We have had the coldest winter in thirty year. All flowering trees and bulbs are three weeks behind in blooming. Lake Michigan is to the east of us and currently at a whopping 35 degrees F and when the east wind blows, it is quite brisk.
But, if you have a greenhouse, all is well, all is growing and all is warm.
The regular farm community are just now thinking about turning over the soil, but are not able to plant crops. But in the green house I could start planting a month ago; all I need is sunshine. The only thing that set that process back was the drop in temperature at night. The potted seeds got too cold, some had to be re started.
As the lettuce sprouted, we moved each plant into its own net pot to help the system cycle out while we wait for the other seeds to sprout. There are a variety of lettuces, cucumbers, zucchini and cores from store purchased romaine. These cores will continue to grow if placed in either dirt or an aquaponics system.
This is the best gardening project that I have ever done. Each day is more exciting then the next with the warming of the sun. I can’t see ever going back to traditional dirt gardening; to much watering, weeding and waiting for small results.For a 40′ x 120′ city lot, this compact set up is just perfect.
At the same token we have 6 beautiful goldfish that are great pets. They are relaxing to watch and fun for our cats to view them at floor level. From these 6, we now have another nine baby goldfish that keep the indoor aquaponic system going with houseplants during the summer.
I will continue to post our results through out the year.
Thank you for your interest.