In the modern world, it seems people have filled their schedules to the point that they don’t have time to do a lot of the things they would like. For many people, this includes growing their own food. Gardening takes a lot of commitment of time and work. But there is a way to grow your own food, even if you don’t have time to.
Since there is no soil, there are no soil pests to contend with. This almost totally eliminates the need for pesticides. This also makes it that much easier for you to have amazing plants aquaponics fruit without the fear of toxic chemicals, hence you grow 100% organic.
With this type of farming, you have the advantage of diversity. Many types of vegetables can be grown in this type of system. You can have the flexibility to grow whatever plants that are the most profitable. Sometimes ornamental plants can bring a higher price than food plants. And you can also sell fish. You can sell fish for food, or decorative fish, fish for stocking ponds, there are many markets for fish.
The type of fish you grow will determine the temperature tolerance. Tropical fish like tilapia can not handle cold water. Most garden plants don’t grow much if at all in cold weather, and will be killed if they freeze. Outdoors can be tricky, depending on your climate.
With traditional gardening much of the time and expense is spent on tilling the land, conditioning and fertilizing the soil, pulling or spraying for weeds and battling pests, like gophers. With aquaponics, none of that applies. Instead of being at mercy of nature, you create a simple system that mimics nature, but is under your control.
When you first set up your an aquaponics system, you are not yet going to have the healthy balanced system that you will have after your system matures. You will not be able to grow healthy plants if any at first. It may take a few months for the nutrient levels and the bacteria that convert the nutrients to get established. Until then you may have to add supplemental nutrients to the system. These may include nitrogen, potassium, calcium, and iron. There are organic sources of these that you can add.
At the start, you have the edible fish and the plants. Once the fish in the tank start releasing waste, two types of bacteria will begin aquaponics diy grow in the water.
Aquaponics does take some effort. But when you consider that you are eliminating all the soil preparation, constant watering, weeding, baiting slugs and snails and fighting all the other garden pests, this form of gardening is a walk in the park compared to growing plants in the ground. Plus you get fresh quality fish out of the deal!
You can grow plenty of food in your backyard, garage, or even in your house. We are talking real food, not the packaged stuff you find in the stores. No chemicals, pesticides, preservatives, or genetically modified organisms. You can be independent from the market and food industry.
Learn all about aquaponics in this aquaponics how to guide. You can get started easily with the step by step instructions. Whether you are going to start a small scale system or a commercial farm, this guide will help you get started.