I had heard about aquaponics from some gardening friends and the idea stayed with me long enough to do something about.
This long cold Melbourne Winter has been an opportune time to assemble a wonderful collection of posts about my experiences with an aquaponics method for food production. These will be published in an almost sequential order over the next couple of years…
If you want to learn more about aquaponics and how to go about doing this for yourself, I can recommend the following resources that were a benefit to me:
- Backyard Aquaponics – Forum
- Practical Aquaponics – Forum (and my favourite)
- Aquaponics HQ
- The IBC of aquaponics (the instructions I used to make my system)
- Video on how to make a system from an IBC (what I used to make my system)
Now back to the theme of this post!
I can happily confirm that seeds (parsley in this case), thrown onto a working aquaponics system will germinate.
So bizarre for someone that only knew to plant stuff in dirt – but expanded clay balls will do.
And getting used to it very quickly! More to come folks 🙂
- Aquaponics as Art (homesteadhacker.wordpress.com)
- Aquaponics Anyone? (johnspagarden.wordpress.com)
- Aquaponics Workshops in Sydney: aiming to truly close the loop (milkwood.net)
- First Harvest (aquaponicfamily.wordpress.com)
Hi Shane, how is your aquaponics setup going? We are again inspired to start a new project based on your experience. Quails are going good, by the way!
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Oh yeah, we are working on a stand alone, off grid system that does not use electricity at all. One of them also provides as a waste, isothermal compressed air that can be used for refrigeration and freezing, airconditioning or many other uses.
That sounds so cool – please share when you get the chance.
Shane will send you pics of step by step making the clay balls easily and inexpensively(as they are often imported) when we do our next batch.
Yes please do. I have a need to add more grow beds and would love to be able to make them here and not from the other side of the world.
What kind of aquaponics setup do you have running?