Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Seedlings and fishes



You know, sometimes I surprise myself. Last week I sowed some seeds, and now I'm panicking because the seedlings are starting to surface. That's one thing I should've forseen. And now I'm frantically looking for a preliminary seedling nursery somewhere. My babyplants are placed in a eastern window and are already too outstretched to be healthy. They need light! I would like to place them on the windowsill in my study, but that room is filled with rubbish and the area in front of the window is blocked by a pile of pallets.

The seedlings are not the only things destinied for my study once everything else is carried out of it. The study is also the room where I'll place my first aquaponic systems. Yesterday I printed a very good manual on "barrel-ponics" ie. a system made of barrels invented by Travis W Hughey. Together with hubby (chemical engineer and old tropical fish enthusiast - sometimes I'm more lucky than I deserve) I modified the system into two even simpler systems for indoor use.

If you are interested in aquaponics I rekommend starting with the barrel-ponics manual. You can download it for free and it's quite good. If you can afford it I ask you to donate to the author, though, anyone giving away things should be encouraged. If you'll find you want more I recommend Aquaponics.com with informative articles and a book store that makes me drool...

My first systems won't be that remarcable. Hubby and I decided on goldfishes for the first tries. Today we went to one of the local petstores to check out the current prices. A small goldfish cost thirtyfive kronas (about five dollar) a neon tetra five kronas (about seventyfive cents) - hm I may use tetras instead. A sixtyfive litre (seventeen gallon) aquarium would cost me close to sixhundred kronas (about seventyfive dollar). Interestingly enough a plastic box of the same size is sold at IKEA for seventynine kronas (ten dollar) and I know that members of our local tropical fish association use them for nursery tanks. I have tough decisions to make.

And speaking of tough decisions, Just a short thanks to my US readers that you voted last night. No matter who you voted for the action in itself counts. Thanks.

5 comments:

tina said...

I sure voted, a few weeks ago though. A monumental and historic lesson for sure.

perennialgardener said...

What an inventive way to grow veggies without soil. Very clever system there! I voted!

The Organic Gardener said...

Oh, I wish I could vote! I can't because I am an illegal emigrant. :( JK, I am too young. That was an awesome ultra aqua ponics thing that was in the video. was that you or just something that you found on the internet? That would be the best way to grow plants! Thanks for the intro!

The Organic Gardener said...

Gosh did I look stupid or what, I meant hydroponics!

Rosengeranium said...

No, it's not me in the vid - I found it on YouTube. As soon as I can afford a video camera I'll start posting Indoor Gardener videos there (be warned - I'm a plump little lady with potato nose :) ). Hopefully my own adaptations of the barrel-ponics system will be up and running by then so I can make a DIY video about them.