I harvested a Tundra from the garden mid October and have been thoroughly enjoying her smoke. After Christmas fun the stocks are looking a bit diminished so it's definitely time to get going with my indoor loft grow. I'm really looking forward to having some variety in my stocks again too
Strains: I have to start with an apology to Sweet Seeds and Withnail. I obtained seeds for the Sweet Seeds grow diary competition but then was unable to afford the fan and filter to get set up indoors and join the competition. Hopefully I can do a good job of representing the sweet seeds strains now! I will be planting one each of Cream Caramel, Wild Rose and Flash Back #2. Dealer is not an option and I'm slightly worried about the Tundra lasting till then so I'm adding a feminised Pakistani Valley from World of Seeds and two regular Short Riders from Nirvana to provide an early harvest.
Environemt: Plants will be started in a cupboard in the spare room before moving up to a box in the loft (currently in construction) which I will cover with loft insulation. Intake will be passive and drawn from the chimney (the chimney stack has been removed from loft floor level upwards leaving a nice big hole which should hopefully supply a fairly stable intake air temperature). Extract will be a 125mm Ruck and filter with air exhausted through a metal chimney type vent in the house roof.
Lighting: The plants will be started under a blue 125w CFL before being moved up to sit around a vertically hung unshaded HPS bulb. The HPS is an old light from a friend that has been used for one grow in the past. A desk fan will blow upwards onto the bulb and I will surround it with a cylinder of mesh to train the plants around. The mesh should ensure the plants are kept at about 20cm from the light all the way around the bulb. The filter will then sit above the bulb hopefully creating a good throughput of air over the bulbs surface. The autos will follow the Sweet seeds lighting cycle so will probably have their last few weeks under 12/12, they may stay under a red 125w CFL depending on how the space works out.
Compost and nutrients: The plants will be started in seedling and cutting compost and will then be potted up first into B&Q MP with John Innes no.1, then no.2 and lastly no.3 if they get big enough to need it. I will be adding Rock dust to the compost and using Root Grow at each pot up, Maxicrop Seaweed extract will also be used as a root drench. Nutrients will be BioBizz Fish mix and bloom.
Anyway I'm off to plant some beans
Edited by net2-3, 04 January 2010 - 09:31 PM.