So I've never grown before but have a few family members who have successfully. However, the most successful of them isn't on good terms with me so I can't really ask him for advice. Anyways I've read this forum day and night the last few days, I've just recently been thinking of growing about 2 weeks ago. Then a couple days ago a buddy said he wanted to grow something w/me b/c he was kind of in debt so he said he would give me the seeds and also he could get a light for me too. I'm not sure what kind of light it is, I'm almost positive it's not a flourescent though. I'm not too familiar with the difference but it might be an HPS lamp?? So i have seeds and possibly a light, regardless of wether I do this w/him or not I want to do it. After reading a bit I kind of decided I wanted to go with an LST grow possibly with a hydroponic system? I want to do an LST so I could maximize my yeild but also I'm the worst at keeping a schedule so a timer and hydroponic system would be perfect for me. Can I use a hydroponic system with an LST grow? Could that work? Is it a good idea for my first grow? Also, I havent seen a hydroponic system in a "small" amount of space. I'm pretty sure I'm going to use my closet which is sort of shaped like an "L" and could be broken off into a flowering room and a veg room if necessary. Could I build a "mini" hydroponic system if necessary and would it be as efficient as a full sized one(dumb question maybe?) I think I knoe how I'm going to grow but I might need help with setting up my grow area but I'll just wait and see i guess. Couple other simple questions: 1) What are the chances of getting a female plant? If I "need" a female asap should i only plant 2 seeds or should i plant 4,5,etc.? 2) What seeds should I use for my first grow? I want to get a hold of some quality seeds as opposed to bag seed but i dont want to end up planting them and wasting them on a grow that isnt successful. Is it often that plants "just dont grow"? I'm new at this so sorry if some of my questions are obvious. Also sorry if i've asked any questions that have been asked in other threads, I only asked what I didn't see. Any feedback is appreciated.