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Hobbit Hole

Discussion in 'Grow Diaries' started by The Jewels, Feb 28, 2019.

  1. Our doorway for the basement access tucks under the second story stairwell . The opening is only about 5 ft tall , and for as long as we have lived here, we have lovingly referred it to it as "The Hobbit Hole" .

    My wife is licenced for 20 plants, and last fall we started getting busy down there.
    ,,,and we built this 20190217_104402.jpg

    It does not appear much , but , that photo illustrates the successful manipulation of the environment . I had carved out a space that could provide heat, light and humidity for our endeavour .
    The basement location has a concrete floor. I keep a porcelain cup full of water on the bare floor, today it was 8 degrees Celsius. The ambient air in the room is fairly consistent day and night at 13 Celsius .
    For the garden space , I shrouded in a nook that has drywall on three sides. I cordoned off a bubble of plastic film lining the walls and opening. I then installed an additional layer, this time using blue house wrap, seen in all the photos . I have never seen anyone else use it , although, it was free and I had a whole roll of it . I figured if it could keep moisture out of a house, it could keep moisture in a grow room.
    The blue material comprises one entire wall and also the pedestrian opening . The final dimensions of the room are just short of 6 feet wide and I ran it about 12 ft long . I ended up closing in a flower room at the far end. I may have goofed up the ratio somewhat. The flower room as it sits right now is the full five and a half feet wide , but I only took four and a half feet depth. 0e31c38f-2b41-4284-9281-f8dfc716a575.jpg
    I perhaps should have gone for more depth.
    Dunno
    We will see .

    Something I should admit @ this point - to anyone interested, is I am shooting for a zero buget build.
    I have kept ponds and aquariums for years now , and I own just about every tool I know how to use. I seem to have everything I need it on hand to get this project rolling .
    And while I am in the confessional, I will also mention that the grow that I am documenting is already in progress- I have the plants in flower at the moment.
    I considered jumping in from today but, I felt introductions were in order, as I have been lurking on this site for some time and I wanted to post up my adventure ,so anyone smarter than me can avoid all of the stupid things that I have done over the last few months.
    I have been keeping a consistent photo log of these plants growth and development .
    So we start at the beginning . 20190227_145501.jpg
    This is a jar,,,notice there is no weed in it.
    That is the beginning and the end right there, my friend.
    I want this jar to be full of weed so I decided I was going to have to do something about that .
    On our first crack everything went along swimmingly . Seedling came up, went hard , vegged for a bit, and was totally a dude.
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    That was fun.
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    Had another go at it .Planted two this time .
    Still no luck ..Alls balls .
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    I am getting pissy now . They were some fine plants .I tell myself that it is a learning experience and indeed I was starting to get some confidence - I am battling to provide a comfy environment for these things despite the harsh surrounding conditions. I know I can keep them alive now ---I just need some pink !
    They were nice enough, just no good to me .
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    Winter was setting in. Things were getting chilly .
    I know these boys got to go, so I decide to f*** with them a little bit. How
    would you like to spend the night without a heater ?
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    That was 13 C.
    Bastards looked fine the day .
    So I cut them down
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    It was looking like a sad Christmas.
    Dont despair,,,
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    Santa brought me these Angels.
     
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  2. Interesting grow. What strain are you growing?
     
  3. Dec 30th
    20181230_022624_HDR.jpg Happy new Year !
    Late to the party.
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    Jan 2nd
     
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  4. I think the males were all Northern lights.
    These ones are Death Bubba ? Bubble? Murder? Am I talking sense ?
    I dunno they, were gifted to my wife .
    Perhaps I forget .
    She would know.
    :cool:
     
  5. Here is the leggy xmas sprouts
    10 days from heads up
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    Look good, both ways
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  6. 11 days up
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    20190107_225610.jpg Her first split leaf was a five pointer.
    I was proud .
     
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  7. January 9th
    ,,, sooo, they are a full week (10 days) or
    2 weeks old (14 days)
    They are all 4 supposedly the same and
    I dont know who is who @ this point.
    I thought of them collectively. 20190109_195402_HDR.jpg
     
  8. 11 days
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    Two days later
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  9. Repot 18 days .
    Moved to 400 hid
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  10. Found my C02 meter and got a box of juice .
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    Stay tuned
    S*** starts get'n outta hand.
     
  11. So I started adding the liquid nutes,,,
    7 days later -
    'Member those little guys narrower than the buckect ?
    Here they are
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    lil wider now
    ,,,and taller

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    Ask jebus - for real .
    I dont know how that happened.
    I do know- I only own two white buckects
    They ARE the same plants as previous post.
    I am new at this; although, I thought only bad things happen that fast .
     
  12. Madbud

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    Nice start, Good luck. What’s the light schedule?
     
  13. Thanks, friend.

    I am vegging them with the lights on 24/7 .
    If I switch off the 400 watt light - I need to turn on the 700 watt heater .

    I figures, if the metre is running - I chose the photon.
     
  14. Madbud

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    Same here for now. Talk about zero budget, i recycled the cups.
    14 days, 20C, 30rh:
     
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  15. Yeah, the bank called - said I had waaay too much money,,, gonna start buying some useless shit .

    There is a tab atop the grow dairies page, if you click it - free of charge- you too, can have your very own journal .
    Take lots of photo's , post it up . Plenty of kind, wise , patient and experienced growers found here. It is a great way to communicate, and tune your game.

    So today was a pretty big deal for this guy .
    Finally, after more than three months of vigilant husbandry - she shows !!
    I get a little excited snap some photo's,,, and join this forum .

    I heard someone on the farm quote Ninja, and threaten to go "full retard" if they could jar up 7 Z'ds.
    I sprout two white pubes - and I feel I've hit the lotto ! Berserker! Im'a going to Disneyland!
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  16. So now that I feel I am 'in the game'
    I again reflect upon the jar,,
    The jar is hard to fill; it takes time, it takes luck, experience, diligence, patience, and unfortunately-lots of other stuff I dont have .
    One thing for certain, no matter how fast I can fill that jar, the old ladies hand will be in their more often than mine.
    Can I fill it faster than it can be emptied ?
    I am not sure if I can grow thru JunJulAug; too hot?
    I am doin the math in my head and counting the veg and fluer time between now and the heat of summer .
    Common held anxiety?
    I need contingencies, I need volume.

    Time to pot up, evacuate the 4 X T5HO nursery, and get all four under "the big light"
    I ask the household bean counter for another round of seed, and I set upon a marathon of reading; I need a crash cloning course.
    27 days from heads up .
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  17. "So, did you plant those seeds" ?
    I am about to have a conversation with my wife, and already, I do not like the way it is going
    "What seeds"? I replied to the ( now ) wide-eyed woman I love .

    Honestly, I didn't know whether to laugh, cry, or eat them; they looked delicious.
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    If I was a quitter I wouldn't be smok'n the herb, now would I ?
    To quote Mickey Knox in Natural born Killers
    "I say go for it"
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  18. Madbud

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    Congratulations, its a girl. Yeah i did a semi diary last year, Ghetto Grow. Lots of mistakes, mostly impatience lol
     
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  19. Two in the dirt, two in the squirt.

    Six days later .
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    Two weeks after the sprouting incident.
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    Had some free space on veg table. Brought the snap peas under the hood.
    The leggy dirts are exhiled over on the right of the photo
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  20. Enough of the kiddie stuff, this is about the big fish.

    Trouble in the new flower room.

    I didnt have a solid floorplan when I banged up the room.
    I had been lurking for months, and the only insight I had for was the need for infrastructure, and elbow room.

    Decades of aquarium disasters, and having raised children has taught me one absolute fact
    - One day it will all hit the fan .
    Someone will trip on it, someone will put all their weight on it.
    The biggest security issue around here is protecting my family from my medlings .
    Will it get hot enough to cause a fire?,,
    Is it leaking one drop? Failure is hidden behind every corner, one day I will bend over, bump my behind into it, and when it hits the floor it will be broken.
    I am my own worst enemy.

    To prepare the growspace, I went as wide as space would allow, at about 5 and half foot ..I ran the lengthy to about 10? 11 feet.
    I hate working in tight spaces.
    I was too inexperienced to invision the whole operation before hand, so the flower room was kinda thrown up on demand .
    I felt like I brought the baby home from the hospital, and then realized I didn't have a crib.

    "Hey Jewels?
    Did you just build a door out of a futon bench"

    Yup
    I told you I was on a zero budget
    I am $ 99 in and $ 4.95 gst goes to our glorious Federal gov. I will gladly pay your tax .

    Kiss my a$ $ - Im'a grow'n weeeeed!
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