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Title:
Hydroponics : soilless gardening explained
Author:
Bridgewood, Les.
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Publication Information:
Marlborough : Crowood, 2003.
Physical Description:
141 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781861265609
Format :
Book

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Central Library SB126.5 .B75 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Plants need nutrients, air, water, and light with a little warmth to survive. Traditionally these have been provided by soil, but hydroponic techniques allow plants not only to survive but also to thrive by gaining the perfect balance of nutrients from a regulated solution. This book looks at the flood and drain method, drip feed, Nutrient Film Technique, aeroponics, and aquaponics. It offers a detailed examination of nutrient content and the strength of solution, advice on how to grow a variety of plants and how to control pests, a simple-to-follow guide to how to arrange and automate a greenhouse, and step-by-step instruction on how to build your own hydroponic systems. Without the need for stooping or weeding, hydroponics is ideal for anyone with back problems or mobility impairment, and superb for children, who can follow and monitor the plants' growth.


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Ripe, juicy tomatoes in winter; lush, exotic blooms all year long. As an alternative to traditional, soil-based gardening, hydroponics offers many attractive advantages, but perhaps none is as alluring as its ability to provide a perfect, balanced, nutritive environment for a wide variety of vegetable and floral crops. With the potential to yield large, healthy harvests in a controllable, pest- and weed-free atmosphere, hydroponics appeals to those intermediate or advanced gardeners seeking environmentally, economically, and technologically innovative methods for propagating and raising plants. An acknowledged authority with more than 25 years' experience, Bridgewood examines the nutritional requirements and explains the diverse methods of hydroponics in an accomplished and accessible guide. Beginning with a concise overview of its history and basic methodology, Bridgewood then offers in-depth background on supporting topics such as nutrient solutions, hygiene, and greenhouse unit construction and maintenance. Explicit line drawings and detailed color photographs further aid in clarifying techniques and procedures. --Carol Haggas Copyright 2003 Booklist


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