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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My First Aquaponic Garden

I built the Aquaponics system inside our greenhouse between late November and late January. I included clay media grow beds and Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) channels in my design so that I can try growing various plants with and without media. All water is pumped up from a 100 gallon stock tank that is buried in the ground. I added a small quantity of weak ammonia solution to the water to start the process of building up the bacteria that are required to convert the ammonia from fish waste to nitrites and then to nitrates which are vital nutrients for the plants. And finally, I planted a few lettuce, tomato and cucumber plants from our heirloom and organic seed collection.

In the future, I plan to add one or more grow beds with traditional planting soil and possibly rafts, aeroponics trays, and/or vertical towers for further experimentation and comparison. My primary goal is to learn as much as possible about the various modern farming techniques and produce as much fresh vegetables and protein as possible.

More details will be added later.

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