As of late traditional farming methods have begun to lose ground in favor of Aquaponics gardening. The majority of people have focused their attention on hydroponic farming which enables them to grow vegetables in their own home or garage using water and some specially designed pots.
However, the downside is that hydroponic farming uses chemical substances to feed the plants to make them grow normally.
This can significantly affect the taste and the quality of the crops. With aquaponics this does not happen. Aquaponic relies on the symbiosis between plants and fish.
As a result, you can define aquaponics
as a mixture of aquaculture and hydroponics, where you get to grow both
plants and fish in a perfect interdependence. This means that you will
never need to use any type of chemical substances resulting in tastier
and healthier crops.
Placing just a small amount of chemicals in the water will immediately have serious effects on the fish, endangering their lives, and you do not want that to happen. So you may now be wondering which type of vegetables it's possible to grow using the aquaponic system.
Well, almost any plant you can think of, excluding, of course, the plants whose fruits grow inside the ground, like potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic and so on.
Fruity vegetables like cucumbers, strawberries, tomatoes, squash, okra, pepper, melon; herbs like basil and oregano; different types of beans and peas as well as green leafy vegetables grow very well in this type of system.
What will amaze you even more is the great taste your veggies and legumes will have. You will not believe that something so good can be grown in your garage or in your living room. They have a far better taste than the veggies you buy from the market as they are all natural, organic and have no other chemical “improvements”.
You will find that your meals will be healthier and tastier. If you want to obtain the best results make sure you purchase organic seeds. This way you will enjoy the real taste of freshly harvested vegetables in the comfort of your home. Now, what can be better than that?
The species of fish which are recommended for the aquaponic system are Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Chinese Catfish, Tilapia, Koi, Largemouth and Bluegill.
However this list is not an exhaustive one and according to the area and state in which you live you can always try with some different types of fish. Providing you take good care of your fish there is every chance that your aquaponic farm will give great results in under a year.