Friday, December 31, 2010

Day 365

365 days of aquaponics gardening.  It's been an amazing journey of discovery for our little family.  We've grown some amazing produce and fish and had some great times in amongst it all.  

We've tried many different methods including seedlings, seeds, mixing them all up, keeping them separate.

We've done everything from root vegetables, leafy vegetables, pumpkins, herbs and everything in between.  We've shared our crop, and preserved many bottles and jars full of chutneys and sauces.

To those who have taken the time to read, share and enjoy our rantings, Thank you.  It's been a pleasure to have you along for the ride.  We hope we've shown you something and inspired you to try aquaponics.

We thought it only fitting to end were we started.  The first strawberry for season 2010 but definitely not the last.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Day 348

The first delicious, crisp, fresh salad of the season.  Nothing could be better.  Mixing fresh herbs into a variety of lettuce leaves and I'm in heaven.  I just wish my pictures were better.  

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Day 346

Just today we had the good fortune to have a visit from a family who come from the town I grew up in.  Rohan, his wife Kim and their two daughters came down to have a look at the AP system and also do a spot of fishing.

It was a great afternoon and Rohan took some amazing images.

You have to check out his blog but most importantly check out the images of the AP system.

urban oasis aquaponics

I just wish I could do images like that.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Day 345

Today was an exciting day.  We smoked some of our trout.  They have only just come out of the smoker so we haven't tried them yet.  The are in the refrigerator to cool down.  

It's great to have another food source in our own backyard.  

I stumbled across this little beauty and now that I have used it I know that I could smoke around 12 trout at once.  

Here you can see just one level that has 5 trout on it very comfortably.

And here is the result.  They smoked for around two and a half hours

And we cryovaced them to store them for the coming months.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Day 343

If you remember back to Day 276 you may be as amazed as what we are of the difference.  What you see in these pictures is all the seeds we planted now growing strong.  Its amazing though just how fast things grow once they are moved into the AP system.  It is truly a growing machine.

It wont be long and we'll be eating some of these.  

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Day 342

It really is that time of year.   So much going on and it seems no time for the little things which most often are the most important.  We have also been experiencing the craziest weather in about 14 years.  It truly is over the top.  Rain, rain and more rain.  We can't complain though as we can certainly do with it.

We added 150 Silver perch into the tank this last weekend.  Our summer fish.  It's a completely new breed for us and we are really looking forward to seeing how they go.  They have settled in extremely well and for the first time ever we haven't lost one fish in the transition.

We planted out recently our seedling into the grow beds and the growth is once again truly amazing.  I'll get some pics o n the weekend and show just how its all going.

We'll also be fishing out the last of the trout before we get some hot weather.  We have bought a smoker and plan to smoke them.