The Perks of Having an Aquaponic Garden
Nowadays, more and more eco-lovers are looking into the basics on how to transform their backyards into a vegetable and herb garden. Common practices include traditional in-ground, raised bed, and vertical gardening, among others. Another organic, homegrown alternative is to create an aquaponic system.
Why consider having an aquaponic garden?
- It uses a natural process without chemicals
The word aquaponics was created from two terms: “aquaculture”–growing fish in a controlled environment–and “ponics”–growing plants without using soil.
With aquaponics, the fish and flora work hand-in-hand to sustain each other. After eating, the fish excrete ammonia. The good bacteria in the aqua environment, which is like an ecosystem, converts the ammonia into fertilizer. These nutrients are then absorbed by the plants. The water is simply re-circulated into the system.
- It is more eco-friendly
Unlike traditional farming, which relies heavily on chemical fertilizers, aquaponics doesn’t produce a toxic spill. At the same time, since the system thrives on self-recycled and nutrient-rich water, less water is wasted than when sustaining a regular garden.
- Fish Tank
One can use a regular fish tank, inflatable deep pool, or even a barrel. Ensure it is set-up at waist level to avoid hurting the back.
- Grow bed
Also known as the media bed, the containers should be sturdy enough to store several plants. Typically, pallet wood crates and heavy-duty plastic trays are used. Fill the crate with clay pebbles, which do not affect the PH levels of the water. These are placed on top of the fish tank.
- Fish Types
Freshwater fish are the best choice to grow in an aquaculture environment, these include: tilapia, goldfish, koi, pacu fish, and guppies, to name a few.
Herbs are easily grown in an aquaponic garden. One can start with basil, kale, lettuce, mint, and watercress. Other easy-to-grow vegetables include cabbages, pepper, cauliflower, cucumber, and squash.
- Perfect PH Level
Ensure that the PH level of the water is between 6.8 to 7 to create the perfect aquaculture for both the fish and plants.
What is needed to create a mini aquaponic system for the home?
The perks of having an aquaponic garden goes beyond creating aqua culture, and helps make a change in one’s everyday lifestyle. Are you interested to learn more about everyday green practices? Here are some recommended eco-friendly resolutions for a clean New Year.