Yet another good article in NY Times recently (this is what happens when you stock up on your newspapers and finally sit down to read them all!) – Aquaponic gardening! First of all – what is it?
Well, from www.ehowto.com: “Aquaponics is the combination of recalculating aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil). The fish waste provides the nutrients the plants need and the plants, in taking up these nutrients, help to purify the water in which the fish live. This is an organic process with the only input to the system being fish food which creates a sustainable ecosystem where both plants and fish can thrive”.
So, basically, the water in which you raise your fish ( a yummy food source) also waters the plants you eat. How cool is that? And it also uses less water than traditional gardening, which is very important here in the desert. According to the NY Times article, it requires 80 to 90 percent less water than traditional growing methods. That is just amazing. Why haven’t we done this before?
Here’s a visual from Farm in a Box:
This is just one of many designs you can do…I’m thinking, you could probably design your own system, once you’ve read a bit about the requirements and build your own, rather than buying something pre-made. That way, you can use found materials and buy what you need from the local hardware store to make it work.
Something else to think about implementing here…maybe on the front porch? Hmmm….
Here’s an interesting blog to check out: Aquaponic Gardening Blog. Enjoy!