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Ask Erik: RAW! – Growing Expansions, Part 2: From Closet Grower to Hydroponics GrandMaster

Expanding your hydroponics grow operation requires an investment, but done right, it will pay off. Expanding your hydroponics grow operation requires an investment, but done right, it will pay off.

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I want to move from growing in my closet to a larger op, but my girlfriend is worried about the greater risks. How do I set her mind at ease?

...Cont.’d from Part One

Construction and sourcing materials is a job unto itself, however, the real work begins once you are managing more plants and equipment versus your smaller scale hobby grow.

Now that we have addressed some of the risks that could potentially affect your relationship with your girl, let’s have a look at some of the actual risks and ways you can avoid some of the potential pitfalls that come along with moving your grow from out of a closet and expanding into a full scale walk-in growing environment.

Budget - It’s easy to get too far ahead in your expansion, only to realize you don’t have enough money left to finish what you started. More importantly, you need to finish it properly to avoid more costly problems later. Consider that all of the nuts and bolts, so to speak, are really going to add up. It’s usually a good idea to give yourself a cushion of an additional 25% to work with in budgeting your grow room expansion.

Time - Don’t over extend yourself, or it will cost you plenty later, measured both in your relationship AND your bank account. Construction and sourcing materials is a job unto itself, however, the real work begins once you are managing more plants and equipment versus your smaller scale hobby grow. For example, at harvest time there is going to be a lot more work. What used to take your hours to trim could now potentially take you days or weeks. Mechanizing processes like harvesting can save you big money, in terms of labor savings and having your room ready to plant and therefore harvest again sooner.

Sanity Level - Sometimes looking after a bigger growing operation for the first time could end up making you nuttier than a fruit cake if you haven’t planned following some of the advice being offered here. All of a sudden, you might find yourself overwhelmed by an insect infestation that you don’t have time or proper focus to correct because your soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend is über pissed at you for neglecting her while you flailed madly trying to keep up with the needs of your crop during your struggle to finish building your new grow room without enough dough. All of this could potentially cost you huge, both in dollars and sanity!

Loss of Personal Freedom - If you don’t plan carefully, you could wind up losing a lot more than you bargained for. Obviously by now, you realize that successful growing does in fact take some work. Expansion may mean fewer nights out with the boys. And good luck getting out of chick-flick movie nights with your significant other! However, you don’t have to make the ultimate sacrifice. You can still do your thing if you are able to invest in and manage your grow remotely with robotic growing controls, which are more affordable than ever. However, don’t expect technologies of this calibre to come cheaply. In some respects, these help to create added security for your growing and personal success.

If you don’t plan carefully, you could wind up losing a lot more than you bargained for.

It’s not my intention to scare you off from your grow room expansion. However, it would be a great disservice to you, my fellow grower, to not give you a heads-up on some of the issues you are going to encounter along the way to bigger yields, a fatter bank account and a happier girlfriend.

Again, the best advice I can give to you is to remind you that you have been successful thus far, and that you have a strong growing foundation to build on. Stay within your boundaries as you progress up the growing ranks, and you will be at the GrandMaster level before you know it!

Good luck with it, and make sure you stay tuned to Rosebud Magazine and RosebudMag.com for all the latest info on keeping both you and your crops thriving and happy.

Cheers, Erik Biksa

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