…and I haven’t even started growing.
As the header states, I’ve become quite overwhelmed with my first grow when it comes to equipment, there TOO many options. This will be a fairly lengthy post so that I can give as much detail as possible, for those who don’t like to read I’ll add a TLDR at the end.
I started researching growing a few years ago, became sidetracked and in the past 6 months I’ve have began to dig back into it. I put together a plan and an equipment list. Just as I’m ready to place the order I stumble across the Homegrown podcast hosted by @Kronic , so I will place blame for this on him . Podcast is great by the way! I have learned a ton in just the last WEEK!!
My original plan was to purchase a 3x3 kit from Vivosun, throw some plants in and get a feel if this is a hobby I am truly interested in. However, listening to the podcast I learned there were holes in my plan/better techniques/equipment options I didn’t know existed for my overall goal. This led me down a rabbit hole and I now have 30+ tabs open trying to decide what equipment to now use.
Mission: focus solely on autoflower plants, utilizing quality(but economical) equipment that, if I were to enjoy the process of growing, I can continue to use as I progress more into this hobby. I don’t want to have to completely rebuy everything in a year becasue it either failed or it’s a major hinderance to my yields. I enjoy “smart” technology and automation so the more I can integrate items like this the better although I’m not against going full manual if needed. Kits look great, I’m ok with just adding on to them or going a la cart. Whatever gets me the best result.
Space: I have a height restriction of 75”, which has led me to believing the largest tent I could use would be a 3x3
Location: Southeast with an average relative humidity of ~60%
System idea/techniques planned: positive pressure, 24hr light cycle, transplanting and LST. Use smart devices to aid in automation.
Medium: fox farm soil, organic nutrients
Budget: ~$1,000 +/- 20% for tent, ventilation, heat & humidity control. (Is this realistic? If not I’m all ears as my ideology is that if I’m going to do something I want to do it RIGHT) this budget is not taking into account grow mediums/ extra tools/grow bags/etc.
Could anyone put together a build list? Provide some insight? Tell me I’m overthinking it all and I should just buy a cheap, reputable, kit and focus on the growing techniques instead of what equipment I have?
TLDR: I’m new, I want to do this as correct as possible without over investing. I’m starting to overthink on what equipment I should purchase. I need your help.