Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Cycling has begun!

The "Greenhouse"
Operation "Aquaponics" Start up


4 growing beds

1 fish tank

1 pump

connected overflow w/separate drain

siphon drain system

pump runs at about 2 gpm to fill the 4 grow beds

when the water reaches proper level,

siphon kicks in and drains the grow beds

fish tank stocked with about 8-10 little fishes from the lake behind our house

According to my local techno-geek and spreadsheet generator,

the nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, etc, etc, etc levels will become aligned

in such a way that low and behold--- ta da! -- we can grow little veggies

and little fishes and have a real live aquaponics system that will actually

feed us! I am really excited!

Do you want to start your own aquaponics system?

A big help to us was

Backyard Aquaponics


Barrelponics group at yahoo

Have a great DAY!


Elements in Time

This is a fantastic collection of links for Gardening and Sustainability. Check it out!

Click here for the home page of Elements In Time!

Wow! Looks like loads of fun! We are not (yet) planning on new veggies, but a new way of growing. We are in the process of setting up an aquaponics system! We will be posting pictures and progress reports as we go. Finally, it is all plumbed. We have fish in the tank and we are cycling the water. Will be time to plant soon!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Another one bites the dust!

A friend of mine decided to jump in and do the web. All you billiard enthusiests unite. Check out his site!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Earth Day Fast Approaching....

I am offering a 100% cotton tote for earth day. $19.99 plus s&h. Click here for link.

Time.... MY.... How it FLIES......

Well, It certainly has been a minute since I posted. I don't know why. Sometimes life just blows by in a hurry. I really would hate to say how many cups of coffee I have put down over the last month.... Let's just say the worms are getting fat from all the coffee grounds. (let me explain) I have 3 great loves in my life. Not nessasarily in this order. COFFEE (no duh), My Kids and Family(btw, Kyle, my baby, graduated Basic Training last week! He has another 5 weeks of military training, then he will be home!) Last -- but never least -- is my Sweetie and Companion! He is retired, but tries to keep busy. He tends an organic garden for us (yummy stuff)! He cultivates and sells ferns. He grows worms. Worms make excellent compost for the organic garden! Worms LOVE coffee grounds! So his passions and mine meet well.

The Last Adventure At HOMESTEAD CREATIONS....


What, you ask, is aquaponics? It is a closed biosystem, where plants and and fish are cultivated at the same time. We are in the process of building our first system. OH MY! What a task. If you would like to really check out aquaponics... the Aussies really have it down. http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/

Needless to say this is not or one or two hour process. This is days ... weeks even. First the concept, then research, then research the research (where is my spreadsheet---Yes dear you are my sweetie!) Then the SHOPPING ..... new green house cover.... barrels- yes 9 scrounged and bought as of today. Rocks (peagravel) bought and transported.... they are heavy. (now to wash them) Well, today is trying to plumb the project.

Fish live in water. The plants use the nutrient gifts the fish leave in the water. Then the water returns to the fish all clean to do it all again.... in the end... nice fresh vegies and nice fresh fish....

Can't wait!

Well the Coffee Cup is nearly empty. I have rambled quite enough for one day!

Drink it hot!

Drink it fresh!



PS.... Does anyone know where to get a small amount of tilapia fingerlings in the US??????

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