Aquaponic Garden Placement

If you have decided to set up an aquaponic system to grow vegetables and fish for you and your family, there are some things which you should know. The types of fish, the seeds which can be propagated and the details about the appropriate water conditions are the basic parameters you have to consider before venturing in this activity. Once you know all this, you can start putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. However, another question arises: where should you place your aquaponic mini-garden?

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DIY Backyard Aquaponics

Are you wondering how you can create your own DIY backyard aquaponics setup? Are you interested in growing organic fruit and vegetables? You know you can produce ten times the plants in half amount the time it would typically take. All this in a “garden” that never needs weeding, has no soil pests, and requires no fertilizer or compost!

A Short History of Aquaponics

Historians believe the Aztecs grew crops on elevated beds in shallow lakes. They would then dredge the surrounding canals and use the collected natural bio-waste to irrigate their crops. These historians also think that South China and Thailand experimented with aquaponics. These civilizations raised fish in their rice paddies hundreds of years ago.

And this is the secret of aquaponics; the system uses the natural creation of biological waste from fish and their environment to fertilize plants. This method is 100% organic and contributes to healthier and more robust plants. Aquaponics can create harvests ten times greater than an ordinary soil garden.

Why Backyard Aquaponics Works.

We can adapt the same principles used by the Aztecs so long ago to our own backyard gardens. This means we can share in the abundant 100% organic harvests produced by aquaponic gardens.

We do have to make some minor modifications to our normal soil backyard garden to implement aquaponics.

How Backyard Aquaponics Works.

First, we remove soil from the equation. Along with the soil, we remove many soil-borne pests, thus eliminating toxic pesticides).

Next, we create a simple hydroponic system with elevated beds or tables like the Aztecs did, to contain our garden. You grow the plants in a medium that is common to hydroponics but different than soil. This medium includes zero nutrients on its own.

By introducing fish to our setup, we create a symbiotic relationship between the plants and the fish. Therefore, this produces a nearly self-sustaining environment.

Basically, what we do is this:

  • Use a tank or small man-made pond to contain the fish.
  • Use the water from the fish tank to irrigate the plant tables periodically.

The plants filter out and use the nutrients in the water that are produced by the fish. The water now cleansed of the bio-waste nutrients. While good for the plants, high doses of these nutrients are harmful to the fish. We then return the clean water to the fish tank.

That’s It.

Now we have a simple cyclical organic system which we can use to efficiently grow plants, fruits, and vegetables. This can produce 10x the normal soil garden harvest, in our very own backyard aquaponics garden.

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Aquaponics: More than a Hobby

When you have your own garden, growing crops can be quite an intensive activity. It requires a lot of work, time and resources. The resources mainly being fertile land. If you had a vegetable garden for a longer period, you will know that nutrients in the soil will become depleted and you will have to fertilize it accordingly.

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Best Plants for Aquaponics

Traditional farming is starting to lose ground in favor of new ways of growing plants. Most people have directed their attention to hydroponic farming. This type of farming enables them to grow vegetables in their own house or their garage. All you need is water and some specially designed pots.

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Aquaponic Farming

Aquaponics is a new way of approaching farming. With traditional agriculture, you need plants to grow vegetables. However, with aquaponics, you need water and fish to have healthy food on your table each day. Aquaponics relies on the interdependence between fish and plants.

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