Hydroponics for the Home Grower

Author(s): Howard M. Resh

Hydroponics

Whether grown in soil or hydroponically, plants have similar environmental needs in order to optimize yields. To do so, home gardeners face numerous challenges, such as soil structure, fertility, watering, pests, and diseases. This book addresses the proper techniques and procedures for establishing a successful hydroponic culture. It covers history and background, understanding hydroponics and how plants grow, essential nutrients, hydroponic systems, year-round growing in greenhouses, vegetable crops and cultural techniques, and sprouts and microgreens. The book features extensive advice on how to begin growing hydroponically and offers appendices of supply sources and additional information.


 

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Hydroponics offers many advantages to traditional soil-based horticulture. These include greater control over many of the limiting factors, such as light, temperature, and pests, as well as the ability to grow plants in all seasons. With instruction from one of the top recognized authorities worldwide,Hydroponics for the Home Grower gives you step-by-step guidance on how to grow tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, arugula, bok choy, and various herbs year-round within your home or in a backyard greenhouse.


With Dr. Howard Resh’s help, you’ll learn:



  • Background information on how hydroponics evolved

  • The nutritional and environmental demands of plants and how to control these factors

  • How to provide formulations of nutrients optimal to the plants you wish to grow

  • The many different hydroponic systems you can purchase or build for yourself

  • Designs for different types of greenhouses with components to fit your personal taste and budget

  • Crop selection and step-by-step procedures, including seeding, transplanting, training, pest and disease control, and harvesting—along with when to plant and when to change crops

  • How you can grow microgreens on your kitchen counter


 


The book includes an appendix with sources of seeds and other supplies, along with helpful websites and lists of books, articles, and conferences on growing hydroponically and caring for your crops. By following the guidelines in this book, you’ll understand everything you need to know to get your home-growing operation up and running in no time.


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Howard M. Resh has a doctorate degree in horticulture and is a recognized authority worldwide on hydroponics. He has written five books on hydroponic culture for both commercial and hobby growers and his website (www.howardresh.com) presents information on hydroponic cultures of various vegetable crops. Dr. Resh is the hydroponic greenhouse farm manager for the first hydroponic farm associated with a high-end resort—CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa in Anguilla, British West Indies. He is a consultant for many unique hydroponic greenhouse operations, including Lufa Farms in Montreal, Canada.

History and Background of Hydroponics


How Hydroponics Started: Its Present and Future Applications


The Popularity and Benefits of Hydroponic Gardening


Why You Should Garden Hydroponically


Understanding Hydroponics and How Plants Grow


Why Hydroponics Is Not Just Chemistry


Plant Growth: The Environment and Its Effects on Plants


Water Needs, Management, and Irrigation Practices


Nutrients Essential to Plants and Their Sources


Essential Nutrients to Plants and Their Functions


Sources of Nutrients for Plants in Soil versus Hydroponics


Nutrient Formulations and Solutions


Signs of Plant Nutritional and Physiological Disorders and Their Remedies


Hydroponic Systems


Substrates to Use and Their Sources for Hydroponics


Small Indoor Hydroponic Units: Types and Construction


Large Indoor Hydroponic Units: Designs and Construction


How to Start Your Plants


Choosing Hydroponic Systems for Specific Crops


Environmental Control Components for Hydroponic Systems


Year-Round Growing in Greenhouses


The Greenhouse Environment for Plants


Benefits of a Greenhouse to the Homeowner


Design, Layout, and Construction of Backyard Greenhouses


Hydroponic Systems for Backyard Greenhouses


Sources of Supplies and Components for Backyard Greenhouses


Vegetable Crops and Their Cultural Techniques


Most Suitable Crops and Varieties


Seeding, Transplanting of Vegetable Crops


Training of Vegetable Crops


Pest and Disease Control


Sprouts and Microgreens


Sprouts versus Microgreens


Growing Techniques for Microgreens


Final Advice on How to Get Started


Appendix: Sources of Supplies and Information


 


 

General Fields

  • : 9781482239256
  • : Taylor & Francis
  • : Taylor & Francis
  • : February 2015
  • : 23.50 cmmm X 15.60 cmmm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Howard M. Resh
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : en
  • : 355