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Micro
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Just seen an aquaponics set-up on ebay for sale. Looks a very interesting way of organically growing veg (and fish !) in your back garden. Has anyone any experence of aquaponics ?
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  • cootambear
    cootambear Posts: 1,474 Forumite
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    Keep it simple. As many on here surely know I rejoice at advances that have been made that feed the world, but for home gardeners, just let soil and sun do the work.
    Freedom is the freedom to say that 2+2 = 4 (George Orwell, 1984).

    (I desire) ‘a great production that will supply all, and more than all the people can consume’,

    (Sylvia Pankhurst).
  • Mojisola
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    Micro wrote: »
    Just seen an aquaponics set-up on ebay for sale. Looks a very interesting way of organically growing veg (and fish !) in your back garden. Has anyone any experence of aquaponics ?

    It depends how you're using the term "organically". If you mean it as it's used to describe "organically produced food" then aquaponics are about as far from organic as it's possible to get.
  • alanobrien
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    Yes i use aquaponics every season to grow on small plants. I have a koi pond and i made up a tray for the plants which sits above the pond. Water from the waterfall is diverted into the tray and then returns to the pond. It works very well, i feed the fish, they feed the plants.

    Growth rates are quite staggering at times as the roots are constantly being oxygenated. Keep in mind that unless the set up is inside you can only use it in summer unless its heated and that would cost a fortune.

    I also occasionally run a hydroponic system but found aquaponics to be easier and far less costly.
  • Micro
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    Mojisola wrote: »
    It depends how you're using the term "organically". If you mean it as it's used to describe "organically produced food" then aquaponics are about as far from organic as it's possible to get.

    Your joking aren't you ? All that's added is organic fish food
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  • Mojisola
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    Micro wrote: »
    Your joking aren't you ? All that's added is organic fish food

    No, because "organic" growing is a soil-based, sustainable method of production.

    There's no doubt that you can grow plants like this but it doesn't comply with the definition of organic growing.
  • matt987106
    matt987106 Posts: 390 Forumite
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    a ride in epcot allways gets me interested in it

    Living with the land its called, the end bit is about aquaponics and how NASA want to use it

    i allways look at it and think " one day "
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  • Micro
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    Mojisola wrote: »
    No, because "organic" growing is a soil-based, sustainable method of production.

    There's no doubt that you can grow plants like this but it doesn't comply with the definition of organic growing.

    Organic growth does not have to use soil - simply that no synthetic additions are made in order to grow or maintain the crop or animal. By using an organic fish food (worms to take the ultimate example) you are only making one addition. Aquaponics is the ultimate of organic production not the opposite !
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  • Mojisola
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    "Organic growth" as used in chemistry terms does not need soil.

    There's no reason not to use the system if you like it and it fits in with your garden but it is not the same as "Organic production" as legally defined.
  • cootambear
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    Interestingly, most weed (marijhuna) that is grown in the uk uses hydroponics, yet some users prefer it to other drugs on the basis that it is `natural`.
    Freedom is the freedom to say that 2+2 = 4 (George Orwell, 1984).

    (I desire) ‘a great production that will supply all, and more than all the people can consume’,

    (Sylvia Pankhurst).
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