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Companion planting

Started this discussion. Last reply by RupertofOZ Sep 23, 2012. 11 Replies

Has anyone tried companion planting in an aquaponics system? It seems like an interesting concept that is better able to utilize limited grow-bed space.Continue

Growing fish feed self-sufficiently

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jonathan Kadish NYC AA Chair Aug 10, 2012. 3 Replies

Has anyone had experience in growing omnivorous (tilapia) fish-feed completely without needing to use commercial pellets? Assuming that space, temperature, and lighting was not an issue.Continue

 

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Boston Aquaponics

This group is for those in the Boston city area interested in aquaponics for private interest or commercial purposes to share information, experience, and resources.See More
Feb 11, 2016
Greg McCord left a comment for Austin Hsu
"Hi Austin. Greg here in Alpharetta, GA. I wanted to say hello again and see how your progress was coming along. I remember you had some pretty big goals and had discussed building a large commercial project. How are you doing? Greg McCord"
Aug 17, 2013
David Greenstein commented on Austin Hsu's group Boston Aquaponics
"Hi Austin, Thanks for your comments. My system is just for personal consumption. I don't know why aquaponics has not become more widespread. I would like to see aquaponics grow to provide localized commercial sources of food. It makes so much…"
Dec 15, 2012
Austin Hsu commented on Austin Hsu's group Boston Aquaponics
"Hi, Sounds awesome. Because I currently live in an apartment, I am restricted to smaller systems. Due to known government restrictions and requirements of permits, I'm considering not growing fish altogether :( Do you plan to grow for personal…"
Dec 15, 2012
David Greenstein commented on Austin Hsu's group Boston Aquaponics
"Hi  I have an aquaponics system set up in my 8'x12' greenhouse in West Roxbury. It has been in operation only for about 1 month. It has a 70 gallon fish tank with 25 blue gill fingerlings and one 2'x3' grow bed. I am…"
Dec 10, 2012
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Dec 10, 2012
RupertofOZ replied to Austin Hsu's discussion Companion planting
"Beans, and other legumes.... do not fix nitrogen.... The symbiotic bacteria that live in the legume root nodules... fix the nitrogen....   And it's fixed... only released.. when the plant is "turned" back into the soil... or…"
Sep 23, 2012
Sterling Peyton Jr replied to Austin Hsu's discussion Companion planting
"I thought I remember hearing some bean plants are nitrogen fixing and permaculture uses them to build up the soil for other plants."
Sep 22, 2012
Jon Parr replied to Austin Hsu's discussion Companion planting
"And beneficials. My son has been telling me what to plant for repelling baddies and attracting the goodies. We recently pruned back a huge haystack of an aquaponic nasturtium, and I was surprised to see the large number of black aphids. Closer…"
Aug 27, 2012
Carey Ma left a comment for Austin Hsu
"Thank you so much for your kind words. Please let me know how I can help. Cheers"
Aug 26, 2012
Eric Warwick replied to Austin Hsu's discussion Companion planting
"The basics of nutrients (taken care of in aquaponics), water (taken care of in aquaponics), and light are the things to most worry about. So, try to keep tall plants where short plants need them and vice versa."
Aug 24, 2012
Don Stark replied to Austin Hsu's discussion Companion planting
"I have been using companion planting and square foot gardening and so on for years. With my AP system, I started with some of that and now have volunteer plants showing up all over the place and can not even think about what is growing by…"
Aug 23, 2012
Austin Hsu replied to Austin Hsu's discussion Companion planting
"I stand corrected. Perhaps companion planting for purposes of nitrogen fixation would not be so relevant, but other benefits may still be realized."
Aug 23, 2012
RupertofOZ replied to Austin Hsu's discussion Companion planting
"Nitrogen fixation.. from the air... is primarily done by bacteria... not plants... And is bound into the root nodules... onlty released when the plant dies, or is composted..."
Aug 23, 2012
Austin Hsu replied to Austin Hsu's discussion Companion planting
"I'm not an expert on the subject, the information is from "The complete guide to Companion Planting - Dale Mayer". While the book does tends to deal more with soil-based agricultural methods, I was interested to see if anyone has used…"
Aug 22, 2012
RupertofOZ replied to Austin Hsu's discussion Companion planting
"Not sure about the statement that plants "take in nitrogen in the air"... or "excrete micro-nutrients from their roots".... And as far as plant spacing is concerned... with a variety of plant types... I've never seen…"
Aug 22, 2012

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At 3:25pm on August 17, 2013, Greg McCord said…
Hi Austin. Greg here in Alpharetta, GA. I wanted to say hello again and see how your progress was coming along. I remember you had some pretty big goals and had discussed building a large commercial project. How are you doing? Greg McCord
At 1:32am on August 26, 2012, Carey Ma said…

Thank you so much for your kind words. Please let me know how I can help.

Cheers

At 7:01am on August 13, 2012, Carey Ma said…

Welcome to this site and good luck on your AP adventure.

Cheers

At 3:33pm on August 11, 2012, Greg McCord said…

Hi Austin. Are you planning to set up a farm there in the Boston area on a large scale or small scale? My partner James and I hope to build a 96' long by 38' wide "Hoop" style green house and expand on our current growing capabilities. We are very excited about the future and are always looking for friends to communicate with. We won't be able to attend the AP conference in Denver this year but we will be sure to make it next year. Are you going this year to Denver? Greg

At 12:17pm on August 7, 2012, Nate Storey said…

Austin, please email me at nate@brightagrotech.com.  My father in law taught economics and business classes at Boston U.  I'd be interested in discussing market penetration and the role of AP in traditional produce production and distribution models.

Nate

 
 
 

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