aquaponics

If you don’t have a garden because it sounds like too much work, I understand.  Many people, myself included, don’t have the time or energy to grow a regular garden.  That’s why aquaponics is such an exciting concept.

You may have heard of hydroponic gardening.  It was the wave of the future in the late 1970s.  However, it didn’t get the general acceptance people thought it deserved.  One reason was that it required so much plant food.  Aquaponics has solved that problem.

aquaponicsDon’t We All Love Phil?

It happens to be Groundhog Day as I’m writing this post, and good ol’ Phil has predicted six more weeks of winter.  Sigh …

Gardeners start looking forward to spring about this time of year, but Mother Nature has a mind of her own.  But even you can’t go dig in the dirt, you can start mapping out that dream garden in your mind.

A Gardening Retrospective

When we first moved to the bunker, we were happy to find a big space that had formerly been a garden.  It had deep soil that didn’t break the tiller. We live in the mountains, and the soil doesn’t go very deep.  For the most part local farmers grow cattle and hay.  And rocks.  Seriously!

People laugh when I say we grow rocks, but it’s true.  No matter where you garden, sooner or later you have to toss out rocks that have worked their way to the surface.  It’s amazing, really.

We had a huge garden for many years.  We grew corn, beans, tomatoes, watermelons, cantalope, squash, cucumbers, peppers.  What we didn’t eat or give away I canned or froze.

Weeds also flourish at the bunker.  Due to the size of the garden, I never did find a good solution to weeds.  I could smother them out between the rows, but I still had to pull them right around the plants.

And bugs – tomato worms, blister beetles, squash bugs, cut worms, grasshoppers.  I was trying to be as organic as I could and pick them off.  Usually I had to resort to Sevin dusting after all the blossoms were off the plants, but it was a constant battle.

It’s Been a While

We haven’t had a garden since we returned to the bunker.  At first we were too busy getting ourselves re-established.  Then it was earning a living.  Now that I’m retired, I have health problems that prevent me from doing very much sustained physical work.

In 2007 I bought the 1974 Double-Wide Dream House, and I’ve spent the last eight years restoring the beautiful flower gardens that the former owner had planted.  They had been totally overgrown with ground cover and vines.

Now that job is nearly done, and I’ve got a hankering for a vegetable garden again. But I don’t have a hankering for pulling weeds and fighting bugs like I did before.  So I have been searching for a solution.

Aquaponics to the Rescue!

I found it in Aquaponics 4 You.  With this system you can grow a lot more vegetables with no bending over.  You will use less water, won’t have to weed, and also add fresh fish to your diet.  It’s a win-win.  Best of all, you can set up one aquaponics module the first year and keep adding on year by year until you have the amount of organic vegetable you desire.

I could tell you all about aquaponics, but I’d just be repeating what is on the website.  Just go check it out for yourself.  It also comes with some valuable bonuses that will help you on your journey to preparedness. Check it out here.

I’d love to know what you think about aquaponics, so please leave a comment.  And don’t forget to share with your friends J

Don’t be scared … be prepared,

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