The Main Advantages of Aquaponics Farming
Most people will readily acknowledge, a vegetable can have a positive impact on your household budget. If you're able to grow enough vegetables you can significantly reduce your monthly food bill. However, even the most expert gardener can have trouble maintaining a large garden due to the time and effort needed to maintain it.
Most people don't have enough land to maintain a large garden and the climate they live in may also be an issue. Inclement weather, adequate sunlight and soil conditions can mean even with effort and skill you won't get the quality or quantity of vegetables you want.
For these reasons many new home farmers who start out with the intention of providing their family with free organic food give up. They fail to make their idea into reality because with many of the traditional gardening techniques it's hard to product a good crop yield of pesticide and artificial fertilizer free food.
One viable option for the home farmer is an aquaponics farm. Aquaponics systems are one of the simplest ways to produce your own organic food. The main difference between aquaponics farming and traditional farming methods is that the plants are grown without planting. Here are some do it yourself backyard aquaponics system ideas.
Here is an example of how an aquaponics farms works:
1. Fish are added to a tank. These fish, such as Koi, Crappie, Bluegill, Chinese Catfish and Tilapia are carefully observed because they are the backbone of your aquaponics system.
2. After they've been living in the tank for a month, seeds are added which will produce plants. These plants will grow from the nutrients the fish put in the water.
This type of aquaponics farm is based on the symbiotic relationship between different species that live in the same habitat. The fish feed the plants with their excretions and the plants keep the water clean as they grow.
With an aquaponics system you don't need acres of land or chemical pesticides or fertilizer to get a high crop yield. You also don't need to do the same level of work that you would in a traditional garden. After the aquaponics system is established your main job is to monitor the pH level of the water for acidity and alkalinity to ensure the plants and fish are comfortable.
You can plant a large range of vegetables in an aquaponics system including legumes, leafy greens and fruit plants. You can also utilize the water from the aquaponic system as a fertilizer for group based crops in your traditional gardens. The nutrients in the water are effective in increasing the yield of root vegetables, garlic, asparagus, onions and potatoes.
Here are some required aquaponics supplies to help you set up an aquaponics system in your backyard. There are step-by-step instructions available that can explain that you can have an aquaponics system using some simple apparatus.