Soilless Gardening Explained

Book - 2003
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Plants need nutrients, air, water, and light with a little warmth to survive. Traditionally these have been provided by soil, but hydroponic techniques allow plants not only to survive but also to thrive by gaining the perfect balance of nutrients from a regulated solution. This book looks at the flood and drain method, drip feed, Nutrient Film Technique, aeroponics, and aquaponics. It offers a detailed examination of nutrient content and the strength of solution, advice on how to grow a variety of plants and how to control pests, a simple-to-follow guide to how to arrange and automate a greenhouse, and step-by-step instruction on how to build your own hydroponic systems. Without the need for stooping or weeding, hydroponics is ideal for anyone with back problems or mobility impairment, and superb for children, who can follow and monitor the plants’ growth.

Publisher: Marlborough : Crowood, 2003
ISBN: 9781861265609
Branch Call Number: 631.585 Bridgewood 2003
Characteristics: 141 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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Nov 18, 2018

Of the 20+ hydroponic books I've read so far this is one of the worst.
Lots of pictures but very technical information for an architect and electrical engineer.
There are about a dozen electrical designs for your own timers, switches, etc.
That's not what I was looking for at all.
The one thing I gained out of this was the flow rate of nutrient solution = .22 gal per minute.
I also liked the small blurb on aquaponics (using a fish tank to supply your nutrient solution so that you are growing fish and food at the same time).
Unless you're planning on building your own electricals and large scale hydroponics I would avoid this book.

Jul 07, 2016

Well organized and illustrated, but dated, British compilation with detailed explanations including technical acumen. Primary reference is on growing tomatoes in hydroponic operations, at an amateur level. Recommended automation of greenhouse hydroponic system appears primitive in technical design.


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