Hobby Hydroponics, Second Edition: Applied Work Design for Human-Computer and Human-Machine Systems

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Hydroponics as a hobby can provide enjoyment, stress relief, and the gratification of creating your own fresh, pesticide-free garden. The increased interest in hobby hydroponics over the last 30 years has created market demand and, therefore, widespread availability of small-scale hydroponic units. Hobby Hydroponics, Second Edition is a guide to all aspects of home hydroponic culture and systems, providing the most up-to-date information on hobby hydroponic growing, including the numerous advancements in concepts, technology, and products since the first edition.

The book presents an overview of typical hobby hydroponic units available, describing representative systems including water culture—for example, aeroponics and nutrient film technique (NFT)—and soilless culture, such as coco coir, perlite culture, and vertical plant towers. The author discusses culture practices and the tools necessary to care for plants and provide optimum growing conditions by regulating variables including lighting, temperature, and carbon dioxide, as well as monitoring pH and electrical conductivity. He also provides information on nutrients, natural pest control, and symptoms of pests and imbalances to assist growers in being aware of and controlling these issues. The book instructs readers on how to start plants, recommends crop varieties, and even describes how to construct some systems in lieu of buying them, for readers who choose to do so.

New this edition:

  • Discusses new hobby units and components including lights, CO2 generators, and testing equipment
  • Updates available nutrients and new products such as mycorrhizae
  • Includes many new photographs
  • Provides up-to-date references, suppliers, and websites
Making hydroponics accessible to everyone willing to learn and apply the knowledge, this book provides the information necessary to start, grow, and reap the rewards of having your own hydroponic crops.
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ISBN-13: 9781466569416
ISBN-10: 1466569417
Pagini: 155
Ilustrații: 120 black & white illustrations, 10 black & white tables
Dimensiuni: 150 x 231 x 10 mm
Greutate: 0.32 kg
Ediția: Revizuită
Editura: CRC Press

Public țintă

Hobby hydroponic growers, schools, and libraries.


Starting Your Plants
Sowing of Seeds in a Medium
Hydroponic Culture in Choice of Medium
Seedling Temperatures
Light for Seedlings

Cultural Practices and Environment
Plant Spacing
Types of Lights
Amount of Light
Reflectors and Wall Covering
Light Movers
Carbon Dioxide Enrichment

Caring for Your Plants
Planting Schedules
Crop Changeover
Controlling Pests and Diseases

Plant Nutrition
Essential Elements
Soil in Comparison to Hydroponics
Sources of Essential Elements
Water Analysis
pH of Nutrient Solution
Electrical Conductivity (EC) of the Nutrient Solution
Symptoms of Nutritional and Other Problems

Water Culture (True Hydroponic Systems)
Hydroponics vs. Soilless Culture
Water Culture Systems
Choosing the System
Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) Systems
Ebb and Flow Water Culture Systems
Aeroponic Systems
Combination Water Culture and Soilless Systems

Soilless Culture
Substrates (Media)
Soilless SystemsߝExpanded Clay
Rockwool and Coco Coir Cultures
Perlite CultureߝVertical Plant Towers
Popular Hydroponics

Hobby Hydroponic Supplies and Information
Hydroponic Supplies
Hydroponic Services
Hydroponic Organizations and Internet Chat Clubs
Hydroponic Magazines
Closing Comments



Praise for the First Edition
"Resh has been instrumental in defining the way that many of us approach and see hydroponics. He has helped define the game. Even though he's putting basic hydroponic concepts into hobbyist terms, the information still retains a higher-than-average level of sophistication."
The Growing Edge

Notă biografică

Howard M. Resh, Ph.D., is a recognized authority worldwide on hydroponics. His website presents information on hydroponic culture of various vegetable crops. In addition, he has written five books on hydroponic culture both for commercial growers and backyard hobbyists. The call of commercial hydroponics has taken him to many projects in countries including Venezuela, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, the United States, and in 1999 to Anguilla, British West Indies, in the Eastern Caribbean, where he is still today. Resh continues to do consulting on many unique hydroponic greenhouse operations, including Lufa Farms in Montreal, Canada, where he established the growing techniques and hydroponic systems for a rooftop hydroponic greenhouse in downtown Montreal.