by Keith Roberto
How-to-books tend to be as portly as a “War and Peace” novel. Attention spans are on the decrease, yet books on difficult subjects can’t shake the excess pages. Luckily, Keith Roberto’s indepth guide, “How-to Hydroponics”, sacrifices the fluff in favor of efficient facts.
Weighing in at a mere 104 pages, “How-To Hydro”, simplifies the complicated world of growing in water. Roberto not only provides layman term explanations on things like color spectrum and nutrient selection, he also gives step by step photos and outlines for building DIY hydroponic systems (which is the main reason to own this book).
The author goes from the simple layout of the lettuce raft system to the complicated but rewarding PVC pipe gardens. Each step is meticulously laid out so that even the most mechanically deficient (yours truly) can grasp the construction. All that’s required is a visit to the hardware/aquarium/garden store for supplies followed by a healthy glop of elbow grease
Roberto’s book gives hope to the growing world by demonstrating (through a simple world of charts, pictures, and simple phrases) that anyone can reap the bounty of flower and food in every season. It’s a rare read that motivates even the most couch clinging to spring up and transform into a consummate water gardener.