Grow Room Design & Greenhouse Growing Benefits
If you want to grow medical marijuana indoors, your grow room design will be fundamental to your success.
Healthy and blossoming plants need all the help they can get to stay that way so today we will look at some things to think about when you are setting up your grow-op.
Rushing in blindly, buying equipment without proper research and general impatience will all combine to trip you up.
Take your time. Become as familiar as you can with all aspects of growing.
Today, we’ll look at some things to take into consideration with your grow room design.
- 0.1 Grow Room Design: Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail - Preparation 101
- 0.2 Sketch Out Your Grow Room Design
- 0.3 Grow Room Design: The Flooring
- 0.4 Grow Room Design: Cleaning
- 0.5 Grow Room Design: Ventilation
- 0.6 Grow Room Design: Reflective Surfaces
- 0.7 Grow Room Design: Humidity and Temperature
- 0.8 Grow Room Design: Light Leakage
- 0.9 Benefits of Growing Your Own Food
- 0.10 Fresh Is Always Best
- 0.11 Gardening Saves You Money on Groceries
- 0.12 Gardening Has Environmental Benefits
- 0.13 Gardening Gets You Committed
- 1 How to Create a Gardening Habit
- 2 Final Thoughts on Grow Room Design
Grow Room Design: Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail - Preparation 101
First thing’s first, you’ll want to think about where to situate your grow space. There are several obvious options:
- Grow tent
Think about which one of these will work best for you. Everyone has different requirements. The only important thing is to find a configuration that suits you.
It helps at this stage to keep things simple and to consider the basic needs of your plants: light and water. As long as your grow room is located close enough to a supply of water and electricity, you’ll be good to go.
Sketch Out Your Grow Room Design
It’s a smart idea to start out with a simple sketch showing the way you want your grow space laid out.
From here, you can produce a scale drawing highlighting exhaust vents and light fans along with where you plan to put your plants. Think about electricity. Make note of the water supply. Choose the entrance/exit.
With proper planning, you can really get the most out of your grow space with intelligent design. Don’t just wing it!
Grow Room Design: The Flooring
A hard floor which is easy to wipe down is a must.
Carpet and any similar fabric does not work well in a growing environment so get rid of any if necessary.
If you are using soil, pop your plant containers into trays. This will lessen the likelihood of any unwanted spillage when you are watering.
Grow Room Design: Cleaning
Pests and disease are always a risk with plants around. The last thing you want is any damage to your precious crop so a scrupulously clean growing space is crucial.
Removing any carpet, as outlined above, will reduce the chance of dust, mites or mold causing an issue.
Now you have the bare bones of your grow room design in place, it’s time to focus on some other critical factors…
Grow Room Design: Ventilation
Your plants will need plenty of CO2 for sustained healthy growth and a steady atmosphere in which to flourish. A bountiful supply of fresh air circulating around your grow space should be high on your agenda.
The time to determine how much air your plants will need is before you start constructing your grow room.
Also, if you are growing medical marijuana, odor needs to be contained. The last thing you want is the stench of weed seeping menacing your neighbors…
Make sure you have a good exhaust fan placed near the top of the room. Carbon filters work best with these fans.
If the smell is still noticeable, try some ONA gel. This is a great liquid gel that can help to neutralize untoward smells.
Grow Room Design: Reflective Surfaces
When it comes to the size and yield of your crop, maxing out your lighting is a leading factor. This is accomplished by harnessing reflective surfaces.
- Mylar: Mylar is among the most reflective materials available and is the connoisseur’s choice for grow rooms and grow tents. Opt for the aluminized form. Mylar reflects up to 97% of all light. Although it’s pricey, think of this as an investment rather than an annoying expense
- Emergency Blankets: Reflecting 70% of light, emergency blankets are cheap, easily obtainable from camping shops and a decent alternative to Mylar. These blankets work well in smaller grow spaces. Hang them very flat to the wall for the sake of efficiency and safety
- Matt White Paint: This simple option will reflect up to 85% of light making it another decent choice for your grow room. Cheap, easy to clean and highly effective, sometimes the simple solutions pay dividends
Grow Room Design: Humidity and Temperature
When you are planning your grow room design, temperature and humidity both need to be factored into the equation.
Poorly monitored temperature and humidity levels can lead to stressed plants. Stressed plants can become hermaphrodites and impact upon your yields.
Growing marijuana is highly dependent on both temperature and humidity so ensure that you get this right and maximize your chances of a bumper crop.
Grow Room Design: Light Leakage
When your plants are entering their dark period, they really do not complete and utter darkness.
Planning your grow room design is the stage at which you should ponder how to eliminate as much light leakage as possible.
Once you have your grow room in place, try standing inside it with all grow lights out. You can see any light from the main room leaking in and tackle it accordingly.
It’s important to remember that for every 1% of light that seeps away, you will lose 1% of your potential yield. What seems like a trifling figure can soon scale up and give you rather less than you bargained for at harvest time.
Benefits of Growing Your Own Food
Similar to creating a great grow room design is gardening well and for the right reasons.
Fresh Is Always Best
Nothing is better than fresh, especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables. Though once they are harvested, produce begins to lose nutrients and dry up. That means by the time they hit your grocery store aisle, the freshness has diminished substantially. But there is good news: when you grow your own produce, you can be sure of their freshness and the date they were picked. It is best to live as fresh as possible, and gardening allows for this. If possible, try to grow organic in order to be at the height of freshness.
Gardening Saves You Money on Groceries
One of the largest perks of growing your own food is that it can save you money on groceries. Did you know that the amount you spend on seeds is almost exactly the amount you would spend on one veggie at the grocery store? This is incredible to think about. You can grow organic vegetables for a tiny percentage of what they cost at the supermarket. If you have a lot of family members or a small budget, gardening may be the perfect option for you. Plus, it is something your entire family can get on board with. That means all hands on deck in getting food on the table!
Gardening Has Environmental Benefits
Another reason gardening fresh fruits and veggies yourself is so valuable is because of what it does for the community. Firstly, trees provide better air quality as well as shade. You also have the option to use way fewer pesticides or to use totally natural pesticides, and these decisions help the environment, especially when the large companies are harming the earth with their pesticides.
Another great case for the benefits to the environment when you become a gardener is that you can recycle and create compost, which in turn helps the environment and saves you money on natural fertilizer. The ground gets used and helped at the same time. The whole community is always grateful when you can take an ugly sight and turn it into a beautiful garden. This is another thing gardening does for the community and environment.
When gardening, you get to exercise your creativity. There is so much potential in being able to grow futuristic gardens which are typically lower cost and low maintenance, or plant the various flowers and produce you want, or even create a greenhouse or a community garden.
Gardening Gets You Committed
Having something you care for, tend to, and are committed to being a vital part of living a fulfilling life. Whether that is a job, relationship, pet, or hobby, having commitments ground you and remind you of your "why" in life. A garden is that commitment for many people. Having something that you have built from the ground up not only gives you purpose but also a sense of confidence. You are able to say, "I did that" as well as reap the benefits of it constantly.
How to Create a Gardening Habit
Creating a gardening habit can feel overwhelming, especially if you are new to gardening. Here are some tips and tricks that will help:
With any new hobby that you want to turn into a regular habit, it is important that you don’t try to force all the changes in one day. It is easy to get obsessive and super motivated and end up taking on too much. if you want to garden every day after work, begin with three days a week, then work your way up to the goal.
Consistency is the trick to getting down any new habit. It is easy to get the rush of excitement in the beginning, but sticking to it even when the excitement fades is that makes it worthwhile. The more consistent you practice, the easier it will stick into your regular routine. If you want to be consistent, try going at the same time of day as many times a week you choose for one full month.
Setup certain cues as reminders, then follow through when you recognize them. Something simple like when your alarm clock goes off, you will get a cup of coffee, say a prayer, and get int the garden. or when you get home from work, you will get some workout clothes on, eat something quick, and get in the garden before the light gets dim. Allow these cues to be regular rhythms in your routine. This will help your gardening habit to stick.
Get in Community
Take a class, get some gardening friends, join a gardening group or a community garden. Taking these steps will get you around good influences who are interested in the same thing you are trying to create a habit around, and this will inevitably help you to remain motivated and excited. It also gives you those who are a step ahead to guide you when you're feeling worn down or need answers to some questions.
You can also get yourself a gardening buddy. Someone to keep you accountable who loves to garden as well. Take turns going to each other's gardens and helping each other grow this thing you can be proud of, together.
Learn Your Why
Before you ever start a garden, or if you are already knee deep, you can always implement this simple step: find your way. Why do you love to garden and why did you want to start this in the first place? Is it because of all the mental, physical, and emotional health it gives you? Is it to get more sun and get a good work out in your schedule consistently? Is it to grow fresh and organic produce to feed yourself and your family? Is it to spend more time in nature? Find your reason why and let it drive you on the days when you want to give up.
Remember to Rest
Remember to rest. Don't allow the obsession with your garden to pull you away from responsibilities or from the people you care about. Find a well-balanced routine and stick to it. This is what healthy habits are made of.
Final Thoughts on Grow Room Design
Time planning your grow room design is time very well spent. Growing marijuana can be a tricky enough task anyway so there’s no need to make it harder on yourself, and having a great grow room design makes all the difference.
Our next article will look at how to set up your grow room so that you can start enjoying the best medical marijuana without needing to rely on an outside supply.
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