Aquaponic Gardening

Written by James Puno

November 29, 2019

The continuous rising of fertilizer cost nowadays has found thousands of growers all around the world under financial problems. Every individual who is planting and growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs need to provide nutrients to their plants for healthy growth. Fertilizers were created for the purpose of supplying the needed nutrition. However, if the government can’t reduce the cost of fertilizers, more and more growers will go bankrupt. Alternatives were presented though to help gardeners continue with their planting without investing too much on the fertilizer.

What is Aquaponic?

Aquaponics is the art of growing plants while raising fish in your aquarium tanks. Instead of pouring fertilizer solution on the water, the fish themselves provide it through their waste. Keeping the fish healthy is actually a good way of providing the nutrients needed by your plants. Waste is converted into useful nutrients that passes through the tubes and supplied to each container.

Just like any form of agriculture, aquaponics has its own fair share of advantages and disadvantages. After using it for a long time, I’ve been satisfied with its results when it comes to the quality of plants produced on such system. Thus I’ve come up with my humble opinion that its benefits can outweigh its disadvantages. Below are some of the advantages and disadvantages of aquaponic gardening.

Advantages

First and foremost, the liberty to plant and grow indoors is one of the best advantages I’ve found out with aquaponic. Unlike with conventional gardening, you need to be out in the fields so that you can take care of your plants. Indoor gardening on the other hand offers a more relaxing way to grow plants. In addition, you also spend less as you save on the fertilizers used on your plants. The money you usually use on fertilizers can be redirected to the feeds of your fish. As a result, you can gain additional income from your fish once you begin on selling them in the market.

Disadvantages

The worst disadvantage with aquaponic gardening for me is the need for regular inspection. You can’t just leave your garden for a weekly vacation just like with conventional gardening. Aquaponic systems need the constant checkup of a grower to keep both the fish and plants safe and healthy. Starting up such system can also be quite expensive. Bigger gardens require larger investments especially if you are planning on raising more fish.

Conclusion

As mentioned above, I found its advantages leaving greater impact to growers as compared to its disadvantages. Such reason has led me to use the system for a long period of time. Imagine being able to grow plants while you raise your fish on your aquarium tanks. The best thing about it too is that you do not need to spend for the fertilizer of your plants. All you need to do is to keep an eye on the aquatic creates you raise on the tanks. In return, they will provide for the needs of your plants.

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