After your first harvest you will delight in how simple hydroponic gardening is, and how nutritious, flavoursome and fragrant hydroponically grown vegetables, fruit and flowers can be!Hydroponics for the home gardener is an economical and simple way to turn your backyard, no matter how big or small, or balcony into productive vegetable and flower gardens.HYDROPONIC GARDENING, deigned for beginners of all ages, teaches the basics of hydroponic gardening - how to grow hydroponic plants from seed, and to feed them with naturally balanced nutrients. It also shows you how to transplant plants from soil to hydroponics and how to take clones from valuable stock for hydroponic cultivation.Once your hydroponic garden is established, learn all about: * the fundamental principles of nutrient management and nutrition * how to recognise ad remedy nutritional disorders * how to combat pests and diseases the natural way * how to maintain an ecological balance in your hydroponic garden.
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Foreword by John Patrick
Hydroponic mediums and techniques 14
Choosing a system 24
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