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Ask-a-Grower #166 – Basic start up instruction on Indoor Gardening

I’m trying to start an indoor garden but I don’t have an clue where to start. Can you give me basic start up instruction? Like a list of basic equipment need to start?

When trying to start an indoor garden I always start with a few questions:

How much room do I have to work with?

What is my budget?

How much time do I want to put into the garden?

How much electricity can I use?

These questions will let us know what type of system is best for you.

Now for any size garden this general list would be a good start.

You will need a light (t-5′s, compact fluorescents, H.I.D) HID or (high intensity discharge) lights are most common found in grow rooms. They are metal halide and High pressure sodium.

All indoor rooms need ventilation.  Plants need fresh air to “breath”.  The “hot” air from the room should also be removed.  This can be done by an intake and exhaust fan or you can get away with just one exhaust.  The exhaust will create a negative pressure in the room.  Now just open a window, door, a hole, etc. and this will create a passive intake.

Last thing you need is a system.  If you want soil or hydro.

These are the 3 basic essentials for an indoor grow room:  Lights, Ventilation, and something to grow out of.  The idea is to create a “perfect” environment.

I would really like to have you come into one of our shops.  We have a highly trained staff that can walk you through each stage of your grow from set up to harvest.  I hope this has been helpful.  Please call any location or email if you have any other questions.

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