All good gardeners know that food production is a balancing act
In the last 30 years we have witnessed big changes in the way food is grown. Gone are the days where traditional farming practices are the only way to produce crops. Today food is grown through hydroponics, permaculture, organic farms and Aquaponics to name just a few. It is great to see that there are so many options available for people to become more self-sustaining.
One of the main reasons that Aquaponics has become so popular is because of its versatility. When people first begin in Aquaponics they are very enthusiastic and can’t wait to see their produce grow. In many cases impatience and not enough knowledge turns their enthusiasm to bitter disappointment. Growing food means accepting that there will be setbacks and challenges along the way. http://aquaponics-how-to-guide.info/aquanewsletter/
In a previous edition of the ASC Magazine, guest writer Justin Taylor pointed out that any form of gardening is a balancing act. He writes “Of all the disciplines necessary to achieve aquaponic success, easily aquaculture, or the farming and raising of fish, is the one skill most important to new gardeners. All other products in aquaponic garden depend on healthy, happy water-critters. As such biological density in plants and fish are co-dependent factors.” This means that you must carefully balance the right amount of fish with the right amount of plants for optimum growth and yield. https://www.facebook.com/AquaponicsSurvivalCommunities
This is one of the most common mistakes that people make in Aquaponics. The right balance of fish to plants is so important for the health of your system. Without the correct ratios your plants may not get the nutrients they need. If you have too many fish and not enough plants then your fish can suffer as the water is not being cleaned properly.
Yes, you can grow twice as much food in an Aquaponics system compared to other methods, but only if you have the right information and are prepared to work through the ups and downs along the way. Both the ASC Magazine and the Facebook community provide people with a wealth of information on Aquaponics and other gardening methods. Please follow the links and join us today, so that you can share your own experiences and teach others.