Monday, March 28, 2011

Aquaponic Gardening - Cosmo Shares ... a Rock Star is Born!

Aquaponic gardening ... Day 4 of our gathering in Brooksville Florida and Michael Cosmo gets his turn to share just a tiny piece of his vast knowledge on aquaponics.  Most of us could have listened to him for hours, but, alas time was getting short ...

His "theme" was how to economically heat and / or cool your space ... whether that be a home for yourself or your aquaponics.  Living locally, aquaponics in Florida is much different than let's say a colder climate like Virginia, but the aquaponics information that he shared showed how to insulate against the heat as well as protect from the cold ... and how it could be accomplished on a budget ...

After listening to Cosmo, it became clear that successful aquaponic gardening is more than just the blissful union of fish and plants ... it takes planned intervention to make a system produce year round.

Thanks Cosmo ... you ROCK!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Aquaponic Gardening - Secrets Revealed Out at the Farm

Aquaponic Gardening ... Out at the Farm.

A boatload of aquaponics information was shared out at the Green Acre Organics farm ... day 3 of this gathering of aquaponic enthusiasts.  Take a look at some of the highlights from Gina Cavaliero of Green Acres and Tim Mann of Friendly Aquaponics ...

So many knowledgeable people all sharing information on a subject that they are passionate about ... Aquaponics!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Aquaponic Gardening - Let's Learn and Share!

Aquaponic gardening ...   Hosts Tonya Penick and Gina Cavaliero of Green Acre Organics, along with  the visionaries and mentors Susanne Friend and Tim Mann of Friendly Aquaponics in Hawaii  share their personal experiences with  aquaponics. Being held in Brooksville, Florida, over 50 aquaponics enthusiasts from all over the world have gathered to learn and share.

As Susann Friend states " we endorse open source aquaponics, where everyone learns and shares knowledge for the betterment of the aquaponics industry"

People from all walks of life and experience ...  from Venezuela, South Africa, Chile and all over the US, looking to "tweak" an existing aquaponics system or those looking to jump in for the first time ... non-profit groups looking to improve the lives of folks in third world countries ...

This is only the second day ... I can hardly wait for tomorrow!  This is like aquaponic gardening on STEROIDS!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Aquaponic Gardening - Nitrogen Cycle Explained

Aquaponic Gardening ... one of the "key" factors in a successful aquaponic garden is the Nitrogen Cycle.  Now, I have had fish since I was just a kid ... everything from guppies, to Discus then on to Koi ... and the one thing that is a must when you start up a new tank is to make sure it is "seasoned" before you put in any expensive fish. The same is also true if you are planning to grow food using aquaponics.

I have helped many friends and neighbors begin their new aquaculture hobby, but my technical explanation has always included terms like fish poop, good "cooties" in the filter, balanced water and so forth ...

Better you listen to Gina Cavaliero and get the straight scoop on the "poop"!

This graph, along with Gina's explanation should help all us "newbie" aquaponic people get a grasp on the nitrogen cycle and get us on our way to growing those delish organic veggies!

Aquaponic Gardening - Commercial Aquaponics

Aquaponic gardening ... let's take it a step further and visit a commercial aquaponics farm.  Can a local grower make money while growing organic vegetables?  Let's listen to what these two aquaponic growers had to say ...

Thank you Gina and Tonya ... looking forward to seeing you and your farm, Green Acre Organics , again!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Aquaponic Gardening - A Visit with TCLynx

Aquaponic gardening is all about balance and creating that balance in a closed "loop" type of environment to raise healthy fish as well as grow wonderfully organic vegetables and fruit.  I recently had the opportunity to visit with TCLynx up at her central Florida farm ... WOW ... what a setup!

TCLynx has been doing aquaponics since 2007.  Her garden is remarkable and she uses all sorts of aquaponic methods to grow her terrific crops ... take a look ...

This is a very knowledgeable woman when it comes to aquaponic gardening ... you can visit TCLynx's aquaponic website right here 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Aquaponic Gardening - Koi Pond Adventure

OK, boys and girls ... I'm beginning my aquaponic gardening research right here, for all to see!  I've gotten the Koi pond (minus the koi) ready for action.  Right now just have a couple of "plecos" keeping the place cleaned up!

so far so good, lets get ready for some excitement!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Aquaponic Gardening - Tasty Fresh Veggies!

Aquaponic gardening is a fun and exciting way to grow your own organic vegetables along with a bountiful supply of fish.  I recently visited Hans Geissler at Morning Star Fishermen in Dade City Florida where I got a ton of great information on how to begin my own pond.

Take a peek and see what you think ... and check back often to watch my aquaponic gardening adventures!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Aquaponic Gardening, Get the Scoop!

Aquaponic gardening … what is it and why do we need it?  Aquaponics is an interesting mix of fish … either edible, like tilapia or ornamental like koi … and lush plants to eat or just to enjoy as a cutting garden.

Why we need aquaponics is a serious question, indeed.  Many countries in the world suffer from hunger … the land may not be fertile or they may not have enough of it ... sometimes it is simply a lack of education.  In any event, aquaponics may turn out to be the single most important factor in feeding the world.

In reality, right here in the United States, many people worry about our food sources. Think about all the genetically modified plants and vegetables … not to mention the quality of the soil and the purity of the water used to grow the “store” bought produce that we line up to buy.  This does not even scratch the surface when you start to think about our source of fresh fish!  Can you say BP oil spill?

Imagine now, you could walk right into your very own backyard and harvest nutrient rich organic vegetables to feed your family and then catch a healthy tilapia that you have raised right from your pond.  How good would it make you feel to provide your family’s food for the day?

Aquaponic Gardening is the blissful marriage of fish farming, called aquaculture and Hydroponics, the art of growing plants and vegetables without soil.  In reality, it is a symbiotic relationship … the plants provide Oxygen and use up Carbon dioxide.   All fish make wastes including CO2 which the plants will eventually use up as fertilizer (nutrients)

Water quality is also a key issue in aquaponics and quality water insures the growth of healthy fish and plants.  In addition, there are many factors that go together to create the perfect water environment. These include the proper pH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, Bacteria levels, Temperature, Oxygen levels and Alkalinity. An imbalance of any one of these factors can cause the water quality to drop to harmful conditions for the fish and/or the plants and your garden will not succeed.

Any farmer knows there is a time to plant and a time to harvest. That time is dictated by the seasons. But we’re talking about feeding your family year round regardless of the time of year. So unless you live in a season-less, tropical climate, you need to place your food-growing system in a protected environment where you control the conditions.

Aquaponics has a low start up and operating cost. Aquaponic systems can be made from low cost simple materials and equipment. It is also very scalable, making it easy to start small and add on to the system later. You can buy a cheap piece of land and get set up with an aquaponics garden for a fraction of what it may cost to buy the fertile land that would only grow a fraction of the food in the same amount of space.

If there was ever a time in history to begin grow your own food … the time is NOW. With all the issues and financial problems in the world … are food shortages a possibility? Aquaponic Gardening is the answer.

Aquaponic Gardening - Research

Aquaponic gardening is an echo-friendly way to not only feed you and your family, but it can change the way the poor feed themselves ....

A look at the Morning Star Fishermen Research Center.  Aquaponic Gardening at its finest!