Suburban Permaculture 20 miles from Washington DC

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Suburban Hugelkultur Garden Integrated with Aquaponics

Suburban Hugelkultur Garden Integrated with Aquaponics

My backyard Hugelkultur garden:  What if I told you, that you can make a garden that never needs to be watered for 20 years?  Well this is it.  You bury logs underneath your garden and the wood acts like a sponge and soaks up the water when it rains and stays moist until the next rain.  This slowly breaks down over 20 years and then you have some amazing soil.  The first year is not supposed to be so great as the wood (carbon) steals nitrogen (plant food) from the plants in an effort to compost itself.  I had a great first season but I cheated with Aquaponics water (check out my backyard aquaponics).  When it rains, my nearby Aquaponics system overflows into a ditch which leads to my Hugelkultur. read more

Winter Indoor Aquaponics System

Winter Indoor Aquaponics System

I live in Northern Virginia, so when it starts to freeze outside, I move my fish to my winter garage aquaponics system.  I can do 3 rafts which is about 90 lettuce plants. I don’t heat the garage and it stays above freezing because some heat escapes from my house. The reflective mylar foil sheets reflect the light and get it bouncing all over the plants.

Indoor aquaponics set up. Its about 6 feet long and 4 feet wide not including the fish tank.
Fish Tank. This is a 150 gallon cattle watering tank you can get at farm supply stores