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

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With practical information aimed at home DIYers, the new book DIY Hydroponic Gardens: How to Design and Build an Inexpensive System for Growing Plants in Water shows exactly how to build, plant, and maintain more than a dozen unique hydroponic systems, some of which cost just a few dollars to make. Author Tyler Baras (Farmer Tyler to his fans) shows how anyone can inexpensively grow produce without soil, offering a unique opportunity to have a productive garden indoors, or in areas where soil is not present.

An expert in hydroponics, Baras has developed many unique and easy-to-build systems for growing entirely in water, for both commercial and home use. In DIY Hydroponic Gardens, he shows with 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, including recipes for nutrient solutions, info on light and ventilation sources, and specific plant-by-plant details that explain how to grow the most popular vegetables in a self-contained, soilless system. There’s also 12+ hydroponic system builds and complete crop selection charts.

No soil? No sunlight? No problem for a hydroponic system, giving the gardener the power to grow plants anywhere. Even if you live in an area were water is scarce, a hydroponic system is the answer you’ve been looking for. Plus, hydroponic systems are sealed and do not allow evaporation, making water loss virtually nonexistent.  The bottom line: with DIY Hydroponic Gardens, anyone, anywhere can garden by growing in water.

Tyler Baras, “Farmer Tyler,” is a well-renowned hydroponic grower with extensive experience in both hobby and commercial hydroponics. He attended the University of Florida, graduating Cum Laude from their Horticultural Sciences department and has studied agriculture in Spain and China. Besides writing books for both home gardeners and commercial growers, Tyler creates educational videos covering a range of horticultural topics and speaks at events throughout the year. His  hydroponic demonstration sites have been featured on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, which airs on PBS and syndicated stations nationwide. Tyler currently works as a hydroponic consultant and has worked on several notable projects, including Central Market’s Growtainer, the first grocery store–owned and –managed onsite farm. Tyler continues to produce video content, which can be seen on digital magazine Urban Ag News and on

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