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PostPosted: May 4th, '08, 08:50 
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i'm trying to grow some right now.they seam to be doing fine,but they are bunched to tightly because i just spread an entire pack across the grow bed.and i am using pea gravel.
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PostPosted: May 4th, '08, 10:07 
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Has anyone successfully grown carrots? If so what sort of growing medium?


Food&Fish was doing quite well with carrots in vermiculite. look up his thread for photos...

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We are currently growing baby carrots in maidenwell


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VB - Do you want to update the OP with the full list from the 7 Pages so far?

Simpson's Curled (Lettuce)
Oregon Sugar Pod (Peas)
Bloomsdale Savoy (Spinach)
White Bunching (Onion)
Tomato (Grosse Lisse)
Tomato (Beefsteak) The best...
Cucumber (Lebanese)
Silver Beet (Giant Fordhook)
Lettuce (Cos)
Lettuce (all seasons)
Basil - Sweet green and purple, curly leaf, Thai
Rainbow Chard
Parsley - Flat leaf and curly leaf
Numerous tomato varieties (the only tomato variety that hasn't grown well was pineapple)
Watercress
Yugoslavian watercress ( also known as Lebanese watercress or Bulgarian
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Chives, both normal and garlic variety
Chillis, many varieties, haven't found a variety that hasn't grown well yet.
Celery (sorry unsure of variety, planted once now selfseeds in beds and grows very well)
Kohl Rabi - purple vienna
Cicoria Variegata
Snow peas
Egg plant - black beauty
Capsicum - Californian wonder, Yolo wonder, Long sweet yellow
Bok Choy
Broccoli (no variety name given)
Cabbage both red and green (no variety given)
Lettuce - cos verdi, oak leaf, lollo rosso, (and other frilly ones)
Silver Beet - Giant Fordhook
Cucumber - Burpless (only information on punnet), Armenian (neither had splitting problems that I noticed)
Mizuna
Rocket
Coriander - slow bolt
Garlic (unsure of variety, purple skin)
Burpless cucumers
Golden sunrise tommies
basil, including, thai lemon, and purple and sweet
dwarf beans (butter beans)
loose leaf lettuce varieties, ie salad mix (yates seeds) sown straight into bed.
Cherry toms are just starting now.
roma tommies (great yield from 3 plants)
bok choi
sage
lemongrass
yarrow
comfrey
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Why doesn't somebody just come up with an aquaponic fish food recipe that would contain all the necessary elements and trace elements for plants?


I am not sure how we can get scientific results to publish to this group, but we have been trying this, in a matter of speaking. We are mirroring our farm pond in our AP water. In this way, can can take water directly from our farm pond and put it in our AP tanks. Same goes for fish. We are growing native bluegill so that we can catch wild fish and put them in the tank. We also catch fish from the pond to create chum, which we mix with other items that are found in the commercial feed, to make what we call "Crabby Patties", which are basicallt frozen patties that I just throw in the tank to feed the tank fish. Based on some limited research, we went with this approach, mostly as a way to cheaply maintain the system for the least $ amount, and also to hopefully be more successful with the fish. As I think about it though, we would be introducing natural trace elements through the water and through the fish. The only thing I would now need to know, is how can I measure all of these trace elements scientifically, so as the prove or dis-prove the theory????

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You can get test kits for checking many elements though getting every type of test kit will cost some $. You can also supply some of the trace elements if you salt the water a little, by using different kinds of salts.

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Has anyone looked at using natural mineral water, the stuff that comes out of the ground for supplementing the plant requirements????


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i would have thought using natural mineral water would be a little risky like using rain water

you would have to be certain that there is the right balence of all minerals

if your talking about what we know as bore water then the balence of all minerals is wrong and this is seen in Aust as a brown stain on walls and driveways and brickwork that has been sprayed with it from the sprinklers ( it will probably kill your fish even though your plants will survive ) and the smell could put of it too :)

and you would need to make sure that you didnt add any bad bacterias' to your system too
you would probably find your ph would be high acid too which seems to be a problem that needs to be managed in ap ( tap water is very basic bottled water and some ground water is acidic )

if you wher to adjust the ph and filter the water and then maybe zap it with uv light to kill all the nasty ( you would get the good ones too ) bugs you might be able to use it

i guess it comes down to cost verus benefit

to me it would be easier to add tap water and get the system as balenced as possible and then to do fewer water changes ( you would have less fish from what i understand to a given amount of tank water ) guess that would mean your fish would grow bigger especially if you harvest a few a week in a larger system whilst adding a few fingerlings too to stop the cycling of the system

hmm i am having a new design idea for a system ..... and it is set off by the wheelie bin challenge

will have to get drawing again ... and get moving on my first system so i dont have to keep cleaning my fish tanks so much

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All i can say is mmMMMmm

The joy of considering the varieties i'd like to grow... :)

Great post- so much resource of information on these forums.

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Ballarat Bertie wrote:
Has anyone successfully grown carrots? If so what sort of growing medium?

Yes, in .25inch pea gravel. The carrots were huge and straight, but some cracked when flooded to often. But not via ap, I did it hydroponically.

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I noticed pepper plants are not on this list. A few years ago I had some ok peppers, and thought that they were not great due to just getting started and not having the right sun or something. This year, I lost all pepper plants, they either wanted more water than normal, or they dried up. They also attracted aphids like crazy. Any one with info on peppers?


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Carrots, I'm sure EB had some growing in Clay Balls a while ago, I have Radish (same principle different colour) growing in 7mm blue metal and they are growing great, can actually see the top of radish in the blue metal

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Anyone ever try saffron. It is insanely expensive here in the states, for very small quantities.


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Elston wrote:
Anyone ever try saffron. It is insanely expensive here in the states, for very small quantities.



"Crocus Sativus is prefers a sunny position in a well drained loose soil, keep damp during the flowering season. The saffron threads come from the stamens of the flower and are used as a spice in eastern dishes such as saffron chicken, the saffron threads should be harvested (with a pair of tweasers) as soon as the flower opens. Allow to dry in a shaded but well ventilated spot for 4 - 5 days. Store in an airtight container, and hey presto fresh saffron the most valuable spice in the world."

Being a corm it might need it's own GB that you alter the flood drain to suit. A quick search will find it does not like being overwatered but does need to stay moist.

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