DIY Hydroponic Gardens How to Design and Build an Inexpensive System
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DIY Hydroponic Gardens How to Design and Build an Inexpensive System

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Author of DIY Hydroponic Gardens Design and Build an Inexpensive System

Tyler Baras, “Farmer Tyler,” is a well-renowned hydroponic grower with extensive experience in both hobby and commercial hydroponics. Besides writing books for both home gardeners and commercial growers,

Tyler creates educational videos covering a range of horticultural topics. His website,, offers information for hydroponic growers of all experience levels.

Tyler graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida's Horticultural Sciences department specializing in organic crop production. While completing his bachelor of science degree,

Tyler traveled overseas to study organic agriculture in Spain and protected agriculture (greenhouse production) in China. After graduation, he worked as a grower for one of the first certified organic hydroponic farms 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 percent 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 Whole Foods, Safeway, and several local markets.

In 2015, Tyler moved to Dallas, Texas, where he designed and constructed a hydroponic demonstration facility devised to study the productivity of various small-scale commercial hydroponic systems.

Tyler wrote a commercial hydroponics book based on the collected data from the demonstration facility.

This book is available through the horticultural distribution company Hort Americas. While in Texas, Tyler also designed and constructed a hydroponic demonstration facility focused on home hydroponic systems.

This facility served as a video studio for several Farmer Tyler educational video series. Tyler and 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 on-site farm.

Tyler continues to produce video content, which can be seen on digital magazine Urban Ag News and on

DIY Hydroponic Gardens Contents


  • What Is Hydroponics? 
  • Advantages of Hydroponic Growing 
  • Key Features of a Hydroponic System 


  • Irrigation 
  • Pots and Trays 
  • Substrates and Growing Media 
  • Equipment for Growing Indoors 
  • Grow Lights 
  • Pest-Management Products
  • and Equipment
  • Meters 


  • How to Choose a System 
  • Bottle Hydroponics 
  • Floating Rafts 
  • Wicking Bed 
  • Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) 
  • Top Drip System
  • Media Beds
  • Flood and Drain 
  • Aeroponics 
  • Vertical Gardens 


  • Starting Seeds in Stone Wool 
  • Rooting Cuttings in Stone Wool 
  • Rooting Cuttings in a Hydroponic Cloner 
  • Transplanting Plants Started in Soil


  • Plant Nutrient Uptake 
  • Fertilizers 
  • Measuring Fertilizer Concentration 


  • Managing the Nutrient Solution 
  • Flushing 
  • Cleaning 


  • Nutrient Deficiencies
  • Infestations 
  • Seedling Problems
  • Glossary 
  • Appendix: Crop Selection Charts 
  • Metric Conversions 
  • Bibliography and Photo Credits 
  • Index 
  • About the Author

Introduction to DIY Hydroponic Gardens Design and Build an Inexpensive System

THIS BOOK MAKES HYDROPONICS ACCESSIBLE to gardeners of any experience level. You'll learn both the science of hydroponics and its practical applications and see that DIY hydroponics is not just a way to avoid purchasing expensive hydroponic systems; it's also a way to create a beautiful garden better suited to your needs. Offering build guides for hydroponic gardens that range from simple to complex, this book shows systems suitable for nearly any environment or application.

The build guides include many options for customizing the design so you can create a garden catered to your space, crop selection, and budget.

Additionally, this book offers invaluable seed variety recommendations that can save new hydroponic gardeners time and money that could have easily been wasted on poorly suited crop selections.

Learn from Farmer Tyler's vast experience and avoid the costly mistakes commonly made by new hydroponic growers. The more you know, the better you grow!

What Is Hydroponics?

Put simply, hydroponics is growing plants without soil. Most people assume that soil is indispensable for plant growth, but if you have this book, you probably already know that it isn't so. The various functions of soil can be recreated using other materials.

Soil provides support for the plant because it creates a physical structure for the roots to grasp. Tall trees would be unable to hold themselves upright on a windy day without a firm grip on the soil.

In a hydroponic system, the physical support provided by soil can be replicated with a variety of materials and trellis structures. Soil also provides essential nutrients for plant growth.

These same nutrients can be supplied using alternative methods, however. Hydroponic systems dispense water-soluble nutrients derived from both organic and conventional sources.

Soil can also provide a home for essential microbial populations that create beneficial relationships with plant roots.

These same microbes can live and thrive in a hydroponic environment. So, if hydroponics is simply recreating the role of soil, why not just use soil?

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