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Hydroponics for the Home Grower

1st Edition

By Howard M. Resh

CRC Press

352 pages | 205 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2015-02-09
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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.

Read an Interview with Dr. Resh here

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.


"By following the guidelines in Hydroponics for the Home Grower, you'll understand everything you need to know to get your home-growing operation up and running in no time."

—Paul T. Vogel, California Bookwatch

Table of Contents

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


About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General