Sprout cycle

Sprouts are now ready to be put in dirt!

watered by dipping rock wool cube in bowl of R.O. water for 5 seconds and supplemental watering with a turkey baster to top of rock wool cube.

Day 5

Sprouts are coming up.

Day 7

All the seeds have sprouted, moved the light closer and left it on 24hrs since they look a bit leggy.

DAY 10

They are ready for dirt now, roots have popped out the bottom of the rock wool cubes.

Onward to veg

Today I will be assembling the tent and getting these sprouts into dirt.

A lot has changed

Prologue

While working on figuring out the Automated controller part of this project, I started working with a tech friend of mine. Things have snowballed from there and now we are in the middle of buildingĀ Cascadia Micro Grow. We have assembled an amazing team, and I am super crazy excited about our controller.

To support this new venture, I needed to set aside my dreams of complicated plumbing and custom grow room enclosures. I still need grow space to test this controller out in, and really fine tune it’s control theory. So I am getting a tent, a T5 light and doing it budget style.

This space will be my micro grow log. I hope to document how our controller can enable the casual grower.

Day 1

Soaked Rock Wool bricks overnight in RO Water from the grocery store (ph ~5.5)

Put a piece of sand paper in a pill bottle, added the seeds and gently shook to scuff up the shell. This is suppose to help water permeate the shell. (Jorge Cervantes)

Planted
3 White Widow Feminized seeds
1 Sugar Plum, A seed I got for free from Stony Girl Gardens on July 1st.

planted

Seeds Planted

Ventilation Design, Revision 0

The grow room ventilation system will consist of a filtered exhaust and filtered intake.

The exhaust system will use 6″ tubing. It will extract air from the grow room through a carbon filter unit. It will be powered by a 6″ inline fan. The exhaust system will expel air to the exterior of the house, through a boarded up basement window.

The intake system will use 6″ tubing. It will pull air from the basement through an automotive cabin air filter. The intake system will expel air nearĀ the floor of the grow room.

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Aeroponics Design, Rev. 1

Moved to 5 gallon food grade bucket per plant for grow container, as rubbermaid totes have mixed reviews.

Simplified plumbing of brass sections.

drain valve is a T connect and straight valve, much cheaper then the bypass valves. May be upgraded later.

Added solenoid.

Mist nozzle placement will be determined once everything has been test installed and I can measure the mist pattern.

To get easy access to mist nozzles, I will thread the tubing through rubber corks, likely sourced from local home brewing stores. That way I have quick access for dealing with clogs and nozzle replacement.

Cost Analysis

I sourced all parts through Amazon, for easy list making. I will try to locally source as much material as I can.

Aeroponics Shopping List

Total: $625

Happy Toking!
Indica Sloth

Electrical Design, Rev. 0

Task one was figuring out how much power I have to play with. I lucked out and have easy access to the bathroom 20 amp circuit. I will splice a line from this circuit into an RV Disconnect Box. In the disconnect box I can swap in a 15 amp breaker on the pre-installed outlet. This will give me a safe way to shut off power to the system should I need to work on the electrical. Additionally my grow room will never overpower the bathroom circuit, and I can use 14 AWG wire which is much easier to work with. Power distribution will occur in 2 places. 6 relay switched outlets built into the controller housing and 6 always on outlets in their own enclosure. For now, I will use metal electrical enclosures attached to some plywood and wired with conduit. This plywood could be hung/mounted where ever is convenient once construction is complete.

The grow room will use 2 400 W grow lights with HPS and MH bulbs as needed for flowering and vegetative grow phases.

Cost Analysis

Sourced through Amazon for easy list making, could be found cheaper around the net and locally.

Lighting Shopping List

Total: $350

Happy Toking!
Indica Sloth

Enclosure Design, Rev. 2

For earlier revisions of the enclosure, refer to Grow Room Design Rev. 0 and Rev. 1

Minor tweaks so that the Foylon goes on the inside, covering up the PVC and reducing degradation from UV light. Cost analysis showed Velcro to be prohibitively expensive, so weatherstripping and Gorilla tape will be used to secure the Foylon to the PVC structure. More detailed design of door and frame, the exact nature of the seal and latching mechanism on the door is as yet undetermined.

Enclosure will be built with 1″ PVC and Foylon walls. It will measure 5.3′ x 3.75′ x 6′. The enclosure will be anchored to pressure treated plywood at the base. If need be, it will also be anchored to the basement ceiling.

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Grow Room Design, Rev. 2

Minor tweaks so that the Foylon goes on the inside, covering up the PVC and reducing degradation from UV light.

Enclosure will be built with 1″ PVC and Foylon walls. It will measure 5.3′ x 3.75′ x 6′. The enclosure will be anchored to pressure treated plywood at the base. If need be, it will also be anchored to the basement ceiling. Foylon will be attached with Wide and Tough Gorilla Tape. Weatherstripping will be placed along the edges.

Grow Containers will be 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets sitting on milk crates with 6″ net pots in the lids. They will have either 2 or 4 mist nozzles depending on mist pattern. They will drain from the bottom, back into the reservoir.

Reservoir will be ~10 gallon in size, sourced locally, and depends on local pricing and availability.

Pump will be an Aquatec 8800 RO Booster pump with an 80/100 Pressure switch and Shurflo RV Accumulator.

Intake fan will be a 6″ inline 240CFM duct fan filtered with an automotive cabin air filter at the intake.

Exhaust fan will be a Ventech 6″ inline fan and carbon filter combo.

Power will be supplied by a 15 A Circuit spliced from the nearby 20 A Bathroom circuit, mounted in an RV electric hook-up.

Lighting will be two Apollo 400 Watt ballasts with wing hoods, swapped between HPS/MH as appropriate.

Controller will be a Raspberry Pi, with relay switched outlets and temp/hum inputs.