Aquaponic Gardening

Aquaponic Gardening

A Step-by-step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together

eBook - 2011
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Dive into home aquaponics with this definitive do-it-yourself guide

Aquaponics is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of the best of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponic gardening is an amazingly productive way to grow organic vegetables, greens, herbs and fruits, while providing the added benefits of fresh fish as a safe, healthy source of protein. On a larger scale, it is a key solution to mitigating food insecurity, climate change, groundwater pollution and the impacts of overfishing on our oceans.

Aquaponic Gardening is the definitive do-it-yourself home manual, focused on giving you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy healthy, safe, fresh and delicious food all year round. Starting with an overview of the theory, benefits and potential of aquaponics, the book goes on to explain:

System location considerations and hardware components The living elements -- fish, plants, bacteria, and worms Putting it all together -- starting and maintaining a healthy system.

Aquaponics systems are completely organic. They are four to six times more productive and use 90 percent less water than conventional gardens. Other advantages include no weeds, fewer pests, and no watering, fertilizing, bending, digging, or heavy lifting - in fact, there really is no down side! Anyone interested in taking the next step towards self-sufficiency will be fascinated by this practical, accessible and well-illustrated guide.

Publisher: Gabriola, B.C. : New Society Pub., 2011
ISBN: 9781550924893
1550924893
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 635.048 BER
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxvii, 257 pages, [8] pages of plates) : illustrations

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chriscoleman
Nov 18, 2018

This book is entirely devoted to growing fish and hydroponic vegetables together, what is called aquaponics. The photos are terrible. They're like black and white photos that have been xeroxed too many times. There are tons of personal stories which I didn't care for.
Most of the book was devoted to one long sales pitch about aquaponics and why it's what everyone should be doing, regardless of whether or not you have the space. The system described in this book was massive, requiring multiple very large aquariums and 6"x12" hydroponic gardens which would require expertise in both areas if you don't want to kill the vegetables and the fish. It would also require a large investment of time and money, not at all of anyone with a small amount of space. No vertical gardening whatsoever. The only fish mentioned that are suitable for eating in this type of system were tilapia and catfish. Tilapia taste terrible and catfish are full of bones, so these are two fish I already avoid eating.
If you're new to hydroponics or aquaponics, I'd avoid this book. It requires way too much space and expertise. Very little DIY.

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Tdruid
Mar 21, 2015

Awesome, detailed how-to book. Just wish it was possible to do in this climate without AC. 2 months of over 100 degree days would kill any fish kept outdoors or in without AC.

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thianrouklian
Dec 15, 2013

This book is more into Theory. Not mucyh for DIY stuff.

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