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I am fairly new to Aquaponics. I set up a small 70 gallon system in my back yard at the end of June and build a cheap greenhouse around it. Currently using a barrel cut in half for my growbeds and a barrel on its side for the fish tank. I have plans for a major expansion over the winter but for now I am just enjoying the progress of my plants! I wanted to start small and learn how to run a system before I invested too much money into something I wasn't sure I could do. (I can't keep anything alive in the dirt) :lol: I will post some pictures soon.

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Awesome. Welcome from east Texas. Post up some pics when you get a chance.

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This was the first water test in late June.

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Decided to do a greenhouse so I re-arranged.

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Anyone from Texas have input on good winter crops?

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most greens grow well, cabbage, lettuces, spinach, broccoli, cauliflour, brussell sprouts, etc.

However, the periodic freezes will set any plant back if the water inside the plant freezes. I see you have a greenhouse so you may be able to keep the frost off.

aggie horticulture and srac.tamu.edu is the best place to reference for regional vegitable planting and native aquaculture

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bcotton wrote:
most greens grow well, cabbage, lettuces, spinach, broccoli, cauliflour, brussell sprouts, etc.

However, the periodic freezes will set any plant back if the water inside the plant freezes. I see you have a greenhouse so you may be able to keep the frost off.

aggie horticulture and srac.tamu.edu is the best place to reference for regional vegitable planting and native aquaculture

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Thanks! I am going to have to work on the heating system for the hoophouse as it isn't keeping quite as warm after dark as I want. Thinking of doing some hot water barrels that use solar heat during the day as I have a steady supply of barrels at my disposal. Working out the details as I am expanding from 2 growbeds to 8 currently.

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Heating costs get very expensive so i am not sure it would be worth it. Solar heating with water mass is a good strategy and i think you will get good results.

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This is the koi pond I built a couple of years ago for my mother in law. It will most likely get some growbeds this spring!

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