Grow diary mission impossible (low to medium budget lol)

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Alright here I am in the correct spot of the forum for posting a dairy (Thank you to the helpful members). !DISCLAIMER! I ramble at times and am easily distracted! And if I ever read as if I’m high as shit, I more than likely am. With that said Ill try and keep this thread on track and as intelligent as I can HAHAHA!

So as my intro on the other thread stated, I’m not completely new to growing but very new to solo indoor runs. The strains I have chose to go with are XX and Raskals OG non fem photoperiod. They are currently soaking, and will do so for about another 5 hours at which point ill get them in their paper towel germination station (grow container for pods with the plastic top and the pod organizer removed on a heat mat). From there the seedlings will be going into Fox farms Light Warrior with a blend of worm castings ONLY, i may or may not add some perlite to the entire mix to make it “lighter”.

Onto the “growing space”. I have 12x12ish prebuilt type shed that im making a 6x8 grow space within. it’ll make more sense if you read on and once I get it finished along with pics! Im using foam board insulation and 2x3s for reinforcements of the false walls and (germ room!) I know! ill get it finished in the next few days and post the pics. My lighting situation is less than ideal at the moment I have 12 4ft 42watt led full spectrum white light that i use for all my veggie start on a rack. I took that all apart and made my own rail to attach them all together as ”one light”. Im hoping to be able to get something more powerful in the future but at the moment that’s all im able to come up with, I’m confident it will get the plants to where they need to be by the time theyll require a “real” grow light. If that doesnt happen ill flower out with what i got.

The soil im using will be organic soil ill mix myself from the local worm/soil place. I honestly forgot the name of nutes im going to use (theres a whole regiment of them from start to finish), along with some added things along the way in the form of fish poop water and meals and guanos. Ill get a very detailed list of all of that as i acquire them and apply them.

as a finish to the diary intro I know its a little pipe dreamy, I have faith and have always been a half glass full type of person with a heavy dose of plan for the worst and hope for the best mentality even if the odds are stacked against me, so with that said I am also a very realistic person and can and will recognize a futile situation. Im very open to suggestions and input and any questions! thanks for reading!
 
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Sorry for the jumble of pictures! It’ll get more organized after this post (maybe) hahah! So pictured here are the two strains im running plus a third I started just for “funzies” lol. XX, Raskals OG and Garlic Banana. as I stated in my opening post I have soaked the seeds and have had them in there germ space for the last 48 hours. The Raskals are the first to pop (pretty sure it was too cold the first 12 hours) so as you can see i added a second heat mat on the top of the tray. so hopefully the XX‘s catch up : ) FYI the sprout you see pictured is a garlic banana which was put in the pot you see it in on 1/23 of this year ( i have a whole story for that lol) and as to why i only have six started!

The light you see is my old veggie starting station all put together as a “real grow light” hahaha! I know it’s not sufficient but its what I got for now (currently waiting to get a FD8000 and a small inline fan for the room) thanks to the knowledgeable and friendly members of this forum! that light will go back to the germination rack as spring is just around the corner and my kids will want the veggies to get going : ) OH! and that station will be apart of my grow space as stated in my intro to this thread! (Pics of that project to come!)

Back to the seedlings though! Ill get those planted into SOLO CUPS as soon as they are ready (another day?) or so. If there’s anything I missed feel free to ask!

EDIT: The pic of the Raskals with root showing was taken this morning 1/31
 
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I mixed my seed starting medium today. Added to much worm castings and didnt have enough perlite to lighten it up! So ill fix that before I put the seedlings in there new cups. Pictured is what the bin looked like after mixing everything, dry mix in the cup, and a watered mix in the cup. The worm casting created a bit of a hydro Phobic setting which I wasn’t comfortable with along with the saturation of the entire cup (To wet).

Also the XX I have been starting has one seed popping just today! I realized the heat mat had not been under the starting container, DUH! So hopefully this is why the Raskals popped and the XX has not yet? : ) anyways this is one of maybe two possibly three updates for today.
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OK! Had to make due with what my local stores had (got the fox farm and worm castings from another town). this is the final medium mix as fallows:
~1 bag fox farm light warrior
~3/4 bag of worm castings
~10qts perlite
~8qts miracle grow seed starting potting mix (local store)

That added perlite and potting mix fixed the drainage and hydrophobic issue. Im 15 for 15 on the Raskals and have 1 XX showing a tap, so im very hopeful to get more of thone germinated to transplant into solo cups soon( hopefully with the next few days).

Room progress is slow (Uncle Sam said fuck you Mr bearwater) and I will be trying to piece equipment together as funds allow. SO!, with that said im entering the half glass full mentality and will push forward. Thanks for stopping by!
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The XX decided to join the party! Turns out years of tried and true method are? Tried and true? Hahaha! Thanks ReallyOldDude ; ) I did loose two or three of the seeds to letting the paper towel get to dry, so im going to get three more in the paper towel today. The Raskals are taking nicely to their solo cups and mostly popping, which at that point they are getting moved under the goofy led grow lights I use for all my veggie starts.
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Room update: got my make shift light up. Added a few more pcs of 2x3 for rigidity. Got it “closed up” at the moment with the light on and the temp is already slowly raising (that’s what I need lol). Sorry for the least than exciting posts but im feeling under the weather and pushing through it.#1 is the temp in the room.
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Slow progress on the room. It’s getting there though. The Raskals that were inside on the rack are now out in room with one side of my make shift light on for heat (was able to maintain 68F overnight). I was able to crack and plant 9 of the XX (those will be going into the grow space a little later today).
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Slowly but surely! Looking nice brother! Loving your energy and attitude. Bout to have jungle to deal with in a few weeks😉
Thank you for the kind words!! Attitude is half the battle or MORE! As far as the “jungle” im about to have… trying not to get to freaked out by the thought hahaha!! It makes me feel WAY WAY WAY more at ease with having all you guys hanging out around here lol. Thanks for stopping by and stepping into my madness : )
 
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Had one more XX crack this morning so I put it in its SOLO. Got all the XX out into their forever space.

I added a top the the container all the solos are in due to the lack of humidity ( the more established Garlic Bananas weren’t looking to happy about it).
 
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Getting way better humidity and the temp is ok. Again the temp to be looking at is #1 the #2 temp is just outside the main grow space with one side open to air (going to enclose eventually).
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Last nights outside temp dropped into the low 30’s and I noticed the temp inside the space was sitting at a low 70’s so I turned the other half of my make shift light on ( 12 leds ) and that warmed the room right up and kept a 78F and 71RH (im super stoked that what I did with the insulation is insulating!) had one more XX pop so that’s a total of 8 so far : ) Ill be back with updates from within the room and seed updates along with pictures.
 
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This pic goes with the last post. Over night temps, which dont look like they got as low as I thought and stated in my previous post. It’s supposed to so now at some point today ( i know that’s colder than 32 lol) we’ll see. Either way the room is staying somewhat controllable! Seriously! That makes my day : ) which I take one at a time : ) or try hahaha!
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I was laying in bed early this morning thinking about the “JUNGLE” you mentioned the other post… I think there’s a lot more going on than I realize! Ignorance is bliss! Hahaha!
The jungle reference is just my way of wishing for a healthy and bountiful harvest for you😉 I've found that us humans male growing more stressful than it should be. You got this, and the Farm behind you!
 
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The jungle reference is just my way of wishing for a healthy and bountiful harvest for you😉 I've found that us humans male growing more stressful than it should be. You got this, and the Farm behind you!
When I look at it this way its way less stressful and daunting! It makes it more exciting : ) thanks again for the words of encouragement!!
 
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