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Learn the basics of hydroponics in these introductory series of posts, designed to take your knowledge of gardening to the next level and get you started right away!

Books, Videos, and Blogs for Hydroponic Beginners

Hydroponics Books, Videos and Blogs for 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 ... Read More »

A Simple Guide to Starting Seeds for Hydroponics

Starting Seeds for Hydroponics

So, You Want To Start Seeds for Your Hydroponic System… But you have no idea how to get started? That’s where Epic Gardening comes in!  When I first started gardening, I was messing around in soil (which I still do to this day).  Starting seeds for hydroponics systems was unknown to me until I started to grow in Deep Water ... Read More »

Plant Spacing in Hydroponics

Plant Spacing in Hydroponics

I’ve got to tell you all, I’m ecstatic when I get messages from Epic Gardening readers.  I LOVE opening up Gmail during a break from business and seeing urban gardening questions come in, so you better believe I was excited when a reader hit me up and asked a great question about plant spacing.  She’s setting up a small hydroponic ... Read More »

Inverse Square Law for Light and Hydroponics

Inverse Square Law for Hydroponics

Understand the Inverse Square Law Because most of us are lighting our hydroponic grows artificially, I figured that it would be a good idea to cover one of the most important concepts to consider when you’re making lighting decisions for your grows: the inverse square law for light. The inverse square law states that light output decreases by the inverse of ... Read More »

pH and Nutrient Availability

pH For Hydroponics

pH and Nutrient Availability Before we get started, if you haven’t read my hydroponic nutrients guide, hop on over there now and educate yourself!  OK, let’s talk about a crucial step in your hydroponics education - pH and nutrient availability. We have already learned what plants need to survive: Light Water Nutrients Oxygen Carbon dioxide In this article we’ll take ... Read More »

Hydroponic Nutrients Guide

Hydroponic Nutrients Guide

Hydroponic Nutrients Guide If you’ve come from my post on Hydroponics for Beginners, welcome!  If you haven’t, welcome anyways!  This post is designed to give you an overview of hydroponic nutrients – what they’re made of, what they do, and the different types. What are Hydroponic Nutrients? Because we are growing plants without soil, we miss out on a good ... Read More »

Hydroponics for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

Hydroponics For Beginners

Hydroponics for Beginners If you’ve heard about hydroponics but find yourself overwhelmed by information and have no clue where to begin…this is for you.  Before we get into the meat of this article, if you find yourself asking, “What IS hydroponics?!” then I would recommend you check out the history of hydroponics article that I wrote a while back.  It’s a great ... Read More »

History of Hydroponics

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The History of Hydroponics Simply put, hydroponics is the practice of growing plants using only water, nutrients, and a growing medium. The word hydroponics comes from the roots “hydro”, meaning water, and “ponos”, meaning labor, this method of gardening does not use soil. Sounds high tech and futuristic, right?  It’s not. The earliest examples of hydroponics date back to the ... Read More »