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Oh my, the lettuce is already starting to bolt in less than a month. Eating as fast as we can.  The fish are happy and growing.  Looking for varieties of veggies and fruit that grow well in the raft system here in west central Florida.  Having to dispose of some of the squash, melons and cucumber plants since they aren't doing well and attracting white fly.  The really good thing is that this is definitely easier than when we attempted gardening in the traditional way.  Another bonus is the peacefulness of just watching the fish.  Who knew that aquaponics not only nourishes your body but also nourishes your spirit.  We are deeply grateful.

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Comment by Rob Nash on October 22, 2011 at 12:43pm

dont be afraid to use organic pesticides. i know you hear alot of folks talk about how you cant use anything in an AP system, but i can tell you, i have sprayed once a week for almost 3 years and have had no issue. l rotate between the following - Spinosad, Pyrethrum, neem, and Safer soap. just keep the overspray and runoff at a minimum.

Comment by Ellen Roelofs on August 2, 2011 at 4:28pm
I can't make any recommendations, but I agree with your sentiments on keeping fish!  I actually came to aquaponics from the aquarium hobby... looking for ways to reduce nitrates in my fish tanks!  It's been a very beneficial hobby for me, personally, I think. :)
Comment by Brian Thiesing on July 31, 2011 at 2:39pm
I will check out my local markets tomorrow.  If I don't have any success would you be willing to give me some cuttings next time I'm in Sarasota?
Comment by Conrad Chin-Yee on July 31, 2011 at 12:34pm
Try Kangkong(aka: water spinach, ung choy) This vegetable loves the heat and the water. Can find it sometimes in oriental stores. It will root easily from cuttings. Just root it prior to putting in your raft. To root, reduce leaf volume by at least half by either removing the lower leaves or cut the leaves in half with a scisors to reduce transpiration until roots form. Root in shade with some reflected light until roots form then slowly move into more sun until they are hardened up. Sweet potato plants are also easily grown. The leaves are edible fro both humans and fish.

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