Dustin Frank

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i'm not sure where to put this...

any aquaponics people out there i would love feed back...

started a aquaponics effort. right now im limited to a 50 gallon barrel with koi and gold fish in it growing about 15 plants. mostly lettuce but there is one grapevine.

i hear that its either bad or just stupid to use rock wool to hold the plants while in hydroton but they are good seed starters, thoughts?

aquaponics videos say when you start a system to use lettuce for the first few grows to get the good bacteria started, can i use something else?

can i transfer large aquaponic grown plants into soil when they are too big for the system ie: trees and grapes?

i've seen murray halem grow papaya in his aquaponics system but can you grow other trees? i think it would be cool to see things like bamboo and surgarcane in the systems. but how cool would it be to see the california redwood (giant sequoia) in aquaponics.

any one have aquaponic potatoe ideas? i've heard you can grow them in shallow ground and its much easier to harvest them.
6 years ago
my name is Dustin Frank, i am 20 years old and live in phoenix. can travel and have own transport. room and board wanted, meals and teachings appreciated. if a second job is nesescary please list options available in the town the farm is in. expeirenced with gardens, water management, garden design. lern quickly and want to be taught everything. wanting to start a homestead of my own in colorado one day.
6 years ago
one day while petting my rabbit, in the light i noticed a blue tinge. turns out my black new zeland is actually navy blue. Nice coat im thinking when i comes time to eat him.
6 years ago
i live in the deserts of phoenix and have had a garden every year for about seven years. this last year i spent all winter preparing the soil by turning it and breaking it up on a new plot. by spring i was almost ready and i knew my soil needed more fertility so i went to the store looking for soil but it was too expensive or they were out. in a corner i saw bags of peat moss and bags of manure. the manure being more expensive i grabbed a few things of peat and added it to my soil. i tell you, the soil out here is mostly sandy and rock hard from all the citrus groves not more than 50 years ago. any growth now i slow and produces little in the form of sustainability, but when i added the peat, my yeilds tripled, the growth rate tripled, i even was able to give food away. i've had problems before where beefsteak tomatoes would turn out to look more like cherry tomatoes but not this past year.

that brings me to my next point. does anyone either know of how to make peat or where a good place to get it cheap is? i think i'll be using it every year now.
6 years ago