Hey guys. Hope you all are doing well. I've been reading these forums like crazy for the past 2 days. Tons of great information. So my girlfriend and I rented Pineapple Express a few nights ago. Pretty funny movie. My favorite part was the car chase when Saul had his foot out the windshield. I was laughing my ass off! Anyways, just a brief background about myself. I used to smoke A LOT of pot during my teenage years. Then I quit because I started my career and had to put a lot of focus on what I wanted to do with my life. Now I'm beginning to explore growing my own stuff because I would NEVER spend $125 on a quarter of quality pot. Can't believe people are charging that much! I ordered some seeds from attitude. Got the Northern Soul Femenized seeds. They are also throwing in some Thai Super Skunk seeds as a promotion I guess. I should have them sometime next week if everything goes right. This will be my first time to grow. I used to grow mushrooms and had pretty good success so I figure growing some pot shouldn't be any more difficult...right? The plan is to grow 1 plant to see how well I do. I will be growing this in a closet which is approximately 4'x4'. I'm about to go to Home Depot and pick up some CFL's (4x26w 6500k's and 4x23w 2700k's). I'm going to buy some of the clip-on style lamps along with the Y-Adapters. Going to try and find some organic potting soil as well. Oh and a couple of 5 gallon pots. Plastic is cheaper than clay I would assume. My newbie questions are... Is it safe to just plant the seed a half inch under the soil (needs to be moist from what I have read and to NOT overwater) and skip the "germinating" process with putting the seeds in a cup of water? I have read some people do it this way whereas others germinate using the paper towel method or cup of water method. Should I use all 4x26w 6500k lights during the veg stage from the very beginning? Or should I use 2 of the bulbs for the sprouting process and then switch to 4 bulbs once the plant has grown to say 6" tall? Can I start growing from the 5 gallon pot? Or do I need to start from a smaller container such as a cup or something and then transplant to the 5 gallon pot? I am sure I will come up with other questions as I go along but these two are the ones that come to mind as of right now. Cheers!