Hydroponic gardening is the most productive way to grow all varieties of plants, and those raised in a hydroponic system will exhibit maximum yield, flavor, vitamin and essential oil content. How-To Hydroponics illustrates each step of the hydroponic growing process with clear photographs and diagrams and includes step-by-step hydroponics system plans to build eight types of hydroponic and aeroponics systems and was just updated with content on how to build aeroponic foggers and hydroponic foggers. Whether you garden for fun, food or profit, How-To Hydroponics will show you everything you'll need to build, grow and reap the rewards of hydroponic gardening without breaking the bank. Since the first edition of How-To Hydroponics in , the author, Keith Roberto, has continually evolved the content and kept pace with the latest hydroponics technology and applications. With 30 more pages and five more hydroponics systems plans than the 3rd edition, released in , this latest release of How-To Hydroponics is his best work yet. Written in layman's terms with a style that's easy for anyone to understand, How-To Hydroponics is packed with illustrations, photographs and step-by-step instructions that have helped thousands of people of all ages and experience get started and excel at hydroponic gardening.
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Contact author at address below for licensing content. Teach a man to fish, feed him for life It covers all the information you should need to gain a basic understanding of the science and develop a working knowledge of the technology.
You will learn, step-by-step, to build the hydroponic system of your choice from the plans included within. How-To Hydroponics is the result of nearly a decade of research and development in the exciting field of hydro- ponics.
We have made every effort to ensure that all questions and discrepancies brought to our attention from the original publication have been answered and corrected in this newly revised edition. Email me at: kr futuregarden. From there, we move on to planning your hydroponic garden so that you get the most out of your available space and build the system that is right for you. In cooperation with some of the best companies in the industry, we are constantly striving to include a complete selection of components, nutrients and accessories that you may require to build and maintain the gardens featured in this publication.
Right now, deep space probes are searching the far reaches of our solar system for water while three quarters of our own planet is bathed in it.
Every living cell contains water. Every living plant depends on it to thrive. This book is about water. How to manage it, infuse it with the nutrition vital to plants and deliver it to their thirsty roots.
In nature, fire and water act together to recharge the soil with nutrients. When forests burn, wood is turned to ash. When the rains come, lifeless leaves and fallen branches are helped along their path to decay. Animals and insects hasten this process by their consumption of plants and excretion of organic wastes. Organic matter in the soil is biologically decomposed into the basic nutri- ent salts that plants feed on. Falling rains once again help in dissolving these salts and making them available for plants to absorb through their roots.
For a plant to receive a well balanced diet, everything in nature must be in perfect harmony. Forests must burn, animals must eat, rains must come, wood must rot, microbes in the soil must work. Rarely, if ever, can you find such ideal conditions occurring on a regular basis. Visit one if you ever get the chance. Hydroponics is about enriching water with the very same nutrient salts as found in nature.
Most hydroponic systems contain the nutrient solution and protect it from evaporating and from discharging into our environment unlike the runoff from exposed, fertilized soil. This can be done by calling your water company and asking for an analysis. If your water comes from a well, you will most likely have to send it out to a lab for analysis.
Hard water means that there is alot of dissolved mineral content, prima- rily calcium carbonate which usually shows up as scale on hot water pipes. Soft water is generally very pure or low in dissolved solids.
Distilled or water that has been through a reverse osmosis filter would be considered soft. There exists on the market a number of nutrient formulations that are specific for hard or soft water applications. It is a good idea to keep this in mind when purchasing or mixing up your own nutrients.
Hydroponic gardens produce the healthiest crops with the highest yields and vitamin content thanks to their perfectly bal- anced nutrient solutions. Modern hydroponic methods provide food for millions of people worldwide and supply you, me and the food service industry with superior produce. In fact, hydroponic cultivation is so effec- tive, NASA has devised an advanced method of hydroponics for use in outer space. The science of hydroponics began with experimentation into deter- mining the elementary composition of plants.
These experiments have been dated as early as A. The hanging gardens of Babylon and the floating gardens of the Mexican Aztecs are perfect examples of early hydroponic gardening. Egyptian hieroglyphics have even been found depicting the cultivation of plants in water as far back as several hundred years BC.
The word "Hydroponics" was coined by Dr. Gericke in to de- scribe the cultivation of both edible and ornamental plants in a solution of water and dissolved nutrients. The simple meaning is derived from the Greek "Hydro"- meaning water, and "Ponos"- meaning labor.
This nutrient solution can be circulated around the roots by either the passive force of gravity or the active force of an electromechanical pump. Some systems simply bath the roots in nutrient solution and use an air pump to oxygenate the solution from below to prevent stagnation and provide the roots with important oxygen.
Plants grown hydroponically are healthier than their soil grown counterparts since they receive a perfectly balanced diet and do not come in contact with soilborne pests and diseases. Super efficient hydroponic systems like the ones we show you how to build conserve water and nutrients by preventing evaporation and runoff. Arid regions where water is scarce can now grow crops with hydroponics. Since hydroponic systems deliver water and nutrients directly to the plant, crops can be grown closer together without starving each other and healthier plants add to a higher yield.
By growing crops in a sterile environment, under ideal conditions, hydroponics saves the costs of soil preparation, insecticides, fungicides and losses due to drought and ground flooding. When grown hydroponically, the roots are bathed or sprayed with nutrients dissolved in water. This way their energy can be redirected into the production of more foliage, flowers, fruits and vegetables.
Plants grown hydroponically are healthier because they receive a well bal- anced 'diet'. They are more vigorous because little energy is wasted search- ing for water and nutrients. As a result, hydroponically grown produce is generally larger, tastier, and more nutritious than the same produce grown in soil. In order to give the physical support soil would normally provide, a sterile medium such as sand, gravel, rocks, cocofiber or rockwool or combi- nation of each may be used.
In the case of aeroponics, no medium is used Aeroponic Squash at Epcot and the plants receive physical support from baskets and in this case, wires Center suspended from the roof. These plants are rotated through a chamber that supplies their roots with a fine spray of water and hydroponic nutrients.
Some advantages of replacing soil with a sterile medium are: 1. Elimination of soil borne pests, funguses and diseases. Elimination of troublesome weeds and stray seedlings. Reduction of health risks and labor costs associated with pest management and soil care.
Carl Hodges and Dr. Merle Jensen in conjunction with Walt Disney Productions, have developed new concepts for presenting hydroponic technologies to the public in an entertaining way.
Hydroponics is NASA's solution to provide a self sufficient food source for future space stations and proposed visitors to mars.
The lighting used in these ex- amples is high pressure sodium or HPS, which delivers an excellent spectrum of color and output in lumens. High Intensity Discharge H. The molecule is the smallest recognizable assembly of atoms that can be identified as being a specific element. Common elements are: Hydrogen - Oxygen - Gold - Silver etc All organic matter on Earth is comprised of at least four basic elements.
In fact, the scientific qualification for labelling matter organic is that it must be comprised of the following elements; Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen and Nitrogen. Carbon dioxide is known as a compound since it is a combination of one Carbon molecule and two Oxygen molecules. Most elements exist as compounds in nature because they are chemically unstable when pure in form, reacting with other other elements until stabilized into compounds.
The compound H2O water is made of two parts Hydrogen and one part Oxygen. H20 is formed when Hydrogen, an unstable gas, is burned or oxidized combined with Oxygen. Since C, H, and O are readily available in both the air and water, plants possess the ability to extract these elements from either and use them to create food.
Light provides the energy to make this possible. C Carbon Occurs in the cell walls, sugars manufactured by chlorophyll, as well as chlorophyll itself. H Hydrogen Important in nutrient cation exchange the chemical reaction which causes roots to uptake nutrients and in plant-soil relations.
Hydrogen is also essential for the formation of sugars and starches and is easily obtained from water. Water also keeps the plants structure rigid through what is known as turgor pressure, notice when a plant is lacking water it will begin to lose turgor pressure and wilt.
O Oxygen Required to form sugars, starches and cellulose. Oxygen is essential for the process of respiration which pro- vides energy plants utilize to grow. N Nitrogen Necessary for the formation of amino acids, co-enzymes and chlorophyll. For a plant to develop properly, it must have access to all the necessary elements. Because these four elements occur naturally, most people rarely consider them when discussing plant nutrition. It should be stressed that the exclusion or depletion of any one of these elements would cause death of the organism.
How To Hydroponics By Keith Roberto
I said earlier that there was no color picture inside the pages. For a beginner such as myself I would have preferred to see some colored pictures to kind of know what to expect. Black and white Im interested in starting a hydroponics vegetable garden in my underthehouse furnace room.
How To - Hydroponics - Keith Roberto
Grow twice as much in half the space! How-To Hydroponics, 4th edition, has been completely revised to share with you the incredible benefits of hydroponic gardening in a hands-on, easy to follow format that anyone can understand. Hydroponics is healthy, safe and fun for the whole family, as a hobby, or means of additional income. Learn Hands-On At Your Own Pace Which plants to grow, how to start from seeds and how to take cuttings to preserve, and propagate your favorite plants. Learn what makes plants grow and how to create the perfect garden environment indoors and out, even how to grow year round! How-To Hydroponics can help anyone overcome a brown thumb! Step-By-Step Plans And Photographs Learn to build and operate eight types of hydroponic systems from inexpensive materials and save hundreds, even thousands of dollars doing so.