But if you provide consistent lighting, nutrients, and the right pH, you can experiment a bit to see how big the effects of small changes are. For this, you need at least two space buckets, in which you grow the same weed strain under different conditions. You could train your plants differently, send some of them into flowering earlier or use different fertilizers.
Soon you will be able to recognize which of your methods works better. Stay with the one that works best and use it for your next space bucket project or integrate your newly acquired knowledge into a larger crop. Do you have experience with growing weed in a Space Bucket? by Ekrof (re-published with permission) Example of a Space Bucket in Action. A Space Bucket Harvest Average yield is around 1 oz, though you can get up to 2 oz with the skills of a bucket wizard! Forward by Nebula Haze: Space Buckets are easy to build at home, and will allow you to grow small amounts of marijuana in a way that’s low-budget, simple, and doesn’t need a lot of room.
Unlike other, more expensive grow methods, a basic starter Space Bucket can be made for about $100 . Today Ekrof introduces you to the basics of creating your own Space Bucket. Space Buckets are easy to make and require readily available items . Items Needed to Make a Space Bucket: 4 or more 5gal (20L) buckets , and one lid (you can use more buckets for a taller Space Bucket / bigger plants) – to save some extra cash these buckets are usually cheaper to buy in person, for example, you can find 5-gallon buckets at Home Depot for $5/each. Get a white bucket if possible, as it helps reflect more light. Some growers also paint the inside of their buckets white. 6 x 23w CFL bulbs and the same number of E27 sockets (more light is better up to a point, but heat is also a concern; using 6 small CFLs gives the best of both in a space bucket) 2+ PC Fans and a 12v power supply (use more fans for additional cooling) Any kind of reflective material (like white paint or Mylar ) A standard 24h timer to automatically turn lights on and off. Some wire, glue and other minor tools you probably already have around the house. These grow buckets can be made in a few hours, and only basic knowledge of the dangers of electricity is needed . A few steps in the following guide were simplified for the sake of legibility and common sense. A.) Make holes in bottom of one bucket for water drainage. Pick your best looking bucket and make some holes in the bottom with a hot screwdriver. This will enable water drainage once the soil and plant is put in. It’s recommended to put some rocks on the bottom of the bucket, they will keep the bucket from getting clogged. Next, put reflective material on the inside walls , it sticks neatly with any kind of glue (and a little patience). If you happen to have white buckets, this covering is optional, as the walls will be very reflective. Aluminium foil is usually not recommended for safety reasons. C.) Cover outside with black tape or paint to light-proof your bucket. Also, don’t forget to cover the outside walls with layers of black tape or paint, this will make the Space Bucket mostly lightproof and will let you control light leaks. Step 2: Create Your Exhaust System (Intake & Outtake Holes with fans) Cut 2 holes on opposite sides of the main bucket (a hot knife can be used to melt the plastic). These will hold the PC fans (8×8 or 12×12) so you will need to cut them to size. It’s best to have a tight fit and apply some pressure, as bucket walls bend. Once the fans are in place, connect the 12v power supply to them . Make sure the power supply has the right amperage (a standard one with 1A can run at least 2 or 3 fans). One fan will act as the intake, the other as exhaust. That means that one fan should be pointing in (intake), and the other fan should be pointing out (exhaust).
Nebula’s note: If one fan is bigger than the other, use the bigger fan for the exhaust (pulling air out of the bucket). Pulling hot air out is more effective than trying to push cold air in. Whenever possible, it’s generally recommended to place your exhaust/outtake hole closer to the top, so that it is pulling out the hot air close to your grow lights. Here’s the design I originally used for Space Bucket lids, though I’ve found the following design is far superior: In this design, the lights are placed horizontally to maximize the amount of light given to the plants. This configuration also reduces the height needed (additional bucket tops) for your Space Bucket.
You can add an extra exhaust fan to pull hot air out and away from your lights. Pick a bucket lid and make holes for the bulb sockets. Here’s a diagram I made on how to wire your lights in parallel for your space bucket.