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Aquaponic Vegetables- what can i grow?

Getting started with aquaponics isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Here are a few things to consider when choosing the plants for your aquaponics system.

Most people think that leafy green vegetables are the only plants that can be grown in an aquaponics system, but this is simply not the case. My experience is that almost any plant will grow including fruit trees, flowers and almost all other vegetables. Some things like potatoes and carrots will grow but are best suited to a wicking bed approach.

Most agree that grow beds with clay pellets or volcanic rock or similar media tend to yield better results. There are several different types of media you can use such as clay pebbles, gravel and pumice to name a few but you have to make sure the medium wont break down over time and that it wont change your water pH.  It is recommended that grow beds be kept at a depth of 350mm for good stability of the root zone. It is also important to take your climate and location into consideration before you decide which plants to grow.

Below are some of the more commonly used plants that i have grown well in my systems in Newcastle Australia:aquaponic cauliflower

 Asian Leafy Greens

 Herbs

 Tomatoes          

 Strawberries                    

 Lettuce               

Broccoli

Cauliflower                        

 Basil

 Cucumbers

 Oregano

 Zucchiniaquaponic broad beans

 Grapes                                               

 Spinach                                              

 Parsley

 Capsicum                                           

 Kale                                     

 Garlic

Corn

Fruit trees

Flowers

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