There are several important thing to do when growing marijuana; the grow area, the supplies needed, the fertilizer, lights, heat, humidity; etc. All of this could be expensive. In-store buying or online shopping can add dollar signs to the budget needed.
However; it doesn't have to be.
WHAT?! The audience just asked.
That's right. It can be cheap!
With the help of youtube, the internet, and friends own tips; we have been able to create a list of important items that could be DIY'd. Shall we start with the grow space.
There are several ways to use space: hidden under a desk, hidden in a closet, or using something called a space bucket which is the professional way. The closet and desk are set up in a similar way however the space bucket is unique.
DIY Space Converter:
Mylar Film: A higher quality film that creates a greenhouse effect to create moisture for your plants. The cheap version is heavy duty tin/aluminum foil. Either of these could be applied by duct tape rolled and attached to the back of the sheets as to leave a clear area and not block any reflective area. Use clear tape to seal the edges.
Foil Tips: Take your time to cover every inch. Have the lights attached in place then apply the film/foil to the walls, ceiling, and roof of your grow area.
Grow Lights: Full spectrum lights with timer to give sunlight-like energy to their babies. The cheap version is LED lights. Lower watt usage, high quality, light weight. Either could be applied with duct tape or velcro strips.
Hydroponics System: If you buy one online, it could cost anywhere between $30-$150+ but my advice if you go this root is have one with a water tank under the seeds with lights attached to it. A cheaper and eco-friendly version is using an empty paper/plastic egg cartons: fill the bottom with a dirt/fertilizer mix, *DIY Fertilizer Below* then place seeds root down in the mix. Close the egg carton; wet the paper one and open it occasionally; and wait.
Humidifier: Preferably with warm mist to fill the secret area with warm steam. Humidity is very important for the plants to grow. To do a DIY humidity; use a small candle/heating pad/heater and a water bottle to fill the area with humidity. You could also use a bowl of boiled/hot water to add warm moisture to the air.
DIY self-watering Ecosystem:
Small Plastic Cup (smaller than the jar cover)
Seedlings (Let the weed plants for anywhere from 2-5 in)
Step 1: Take your seedlings and gently place them in the small plastic cups
Step 2: Place the jar cover on the ground and fill the lid
Step 3: Place plastic cup in the center of the jar lid
Step 4: Spray water in the glass jar then seal
Step 5: Place under the LED lights and let the heat cause humidity
Step 6: Check every 10-14 days
Coffee Grounds: You only need a thin layer of this on top or a tablespoon mixed into an 8 ounce cup. Can add nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and magnesium to the soil.
Grass Clippings: Superb source of nitrogen. Additionally, your soil will also benefit from added potassium, phosphorous, chlorophyll, and amino acids.
Banana Peels: Can be a source of up to 40%+ potassium and up to 25%+ phosphorous with the additional calcium, magnesium and sulfur; which is why it’s among the best to use to make a homemade fertilizer. Collect banana peels and soak them in preferably bottled water for at least 24 hours in an airtight glass.
Egg Shells: Eggshells have a few nutrients for plants: calcium, selenium, and nitrogen. You can add eggshells into mulch, but a faster way to get the same benefits is to crush the shells up and boil them or add them to the banana peel water.
Fireplace Ash: Surprisingly, this is said to work. Rich in potassium and calcium carbonate. If your soil is too acidic, it'll help to balance out the pH, so your plants are better able to absorb the nutrients and all you have to do is sprinkle cool ash over the dirt lightly.
Human Hair: Yes! Undyed and natural hair is a great source of natural carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and sulphur. All that's needed it to place the hair into the soil next to the plants.
Honey: Helps stimulate the growth of roots filled with natural vitamins and minerals.
Potato: Another natural fertilizer. Soak them in water then mix into the dirt for a little extra boost.
All of these are great ways for cheap and eco-friendly fertilizer substitutes.
The Space Bucket:
If you don't have much room or money for this project but still want to grow, a space bucket might be the way to go. You can build one yourself or you could buy one online if your too lazy. It's low cost, smaller space, and total control in your growing.