Part of your new year’s resolution might be to live a more sustainable life and if you’re all for sustainability then growing your own produce at home is a step in the right direction.
To most of us growing your own food at home brings to mind vegetables and salads ONLY but what if I told you there was a way to grow more than just a garden salad? And what if I said that you could grow fish and chips and you wouldn’t need a dam and an acre of land to do it? Poppycock you say?! Well … it’s true!
We’ve all heard of hydroponics but we’re less familiar with its fishier cousin ‘Aquaponics’. Aquaponics is a food production system that combines the traditions of hydroponics with aquaculture in a symbiotic environment. In regular aquaculture, waste from the fish (prawns, snails and other aquatic animals) being raised can build up in the water. In an aquaponic set up, the dirty water is fed to a hydroponic system where the nutrient rich fish tank water is then pumped back through to irrigate the plants. The plants eat up the nutrient rich fishy waste in turn filtering the water which is then recirculated back into the aquaculture system. Basically with aquaponics you can literally grow fish and chips in your own backyard AND eat it too!
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What makes aquaponics so fantastic is that it is a highly sustainable urban farming technique that can vary in size – whether you have a city apartment with a small balcony or a large house in the burbs with a backyard, there is an aquaponics system for you.
Aquaponics solves a lot of problems conventional farming techniques cannot by using just 3% of the water needed in traditional soil grown plants. It’s not long ago that we were experiencing a serious water shortage domestically so with that in mind a farming method that uses only 3% of the water that traditional farming uses is genius right? To me … that’s definitely food for thought.
If you’re interested in starting an aquaponics system of your own then be sure to visit Backyard Aquaponics.
Are you taking any steps to live more sustainably at home or at work?
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