If you’re a first timer, the thought of building your own grow room may appeal but the practicality of actually pulling it off can be a difficult prospect. It can be a confusing process when you’re starting out, especially if you have no prior experience in operating a grow room and sustaining a crop. So let The Big Shop be your guide for the next few weeks on how to pull it off, step-by-step...
1. Choose a suitable space for the grow room
You don’t need a whole room for this per say (depending on how big a crop you want to produce) but we recommend keeping it small on your first time out. Use a cupboard or wardrobe to make things easier for yourself. The simpler the better. If you’re ambitious and want to go further right off the bat then a garage or loft would be the most suitable areas to do it in. DO NOT grow on carpeted areas! Carpets are full of moisture and bacteria that can harm the crop.
Consider the following – if using a growtent (recommended) you need to decide on size and if it will fit into you allotted space. Then you need to ensure you have an electrical supply source within the vicinity because you WILL NEED POWER! Don’t underestimate having a close proximity to a water source either because you will need to keep that crop’s thirst quenched.
This is an investment and if you are a budding indoor gardener you need to invest in that activity in order to do it properly. How much is your budget? Can you afford to buy yourself the essential materials needed to harvest a crop? If the answer is “no” to both of these questions than wait and start saving. No half-measures!
Consider the following – Plant Lighting. Artificial lights are one of the essentials. You cannot use natural light to grow your crops in an indoor environment as it can affect plant growth. Considering the electricity cost you may want have the lights on during the evening and off during the day leaving the crop in total darkness to save you on an extensive bill. Remember, you want to save as much money as possible.
Extractor fans are also an essential item. Try to invest in ones that make little to no noise as the sound can be distracting, especially if you are sleeping close to the grow room. These usually run for 24 hours a day.
We’ll get into lights and fans more later on.
3. Building your grow room
This again depends on whether or not you are converting a whole room or converting a smaller space... Match the size of the area to the amount of light you plan to have. If the room is small then try using 600 watt bulb every 5 or so feet. Bear in mind that the more lights you have the bigger the extractor fan will have to be. Setting up an input fan will be necessary in order to bring new air into the grow room from the rest of your house/flat. Input fans are generally smaller than the output fans.
If you’re growing in a cupboard or wardrobe allow the space to be big in terms of height by at least 5 feet so that there is adequate headroom between the crop and the lights. Less headspace means you should use lower wattage lights.
This is just the opening chapter of our epic grow room for beginners blog series. Next week we’ll get into the next phase of setting up your grow room. In the meantime for expert help, advice or product information please contact The Big Shop.