Aquaponics Growth is Amazing!

One thing that is so cool about aquaponics is that the growth is amazing, compared to regular dirt gardens.  We planted our garden three weeks ago and you wouldn’t believe the growth we’ve seen!

Here is our lettuce:

This is a side by side, showing the growth of our lettuce at 10 days and at 21 days. These beautiful leaves will be ready to eat in only a few more weeks!

Pepper CompareWe bought the pepper plants already growing so their growth comparison might not be as shocking, but in the 3 weeks we’ve had them, they have chosen to start setting fruit! There are several buds on this plant. (You can also see the edemame in the background!)

bean growtha Our bean plants are starting to grow really tall as well.  We have already harvested a small handful of strawberries and we have 5 tomatoes growing.  Our corn is pretty staggered in its growth but the tallest plants are about 5 inches tall already.

Aquaponics is such an amazing way to garden.  I’ve already touted the benefits of using less water overall and now you can see that aquaponics helps grow food faster as well.  There are a lot of companies who are turning to hydroponics or aquaponics as a way of feeding large groups of people for much less cost and much higher efficiency.  Typically they stick with leafy vegetables because they grow the fastest in these system, but I’m sure we will be seeing a greater variety of produce being grown commercially through aquaponics and hydroponics.  My local Costco stocks an amazing lettuce that I could eat all day, every day, that is grown hydroponically.  When I buy it, I like to think I’m promoting something I really believe in!

3 thoughts on “Aquaponics Growth is Amazing!

  1. I would love to learn to do this. I plant stuff around my yard, but the soil is clayish and it is hard to grown. I sprinklers in the front yard and stuff I plant there grow very well. I talked my husband about aquaponics, but I think it is costly for us. Do you have a simply easy way to start it?

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    • That is such a good question! There are a lot of simple ways to get started. Fish tanks can often be found on Craigslist or free cycle sites for very little money. From there, you can use old storage tubs, random containers in your house and things you find at thrift stores. You can use pretty much anything as long as it’s water tight or you can make it water tight. You can use river rocks in the grow beds and grow things like herbs and lettuce really fast. There are a lot of possibilities!

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