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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lett uce now consider the Leafy Greens....

Doesn't that have a nice ring to it.... And for Aquaponic converts, so it should. Although we can grow anything to perfection except root crops (and I haven't given up on those yet) LEAFY GREENS are where Aquaponics excel to the extreme. Eight weeks to maturity, and tasting like pure gold, they really do make us feel just a bit proud when visitors come to find out what A/P is all about and we watch their eyes pop as they see a mass of fresh, crisp, beckoning lettuce.

Of course then we get a chance to boast just a little, with gems like "eight weeks" or "yep, all of those unusual plants growing right down to the end of the greenhouse are different types of lettuce as well". Because we grow heirlooms like they are weeds in A/P.

So because it's spring soon here in the Wide Brown Land, it's time to look at what is happening on the www regarding our Leafy Greens....

A pretty good reminder can be found at about dot com

there are all of the loose leaf varieties....

And of course the Cos Which are an absolute dream to grow under Aquaponics

Here is a PDF file I sure hope you'll enjoy from 2007

Of COS there's more

and from the Lettuce & Herb Kitchen...

Did you notice in the pdf file the section on Black Soldier Fly. No? Well you might want to go back....

Meanwhile on the other side of the biggest pond in the world....The US of A





And I love this - the Cos Lettuce pushed the Over head lights out of the way....


When to Plant?

How about Cos Leaf Wrap... Just for the kitchen dabblers...

Final words come from Singapore and we are so glad to have them on board.

OK Guys 'n' Gals Until Next Time
Be kind to your plants and your widdle fishies....
Ozzie

Saturday, August 28, 2010

..And the Beet Goes On...Silver Beet that is....

The two rules that I live by with Aquaponics.

!. Leafy Greens go by Raft

2. Almost everything else is possible in gravel/pebbles/clay

I know, someone out there is saying that lettuce etc. can grow by flood/drain in gravel etc and this is true. But when I put down a pair of beds to test lettuce in gravel against raft, the raft wins comfortably.

But as always, we all have our preferences...

Time to open my notes:....

For this Photograph, You can go to HERE and have a look at QUALITY.

Various other things have been harvested, including zucchinis, lettuces, silverbeet, lots of watercress, basil, beans, etc. More...

Answers from the Professionals MORE...

Including Silver-beet, MORE...

I can't, nor do I want to ignore this entry because the Information is literally rushing out of this site at the moment More...

Now to a young fellow and his progress with Aquaponics MORE.....

Aquaponics - the inside scoop on the closed-looped, fish and produce yielding system MORE...

FREE Aquaponics E-Books Click Here 

As always, More Soon.

Ozzie

Thursday, August 26, 2010

OMG Where do I start....

Probably right here at the top of the page.........


Lettuce contain the sedative lactucarium which relaxes the nerves without impairing digestion. As a general rule, the darker green the leaves, the more nutritious the salad green. For example, romaine or watercress have seven to eight times as much beta-carotene, and two to four times the calcium, and twice the...MORE...

Here is a photo of an oakleaf green lettuce just taken out of my floating raft Aquaponics system.
Weight is 428 g including roots.MORE...

Ag Science’s Green Ice Lettuce a hit


Lenny C. Lepola
Thanks to a $700 Innovations in Teaching Grant, there’s a new commodity that’s become popular with many Big Walnut High School teachers, but you won’t find it at your local supermarket.MORE...



I planted my grow bed full of a lettuce mix called Wildfire. It contains lots of red varities as well as the following greens: Tango, Royal Oak, Paris Island and saladbowl My problem is that all of the lettuce (red and green) tastes terrible! It is peppery and bitter.MORE...


Waste water from the aquaculture tanks, which grow marron and western pygmy perch, feed plants, including edible vegetables, which in turn purify the water.MORE...

August 3rd - Our aquaponic system at the GrowHaus is trucking along with lots of growth, mostly tomatoes, on the top bed.MORE...

Now for the best part…Soldier Grubs can be fed back to the chickens and they will thrive on them.  Soldier Grubs contain protein and calcium and other vitamins and minerals that chickens need to stay healthy and make eggs.MORE...

ok GUYS  'N' GALS
Back Soon
Take Care
Ozzie

Monday, August 23, 2010

Breaking NEWS... Facebook...

About Capsicum

Capsicum is a genus of plants from the nightshade family (Solanaceae) native to the Americas. Some of the members of Capsicum are used as spices, vegetables, and medicines.  Capsicum was cultivated for thousands of years by the people of the tropical Americas, and is now cultivated worldwide. They are commonly called chili pepper, capsicum, red or green pepper, or sweet pepper in Britain. Capsicum in Australian English and Indian English. The large mild form is called bell pepper in the US. MORE...http://www.organicfood.com.au/Content_Common/pg-green-capsicum-facts.seo

Stuffed capsicum with rice, mince and pine nuts
by Dr Antigone Kouris-Blazos
This recipe belongs to my traditional Greek mother-in-law. These are very delicious - you can have these for dinner or served as an entree at a dinner party or included on a buffet table when entertaining. More....

CAPSICUM (Capsicum annum) High in minerals and vitamins A and C. Known in tropical America from ancient times.>MORE..

But try anything and see how the results go. We have had great success with the obvious salad varieties of tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, shallots, celery, capsicum, chilli, snow peas and red salad onions. Vegetables like, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, beans, egg plant and all the choys for stir fries. We also use the companion planting logic and....MORE...

Many home owners will be attracted to the thought of an endless supply of backyard barramundi, silver perch, trout or jade perch that an aquaponic system can provide.....MORE....

Building a cheap but effective worm farm in a bathtub is a great idea if you also have an aquaponics system or a vegetable garden close by MORE....

CUCE-affiliated Manhattan high school set to build cutting-edge aquaponics greenhouse
With more than $1 million of public support now in place, the dream of creating a rooftop cutting-edge aquaponics greenhouse MORE...

Black Soldier Fly Larvae.  BSFL are among the world’s most efficient composters.   I haven’t seen scientific data to support this, but from experience they are at least 50X more efficient than worms at composting waste. More



Black Soldier Fly Larvae have now hit the bigtime ON FACE BOOK. More...




There we go till next time I wish you all the best with your little fishies and seeeeedlings
Ozzie

Saturday, August 21, 2010

If you knew zucchinis'like I know Zucchinis'

Zucchini, a small summer squash, is botanically a fruit. However, in gastronomic terms, it is considered to be a vegetable. Though you can avail zucchini throughout the year, the best ones appear during late spring....More...



I have had my aquaponics system running since January. Most of the plants (tomatoes, eggplants, basil, pawpaw, spinach, lettuce) are doing well. The zucchini plants look healthy and have plently...




In the bottom grow bed, we have tomatoes, strawberries, lettuce, corn, baby carrots, zucchini seedlings, squash seedlings, oregano, brown onions, rhubarb, spinach and oregano.More...





Pelletised rations, specially formulated for native freshwater fish, are available from fodder stores. We supplement the pellets with duckweed and Black Soldier fly larvae.More...http://www.microponics.net.au/?p=197 

Gary and his wife Toni have had success in growing lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, beetroot, spring onions, celery, artichokes and capsicums in the grow beds. The system is large enough to provide a large proportion of their fish and vegetable needs.More...http://fote.org.au/post/2009/01/19/FOTE-Members-Using-Aquaponics.aspx

I was surprised to see rosemary growing happily aquaponically. Everyone always says it’s a great drought-tolerant plant, and that it hates to get its feet wet. John explained that it’s not so much the water that plants like rosemary can’t handle, as the More...




The plant was growing beyond the capacity of his 1 foot deep grow bed. Murray had to use timber support beams to keep the tree upright.More...

Tme to close the book - and  my eyelids...See you soon
Ozzie

Thursday, August 19, 2010

CUCUMBERS - THE FRUIT



Cucumbers are a wonderfully refreshing FRUIT, with a crisp texture and cool taste. They’re available in a number of different varieties, all of which can be used raw in salads, sandwiches, dips and accompaniments, as well as cooked in soups. Continental cucumbers are surprisingly delicate creatures - thin skinned and liable to damage and dehydration during transit. This is why the continental cucumbers are wrapped in plastic as an extra protective covering.


Cucumber is a fruit and a member of the cucurbitaceous family. Like melon, squash and pumpkins, it is very high in water and very low in calories and an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C and folic acid.


The high water content makes cucumbers a diuretic and it also has a cleansing action within the body by removing accumulated pockets of old waste material and chemical toxins. Cucumbers help eliminate uric acid which is beneficial for those who have arthritis and its fibre-rich skin and high levels of potassium and manganese helps regulate blood pressure and help promote nutrient functions. The magnesium content in cucumbers also relaxes nerves and muscles and keeps blood circulating smoothly.


Carla MacQuarrie holding on the the aquaponic cucumbers grown at Future Aqua FArms,

and we have been harvesting cucumbers and beans like

so wastes in the water from the aquaculture tanks, growing marron and western pygmy perch,

The new system is modeled after Myles Harston’s systems at Aquaranch, with a few twists.

I changed out the growing media in my AP grow bed due to the gravel containing limestone which was....

There is an overwhelming buzz about aquaponics in Hawaii, and the

The Black Soldier Fly

These wild toads are being fed prepupal black soldier fly larvae

Enough already, I hear you say, O.K. I can take a hint.... See you soon...
Ozzie (But don't hold that against me.)

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