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Sherman E - How to build a bigger
& better hydroponic garden for less than $20.
USA 1978. 61pp
- cover features a very large (approx 10 feet) flowering
cannabis plant grown in a greenhouse. Covers cultivation
of cannabis and other plants. Handwritten text with numerous
illustrations. Sections include:
hydroponic growing -high quality, high yield, easy set-up
on Hydroponic Growing (what is hydroponics, details of
the growth of plants, need for light, air and nutrients)
better than what - cheap alternatives to commercial equipment,
e.g. use of oil drums as containers.
of the bigger & better garden - methods of water/nutrient
delivery (bubbler, wick, pumps, drip-irrigation, hand-watered.
How to build
the bigger & better garden - detailed instructions
for adapting an oil drum into two separate containers
with water/nutrient delivery system.
and alternatives - improving the aesthetic appearance
of growing containers, use of lights, timer switches,
styrofoam (polystyrene) beads, constructing a home-made
float-valve, use of alternative containers (including
large scale plant beds), the "water pot" garden
using gravel as a medium.
- Suggests marijuana growers refer to a specialist publication,
includes advice on filling the reservoir and changing
the solution, planting seeds (use of perlite, vermiculite
etc) Advises against use of soil-based media due to risk
of disease transmission. Advice on pruning, spacing (no
more than 2 marijuana plants per bed), growing different
plants in one bed (e.g. fast-growing and slow-growing/shade
- problems with pests, fungus, temperature, overwatering,
list of common symptoms and likely causes.
Although this book does not explicitly purport to be about
growing cannabis, the cover and many of the photographs
within are of cannabis plants, and there are mentions
of marijuana in the text. The hand-printed style is attractive
and well-laid out, although most of the information about
equipment and prices is well out of date, the basic principles
of hydroponic cultivation are explained in a simple, no-nonsense
manner with illustrations to support the text.
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