Imagine the scene in your yard: soothing trickle of water, lush verdant vegetable garden, and a farm-to-table plate of grilled tilapia on a bed of greens in the middle of a sprawling cityscape. Wait, what?
Not all of us have acres of land on which to grow a massive vegetable garden or graze a herd of cattle. Many of us live in the suburbs with strict homeowners association rules against keeping chickens or partaking in any sort of farming activities. This doesn’t mean that we have to hang up our dreams of growing our own food and even raising our own meat. Aquaponics systems grow fruit and vegetables without the use of soil. This system is relatively easy to make and the parts may be found in your local hardware store and on Craigslist. Before you begin, I recommend doing some research on aquaponics. I created the post “IBC Aquaponics Research & Resources” with links and information for you.
Josh and I began dreaming of building an aquaponics system years ago but quickly got sidetracked by chickens, turkeys, and dairy goats. Well, can you blame us? Have you seen a newborn goat? My mind goes to mush just thinking about them. Of course, we had plenty of land to dabble in farming and traditional gardening but now we live on the tiny tropical island of Oahu. On Oahu, only the very very rich have acreage and the rest of us live in suburbia, townhouses, or condos. We are fortunate to have a spot between our fence and our garage which just fits three IBC aquaponics systems. The beauty of IBC aquaponics systems is that they don’t take up very much space at all. If you are interested (and since you are still reading, I’m going to assume that you are), check out the printable PDF with instructions on how to make the IBC aquaponics systems by clicking here. Print those instructions and then you are one step closer to actually creating your very own aquaponics garden. I’m so excited for you, friend!
We have built two IBC aquaponics systems and are preparing to construct a third. We absolutely love the system and will post regular updates on our progress. Right now, we have two aquaponics systems with tilapia and the third will have freshwater prawns. Our herbs and veggies are healthy without the use of harsh chemicals or any time spent weeding or bent over rows in the garden. We don’t have to worry about soil composition, green-manure crops, sprinkler systems, worm farming, or tracking down organic compost either. This is as easy as it gets!