In this issue we have decided to take a closer look at the Indoor Growing Spaces that growers use to cultivate cannabis. Growers may decide to cultivate crops indoors for a number of reasons includingeasy garden access for Medi users, as a controlled environment for breeding, as a security measure to prevent against theft or simply to provide an indoor oasis to chill out and relax in.
The main benefit of an indoor garden is that it allows gardeners to extend or artificially manipulate the natural growing season.This means that spring crops, such as cannabis, can be sown indoors and cultivated at any time of year. This coupled with the support of indoor lamps, environmental control units, and specifically designed growing mediums has allowed more and more gardeners to practice the hobby of growing cannabis indoors.
The dimensions, size and space of any indoor garden varies depending on location, the age of the property/period, and the house’s original design/builders.
Typically, in the UK, houses over 100 years old have high ceilings more suited to sativa cultivation, while in contrast many smaller properties are not much bigger than an indoor grow-tent. In this report we shall work our way upwards from the cellar/basement to the loft-space/ attic, and consider the other main useful indoor grow spaces in between.
This area may act as a stronghold in the sense that it often remains inaccessible to visitors and is hidden away beneath ones feet. Typically there are x2 types of basement/cellar. The’wet cellar’ is often useless for the cultivation of anything except mushrooms, simply because the damp atmosphere attracts unwanted mold. Converting a’wet cellar’ into a’dry cellar’ is also expensive and often impractical.
The other type of cellar is the ‘dry cellar’, which when carefully managed is ideal for the cultivation of plants. Typically cellar spaces are cool and maintain a near constant temperature all year round. In essence a ‘dry cellar’ sits at ‘earth temperature, and can therefore handle a few thousand watts of lumens. Ventilating underground spaces is however a matter of careful logistics, which often involves plenty of trial and error battling Botrytis mold spores, until the garden is considered’dialed in’ by the grower.
A ‘dry cellar’ invariably requires a coat of paint every few years to help the brickwork reflect the most amount of lumens back onto the plants. 0therwise reflective sheeting, safely secured to the walls to prevent fire-risk, makes an ideal substitute. The floor may also require treatment every couple of decades to keep everything water-tight and tidy. (Lazy Note: ‘Basements’ are mostly the privilege of Yuppies in Kensington and our American cousins overseas. For this reason we have not mentioned ‘basements’specifically inthis report.)
Garages and 0uthouse
This area is a popular place for growers to set up an indoor garden. Typically the best way of appeasing the ‘Misses’ (her indoors) is to set up outside/inside the 0uthouse or Garage. Most of these spaces are already fitted with an electricity supply -perfect for agrow-tent or cabinet grow. Such spaces however fluctuate in temperature greatly between overheating in summer and near freezing inwinter -whereby added ventilation or insulation (depending on the time of year) is usually required.
In the UK most Garages and 0uthouses are places that hold a load of junk and perhaps the old fridge-freezer. Security of these spaces, when disconnected from the house, may however present its own problems, which is one reason few commercial growers use these spaces to cultivate cannabis; whereas the hobby grower often thrives in them.
This area is normally one of the warmest rooms in the house. Kitchen windows are ideal for tender seedlings and clones which only require low levels of light until their roots are established. Likewise the empty kitchen cupboard can soon be put to good use as a propagation chamber with the aid of a low energy lamp or bulb. Many indoor growers prefer this space as a veg area because it allows them accessibility night and day. This is especially the case where an ‘isolation chamber’ is needed to prevent the spread of unwanted plant pests and diseases.
The Pantry /Fitted Cupboards
These areas are useful in the fact that they are often walk in. Thus allowing growers to hang lamps at head-height (unlike under the stairs gardens) and manage