Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together

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Sylvia Bernstein
New Society Publishers, Oct 1, 2011 - Gardening - 288 pages

Dive into home aquaponics with this definitive do-it-yourself guide

Aquaponics is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of the best of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponic gardening is an amazingly productive way to grow organic vegetables, greens, herbs and fruits, while providing the added benefits of fresh fish as a safe, healthy source of protein. On a larger scale, it is a key solution to mitigating food insecurity, climate change, groundwater pollution and the impacts of overfishing on our oceans.

Aquaponic Gardening is the definitive do-it-yourself home manual, focused on giving you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy healthy, safe, fresh and delicious food all year round. Starting with an overview of the theory, benefits and potential of aquaponics, the book goes on to explain:

  • System location considerations and hardware components
  • The living elements — fish, plants, bacteria, and worms
  • Putting it all together — starting and maintaining a healthy system.

Aquaponics systems are completely organic. They are four to six times more productive and use 90 percent less water than conventional gardens. Other advantages include no weeds, fewer pests, and no watering, fertilizing, bending, digging, or heavy lifting – in fact, there really is no down side! Anyone interested in taking the next step towards self-sufficiency will be fascinated by this practical, accessible and well-illustrated guide.

 

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Received from Member Giveaways. Interesting reading. I had heard of aquaponics before on a larger scale through the odd documentary and during a visit to EPCOT's(R) Land Pavilion growing center. Book ... Read full review

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We have been thinking about adding a pond to our backyard, but this book has really changed my mind. I am now going to add it to my garden. I loved this book. It teaches you everything you need to ... Read full review

Contents

What is aquaponics?
1
The global perspective
9
Home food production
27
The plan
33
Before you start
35
System location and environment
41
System design
57
The hardware
67
The integrated system
181
Cycling
183
System maintenance
197
In Conclusion
203
Appendices
207
Troubleshooting
209
Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb
215
The top 10 dumbest mistakes Ive made in aquaponics
223

Grow beds and fish tanks
69
Plumbing
91
Grow media
109
Water
117
Color Section
131
The software
131
Fish
133
Plants
153
Bacteria and worms
173
What to consider before plunging into commercial aquaponics
227
Aquaponics System Maintenance Checklist
233
Aquaponics System Data Tracking Sheet
235
Recommended resources
237
References
241
Index
245
About the Author
256
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Sylvia Bernstein : is the president and founder of The Aquaponic Source and the co-Founder and former Vice Chairman of the Aquaponics Association. She also manages AquaponicsCommunity.com, the largest US-based online forum site dedicated to aquaponic gardening. An experienced speaker and internationally recognized expert on aquaponic gardening, Sylvia writes and blogs on the subject for the Aquaponic Gardening Blog, Maxiumum Yield and more. Her inspiration is a large, thriving aquaponic setup in her backyard greenhouse in Boulder, CO powered by tilapia, catfish, bluegill and other creatures-that-swim.

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