Indoor gardeners are invested primarily in helping plants thrive in a confined space. In pursuit of this, though, they might need to learn other skills, such as carpentry. Light hangers and exhaust vents will have to be created for plants.
For those less inclined to spend hours planning and executing minor home renovations, a grow tent would be a good solution. A tent is more easily set up than a custom build. However, it still requires some preparation. An indoor gardener must measure a growing space and look for the best tent for it.
See how your space affects plant growth
Know what you will need for the entire process, from equipment to tools and even provisions for water and electricity. Before heading out to purchase materials, you should know where you will place them, and measure it out so you do not buy an inordinate amount of materials.
Identify as well how you will support the energy requirements of the tent. Note that a standard home has a 15-amp breaker, and anything above that would cause an electric surge in your house. Keep electricity use to about 80 percent capacity to prevent overloading the system.
Refrain from having useless appliances in the room you’re planning to use for the structure; this area should be exclusively for the tent. If possible, consider purchasing a separate 100-amp subpanel just for your indoor garden.
Make ports for air and exhaust considerations. A window or a crawl space in the roof can be an exhaust and intake location. Consider how you will channel water run-off or refill the reservoirs. The water supply must be near your grow area, however, if not feasible given your home’s layout, at least prioritise ease of refilling and throwing water waste.
Measure for equipment, gardening and growth
Be clear about the space requirements of the plants you are growing. How tall are they likely to become? Your tent should accommodate the tallest possible size of your plants, and provide space for hot air to rise away from the leaves.
Will you need to fit equipment inside the tent? Consider how large the equipment may be, and whether they can be stored away when not in use. If you need ventilators, grow lights and humidifiers, these must be figured into the tent’s size as well.
Finally, you must figure out the spacing for pots or buckets. Leave room for working around plants, and designate a location for nutrients, bulbs, pruning shears and other accessories. To keep your indoor garden neat, you could place these items in containers on shelves.
Factor in maintenance and upkeep
Finishing the building of a grow tent for an indoor garden is not the end of the project. In addition to tending to plants, you should make sure the structure that contains them is working efficiently. Keep your grow tent and surrounding areas clean; trash and litter should be disposed of properly, as this can attract pests that will attack plants.
Cluttered equipment can lead to cross-contamination. Keeping pruning shears in the same box as wrenches and screwdrivers might transfer bacteria to the plants. Instead, have designated spaces for tools specific to plant cultivation and clean these regularly.
Constructing a grow tent needs commitment and planning. You cannot be half-hearted about making an indoor garden, as it requires a gardener to always think about how he or she can provide the best conditions for plant growth.
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