Selecting Vegetables for best Aquaponic results

Vegetables for Aquaponics

Aquaponic gardening is a whole lot different to gardening in soil.  It is a whole lot more fun and there is no digging or bending (if you design your system properly) and limited weeding (none if you do everything properly).

It is so easy that young children can be involved and the side benefit is they (the children), like you love the taste of Vegetables created in an Aquaponic Eco System and of course the swimming fish add yet another dimension of attraction to children.

This site is predominately about the setting up and operation of an Aquaponic Eco System therefore the expertise of Organic Plants (that wonderful by-product) shall only be briefly covered on this site and instead shall be left to food experts on other sites known as http://EcoSystemOrganicFoods.com and http://AquaponicOrganicFoods.com (We understand they are currently a work in progress).

The selection of plants that can be grown using Aquaponics is probably limited in the main by our imagination and the space you are able to devote to this Eco System.

Naturally the type and quantity of fish stocks is also a limiting factor as the fish produce the nutrients that will be used by your plants which need to be capable of being grown in a re-circulating tank solution where-in water temperature, oxygenation, carbon dioxide, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, chlorine and pH level may be factors that encourages or limits the growth of your selected plants.

Naturally “Water Quality Test Kits” must be used regularly to closely monitor the eco system and you should keep plenty of daily notes so that you can re-trace your activities in the case of great success, limited success or failure.

Your notes will quickly verify that any fluctuation in stocking density of fish, growth rate of fish, feeding rate and volume and other related environmental issues will produce rapid changes in water quality and this will quickly pass through to affect your Plant stock.

We recommend the use of intermediate filters and cartridges to collect suspended solids of fish “poop” and to assist in the conversion of ammonia and other waste products into forms more suitable for plants to absorb.

We know that you will enjoy being able to just walk-out at meal time and select fresh chemical free taste produce growing in your eco system. Remember the plants will help clean, oxygenate and aerate the circulating water and in doing so help to keep the whole system’s water clear and clean so the plants in turn grow healthier and faster.

With some plants you will need to provide some support so that their leaves or runners etc do not fall into the water. For the plants maybe a support pole is required or for some other you might like to look at solutions used in hydroponics (especially since hydroponics is somewhat similar).

As mentioned elsewhere lighting can be a factor to consider and small low cost ultra-violet lights can significantly enhance production in some situations.

Get ready for the following items to grow successfully in your Aquaponic Eco System:-

Lettuce (of all kind), herbs(of all kind), spinach, chives, basil, parsley, coriander, sage, lemongrass, eggplant, strawberries, lima beans, green beans, corn, radishes, pumpkins, broccoli, squash, celery, shallots, chilli, snow peas, red salad onions, cauliflower, watercress, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, carrots, cabbage … just to name a few … and if you are in doubt, just add it as plants just love the eco system

To add a bit of color you will find that roses also love an eco system.

Finally we do recommend you look at “companion planting” because this will help eliminate some of those nasty bugs that fly past and stop your lovely growing plants – you really cannot blame them for wanting to enjoy a taste also – but with companion planting they will just fly away when they get closer and find a neighboring plant that they are repulsed by for whatever biological reason.