About Aquaponics

Aquaponics Cycle

Are you wondering “what is Aquaponics?” The most simple definition is that it is the marriage of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the growing plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in. The third participants are the microbes (nitrifying bacteria) and composting red worms that thrive in the growing media. They do the job of converting the ammonia from the fish waste first into nitrites, then into nitrates and the solids into vermicompost that that are food for the plants.Man with bad back In combining both systems aquaponics capitalizes on the benefits and eliminates the drawbacks of each. Continue reading

Non-Electric Hydroponic Vegetable Producing Container for under a Buck – Kratky Hydroponics Method

Kratky Hydroponics Method

This year I’m trying several new methods of growing veggies to see what works best for my locale. One of the neatest setups I’ve seen is the Kratky method of hydroponic growing. The biggest expense is buying or building containers to grow your veggies, but with some thinking, I figured out how to do it for under a buck, in my case, exactly .39 cents. Continue reading