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"Everything you need to know about hydroponics and then some! George Van Patten is the author. Need I say more? The book is written in layman's terms and is complete with illustrations and photos. A necessity for all indoor gardeners!" --.

"For over twenty years, Gardening Indoors has been considered 'The Bible' of indoor growing. It is literally a one stop gardening encyclopedia of information for both the beginner to the very experienced gardener. If I was to buy only one book on indoor gardening, this would be the one." --.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Van Patten Publishing; 5th edition (November 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878823329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878823328
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book gives a good foundation in horticulture.
D. Jones
An excellent resource book that will be with my better books on gardening.
Charles H. Peple
This is a very informative book packed with GREAT information.
Mark Q. Beers

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By David Johnson on May 26, 2012
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This is a tough review to write, because the book is actually very good. The problem is the title. The title implies that hydroponics is an important focus of the book, but it isn't. The book has about 20 chapters, and only one, the 13th is about hydroponics. In addition the chapter contains only vague details about how to setup and use hydroponics. The book would be much better titled: "Gardening Indoors", then it could get the ranking it deserves.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By plantman on September 7, 2008
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After seven years of purchasing books here, this is my first review. I think so highly of this book I had to write a review. High quality product, and information. This book may not have enough meat for a graduate student to use but certainaly the greenhouse owner or gardenstore worker will benefit greatly. Nice depth in wide array of topics. Good full color photographs used liberally throughout the book. Very best information available on lighting in the greenhouse or indoor applications. I have read a full dozen books on hydroponics, and greenhouse operations for the home grower or small farm. This is the best. If you need one book this is it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 31, 2013
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I think the book is outdated

Their is no info on LED lights... which I, and may other people own

Also the book has many ADs, Yes you heard it... advertisements

At least 10 pages of advertisements for various hydroponic products in the book... not sure why I should pay for this

But... the book does have some very good information
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Varela Lalanda on September 30, 2008
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I have done a great purchase. This book is full of detailed explanations and very useful information, based on scientific facts but with understandable words (I must say I'm not English spoken). Great, Great, Great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 11, 2014
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This book really helped to to kick start my indoor gardening project. Information about indoor lightning is really great. Strongly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mirth on July 29, 2014
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This book fails to impress. I have spent a few hours a day for 2 weeks reading all I can find online about indoor gardening and hydroponics but I cannot say I would have saved time buying this book and reading it instead. In 2 hours of reading this book I was more than 1/3 thru it and I had learned nothing that I had not already learned for free. In addition, the material in the book is presented in a haphazard fashion and much of the material is repeated twice or more times. I would say this book is about 10-20% useful information that you could have found for free with a few internet searches, and about 80-90% fluff.

There are some sections where the pics and captions will tell you all you need to know but then the author needlessly rewrites the same info in confusing blocks of text after it. Then there are other blocks of text that severely need informative pictures and captions to visually illustrate key points, however the pictures and captions in these instances either don't exist or are of poor quality.

Other sections contain purely confusing or contradicting advice. For example, the author recommends putting seedlings under HID light to provide a drying element, but then later says seedlings should be grown under fluorescent lights until flowering.

There is no uniform voice or tone to the book, it just feels like a regurgitation of info that the author hurriedly skimmed before cutting and pasting it in the book.

So in summary this book will waste your time and money, give you no clear path to how to start an indoor garden hydroponically or otherwise, and leave you confused by its terrible explanation of important topics like PAR, and pruning, all the while providing no logical progression of the series of events that must take place in order to nurture a seed to a full term vegetable harvest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nowusee on May 19, 2013
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difficult to follow when reading, pictures are good, but didn't help with questions.. will look for other books of the same title to find answers..
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rbeckett on August 5, 2011
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Being an empiricist by nature, this book should be considered a must have for any hydroponics endeavour. The book is well laid out and extremely well illustrated. The chapters are short and to the point and offer insight into how to solve issues, not engage in some esoteric discussion of which calcium is better. While there is some discussion of that bature it is kept to a minimum and only brough up when really neccessary. For the most part I use the book as a reference and get the info I need rather than attempting to read it from cover to cover. Using this approach allows me to solve issues and problems, not thumb through the book looking for something I have nearly forgotten or missinterpreted from the beginning. Definately worth the money and with the super saver shipping and the three for special I got all three for less than the retail price of each one, Good score!!!!
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