Did you know it’s #InternationalPicnicDay?! Pick some favorite foods from your garden and enjoy the day!
Do you like to garden alone or with someone?
Building an aquaponics lab was one of the things that saved me this year.
Piece by piece, a tiny ecosystem sprung up in the room built in the basement.
Store-bought, Home Cooked, Upcycled
Pictured above is a Celery plant. This is the resulting growth from a left-over base from store-bought celery, actually. I stuck the base in a corner of one of the grow beds and about a week later tiny leaves were sprouting up! (It took a long time for roots to grow – over 3 weeks)
Holy front-lawn does it smell fantastic in here.
A fix for Seasonal Blues
Once fall hit, I was unwilling to let go of my bounty of tomatoes growing outdoors. I transferred in a tomato cutting and to my delight, it took off!
Check out the root system on the tomato plant below – that’s roughly 2 weeks of root growth in the aquaponics system.
Dual Bob Tanks
The fish reside in two 30 gallon drums, high-density material. These babies get deep cleaned once a month. There are are a total of 8 goldfish. All of their names are Bob.
Each tank has two forms of oxygenating the water, a temperature sensor, a heater for the cold months, crushed coral and rock bedding, a few places to hide, and various movable objects for sensory play.
Entertained fish are happy fish!
Wrap it Up, Keep it Safe
After spending a few hours google-deep-diving ways fish can get people sick, I put together a few reminders for hand washing and communicable illness up around my aquaponics lab.
I added disposable gloves and eye protection too – #SuddenlyScientist?
I hope you enjoyed my mini-tour!
Short on space? Try planting your herbs in a container garden.
Get creative in your garden!
Short on space? Try building a vertical ladder for your plants. Plus, you can add a splash of color to your yard!
Bees are disappearing at an alarming rate. U.S. beekeepers estimate that nearly one-third of all honeybee colonies here have vanished. Plant a garden to help attract bees!
Do you need a little motivation to start your own garden? Gardening offers several health benefits, such as knowing where your food comes from and reducing stress!