That's v cool, I only hope I can get anywhere close to your amazing grows. And thanks for words of encouragement.
I'm just in process of setting up my first indoor tent grow (after 2 initial outdoor grows this season). The one thing that's causing me most thought/ire is the soil/growing medium setup. So many different options and opinions out there so can be hard to filter and pin down. I think I have a plan (one easy, other not so much), just need to choose and try it though I suppose.
Annoyingly I'm travelling at Xmas (can't leave them on their own for 2.5 weeks) so don't think I have enough days left to start/finish so will have to be as soon as we get back at New Year. Can't wait!
you definitely will not get a full grow in before Xmas. However if you are able to hook up a reliable fish tank pump on a timer you could solve your h2o problems while away, even for that long.
Any way you had an actually question about soil and substrate. You are right there are an overwhelming amount of options. What I have deduced is it’s a matter of preference of the farmer. If someone really like compost, you better believe they will find a way to use and succeed with compose in their grow. It comes down to what is easiest and cheapest for you personally.
Ive gone through many attempts to find “the best” substrate including the following: coast of Maine dense soil, coco only with liquid fertilizer, half and half coco soil topical and liquid fertilize, all dirt from the back yard, dirt plus compost, reused living soil, and only coco with topical fertilizer. Some had better results than others, but for time and expense and total energy I’ve settle for what it use now.
Ratio 3:1 store bought soil (happy frog / coast of Maine / whatever on sale) then adding fox farm topical fertilizer as needed.
reasoning for this path is cost and ease. The coco soil mix provides good drainage and initial nutrients in the substrate for needing to add ferts. I only have to mix up soil in a big Tupperwar. Liquid nutrients are really cool but it’s so much time in measurement and exact pH balancing.
good luck with the operational set up. What did you have in mind for lighting?