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seriously I’m slowly but surely growing into an old man. When I was a young man, though, and we would visit family in Tennessee, I thought the country up there was beautiful, but boring. I couldn’t imagine being a farmer, getting my hands dirty constantly, making a meager living, out in the hot sun daily. It just didn’t make any sense to me. It’s not that I was hatching any great career strategies in my mind, but I was sure farming wasn’t for me. In the years to come, I still didn’t give it any thought, even though I wasn’t exactly flying up  the printing industry hierarchy which is the career I did choose in my early twenties. I ran a printing press for 39 years, and through my own mistakes, don’t really have anything to show for it. I couldn’t wait to get out of that business.

    A couple of years ago, a friend posted on Facebook that he was about to head over to Nigeria to help implement  a system of farming called Aquaponics. I had never heard of it, so I ask him to elaborate. Once he explained how people raise fish to use their waste to to provide the nutrients for vegetable and fruit plants which then clean the water to be recycled back to the fish, I was fascinated. I researched it and eventually tried it. I wasn’t very successful. I was very disappointed. When all my fish died, I decided to continue on with Hydroponics because I still believe in the process of growing fruits and vegetables inside so I can control the atmosphere thereby being able to grow what ever I want any time of the year. I drink iced tea year round, so I don’t see any reason I shouldn’t be able to eat watermelon and cantaloupe in the winter time as well as have all the lettuce and spinach I can stand in the summer. So, oddly enough, farming has become my passion.

         I am not a natural grower. Plants occasionally labor to excel under my care. So, given the difficulty I’ve had, I assume there are others like me and I am always willing and happy to pass on any knowledge I have to help anyone, especially those struggling to achieve the results they are expecting. It ain’t all the garden of eden. Feel free to comment if your opinion varies from mine or ask questions if you need to know. If I don’t know the answer, I will certainly find someone who does. In closing, I hope you enjoy my blog.

10 Comments

  1. Hmm! sounds interesting. How much time do you devote to it? Do you think it’s do-able for someone who has a full-time job but loves to garden?

    • Hey Michelle,
      How much time you devote to your system would only be determined by how big it is. A small system on top of a gold fish tank growing one or two of your favorite herbs would take very little time. However a full blown fish tank with several edible fish, and more than one grow bed might take as much as 10 hours a week until it became more or less self manageable.

      • I grow duckweed, inoodr at my home, I use a bucket for that purpose. I have been doing this for over 2 years. I started the whole thing using water from fish tank and keeping duckweed under full light, not necessary direct sun light. I never face any problem and for the last 2 years never changed the water. What was happening is interesting, gradually a portion of the duckweed die and drop on the bottom of the bucket and decompose and turn to be food for the new patches of duckweed.

        • Hey Domin,
          Thanks for the comment. I saw a lot of people growing Duckweed early on in aquaponics. Some use it as a supplement in their fish tanks. As far as I know, any plant can be grown without direct sunlight. I published a post last week about lighting for indoor farming. I’m sure a 400 watt Metal Halide would do the trick. You said you didn’t change the water for 2 yrs. Didn’t you have to add some now and then? Anyway, thanks for reading and stay tuned.

  2. Your blog is so interesting and informative. The section on companion planting was particularly interesting to me. I plan to continue reading and will share this site with my garden club members. Looking forward to next month’s postings. Great job!

    • Hey Janice, Thanks for stopping by. Companion planting can save us from having to use too much if any pesticides and keeps your plants from getting too lonely. I actually hope to publish a new post in the morning having to do with greenhouses. Stay tuned, and thanks for commenting. Always welcome.

  3. Hey Broderick, very informative, keep-up the good work. Please send me a news letter.

  4. I tried the aquaponic and hydroponic approach to gardening and found you need to be a chemist and engineer (which I am) to keep everything going. The show stopper for me was – I could not justify pumping the water 24 hours a day to keep the fish alive. Water is HEAVY and pumping it sucks a ton of energy. I ended up putting catfish and tilapia in two 1000 gallon tanks with only an air bubbler to each tank. Every couple of days I would drain half the water on my normal dirt vegetable garden. 2 years later I can tell you it works great – the fish are big, the vegetables are big, and the electricity bill is small. Will check in on your site from time to time to see what you are up to. Good luck!

    • Thanks for the comment. I didn’t see my electric bill increase much with aquaponics, although my time commitment did. My biggest problem seemed to be filtering. If I ever move to a larger piece of property, I’ll give it another shot, but I think I’d rather raise Trout than Catfish. The Hydroponics I do now is inexpensive. The true Kratky method doesn’t use air pumps, just a bucket of water and nutrients mixed in. Lighting for the 15 to 20 plants I usualy grow runs me less than a dollar a day (LED). I’m getting ready to plant a bunch of new stuff and I’ll keep everyone who reads this thing apprised of what I’m doing, concerning lighting, nutrients, methods and time involved with each variety I grow. Thanks for stopping by.

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