Welcome all, Im glad you decided to stop by!
In this thread Im going to cover how I do things, from start to finish. I will be covering topics on: Cloning, soil mixing, recycling soil, pruning, compost tea (brewing and brewer building), helpful tools to acquire, PDX sources for ORGANIC materials, and more. I encourage everyone to participate and stay on topic(s). Please refrain from encouraging pats on the back, for instance, “nice grow, good job, Nice pictures etc. This is an informational thread, if you have a comment, question or correction please do so and you can throw your words of encouragement in with that. I don’t mean to sound rude, Im just trying to keep the posts numbers down so this thread can retain its informational value and not have pages of one line ‘good jobs’. This will be a fairly long and ongoing post covering a bunch of topics, please don’t hesitate to jump in and participate. Im trying to refine my methods and learn something, so don’t be shy. Im open to all angles, viewpoints and opinions on this. Thanks for stopping in, bring your notes and skills to share, grab your popcorn, and pull up a chair.
So first lets talk about the project.
I had such a great year outdoors, the recipe I used outdoors preformed so well, I decided to bring it indoor and give it a go. I know what you may be thinking, bringing an outdoor soil indoors? Well stay tuned Ill get to that. One thing I learned this year is you cant have too much soil, you just cant. The more soil you use the better and larger your plants can be. If you are recycling the soil you wont be wasting anything. IME if you give a plant more than enough root space to grow it will show you its full potential given you provided it with all the other elements it needs. I think it can grow as fast as any hydroponic setup given you dont let the roots ever find the edge of the container they are growing in. Most people who grow hydro argue thats the one thing that hydro has over soil is speed, and yield. I argue you can compare the two given you do the soil right. Let your roots run and pack in plenty of organic food sources and your plants will show you what they can really do. Most people restrict this potential by having too small of a container and not giving enough nutrients or diversity.....
So I decided I wanted to fill an entire room with soil and see if it could be done. My first concerns were:
Humidity, soil born pests, water drainage and working space.
The room is 10.5w'x15'lx 8'h
6k watts air cooled
Cooling with outside air, backup A/C if needed
Two dehumidfiers with a total of 120 pints of potential water removal per day
Here are a few room pics to look at: