Jill and Steve started their own backyard aquaponics to grow fresh fruit, vegetables, chilies’, herbs and fish. It sounds like a bustling market in their backyard. To get started with their backyard aquaponics, Steve and Jill needed to follow a few guidelines on where to locate their system.
One of the first things to consider is sunlight. You need at least 4-6 hours of good sunlight a day for your plants to grow well. Your fish, though, do not need sunlight, and in fact you’re better off not having any sun on your fish tank at all if possible. The sun shining on your fish tank will lead to algae growth.
Access to power is another thing to consider. You will need to pump water and possibly have an air pump as well, these need power to run so you need to be able to run your power lead to a power point. Access for planting, harvesting and maintenance is also something to consider. Many systems that people have set offer little room for access to the whole system. Steve and Jill have put a lot of thought into this since they have a smaller yard than the average couple.
Benefits of the Jill and Steve Backyard Aquaponics System
Setting up a backyard aquaponics system in your garden comes with lots of benefits such as environmental improvement, better health, and higher quality nutrition. Jill and Steve will review some of the essential benefits which aquaponic farmers can expect to enjoy.
Unlike other gardening methods, aquaponics system allows you to plant your seedlings close together thus saving on space. Since this method involves submerging plant roots in nutrient-rich water, there is less overcrowding which helps you save on space as compared to other gardening techniques.
Another benefit of backyard aquaponics system is that you don’t have to weed anymore. This method doesn’t encourage the growth of weeds since there is no soil involved. Farmers are able to enjoy the freedom of growing plants at home without weeding.
Soil Pests – No Problem
Since Aquaponics doesn’t rely on soil, farmers are relieved the burden of using pesticides to eliminate soil pests. Pesticides destroy the plant slowly over time due to toxins absorbed by the plant.
Fast Plant Growth
Backyard aquaponics system allows plants to access nutrients for 24 hours each day making them grow faster. According to research, vegetables such as lettuce have been proven to grow twice as fast as compared to when planted normally on the soil.