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Hydroponics for Everyone : A Practical Guide to Gardening in the 21st Century - Susan Sutherland

Hydroponics for Everyone

A Practical Guide to Gardening in the 21st Century

Paperback Published: 1st November 2009
ISBN: 9781864470697
Number Of Pages: 142

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Hydroponics is gardening without soil. It can be done indoors, without natural light and all year round. Fruit, vegetables and flowers are all grown hydroponically these days and an industry has grown up providing equipment to those wishing to grow hydroponically. It practically guarantees perfect results every time. Hydroponics for Everyone is the complete guide for anyone wishing to take up hydroponics gardening, and an ideal book for the most dedicated hydroponic gardener. Simple, accessible, enthusiastic and attractive, it has been the one book that hydroponic suppliers unanimously recommend.

Hydroponics For Beginners


Essential reading for anyone starting out in growing vegetables by the hydroponic method. Well explained with plenty of colour illustrations, a great reference source as skills develop.



Hydroponics for Everyone

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Dedicationp. iv
Acknowledgmentsp. iv
Prologue: Confessions of a despairing gardener and how a dentist stopped the heartbreakp. viii
Introducing Hydroponicsp. x
Prefacep. xii
Introduction: A Brief History of Hydroponicsp. xvi
How a Plant Works -- Its Basic Requirementsp. 1
Waterp. 2
Water-soluble Mineralsp. 4
Warmth and Sunlightp. 4
Some optimum root zone temperaturesp. 6
Airp. 6
Disease and Pest Controlp. 6
Shelter and Supportp. 6
How a Plant's Needs Are Satisfied by Hydroponicsp. 6
Plant Food and Nutrient Solutionsp. 8
Essential Mineralsp. 8
Essential minerals, their role in plant growth and signs of deficiency or excessp. 9
Concentration of nutrient elements in hydroponic solutionsp. 11
Quality of Waterp. 12
Testing Nutrient Solutionsp. 12
Optimum pH range for growth of some common plantsp. 14
Preparation and Replacement of Nutrient Solutionsp. 14
Support Mediums for Hydroponic Plantsp. 17
Sandp. 17
Scoriap. 17
Perlitep. 18
Vermiculitep. 19
Growool (Horticultural Rock Wool)p. 20
Expanded Clay Ballsp. 23
Other Mediumsp. 23
Some advantages and disadvantages of mediumsp. 23
What Medium Should One Use?p. 24
Types of Hydroponic Systemsp. 25
Containers and Fittings for Hydroponic Systemsp. 25
Non-recycling Systemsp. 31
Recycling Systemsp. 38
Other Hydroponic Systemsp. 45
What System Should One Use?p. 49
Purchasing Hydroponic Kitsp. 49
Germinating Seeds and Planting Outp. 50
Advantages in Starting from Seedp. 50
Methods of Germinating Seedsp. 50
A Simple Incubator for Germinationp. 53
Optimum temperatures for germination of seedsp. 53
Introducing Seedlings and Plants to the Systemp. 54
Sources of Seeds and Plantsp. 56
Swapping of Seedlingsp. 57
Sharing of Seedsp. 57
What to Growp. 58
Choice of Mediums and Containersp. 58
Vegetablesp. 59
Selection of plants, mediums and containersp. 60
Herbsp. 69
Strawberriesp. 73
Flowersp. 78
Maintenance of Hydroponic Systems and Care of the Plant's Environmentp. 81
Observation -- Look, Listen, Sniff and Touchp. 81
Supply of Nutrient Solutionp. 82
Avoiding a Dry Atmospherep. 84
Plant Grooming and Trainingp. 84
Harvesting of Cropsp. 84
Removal of Old or Dying Plantsp. 84
Replacement of Plantsp. 84
Root Penetrationp. 84
Pest and Disease Controlp. 86
Protection from Excessive Heatp. 86
Heating the Plant's Environmentp. 87
Use of Artificial Lightsp. 88
Maintenance of Recordsp. 89
Annual Clean-upp. 90
Disadvantages of Glasshouses and Igloosp. 90
Pest and Disease Controlp. 91
Isolation of Clean Plantsp. 91
Hot House and Igloo Tools, etc.p. 92
Plant Diseases and Pestsp. 92
Companion Plantingp. 93
To Spray or not To Spray?p. 94
Biological Control of Insectsp. 97
Manufacturers' Instructions and Safety Precautionsp. 98
Getting Startedp. 100
Basic Equipmentp. 100
Non-recycling Systemsp. 101
Recycling Systemsp. 107
Epilogue: The happy hydroponicer -- the author's system at workp. 112
Establishing the Hydroponic Environmentp. 113
Setting up the Hydroponic Plumbingp. 114
Nutrient Reservoirp. 115
Selection and Installation of the Electric Pumpp. 115
Power Supplyp. 116
Path of the Nutrient Solutionp. 116
Nutrient Drainage (Return) Pipep. 118
Containers and Mediums Usedp. 118
Nutrients Usedp. 120
Cooling and Ventilation of the Environmentp. 121
The Tomato Shed -- a Purpose-built Unitp. 123
Summary of Resultsp. 125
Some hydroponic suppliers in Australia and New Zealandp. 129
Hydroponic Suppliersp. 129
Suppliers of Seedsp. 136
Supplier of Carnation Plantsp. 136
Supplier of Greenhouse Covers and Shadecloth Fabricatorsp. 136
Supplier of Ludvig Svensson Screensp. 136
Supplier of Plastic Fittingsp. 136
Part-time Courses in Hydroponicsp. 137
Hydroponic Societiesp. 137
Hydroponic Consultantsp. 138
Bibliographyp. 139
Indexp. 140
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ISBN: 9781864470697
ISBN-10: 1864470690
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 142
Published: 1st November 2009
Publisher: Hyland House Publishing Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 19.0  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: Revised

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