DIY Hydroponic Gardens: How to Design and Build an Inexpensive System for Growing Plants in Water

DIY Hydroponic Gardens: How to Design and Build an Inexpensive System for Growing Plants in Water

by Tyler Baras


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With practical information aimed at home DIYers, author Tyler Baras (Farmer Tyler to his fans) shows exactly how to build, plant, and maintain over a dozen unique hydroponic systems, some costing just a few dollars to make.

No soil? No sunlight? No problem. A hydroponic growing system gives you the power to grow plants anywhere. Even if you live in an area where water is scarce, a hydroponic system is the answer you’ve been looking for. Hydroponic systems are sealed and do not allow evaporation, making water loss virtually nonexistent. Simply suspend your essential nutrients in a water-based solution and circulate them to the plant roots in a contained network of vessels and tubes. This accessible guide provides the solid information you need for hydroponic gardening success.

Farmer Tyler shows you, with detailed step-by-step photos, precisely how to create these systems, and how to plant and maintain them. All the information you need to get started with your home hydroponic system is included:
  • Recipes for nutrient solutions
  • Light and ventilation sources
  • Comprehensive equipment guide
  • Growing and maintenance instructions
  • 12+ hydroponic system builds
  • Complete crop selection charts

DIY Hydroponic Gardens is the best resource available for getting started in hydroponics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760357590
Publisher: Cool Springs Press
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Edition description: New
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 51,973
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Tyler Baras has a range of urban agricultural experience from homesteading to commercial hydroponics. While completing his B.S. in Horticultural Sciences at the University of Florida, he traveled overseas to study Organic Agriculture in Spain and Protected Agriculture (greenhouse production) in China. After graduation, he worked as a grower for 3 Boys Farm Inc., the first certified organic recirculating hydroponic farm in the United States. In 2013, Tyler moved to Denver, Colorado where he worked as the hydroponic farm manager at The GrowHaus. He managed a profitable urban farm while creating a successful hydroponic internship program with a 90% job placement rate for graduates. The hydroponic farm at The GrowHaus is currently managed by alumni of the farm internship program and continues to provide lettuce for Wholefoods, Safeway, and several local markets. While at The GrowHaus, Tyler started creating educational videos and blog posts about farm tech which he continues to post on his website He has had multiple appearances on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home which airs on national PBS. Currently, Tyler manages the Dallas Grown hydroponic greenhouse in Dallas, Texas and works as Special Projects Manager for Hort Americas. Farmer Tyler continues to produce video content which can be seen at Urban Ag News YouTube and Farmer Tyler YouTube!

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 6

What Is Hydroponics? 7

Advantages of Hydroponic Growing 8

Key Features of a Hydroponic System 13

2 Equipment 18

Irrigation 19

Pots and Trays 22

Substrates and Growing Media 24

Equipment for Growing Indoors 28

Grow Lights 29

Pest-Management Products and Equipment 32

Meters 35

3 Hydroponic Growing Systems 38

How to Choose a System 39

Bottle Hydroponics 42

Floating Rafts 50

Wicking Bed 60

Nutrient Film Technique [NFT] 69

Top Drip System 83

Media Beds 92

Flood and Drain 99

Aeroponics 106

Vertical Gardens 115

4 Starting Seeds and Cuttings 136

Starting Seeds in Stone Wool 138

Rooting Cuttings in Stone Wool 142

Rooting Cuttings in a Hydroponic Cloner 146

Transplanting Plants Started in Soil 148

5 Plant Nutrition 150

Plant Nutrient Uptake 151

Fertilizers 152

Measuring Fertilizer Concentration 154

6 System Maintenance 156

Managing the Nutrient Solution 157

Flushing 160

Cleaning 161

7 Common Problems and Troubleshooting 162

Nutrient Deficiencies 163

Infestations 166

Seedling Problems 168

Glossary 170

Appendix: Crop Selection Charts 172

Metric Conversions 186

Bibliography and Photo Credits 187

Index 188

About the Author 192

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