Hobby Hydroponics 2nd Edition
This book was originally written in 2003. Since that time there has been a huge advancement in technology for small-scale hydroponic units. Many new products and systems have been developed. The purpose of this updated edition is to include these new concepts and products built upon the information presented in the first edition. Many new photos and drawings are included to assist in understanding the products available at this time.
The objective of the book is to provide the reader with information on some of the typical hobby hydroponic units available in the marketplace. It is not my intention to favor some over others but to give the reader sufficient background in the type of units to purchase for the crops to be grown. The prices for these units vary greatly, so one can acquire items that are within one’s budget. Along with the hydroponic units are needed accessories and supplies to make them grow plants successfully, so these will also be discussed. Some accessories include lights, carbon dioxide generating systems, and pH and electric conductivity (EC) monitoring instruments. In addition, supplies that are part of growing include nutrients, pest control, propagation cubes, blocks, trays, and growing slabs.
The book also instructs you how to start your plants, recommends crop varieties, describes seed sources, outlines training techniques for the various crops, and suggests what environmental conditions are best to assist you in successful growing. In addition, to “plug-and-play” units that you can purchase, I will instruct you on how to construct some systems for yourself, if you wish. The most common growing systems, such as water culture, nutrient film technique (NFT), perlite, coco coir, peat mixes and others, are described along with the hobby units using such cultures. There is nothing mysterious about hydroponic growing; it is really following instructions and adhering to details in plant training, and monitoring the nutrient solution and the surrounding environment to obtain as close as possible to optimum conditions that make you successful.
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