Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together Paperback – Oct 1 2011
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Aquaponics is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of the best of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponic gardening is an amazinglyproductive way to grow organic vegetables, greens, herbs and fruits, while providing the added benefits of fresh fish as a safe, healthy source of protein. On a larger scale, it is a key solution to mitigating food insecurity, climate change, groundwater pollution and the impacts of overfishing on our oceans.
Aquaponic Gardening is the definitive do-it-yourself home manual, focused on giving you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy healthy, safe, fresh and delicious food all year round. Starting with an overview of the theory, benefits and potential of aquaponics, the book goes on to explain:
- System location considerations and hardware components
- The living elements-fish, plants, bacteria, and worms
- Putting it all together-starting and maintaining a healthy system.
Aquaponics systems are completely organic. They are four to six times more productive and use 90 percent less water than conventional gardens. Other advantages include no weeds, fewer pests, and no watering, fertilizing, bending, digging, or heavy lifting – in fact, there really is no down side! Anyone interested in taking the next step towards self-sufficiency will be fascinated by this practical, accessible and well-illustrated guide.
About the Author
Sylvia Bernstein is the president and founder of The Aquaponic Source. An internationally recognized expert on aquaponic gardening, Sylvia speaks, writes and blogs extensively about this revolutionary technique. (www.theaquaponicsource.com)
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First, the beginning of the book is a lot (a lot!) of pages that keep repeating why you should engage in this and some reasons came back multiple times.
Second, a point you have to be warned about before getting involved in this kind of system, it's a very complex system that requires a lot of "measurements" for lack of a better term. Example : A fish tank this size will acommodate X pounds of fish (it gets more complex since fishes do start small and grow up) and provide for X size of planting beds, with adequate light, with plumbing pipes of X inches, with a pump of X force... It gets a bit discouraging at some point (maybe it explains why the introduction is trying so hard to convince the reader).
Is it worth it? Yes! With this book you will have all the information required to get your own aquaponic system started. It is a good, thorough book. But if you are inexperienced in either fishes or gardening (without mentionning DIY projects), this might be too much to successfully pull it off at first.
It is amazing becuase the fish waste provides an organic food source for the growing plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in.
I totally enjoy this book and I highly recommend it
Aquaponics truly has the potential to change the world; if nothing else, it will change your own little corner!
Thank you, Sylvia, for writing such an amazing book!
This is the best book to the Topic of Aquaponics I have come across so far. Precise and comprehensive with clear instructions and comments of what to do an what better not to do. It gives also clear warnings which is very important to avoid costly mistakes.
This book is clearly structured and can be used down the road to look up for solutions in the process of practicing Aquaponics.
it won't be placed far from my Greenhouse.
all thumbs up for this book I can only recommend it to everybody seriously looking into this interesting topic.
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A good beginning for alternative gardening. Definitely should be in your reference library.Published 4 months ago by C.T.S
Very good book with lots of information on how to setup your first aquaponic system. Would recommand to any aquaponic enthousiastPublished 9 months ago by mateoc
This book arrived on time and we are looking forward to reading it and getting started on aquaponic gardening. Thank you so much.Published 11 months ago by Ruth Holman
An absolute wealth of information. I've read some complaints about all the "extras" in this book, however, I personally thought they brought this book to life in a very satisfying... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Magjk
Very cool book. Well written, easily read. Good reference.
Aquaponics is probably a bit costly as a hobby if you do it right, but keeping this book handy, hopefully for use in... Read more
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