The start of an aquaponics adventure?
I promise, it will make sense in a moment but my mind was racing last night thinking of gardening projects and when I got up this morning those words flowed in my mind.
They reminded me of a song from the movie 'Grease' called "Grease Lighting". (Systematic, hydromatic, ultramatic) https://www.google.com/search?q=systematic+hydromatic&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
Geoponic is growing with soil, hydroponic is using water without soil and aquaponic uses water that has been "lived in" by fish, thus using the natural byproducts as fertilizer. "Natural byproducts" sounds so much nicer than fish poop. :-)
There is such a thing as aeroponics as well. Moisture is still used but more of a mist than liquid. This one definitely does not use soil, but Hydro and Aqua can use small amounts soil but usually a soil substitute like perlite, vermiculite, coconut coir, porous stones, clay pebbles, etc..
Now, why do I bring this up? Several reason actually. One is an interest in hydroponics and aquaponics but I also wanted to do something different with the area around our goldfish pond. The pond is just in front of the kitchen deck so I wanted to fill the area with herbs and some handy kitchen veggies.
The soil is not the deepest. In fact, my goldfish pond is the depth it is simply because I could dig no deeper do to the solid rock beneath. It has gotten better do to wood chips and my efforts to grow flowers and herbs but I want more.
Then there is the cast-iron bathtub that I have been trying to use in the same area. With potting soil it is a constant battle to keep it watered. If I use soil, it compacts too much, probably because it needs more worms working it. Our dog PITA likes to work it but that has a tendency to destroy the growing plants. :-(
I've been trying to find a better way to use the tub and while I am sill not sure if I will incorporate it into a aquaculture experiment, it got me thinking about the possibilities.