This could be a great place to discuss and exchange ideas about Organic gardening. Once seen as something practiced only by health nuts and hippies, OG is no longer a fad. Everyone wants the food we serve to our families as well as our environment to be safe and healthy. This desire for safety – wanting to do no harm to our families and the world around us– is the central reason people grow organically. The more we learn about chemical herbicides and pesticides, the more we see the effects of synthetic fertilizers and genetically modified crops, the more we realize that we must protect ourselves from them. Growing organically is a way of taking control, an attempt to make the foods you serve full of the good things your family needs, and free of the things they don’t. It’s a way of making the places where your children and pets play as safe as they can be. It’s a sign of respect to both your fellow humans and the environment as a whole.
Marc Laliberte
What is Aquaponics? Aquaponics is a system that combines the use of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants in water) in a symbiotic relationship with each other in one system. The naturally occurring microbes (nitrifying bacteria) in the water helps breakdown the excretion from the fish waste and converts it into nitrites and then into nitrates providing an organic food source for plants to grow and as the plants absorbs the nutrients from the water it acts as a natural filter and gives clean water for the fish live in. Worms residing in the grow media also does a great job at breaking down the solids into vermicompost which makes great plant food. The aquaponics system capitalizes on the benefits of both while eliminating the drawbacks of each system on their own.
Chantha Lueung