After growing strictly indoors for just over three years, I decided to delve into a simple outdoor “growing scheme”. Living in what I’ll term a “medicinal, non recreational, non personal grow” state, my outdoor grows consist of autos (which, BTW, is also my first time growing these - always did photos) and some photos I’m vegging in the sun. Everything is in containers/grow bags so it can be moved. Temps here can range from a high in the low 90’s to a low in the mid 40’s in the same week. All my plants are on a second story deck on tables, so “ground critters” aren’t really a problem. Tomatoes, peppers, and chives are growing around all the herbage.
So, what I’ve noticed is that outdoor growing has way too many variables that are difficult to control. I’m a simplistic grower, always looking for less is the best way to go. My indoor grows may not have huge yields, but I have very few issues relating to bugs and other outdoor maladies. Indoors, all I use is a grow/bloom pair of nutes and some filtered/RO water. I’ve never checked pH or any types of other measurements and have never seen a single “critter” on any plant grown in my tents. Outdoors, plants stretch uncontrollably, are affected by sun/wind/rain and other weather related issues. Without a lot of constant care, are outdoor grows worth it? Seems like a lot more work and increased costs for supplies - so what’s the upside other than free light?
I’m not trying to be critical, just looking for some real answers.