I have been growing cannabis for a long time. Now, I’m not claiming to have grown cannabis on the kind of industrial scale that many do today, my grows have always been home grows. I began growing for myself, and eventually reached a point that I was selling to friends, and then to friends of friends. I’ve never been a big-time, weed-rich mass cultivator, but my growing has been honed and developed over the years, and has supported my own medicinal requirements, as well as provided me with a steady stream of income that has helped me to prosper in times that I may not have been able to otherwise. I, as much as anyone, love this plant. It has eased my mind, healed my body, and supported me financially. But I have recently made a choice that not many veteran growers such as myself choose to make, and that is to invest in a prefabricated, enclosed indoor grow room. I am here to tell you why.
When I first started growing, it was in my closet, at the age of 19. Basically, as soon as I moved out of my parents’ house, and was on my own with my own apartment, I began growing cannabis. It seemed like the only sensible choice to me, I was going to be smoking it one way or another, so why pay for it, when I could grow it? My first grow was simple, it involved a 200 watt bulb, a couple of potted plants, some reflective emergency blankets lining the walls of the closet, basic nutrients, and a lot of love. With such a meager set up, this first grow might not have been as successful, had I not invested a lot of time checking in and paying a lot of careful attention to my green beauties. My first harvest was modest, but decent. The final count was just a little over a half-pound of good bud, and plenty of trimmings for edibles. It lasted me almost until my next harvest.
At the time, I probably never would have guessed the level of technological innovation that was to come, and that I was to eventually utilize myself. Soon enough, I had a two rooms in my house consistently devoted to growing, with professional, high wattage lights on rigging with ballasts, irrigation systems built in, all on timers, fans, carbon filters to reduce odor, and even began using some low toxicity, anti-fungal chemicals. My experience of growing, over the years, has been one of constant improvement, culminating in a system that worked well enough for my purposes.
And then, I stopped. I didn’t stop growing, I just stopped finding new ways to improve my grow. After all, what I had worked well enough, why fix what isn’t broken? Maybe it has something to do with aging, becoming set in my ways, but I decided that my grow rooms were productive enough, and didn’t really need improvement. That is, until a set of fortuitous circumstances demonstrated to me otherwise.
Over the time that I grew cannabis, there were certainly problems and set-backs. But I always faced these with my chin held high, and always solved them eventually. But then, not long ago now, I began running into some problems. Suddenly, I began consistently getting various molds, leaf spots, and powdery mildew, and rotting on my plants. I had run into these problems before, in isolated instances, but they had never been so widespread across my plants. After some further investigation, I realized that mold was developing not only in my plants, but in my attic, as well. I concluded that my plants must be getting infected by spores from the molds developing in my house.
Rather auspiciously, an old friend and fellow grower, let’s call him Pete, called me up and invited me to dinner, to catch up. I eagerly accepted, and the next weekend I was at his house, telling him about my recent plight. Before I could even finish describing my situation, he eagerly told me that I had to come see what he had recently bought. He led me down to his basement, which had always been his main grow room, but this time, it was different. There were no plants, no lights, no fans, but only this big black box taking up most of the space, like a giant square tent.
Pete explained to me that this was an enclosed grow room, also known as a Closed Grow Environment. He opened it up and showed me that all of his plants were inside, and also that the entire thing was completely air-tight, and completely controlled in every aspect, from the temperature to the humidity to the CO2 in the air, to everything else. It didn’t take long for me to realize that if I was growing with one of these, I wouldn’t be running into the mold problem I currently was. It also didn’t take me long to decide that I absolutely had to purchase one of these, and I did, and I couldn’t be happier.
It’s easy for an old grower like myself to think, I don’t need this fancy new enclosed business, I’ve been growing perfectly well for years without it. But after having one, the truth of the situation has become plain to me: Enclosed growing environments are by far the best way to grow. Every aspect of it is contained and controlled, and everything that possibly could go wrong, is avoided. The best part is, the small loan I took out to pay for it ultimately paid off in very little time, because the increase in my harvests has been substantial. As an experienced grower, I am here to tell you that I have become a believer. The safest and most efficient way for anyone to grow, from a novice to a veteran like myself, is with a prefabricated, indoor modular grow room.