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Hydroponic Books and History

Plants have grown in our lakes and oceans from the beginning of time but, as a farming practice, many believe it started in the ancient city of Babylon. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are believed to be the first successful attempts to grow plants hydroponically.

Along the Nile, hieroglyphic records dating back several hundred years BC describe the growing of plants in water, without soil. Before the time of Aristotle, Theophrastus (327-287 BC) undertook various experiments in crop nutrition. Botanical studies by Dioscorides date back to the first century A.D.

In the 11th century, The Aztecs of Central America, a nomadic tribe that was driven onto the marshy shore of Lake Tenochtitlan in the central valley of what is now Mexico, practiced hydroponic growing methods out of necessity. Without land to grow plants, they were forced to learn other ways of producing crops. Being a very ingenuous people, they built rafts out of rushes and reeds, lashing the stalks together with roots. They dredged up soil from the shallow bottom of the lake and piled it onto the rafts.

Below are some helpful books on hydroponic growing along with some more history of hydrponics.


TekSupply 111087 Hydroponic Salad Crop Production Guide picture
TekSupply 111087 Hydroponic Salad Crop Production Guide
$149.57

Hydroponic Capsicum Production book by Dr. Lynette Morgan, Simon Lennard picture
Hydroponic Capsicum Production book by Dr. Lynette Morgan, Simon Lennard
$139.99

Hydroponic Food Production : A Definitive Guidebook for the Advanced Home... picture
Hydroponic Food Production : A Definitive Guidebook for the Advanced Home...
$99.95

Hydroponic Crop Production by Joe Romer (1997, Paperback) picture
Hydroponic Crop Production by Joe Romer (1997, Paperback)
$99.95

HYDROPONIC CROP PRODUCTION By Joe Romer Commercial Food Production Gardens HB picture
HYDROPONIC CROP PRODUCTION By Joe Romer Commercial Food Production Gardens HB
$95.0

Hydroponic Food Production By Resh, Howard M. picture
Hydroponic Food Production By Resh, Howard M.
$83.57

Commercial Hydroponics by John Mason (1994, Hardcover, Reprint) picture
Commercial Hydroponics by John Mason (1994, Hardcover, Reprint)
$79.95

NEW Hydroponic Food Production: A Definitive Guidebook for the Advanced Home Gar picture
NEW Hydroponic Food Production: A Definitive Guidebook for the Advanced Home Gar
$77.71

MORGAN Fresh Culinary Herb Production : A technical Guide to the hydroponic and  picture
MORGAN Fresh Culinary Herb Production : A technical Guide to the hydroponic and
$73.64

Hydroponic Food Production - Resh, Howard M. picture
Hydroponic Food Production - Resh, Howard M.
$71.13

Commercial Hydroponics : How to Grow 86 Different Plants in Hydroponics by... picture
Commercial Hydroponics : How to Grow 86 Different Plants in Hydroponics by...
$69.95

Hydroponic Food Production: A Definitive Guidebook for the Advanced Home Gardene picture
Hydroponic Food Production: A Definitive Guidebook for the Advanced Home Gardene
$64.32

Hydrofarm Hydroponics for Everybody Book picture
Hydrofarm Hydroponics for Everybody Book
$59.99

Hobby Hydroponics, Second Edition by Howard M. Resh (2013, Paperback, Revised) picture
Hobby Hydroponics, Second Edition by Howard M. Resh (2013, Paperback, Revised)
$59.95

William Gericke SOILLESS GARDENING 1940 1st/1st ed HYDROPONICS Agriculture U Cal picture
William Gericke SOILLESS GARDENING 1940 1st/1st ed HYDROPONICS Agriculture U Cal
$55.0

Hi-Yield Homemade Hydroponics by Thomas Cannon (2007, Paperback) picture
Hi-Yield Homemade Hydroponics by Thomas Cannon (2007, Paperback)
$54.99

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