Aquaponics – How Does It Work? | Gary Peer Real Estate Report Aquaponics is a system that combines aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants in water). Based on what typically occurs in nature it’s an increasingly popular as well as an environmentally friendly way to grow vegies, herbs and fish in your very own backyard. Put simply, water from a fish tank/pond is reticulated through to gravel-filled beds to feed plants. As the water contains fish waste, the plants lap it up like a liquid fertiliser, removing the nutrients before returning it to the tank or pond. The aquaponic system relies on the relationship between the animals and the plants to maintain a stable aquatic environment that experiences a minimum of fluctuation in ambient nutrient and oxygen levels. Water is only added to replace water loss from absorption and transpiration by plants, evaporation into the air from surface water and overflow from the system from rainfall. Aquaponic systems can be as small or as large as you prefer. The kids will love it!
10 Favorite Tulips to Plant This Fall Gardenista Older 10 Favorite Tulips to Plant This Fall by Izabella Simmons Issue 65 · Belgium and Beyond · March 28, 2013 Newer Issue 65 · Belgium and Beyond · March 28, 2013 Tulips require planning. Above: The 'Black Parrot' is famous for its rich purple color and frilled bloom; $16.95 for 12 bulbs at White Flower Farm. Above: The 'Persian Pearl' features a deep magenta rose petals with a yellow throat; $6.40 for ten from Brent and Becky's Bulbs.. Above: The 'Zurel' tulip features large white blooms striped with purple tones. Above: The 'Angelique' Tulip has soft pink petals and resembles a peony bloom; $14.99 for 10 bulbs at Breck's. Above: An early spring bloomer, 'Turkestanica' has white petals with an orange center; fragrant, and a great repeat bloomer; $4.30 for 10 bulbs from Brent and Becky's Bulbs. Above: British gardening writer Sarah Raven grows 'Menton' tulip in her cutting garden; she uses it in spring bouquets. For more, DIY: A Spring Bouquet With Sarah Raven. By Sarah Lonsdale
Gotham Greens :: Local and sustainable produce grown in the heart of NYC Tourcoing, couleur plantes à l’eau L’ancienne école de natation de Tourcoing, surnommée Les Bains, est vide. Dans l’entrée, on devine encore le guichet, entre poussière, débris et fientes de pigeons. Des escaliers branlants, un grand bassin à sec, une immense verrière qui laisse filtrer la pluie, des traces de cabines, des fantômes de salles de bains en étages… et des fougères pas gênées qui poussent dans le carrelage. Fermée depuis 1999, mais hantée, elle semble encore résonner des cris d’enfants et d’adultes qui y ont appris à nager. Cet équipement a été bâti en 1904 par l’ingénieur Edmond Philippe, à l’initiative du maire radical-socialiste Gustave Dron. En plein mouvement hygiéniste, ce médecin de formation avait rendu la natation obligatoire dans les écoles à partir de 1911. Que faire aujourd’hui de ce bâtiment que la ville entend conserver pour sa valeur symbolique, populaire, et son architecture 1900 ? Naufragés. Nouveaux usages. «Réflexion».
Aquaponics 4 You - Step-By-Step How To Build Your Own Aquaponics System Will Compost Tea Supercharge Your Garden? Here’s an experiment you can do. Have your heard about compost tea? It’s a concoction that is supposed to supercharge your garden. Does it work? Recipes for compost tea have been around for a couple of thousand years, but it fell into disuse. Compost tea is not that complicated to make. Here’s some DIY instructions on how to make an aerated compost tea (via the Pennsylvania EPA). Basic equipment. Put about four gallons of water into the bucket. Don’t overfill the bucket. When ready, strain it with a cheesecloth. So why would you go through the trouble to produce compost tea? On a basic level, compost tea makes the nutrients in the compost more accessible to your plants. The advanced reason is that it is a way to speed up the development of beneficial organisms in your garden. Why? We know almost nothing about the complex web of microorganisms in the soil and in our bodies. As a result, it’s going to take some time to figure out. Little by little, we’ll figure out how to use it effectively.
New York Sun Works: The Science Barge The Science Barge is a prototype, sustainable urban farm and environmental education center. It is the only fully functioning demonstration of renewable energy supporting sustainable food production in New York City. The Science Barge grows tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce with zero net carbon emissions, zero chemical pesticides, and zero runoff.From May to October 2007, the Science Barge hosted over 3,000 schoolchildren from all five New York boroughs as well as surrounding counties as part of our environmental education program. In addition, over 6,000 adult visitors visited the facility along with press from around the world. The Science Barge: now in Yonkers, New York The ownership of the Science Barge program has been assumed by Groundwork Hudson Valley, located in Yonkers, NY. “The Science Barge is not only an invitation to ideas and learning, but to change.” Read more: ShareThis
DIY Aquaponics: Building a Vortex Filter (Video) Image credit: The Urban Farming Guys From a video roundup of DIY aquaponics to an Aquaponics Made Easy DVD, we've explored plenty of resources for backyard enthusiasts of aquaponics—a term used for the symbiotic combination of hydroponics and fish farming. But, often, the process can still be pretty confusing if you don't have plumbing experience. Luckily, there are folks like The Urban Farming Guys who are ready and willing to share their experiences—and here they walk us through how to build a vortex filter which, they say, would cost US$4000 in a store, yet can be made for $100 with a little ingenuity. Much like their previous how to video on how to build a DIY anaerobic digester for biogas production, these urban homesteaders—who abandoned suburbia with 20 families for inner city farming instead—are refreshingly down to earth in their instructional videos. Not only do they show you what parts go where, but they walk you through the trouble shooting they've had to do themselves.
10 Easy Pieces: The Most Magical Mosses Gardenista Older 10 Easy Pieces: The Most Magical Mosses by Janet Hall Issue 63 · Do-It-Yourself · March 12, 2013 Newer Issue 63 · Do-It-Yourself · March 12, 2013 Share on email Growing up in Seattle, I was raised to view moss as a menacing by-product of damp weather. Moss is your friend—in so many ways. Without a root system, moss gets moisture through its leaves, so keeping it debris free is also important. Love moss or hate it? Above: Moss has long been treasured for use in Japanese gardens. Above: One of the most common varieties is Sheet Moss (Hypnum) that is easy to cultivate and stands up to foot traffic, a good choice to use on around and between stepping stones. Above: Cushion Moss (Leucobryum) is sometimes referred to as white moss as it changes color from lush vibrant green when moist to a silvery green when dry. Above: Small and velvety to touch, Ceratodon Moss is a good choice for green roofs and between walkway pavers; $35 for a 10-by-20-inch tray at Mountain Moss. By Michelle Slatalla