Twelve songs each covering each of 12 Permaculture principlesin a dancable, electro-funk, ukulele music.
with Charlie MGee of Formidable Vegetable Sound System
Here are the steps to set up the one barrel system, before planting your plants:
Ex: top of drain protector to top edge of grow bed = 1”
Top of media to top edge of grow bed = 2” minimum
Top of water to top edge of grow bed = 4”; you want water 2”-3” below surface of media
Reference: see section “water” http://aquaponicfun.com/general/one-barrel-aquaponics-system-construction/
You will want the water level flooded to a specific height in the growbed. After I took this picture I drilled two larger holes (not shown) in the drain / overflow pipe to set the level I wanted for the maximum water in the growbed. I choose for the water to be 1″ to 1 & 1/2″ below the top of the clay beads at it’s highest level. The holes need to be large enough that they drain the water faster than the pump can deliver the water, else your plants will flood and your clay beads will try to float.
I have installed a 2″ PVC pipe to act as a strainer so that the media (beads) don’t get into the drain / overflow pipe when I need to remove it for cleaning or inspection.
One of the High School student I taught Aquaponics to, built a one barrel system and grew plants. Because she did the project during the late fall and winter they grew indoors. No pollination of course but lots of greens!
Suuin had great feedback from her project, everyone is very impressed and she educated quite a lot of parents and students who visited her booth.
Here’s a picture of her stand.
Thank you again for your mentoring
17360 Coit Road, Dallas, TX
Texas A&M has training classes that will help you learn some useful survival skills. This class discusses native plants. You can ID which plants and how to plant your own native and perennial plants.
This is good information to know if you are making your backyard or country land into a resource to provide you with permanent plant products.
To Register (Required):
Resource: Tree Planting Guide On-Line
Disaster Education Network (EDEN)
Friendly Aquaponics has some very practical info in their recent newsletters. It is about how to start you system, which is called the Start up Cycle or the Nitrogen cycle.
The info is revealed over several newsletters
Check it out:
Then read these:
Then read Part 3 in NL# 148:
You can get more info and my free to download startup chart here:
The best ways to avoid GMOs and toxic additives are to avoid packaged foods altogether.
Protect your health by avoiding products distributed by these companies
Take a look at this article “GMO Supporting Food Companies to Avoid”
I saw the Dallas Morning News article on Aquaponics, and I am wondering if our group–Greater Lewisville Newcomers Club Garden Group–could visit to see a demonstration/explanation of aquaponics on Sept 9 at about 10 am. We have about 40 women members, and an occasional husband.
Our Garden Group members from Greater Lewisville Newcomers Club enjoyed Bob Jordan’s Aquaponics class on September 9, 2013. We certainly had a wonderful time learning and seeing your aquaponics systems.
Thanks to Bob for his time and generosity in explaining how it all works–aquaponics may be the future of gardening!
Our garden club was in unanimous agreement after your presentation yesterday. It was enjoyed by us all. Your presentation included the positive benefits of aquaponics. The manner of your presentation where you also included your mistakes was very helpful and appreciated. Thank you for showing us about aquaponics on a Powerpoint presentation and also in your garden.