As silly as this may sound, this is actually what I recommend most people do. Do your due diligence, research and etc. and play things by ear. Growing isn't exactly something that is black or white. Some people get amazing results with hydro, others soil, others living organic soil. There are just so many variables involved with growing and definitely more than one way to "skin a cat" or in this case more than one case to "harvest a plant". I always recommend people try things out for themselves at the end of the day because only they will know what best fits their needs. Hydro is easiest for some people, where as other people will swear that living soil is easier. It's all a matter of what works best for you honestly. I mean realistically, if you're able to pull 2lb per 1k light does it really matter what method you use? If you're happy with the medicine you are producing, who cares what other people think no? I go with living organic soil because it works best for me and provides the best results for me personally. That being said, there are some hydro growers that could shit on my best of attempts. Again, all about what works best for you and what is best for your particular situation. To be absolutely honest with you, your idea sounds pretty solid and it's one I was thinking of doing. I have 25-30g no-till pots waiting to go, but I'm personally hesitant as to whether I can fit enough plants in those pots. I'll be going with raised beds and running a recycled organic soil as opposed to a no-till one. Everyone and their mom can tell you how to have a successful organic grow or even a successful hydro grow, but at the end of the day it's all about what works best for you and your particular situation. Your idea sounds pretty solid to me, but all I have to go on is what I'm reading on your thread. I don't know your situation as well as you do. If you're wanting a solid organic harvest? You could very well get away with making a raised bed, 3x3x1 in size and put your plants in that. Me personally? I go with the largest amount of soil I can reasonably fill in the amount of time I'm growing. I took 2g transplants and put them into 25-30g pots and by week 3 of flower they were rootbound. There isn't a single person in this entire forum (or even the internet for that matter) that can tell you what is best for your particular situation and this is why I always recommend a small trial and error process for people trying to produce their own meds. That's because one person will experience success with hydro where as another person will experience success with organic soil, again, depends entirely on your particular situation. I can't determine whether hydro or soil will be better for you. I can't determine what method of growing is best for you, and I can't determine what the best strains for you to grow are. Only you are able to determine what works best for you at the end of the day. What works amazing for me may be a joke to another grower, at the end of the day it's all about what gives you the results YOU want and unfortunately, with the amount of growing methods out there, it just simply isn't possible to determine the "best" method of growing because what works for one person might be a disaster for another. At the end of the day, cannabis cultivation is so far along now that if you pick the right strain it really doesn't matter how you grow it so long as it gives you the results YOU want. I know a guy that runs hydro and is nothing short of an artist and absolutely shits on me in terms of the quality he produces, but at the end of the day I personally prefer meds grown in living organic soil. That's why I try to identify how people would prefer to grow first and foremost before getting into anything else. Only you and you alone knows what is best for your particular situation, and once you know what is best just run with it and see what happens. Get yourself a grow journal going if you're inexperienced and have some more knowledgeable people help you out, and this isn't even to say that I'm the "pimp daddy" grower. I just found what works best for me personally and happen to have some patients under my belt that appreciate what I'm providing to them. Again, and I can't stress this enough, at the end of the day its about what works best for YOU.