Nigel Terry

THE First CROP :-

Nigel and Terry lived together in Central London and worked for the same large British company. When both were offered a transfer to a new firm in Holland, they jumped at the chance. The new company was in the west, near the coast, and in close proximity to some picturesque rural districts. They rented a house in the countryside where they could enjoy the solitude and reduce the stress associated with corporate life.

The house they rented was on a large piece of land, not in direct view of any neighbors. Near the house was a big shed once used to service farm equipment. It had power, water, and a functioning toilet and shower. Interesting?

After settling in at work and making the house comfortable, Nigel and Terry got to thinking. "That shed's just sitting there empty, and wouldn't it be just perfect for a hydro setup?" As it turned out, the property they rented was owned by an elderly woman who lived in Belgium. The rent was paid to a real estate agent in town, and no neighbors had even spoken to them in the six weeks since they moved in, so they figured the place was pretty safe. After a few nights sitting up and discussing their prospects, the lads decided to capitalize on their good fortune, and "go for the growl!"

At the back of the shed was a storage area that had been partitioned off from the rest. It spanned the entire width of the building, about 33 feet (10 m) and was approximately 10 feet (3 m) wide. This seemed like an ideal place for the new project, but a few questions arose. Exactly how big were they going to make this thing? How much cash were they willing to invest? What were the consequences of success versus failure, or worse, discovery? Being corporate minded, the lads decided to make an executive decision. Seek advice from a professional.

Holland is world-renowned for its indoor weed production; consequently, grow shops are abundant. Nigel and Terry found the staff at their nearest "grow-op" to be open, professional, and well equipped to deal with their specific inquiries, After an enlightening chat, the boys decided to play it safe and use only half the area of the storage room 16 feet 6 inches x 10 feet (5x3 m). They figured that organic was the way to go, and the simplest growing method (pots and soil) would be best for starters.

They bought enough timber and other materials to construct two benches 16 feet 6 inches long x 4 feet wide (5 x 1,2 m). They bought 100 5-liter plastic pots, ten 50-liter bags of preniixed organic potting soil, and enough white, laminated wooden paneling to cover the walls (approximately 36 sq ft [30 sq m] ). The idea was to construct the basic room, fill the pots with soil, place them on the benches, and check that the design was solid before progressing further. All went together fine and strong, total expense USD $780 (Eur ¡S620).

Next they purchased ten complete 600-watt HP sodium lighting kits (lamp, ballast, reflector), a Hagar multi-output electrical control board with built in timers, a Torin 3200 cu/hr inline fan, an xyz carbon filter, two pedestal fans, some organic xyz nutrient, and 100 clones. Total expense USD $4405 (Eur 5S3500).

This system was relatively easy to set up. The inline fan was installed high up on the rear wall. Its job was to expel hot air from the grow room and create enough draw to pull cool air in through a vent (large gap) between the opposite wall and the grow room floor. When and if smell became a problem, the carbon filter could be connected to the Torin and its fan speed increased to maintain constant odor-free airflow. The two pedestal fans would be incorporated to increase air movement but not until all else was set up. The lamps were arranged to cover an area of approximately 3 feet 3 inches x 3 feet 11 inches (1.0 x 1.2 m) each. The reflectors supplied with the lighting kits were cheap, half-octagon, aluminium horizontal hoods. However, they were

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