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How Much Is Enough?

Without effective planning, growing your own food can be a crazy mix of feasts and famines.  The feasts are less problematic than the famines but you can get awfully tired of a steady diet of pumpkin.  Famines are a bit of nuisance if, like most of us, you’ve...

Why Grow Your Own Food?

Why would anyone want to produce their own food when they can simply drive to the supermarket and buy everything they need?   It’s Fresher   Have you ever reflected on how some words – like ‘love’ or ‘quality’ – mean different things to...

Integration

Integration is the secret to Microponics.    In fact, integration is the secret to sustainable food production……period!   Integration (in a food production context) provides for an holistic farming system that converts the waste products of one production...

Recirculating or Open Loop?

The most widely used aquaponic model is one where the nutrient-rich water flows (or is pumped) from the fish tank and passes through the growing system before draining (or being pumped) back into the fish tank.   This arrangement works well and is simple to design and...

The Aquaponic Ecosystem

Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) differ from Aquaponics in that they are designed to produce fish only. To optimise production, RAS operators will attempt to eliminate all organisms save the fish and the bacteria required for nitrification.   An aquaponics...