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So far the aquaponics system has worked out nicely. Once we added the fish, the water clouded a bit and a good few of the fish died. We monitored the water temperature and ph only. Feeding the fish the proper amounts while waiting for the plants to begin to grow was a tough balance. Now that the Arugula, Buttercrunch Lettuce and a few Beets are growing, the water has cleared up perfectly.

Our aquaponics system has 3 stages of passive biofiltration. The video posted below shows the startup of the system without fish or plants. The water was a little cloudy due to residue left in the gravel, even after hours of rinsing. The overflow system change to a venturi overflow system which will be shown in the next video. I will also post sketches of the biofilters I made.

We’ve realized that is truly the way towards a sustainable food supply for our home. Once the system is moved, we will use Tilapia for fish in the system and the beds will be expanded to grow more veggies. Want to know how our chickens and vermicomposter tie into our aquaponics system too? Don’t be afraid to know where your food comes from.

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Daily Farm Pic 09.15.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 09.15.09 pm
Some corn.
A plump Butternut Squash

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The butternut squash vines are nearing 5ft already. Pumpkins have made a lot of flowers but aren’t showing signs of fruit yet. The beans are climbing the trellises and the peas will be right behind them.
Daily Farm Pic 09.01.09 am
Daily Farm Pic 09.01.09 pm
Pumpkin Flowers!

The little monster is back in town! Now we have our free labor back on the farm. Tomorrow there won’t be any fun around here at all and we’ll load her with chores until she can’t handle it anymore. Well, at least that how she sees it all.

We’re actually going to have a fun family day tomorrow. There’s a nice long bike ride planned, planting a few veggies in the garden and then swimming!

Missed the afternoon picture 😦 We were spending time with Grandma and the monster.

Oh my goodness, we have a 7ft tall sunflower! It’s amazing what can happen when you go on vacation for 10 days. The gardens have been growing so fast!

Our tomato plants have each grown over a foot in the last week. We left with only a few tomato flower buds on the plants and came home to at least a hundred tomatoes growing!

Our lettuces and greens have bolted a little on us. They need to be harvested every few days to keep that from happening. Our kohlrabi experiment is going well, the plants grew 3 or 4 inches in diameter in the last week. We even managed to grow a red velvet okra over 6 inches long! It is so heavy it pulled the plant over.

Our veggies are growing amazingly well. The artichokes we ate for dinner the other night we’re excellent. We dipped them in butter with garlic. After a trip to the grocery store, we realize that we had eaten about $30 worth of artichokes! It’s nice to have excellent veggies without the high cost.

All of today’s bonus pictures have been provided by our 6 year old photographer. She loves taking her camera out when we’re snapping photos. She took the picture of the tomatoes at the Austin Farmer’s Market. We try to shop there every week to make sure we get the freshest veggies and cheeses from local farmers.

It’s a little funny to see the bare patches of earth after the chicken pen has been there. It only takes a few days for the patch to grow over green again. I think we have a good little grass cutting system going around the farm.

We let the chickens roam around the other morning. After clipping the flight feathers on one wing, I’m sure they’ll stay in the yard during pen moves or maintenance.

The fairy tale eggplant we are experimenting with is wonderful. We definitely need to grow quite a few of these. It’s a good producer and seems pretty pest resistant. We have several other ‘standard’ eggplants growing around it.