How-to Hydroponics is an excellent introductory text for someone interested in learning the basics of hydroponics. In the very beginning of the book they make an excellent point of what hydroponics really is – essentially giving plants the optimum amounts of what plants need to thrive, not unnaturally pumping them up with steroids or harsh chemicals. This is a good point to make right away because people with limited knowledge of hydroponics often seem to consider it unnatural. Hydroponics is nature at its most productive, where plants are given as much of what they naturally require to grow that they can make use of.
How-to Hydroponics covers everything from a very brief history of hydroponics to how hydroponics starts – with a seed. This hydroponics book goes on to cover popular growing media as well as some of the different types of hydroponics systems. They do a good job covering plant nutrition and nutrient solution and even have instructions for making your own nutrient solution.
Hydroponics as a business is also given some consideration in this text as some business tips are mentioned. Depending on what you will want to grow as a business, there is a helpful list of plants and their light and PH needs to help you out. As a business or even a hobby gardener you may need to deal with garden pests and there is some helpful information on avoiding pests and other garden problems.
Some of what makes this book worth recommending to someone interested in hydroponics is that the book itself is of a reasonable length and not filled with lots of dry sterile data like some other hydroponics books on the market. This book can be read fairly quickly and has an enjoyable variety of pictures and and reference charts. How-to Hydroponics even has instructions on how to build several types of hydroponics systems at the conclusion of the book. The conclusion that can be drawn from reading this book is that it is a great place to start, it has useful information for the intermediate hydroponics enthusiast, and it is an excellent gift to give to someone you believe would enjoy hydroponics.
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