The rise of Hydroponics has caught the
interest of many wannabe growers from all
walks of like. Many urban dwellers are
limited on space but see Hydroponics as a
means of growing their own healthy vegetables, and it is something they wish to
To many newcomers, Hydroponics might be
confusing, and they wish to read up on the subject before diving in and
committing to building their own system. There are plenty of hurdles a new
grower can face, and having a good understanding, or having the means of
quickly finding the solution can make all the difference, and save hours of
head scratching for a solution
The internet contains vast amounts of
information on the subject. However, a
lot of this is written with growers who have already started and already possess
some knowledge of what they are doing. There is also the fact, some readers
prefer a book to read rather than searching through websites to find the
If you want to know how to get to the roots
of Hydroponics, here are the top 8 books for beginners that can help you on
your way. Once you finally decide to build your system, you will also have a
quick reference point where to go, or jog your memory if there is something you
are unsure about.
there One Book That Covers Everything?
Before checking out the list of books found
that are helpful for beginners, it is worth noting, there is no “Bible of
Hydroponics.” This is because all systems and growing areas are different, and
can be affected by any slight change. Most books are general in their view, and even then it can take some experience to
know what to use from the books, and how the content meets your needs.
It might be the case, some of the books
delve into specific areas in depth, or their focus throughout is on one area of Hydroponics rather than a guide from
start to finish.
In many cases, you might need more than one
book to get you started. Most of the books listed use the word “beginner” in
very different terms, and if you already have some understanding of
Hydroponics, then one or two from the list might be beneath your knowledge.
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Hydroponic Books for Beginners
Hydroponics: Hydroponics Essential Guide
Step-By-Step Hydroponic Gardening Guide to Grow Fruit, Vegetables, and Herbs at
Home (Hydroponics for Beginners, Gardening, Homesteading, Home Grower)
This book was first published in 2016, and
ranks highly in some of the categories it has been entered. It weighs in at 136
pages, and the author is Andy Jacobson.
While checking customer reviews, plenty state the author has made a great introduction into Hydroponics and covers the basics for
individuals who know nothing about growing plants this way.
The author has included sections on the
- What is Hydroponics?
- Choosing a Hydroponic Medium
- Types of Hydroponic Systems
- Plant Nutrition – Learning and
- Your Perfect Lighting Solution
- The Growing Process
- Creating Your Own Hydroponic
- Crops Most Suitable to
- Pest Prevention and
- Conclusion: Last But Not Least
- Bonus section: Starting a
The author of Hydroponics: Hydroponics Essential Guide, has done an excellent job on giving simple to understand diagrams and pictures. His explanations are clear, but a little text heavy in some sections. All in all, it is a good introduction, and when followed in the steps it is written, any grower can be up and running with the least amount of effort.
The book is
available in electronic format, or for readers who prefer something they can
hold for quick reference, it is also available in paperback.
How-To Hydroponics, Fourth Edition 4th Edition
This How-To Hydroponics is only available in paperback, and is well constructed and covers a lot of subjects. Although aimed at beginners, it is comprehensive and can be a good reference guide. It comes in at 101 pages, and the fourth edition was the last update which was back in 2003.
This could leave
some information a little outdated, but many areas covered will still be highly
relevant. All chapters are broken down in the table of contents as you would
expect from a paperback, and from here you can quickly find an area you wish to
The author (Keith
Roberto) covers the following topics in his chapters:
- What is Hydroponics?
- Growing Mediums and Technology
- Plant Nutrition
- Building your own system
- Raft systems and Aeroponics
- PVC systems and Dutch buckets
- Indoor gardening
This is only a
handful, and almost everything is covered with plenty of detailed instructions,
steps by step plans and accompanying
pictures and diagrams. Given the price of the book, for an introduction, it
might be too much, and there are some not so favorable reviews. However, there
is plenty of information that any new grower would be happy to know.
DIY Hydroponics: 12 Easy and Affordable Ways to Build
Your Own Hydroponic System
(Urban Homesteading Book 2)
This is a very
well thought out book and runs new growers through all they need to know about
Hydroponics and how to build and maintain their own system. Richard Bray simply explains things with easy to understand
diagrams of the six types of Hydroponic system. From this, he goes on to
explain how growers can build a total of 12 different systems using around the
This DIY approach
gives growers the chance to learn about Hydroponics as they build one of the
simple systems, he also explains the components and how they affect the running
of the system, and how plants will be affected by this.
chapters cover growing medium, nutrients, and
lighting, maintaining your system and potential problems a grower could face.
All of this is explained in simple terms, and it should be easy for any new grower to understand.
DIY Hydroponics contains 147 pages and is available in eBook format or paperback. It also ranks at the top in three categories where it is entered. Customer reviews are also very favourable, and it receives four and a half stars out of five, and this is quite an achievement because the book was only published late in 2018.
For any grower who
is contemplating building a Hydroponic system, this book can give some helpful insight on how the different types of
system work, and how to maintain these once they are up and running. It will be
more suited to would be growers who have very little
or no understanding of Hydroponics. Individuals who have a little knowledge
might find the book lacking in information, or that it is written too basic to
offer them anything.
Hydroponics: The Definitive Beginner’s Guide to
Quickly Start Growing Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs for Self-Sufficiency!
(Gardening, Organic Gardening, Homesteading,
This book takes
the angle of presenting Hydroponics as a means for growers to grow their own fresh produce. It gives a basic overview
before heading into a soil vs. Hydroponics chapter. From then it gets into
choosing a hydroponic system where it explains the six system types, and their components.
In the following
chapter Michael Martinez the author explains how growers can build their own system. Unfortunately, he only offers one method, the
drip method. For some new growers, this system type might not be what they
intended, and they could be tempted to skip this.
The book then
offers three cheat sheets for fruits vegetables and herbs before it explains
how to plan your system, and then maintain it.
The last two chapters of Hydroponics: The Definitive Beginner’s Guide covers common mistakes that are made by new growers, and then how to troubleshoot problems in a system. One nice touch was he separated pests from mold and algae into different sections, and how to deal with both.
This book is quite
well received and has over 70 customer reviews. While being available in both
eBook format or paperback, it gives growers the option and can be good reading
for anyone who is new to the world of Hydroponics. It crams in quite a lot of
information into the 77 pages, but it does lack of
diagrams and is mainly text-based. This
could be a little too much for complete novices as they might not be able to
relate to the parts and equipment described.
Hydroponics: From Beginner to Expert
Homegrown Organic Gardening Double Book Bundle –
Ultimate Guide to Hydroponics & Organic Vegetable Gardening For …
Aquaponics, Horticulture, Homesteading)
The author William
Walsworth has done a good job of covering
things in a very readable format and can
be great for newer growers. He has actually made a double book deal so there is
another book on Organic gardening which can be useful to read.
There are 204
pages between both books, and it is available in both eBook format, and also
paperback with the price being more than reasonable for two books in the
The good thing with the way this book is written, the author presents things slightly different. He begins with why choose Hydroponics, and then he describes the six system types. From here he moves onto hydroponic basics which covers hydroponic nutrients, water, growing media, plants, and hygiene.
The best parts are
the following chapters where he takes each system type and goes into detail of the
equipment needed, installing the system
and how to grow in each model. This
can save new growers time flicking backward and forward
and searching for information which relates to their hydroponic system
The final chapter
covers maintaining your garden and troubleshooting. This might focus more on
how to support your system, and all of
the problems are from the system and not from any outside pests.
The book comes
with some images which enhance his writing,
but are not enough information giving where they can be used for reference.
Customer reviews are favorable, and it receives almost top marks, but the number of reviews isn’t that high. All in all Hydroponics: From Beginner to Expert is a good read, and it is more geared toward new growers than leading them toward becoming an expert.
Hydroponics: Beginner’s Guide to Effective Hydroponic
Gardening at Home
Gary Carter, the author of the Beginner’s Guide to Effective Hydroponic Gardening at Home has done an excellent job in outlining his information with simple and clear diagrams. He covers most topics which include:
- Lighting – Artificial &
- The Nutrient System and The
- The Pests and Plant Growth –
- Leaf Growth and The Seedlings
He begins with an
introduction followed by the components of a system. This he follows by how you
go about setting up a system in your home.
He then has a
separate chapters for ‘Growing charts,’
which cover Herbs, Vegetables, and
Fruits. He then explains the system equipment,
with a final chapter about how to beautify your home.
contained is basic, and does explain much
of what you need to get a system up and running. From that point, the book can
leave you, and when it comes to maintaining your system, and what to do to fix
problems, you might need another point of reference.
The author has
done an excellent job in giving
information to growers who are entirely new, and that is how the book needs to
be received. Customer reviews all lead you to this conclusion, and for the
electronic version compared to the paperback version, it could be worth the
Hydroponics: Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners
A Simple User Guide To Grow Hydroponics Herbs And
Vegetables At Home (Hydroponics, Hydroponics Gardening)
For very new users to Hydroponics, Sherry Forrest delivers what she says in the title of her book Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners, a simple user guide, and that is what you get. This is ideal for would-be growers who need to know the very basics of Hydroponics.
Sherry describes the basics of each component in a system and goes on to describe lighting and growing medium. She follows this by an explanation of each system type, and again goes a little further in depth about all of the growing mediums that can be used.
She then spends a
chapter on water, lighting and nutrient
temps, before following up with the secrets to growing herbs and
vegetables. This chapter includes pH testing, sanitation, and pest control.
The final chapter
gives some pro tips to beginners, and some mistakes to avoid.
The book is only
78 pages in length, but might be the ideal length for a basic introduction into
Hydroponics. Customer reviews are favorable, and
she gets 4 out of 5 for her effort.
The book is available in both paperback and eBook format, and the latter
version is the recommended one. For growers
who are looking for a point of reference to solve issues, then this book isn’t
the one to keep close in your growing room.
It does explain a
few things in the purest form which can
be a good start for users before they move onto more detailed information.
Hydroponics Beginners Gardening Guide
How to Start a Hydroponics Growing System Step by Step
The last book on
the list happens to be the smallest and comes in at 66 pages. It is available
in both paperback and eBook format so it can be handy to keep with you while
you are in your growing space. Customer reviews give it 4 out of 5, so they are
Areas covered by the
author are as his chapter headings:
- Growing medium
- Hydroponic Nutrients
- Hydroponic Systems
The Hydroponics Beginners Gardening Guide is a little light on diagrams which would have been useful for new growers, but it explains things simply, so it is an easy read without getting too heavy with information. Simon Hamilton, the author, claims new growers will gain enough knowledge of each system, and which one they will find best suited to their growing needs.
He also says
growers will see how to set up their own system without spending a fortune. For
a brief introduction, it is a quick read and can give some useful insight into
the world of Hydroponics, but a reader who is keen on building a system will
quickly outgrow the information it contains.
When taking a look
at these books, you should find one which meets your needs. A lot does depend
on your level of understanding and if you already have a good idea of how Hydroponic systems work.
The main criteria
for choosing any of these books is how far you wish to go with your growing,
and what type of system you want to build. Like anything related to
Hydroponics, it is helpful to do some homework before committing to any of
It might be the best book for you is one that is more comprehensive, and covers lots of topics like either Hydroponics: From Beginner to Expert or Hydroponics: The Definitive Beginner’s Guide. Both of these cover enough for your first steps, and they are handy for further points of reference later.
Either of these
could be an excellent accompanying book
to the DIY Hydroponics: 12 Easy and
Affordable Ways to Build Your Own Hydroponic System. Although you might
want to purchase a system you can have up and running, this book does a good
job explaining the ins and outs of building your own system