Edit: The grow has transmogrified pretty greatly since I originally started. Currently, the specs are as follows:
Stealth Veg Cab double-decker with 2 x 2 foot 4 bulb T5's.
Secret Jardin DR-60 w/ 250w HPS, digital ballast, Econowing reflector
Burn One Einstein South Afrikaaaan
Mango x Bubblegum
Debated putting this in Grow Diaries, but up until and including this weekend, it's really mostly cab conversion work, so it feels like it fits better here.
I plan on posting everything leading up to today in consecutive posts, so don't mind me spamming my own thread.
Hope I don't ramble too much, and I hope that you enjoy.
PROLOGUE / December 2008
I've always had the idea in the back of my head to somehow grow my own, since at least 96. Right around the time that I read my first High Times and saw what pot was actually supposed to look like.
That persistent thought became a bright chorus of angels after a thoroughly enlightening trip to Vancouver in December 08. Ostensibly, it was a business trip, but my evenings were revelatory, highlighted by a FANTASTIC pot tour (thanks again for everything Kiwi!). If you ever have the opportunity to make it to Vancouver, do yourself a HUGE favor and Google "Vansterdam Pot Tour", you'll be glad you did.
I purchased Jorge's Medicinal Bible at the BCCP bookstore, started studying, and started scheming hardcore.
Immediately, the main problem which has prevented this endeavour for the last 6 years rears it's ugly head: Space. Physical space is impossible to come by in this house, it is less than 1000sq feet! Closet space is virtually non-existent. I would KILL for a walk-in closet! My closets are narrow and wide, and I don't have enough space for all my crap as it is.
The second problem is stealth. The grow would need to be relatively to ultra stealthy. Completely and totally stealthy, preferably.
While I started thinking of possible ideas, I decided there would be no harm in doing some prep work, and put a high-quality locking door handle on my bedroom door (truly the ONLY space this was going to work in). I also added dead-bolts to all exterior doors. This takes care of security, interior (bedroom door) and exterior (new locks, + pre-existing pit bull who loves me and hates you).
The other prep work went into studying the book and on-line resources, watching videos, and thinking about the situation, implications, possible grow locations, etc. When I set my mind on something, I tend to obsess on it, and spend all my free time on preparing.
I'd nearly decided to do some fairly major changes to the closet, when it hit me like a ton of bricks....I never watch the tv that's in the wardrobe / armoire/wardrobe thing in my room!
The smaller of the two is a planned drying rack.
I immediately picture the upper portion being the flowering room, lower portion vegetative, exhaust system placement, boom!
The project could begin post haste.
Except, I'm a lazy stoner, so everything takes longer.
Of course, I giiiiiiiinormously regretted NOT going to the seedbank while I was in Vancouver. The idea of ordering seeds was very shady to me, I felt like I'd always be looking over my back, since I had nowhere to ship them but home. I decided I simply HAD to buy them in person. Fortunately, I had a handy excuse to make it back to Canada, as my sister recently moved to upstate NY!
We take a day trip to the Canuckistani side of the Niagara Falls, and me and my bro-in-law take a quick side-trip to the Niagara Seed Bank (no website, sorry). The guy gave me a good consultation, and I ended up with a NICE assortment of seeds:
Great White Shark (Greenhouse) 5 pack - Feminized
Space Queen (TGA/Subcool) - 10 pack
Hawaiian Butterscotch x G13 - 20+ (had a Canadian logo on it, handwritten tag)
TY Mango x Bubblegum - 20 +
Mix n Match = a crapton. He claimed there was a shipment from South Africa which was in glass for some reason, glass shatters, all the seeds are mixed...so he gave us a big bag (60+ seeds I think) and said some should be 'monsters'.
After a slightly nervous trip back across the border with the seeds in my pocket, we were home free! Hi-five!
I ended up splitting them down the middle with my bro because he rules, Hi-five!
Then I mailed the rest to myself in two separate packages, which both arrived, yay!
I really felt like I had the hard part licked at this point, at least this combined with my already purchased 150w HPS vapor-tights from e-conolight (when I found that deal, I just couldn't pass it up, and bought THREE of them + an extra bulb). Little did I know...
I had also gone to Home Depot a couple of times and picked up some tools and materials (just random stuff, staple gun, hooks, insulation, bubble foam sealant, stuff like that).
By now we have reached mid February 2009.