Home Hydroponics Guide released from Cornell University

For people looking for a new project, building a home hydroponic system can be a great way to add some fresh, tasty and aesthetically pleasing greens to the home. Searching around for information can be frustrating, so this guide packs all the information into one spot, with detailed steps for building and operating one's own deep water culture and nutrient film techniques including plant spacing, reservoir size, and system components. The guide includes sections on seeding starting, managing nutrient solutions, lighting, and plant diseases/disorders.

Each section has detailed information on all the major concepts of each topic (including examples with calculations), and finishes with a “quick guide” that recaps the main points. Wondering how much a hydroponic system will cost to build and maintain? Sample calculations are provided for lighting, fertilizer, and entire system costs. There is also an accompanying excel sheet to help with cumbersome calculations.

The guide and excel sheet can be found here under featured resources or the growing tab.

For more details and information contact Ryan Ronzoni at rjr293@cornell.edu

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