Aquaponics is an interesting concept, I never once thought you could grow a garden with fish but the popularity of this method is sky rocketing. But what is Aquaponics and what are the advantages of having one? Those questions can be answered below.
What is Aquaponics?
The definition of Aquaponics is a system of using fish and plants together to produce an Aquaponic Garden. By using The fish waste it provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants naturally filter the water. This concept is not new to the eastern civilization as they have been doing it for hundreds of years with rice but the idea is relatively new in the west. This is for people that are looking to grow their own natural vegetables in their backyard or garden. A great alternative!
Benefits of Aquaponics
1. Endless Supply of Organic Vegetables & Fish
First, you will have a vast supply of organic food at your disposal. Some examples of what you can grow in your Aquaponic garden are:
Various herbs such as basil and parsley and the list goes on …
2. No more annoying pulling out weeds
I swear this is the best part, how many times has someone dropped out weeds breaking your back only to see they are back again days later?
3. You can grow ten times as much using less space than you would with traditional gardening
You get more yield, how great is that? Especially if you have a small yard you will have an ample supply of fresh vegetables more than you would with traditional gardening.
4. It's practically automated
You do not need to spend as much time on it as you would with a traditional garden, you just sit back and monitor it and let the fish do all the work for you.
5. You do not have to worry about fertilizing it
It is always hard to keep the balance when fertilizing your garden in a traditional environment. It can make or break your garden, and then, of course, you have bugs to deal with that invade our traditional plants and are really hard to control. So at that point, many people use pesticides to get rid of the pests which are toxic and harmful to ingest.
6. Easy to build
The materials are easy to find and hardware stores and it is fairly easy to set up and if needed, easy to take down to move around.
7. It's cost-effective
You will have an abundant supply of vegetables as well as fish that would have cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. You will save a ton of money rather than going to the grocery store.
As you can see there are huge benefits to adding an Aquaponic system as it can produce and yield a mass amount of vegetables and plants for your garden as well as save you a lot of money. There is not much effort involved and when it's fully set up you will have a self-sustainable, chemical-free Aquaponics garden that you and your family can enjoy.