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Aquaponic Gardening: A Step by Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together
Name: Aquaponic Gardening: A Step by Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together
Author: sylvia bernstein
Pages: 296
Year: 2011
Language: English
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Advance Praise A G Aquaponic Gardening is an excellent primer for anyone considering home scale aquacul ture. Whatever your location or methods, the information should prove invaluable. Fish are within reach! Peter Bane, publisher, Permaculture Activist and author, e Permaculture Handbook is is a comprehensive handbook on how to grow real food, so meticulously documented, that failure is not an option. Je Edwards, president, Progressive Gardening Trade Association I have always wanted to gure out how to do sustainable aquaculture in the context of my home garden. Finally I"ve got the book to help me do it. Paul Greenberg, author, Four Fish: e Future of the Last Wild Food is is a delightful book to read! I"ve been involved with hydroponics and aquaculture for 30 years and still learned from reading this very thorough how to book. Henry A. Robitaille, PhD, former general manager, e Land Exhibit, Epcot Center Learning how to garden through the creation of a completely balanced ecosystem is now clearly understandable, even to inexperienced gardeners. Michael C. Metallo, President and CEO, National Gardening Association Sylvia Bernstein has provided the aquapons of the world" with a clear, impassioned, and elegant Bible" to spread the good news about aquaponics. James J. Godsil, cofounder, Sweet Water Organics, Sweet Water Foundation Now the thousands of people who are discovering aquaponics every day have a resource for moving from the dream to the step by step reality of raising sh and food in their homes, yards, and even businesses. John ompson, AeroGrow International, Inc. is book is a vital resource for urban homesteaders. Sundari Kraft, author, e Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading e science is so well explained, it is easily understood. I am ready to start. I love this book! Je Lowenfels, author, Teaming With Microbes I believe that home scale aquaponics will become as common as the backyard chicken coop as we move toward a regenerative future that has made food security a priority. Marco Chung Shu Lam, Permaculture teacher, Environmental Studies Adjunct Faculty, Naropa University e book we"ve all been waiting for.... a truly comprehensive guide to all things aquaponic. Charlie Price, founder, Aquaponics UK


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Sylvia masterfully lays out the art of giving balance to an ecosystem of ora and fauna. Britta Riley, founder, Windowfarms.com For those of you who want to grow sh I de nitely recommend this book as a simpli ed method of constructing and operating an aquaponic garden. Dr. Howard M. Resh, author, Hydroponic Food Production If you want to garden aquaponically, this is the one source that will guide you from start to nish while also taking you on a wonderful trip through Sylvia"s own personal aquaponic journey. Gina Cavaliero , managing director, Green Acre Organics / Aquaponics Enterprises, Inc . Every time I enter Sylvia"s aquaponic greenhouse, a powerful sense of inspired well being envelops me almost instantly, and after reading Aquaponic Gardening , I understand why. Dr. Virginia F. Gurley MD, MPH, founder, Auraviva is book is easy to read and is packed with information that will be very useful to the beginner and advanced aquaponics practitioner alike. Murray Hallam, founder, Practical Aquaponics When it comes to the emerging eld of aquaponics, Sylvia Bernstein is one of those inspired innovators you need to pay close attention to. omas Frey, DaVinci Institute A practical, easy to follow guide that takes the mystery out of aquaponics. Now everyone can grow their own food even if they do not have a green thumb. Ann Forsthoefel, former executive director, Portland Farmers Market It might take a little bit of time for the general public to catch up wit h us and other early adopters," but when they do (and they will) this book is going to be the top book recom mended to them by all who really know what they"re talking about. Jesse Hull and Molly Stanek, Imagine Aquaponics My wish is that Sylvia"s revolutionary how to" aquaponic wisdom becomes an adopted approach to food cultivation. Matt McMullen, director, Facilities Management and Sustainability, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Sylvia Bernstein"s passion for aquaponics, and personal stake in the subject make this book an essential read for anyone interested in the concept of sustainably produced food. Marijke Peters, producer, Earth Beat, Radio Netherlands Worldwide


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Copyright 2011 by Sylvia Bernstein. All rights reserved. Cover design by Diane McIntosh. Cover Images: Water splash, iStock (Okea); Arugula, iStock (elzeva); Tilapia, iStock (Daniel Loiselle); Insets Peppers, iStock (David Gomez); Zucchini, iStock (Denis Pogostin); Bok Choy, iStock (MentalArt); Tomatoes, iStock (Dan Driedger) Printed in Canada. Second printing November 2011. Paperback ISBN: 978 0 86571 701 5 eISBN: 978 1 55092 489 3 Inquiries regarding requests to reprint all or part of Aquaponic Gardening should be addressed to New Society Publishers at the address below. To order directly from the publishers, please call toll free (North America) 1 800 567 6772, or order online at www.newsociety.com Any other inquiries can be directed by mail to: New Society Publishers P.O. Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1X0, Canada (250) 247 9737 Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication Bernstein, Sylvia Aquaponic gardening : a step by step guide to raising vegetables and sh together / Sylvia Bernstein. Includes index. ISBN 978 0 86571 701 5 1. Aquaculture. 2. Hydroponics. I. Title. SB126.5.B47 2011 635'.048 C2011 904699 7 New Society Publishers' mission is to publish books that contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society, and to do so with the least possible impact on the environment, in a manner that models this vision. We are committed to doing this not just through education, but through action. Our printed, bound books are printed on Forest Stewardship Council certi ed acid free paper that is 100% post consumer recycled (100% old growth forest free), processed chlorine free, and printed with vegetable based, low VOC inks, with covers produced using FSC certi ed stock. New Society also works to reduce its carbon footprint, and purchases carbon o sets based on an annual audit to ensure a carbon neutral footprint. For further information, or to browse our full list of books and purchase securely, visit our website at: www.newsociety.com


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vii Acknowledgments ........................................................................ ...........xi For eword, by Tom Alexander .................................................................xv P refac e ........................................................................ ..........................xix e aquaponics epiphany .................................................................xix About this book ........................................................................ ......xxii SECTION 1: AN INTRODUCTION TO AQUAPONICS Chapter 1: What is aquaponics? ..............................................................1 H ydroponics ........................................................................ ...............3 A quaculture ........................................................................ ................5 Chapter 2: e global perspectiv e ............................................................9 e bad news ........................................................................ ..............9 e good news ........................................................................ ..........21 Chapter 3: H ome food production ........................................................27 Earth smar t gardening ......................................................................28 Convenient gar dening .......................................................................28 Year r ound gardening ........................................................................ 30 Gr owing sh for food .......................................................................31 SECTION 2: THE PLAN Chapter 4: Before you start....................................................................35 e plan ........................................................................ ...................36 Contents


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viii | Aquaponic Gardening e hardware ........................................................................ ............37 e software ........................................................................ .............38 e integrated system .......................................................................38 Chapter 5: S ystem location and environment........................................41 Climate considerations ......................................................................41 Lights ........................................................................ .......................52 Chapter 6: S ystem design ......................................................................57 Basic ood and drain ........................................................................ 57 Adding a sump tank (CHIFT P IST or CHOP) ................................58 Adding a second pump .....................................................................60 B arrel ponics ........................................................................ ...........61 Hybrid system ........................................................................ ..........63 Aquaponic S ystem Design Rules of umb ......................................65 SECTION 3: THE HARDWARE Chapter 7: Grow beds and sh tanks .....................................................69 Volume r elationship between grow beds and sh tanks .....................70 Common gro w bed and sh tank requirements.................................71 Special considerations for the gr ow bed .............................................72 Special considerations for the sh tank ..............................................76 Commonly used products and materials ...........................................77 Ver tical growing ........................................................................ .......87 Aquaponic G row Beds and Fish Tanks Rules of umb ...................89 Chapter 8: P lumbing ........................................................................ ....91 e pump ........................................................................ ................92 e pipes ........................................................................ .................94 e timing mechanism ....................................................................97 Some other thoughts about cir culating water .................................105 Aquaponic P lumbing Rules of umb ...........................................107 Chapter 9: G row media ......................................................................109 What is the best medium? ..............................................................111 Aquaponic M edia Rules of umb ................................................114 Chapter 10: Water ........................................................................ ......117 P urity ........................................................................ .....................117


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Contents | ix Temperature ........................................................................ ..........119 Dissolv ed oxygen ........................................................................ ...122 pH ........................................................................ .........................124 Aquaponic Water Rules of umb .................................................128 SECTION 4: THE SOFTWARE Chapter 11: Fish ........................................................................ .........133 Ho w many sh can I grow? ............................................................134 What type of sh can I gro w? .........................................................136 Sour ces of sh ........................................................................ ........142 Intr oducing sh into your aquaponics system ................................146 Feeding y our sh ........................................................................ ...147 Har vesting your sh .......................................................................151 Aquaponic F ish Rules of umb ....................................................152 Chapter 12: P lants ........................................................................ ......153 What plants gro w best in aquaponics? ............................................153 Gr owing plants in aquaponics ........................................................154 Ho w to start plants in, and for, aquaponics ....................................159 Spacing y our plants ........................................................................ 163 Unhealthy plants ........................................................................ ....164 pH and nutrient supplementation .................................................164 Insect contr ol ........................................................................ .........165 Aquaponic P lants Rules of umb .................................................171 Chapter 13: B acteria and worms ........................................................173 Bacteria farmers ........................................................................ .....173 Nitrifying bacteria ........................................................................ ..174 Caring for and feeding bacteria ......................................................176 W orms ........................................................................ ...................178 Aquaponic Worms Rule of umb ................................................180 SECTION 5: THE INTEGRATED SYSTEM Chapter 14: Cycling ........................................................................ ...183 What is cycling? ........................................................................ .....183 e importance of testing tools ......................................................184 Cy cling with sh ........................................................................ ....186 Fishless cy cling ........................................................................ .......189


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