Update Aurora Colorado
May 10 2012
Recently we moved the IBC unit out into the backyard and I built a 12x20 hoop type green house around it and I am stunned and amazed at the growth of the plants. We are doing both raised dirt bed and aquaponic farming. The dirt farming is in plastic 3 gallon nursery pots and the aquaponics is in the IBC unit. We do water change outs so that we can supply the dirt side with the fish water as an additional nutrient.
I have lettuce that is growing at least 1 inch per day...on the slower plants that are in the dirt! We put in potatoes and the plants are over a foot tall in 2 weeks. The aquaponics side is growing uncannily. We eat salad every day just to keep up with the growth and I don't want to talk about the strawberries...I sure hope Jamie knows how to make jam because we are going to have a lot of jam.
This has turned out better than I've ever dreamed and Jamie runs around inside wishing we had a bigger yard so we could grow more. We've been sharing our bounty (in lettuce) with our neighbors who are stunned at what we have done. One neighbor is a teacher and wants me to write up a little piece and supply some photos so he can show them to his 6th grade class.
This is what everyone has been talking about and I can't understand why people are not catching on and why this isn't pounding the news rooms. Just think of a city full of people doing aquaponics... people feeding themselves... as Mr. Spock would say..."Fascinating!"
I'll post some pics soon,