we transferred the plants into pots and I set up the light. That same night, I lowered the 1000 watt Metal Halide way too low and cooked a few leaves. I thought I'd killed them at first and it took a few days for them to start recovering but they made it through that and they're doing much better now. The seeds were from some marijuana that my dad was growing right before he died last year. He had started some plants and wasn't able to care for them due to his deteriorating health. I set them out and was gonna take care of them but got distracted by dad's worsening condition. When I finally went back to check on them they were full of seeds. I figured we might as well save the seeds and try again sometime. Dad always grew and smoked pretty good stuff so I'm hoping these turn out to have some "kick". Lol. I guess you could say that this grow is dedicated to my dad. He would have loved indoor growing. He always wanted to do it but my mom would never let him at their house. Lol. This is right before I got my equipment. Still growing under CFL's. Here's a couple of shots of the poor little plants after I fried them with the MH. Fast forward a couple of weeks and they've really made a come back! I've started some LST on them. I waited kinda late because I honestly didn't know if they were going to survive and I actually hadn't read up on training very much. I'm gonna let them veg a while longer. I want them big and strong before I switch to flowering.