Books, Videos, and Blogs for Hydroponic Beginners

When first getting into hydroponics and urban gardening, I had no clue where to start.  There wasn’t a really great source of information online…at least not one I could find.  That’s part of the reason I created Epic Gardening in the first place.

I turned to books to learn the bulk of my knowledge – and quickly found out that there are a ton of really great beginner resources for hydroponics…if you’re willing to go old school and flip through some pages.

After books, I hit YouTube channels, blogs, and even forums – anything I could find to answer the millions of questions I had about hydroponics.

The following is a (constantly updated) list of all of the different resources that helped me out a ton when I was first starting.  Enjoy!

Books

hydroponic-food-productionHydroponic Food Production: A Definitive Guidebook for the Advanced Home Gardener and the Commercial Hydroponic Grower

By: Howard Resh

Howard Resh is one of the original masters of hydroponics.  He’s got such a great command of the discipline, and an even better ability to convey it to an absolute beginner.  This book is a wonderful one if you’ve already got the basics down as it gets into more of the nitty gritty details on how to really scale up an operation or optimize production.  If you’re a beginner, I’d recommend checking out the next book in the list.  If you’re a little more advanced, this may just take you to the next level.

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hobby-hydroponicsHobby Hydroponics

By: Howard Resh

I picked this book up when I first started and boy did it help.  Resh breaks down all of the typical systems you can start out with in hydroponics, addressing their pro’s and con’s.  Check it out if you’re just starting out!

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aquaponic-gardening-bookAquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together 

I know this is supposed to be a hydroponics resource page, but I couldn’t resist adding this book into the mix.  Understanding how aquaponics works actually helps your hydroponic knowledge quite a bit, as aquaponics is more complex than the average hydroponic setup.  You learn a lot more about creating a miniature ecosystem that self-sustains much more than a hydroponic system, and the book is beautifully laid out.

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how-to-hydroponicsHow-To Hydroponics, Fourth Edition

If you want a step-by-step introductory guide to not only hydroponics itself, but how to build your own systems, this book is really solid.  It shows you exactly how to set up a few of the most popular systems and teaches you the nuts and bolts of setting up your first successful grow.

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YouTube Channels

MHP Gardener

MHP Gardener is a no-nonsense guy who just DROPS KNOWLEDGE on all things farming and hydroponics.  He’s got a huge vault of videos covering all aspects of hydroponics – from the most basic information to some really specific scenarios that you might run into as you progress in hydro.

Check out MHP Gardener here: http://www.youtube.com/mhpgardener

OutdoorHydro

Stuart from Outdoor Hydro is – as the name suggests – a guy focused completely on growing hydroponically out in the sunlight.  If you’re looking to grow outdoors, he’s got some really great tactics for you, along with some super duper product reviews.

Check out Outdoor Hydro here: http://www.youtube.com/outdoorhydro

Epic Gardening

What’s a list on hydroponic blogs without our very own Epic Gardening 😉 – not much to say here.  I try to put out the best information I can for everyone looking to get started in urban gardening – hydro, aqua, and regular ol’ soil gardening in urban environments.  A lot of readers don’t know about the YouTube though, which is why I’m plugging it here.  Give it a look!

Check out Epic Gardening here: http://www.youtube.com/epicgardening

Blogs / Forums

Sometimes you just need some person to person action – learning from others and collaborating to solve your growing problems or come up with new techniques.  Here’s a quick list of some of the blogs and resources I turn to when I need gardening help:

Anything I missed?  Got a favorite resource that you don’t see here?  Drop me a line in the comments and I’ll add it!

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  • Lime

    thanks!

  • Hey Kevin, great job here…this is a really nice resource. I have to give props to the people who are inspiring me right now. Jean Martin Fortier has probably the most powerful recent book on growing food for a living. It is called The Market Gardener (http://www.themarketgardener.com/) and it is a beautiful book. I also wanted to mention our own community of growers. I work with the good people at Upstart University, which is a YUGE resource for aquaponics, hydroponics, greenhouse growers, and people who are just learning or who are taking it to the next level with larger systems. We have some great people in the community and small greenhouses popping up all over the country. (www.university.upstartfarmers.com)

    • I’ve done a giveaway with Upstart before! I also just picked up The Market Gardener and I agree with you, it’s pretty badass. Devoured it. Am in plants to start my own urban farm with a blended hydroponic and soil approach. Great to connect Jason, feel free to email me at kevin@epicgardening.com.

  • ANI JAIN

    Hey kevin. I am from India and i really want to learn commercial hydroponics to start my own setup. Can you please guide me with some places where i could learn that !!

    • Hi Ani,

      I have never run a commercial operation, so I’m sorry but I’m not the best person to ask! You may want to reach out to local indian companies, I have come into contact with a lot of them over my time running this site 🙂