Some Flourish One Survived Others Die

squash-cayenneSadly, the squash plants on the right had mostly died off except one that is still surviving. The leaves were never really showing the potential, but I thought by transplanting into the aquaponic boxes they might grow better. Instead they died. I pulled the dead plants up and observed that the roots had not grown and the root system was not large enough to get enough nutrient from the environment. Well, one lesson learned – check the roots before any more transplant in future.

koi fish after 2 weeks
koi fish after 2 weeks

On the other hand the Koi fish have taken to the new environment with delight. Perhaps it’s the number of times we, me my partner and my son, fed them in the last two weeks – over feeding – they have obvious growth in size since their arrival. They have taken to understand that if sight of human appears in the surface they should swim to the surface to wait for abundant food. Usually their feeding habit is that they will snatch 3-4 large chunk of feed and then swim below to digest before coming back to the surface to finish off the rest of the floating feed.

The water in the system is all clear now. The muddy silt has sunk to the bottom of the sump tank. The PH has decreased to about 7.35 (from 7.8) as it supposed to. The ammonia level also reduced from the initial introduction of the fish of 1 ppm back down to 0.25 ppm.     I have replaced the dead squash plants with more cayenne and aubergine. so I am seeing a lot of pepper in my future.

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Balcony Aquaponics

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The system is assembled on the south-facing balcony. It has sun light for the whole day and being on a raised level it is the perfect location for my grow boxes.

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The contraption is actually a water circulating system for the grow box and the fish tank. Using a close loop ensures the water pressure is evenly distributed to both the fish tank and the grow boxes.

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The sprinkler is for aeration of the water in the fish tank to enhance oxygen level in the water for the fish.

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The grow boxes are assemble and ready to be filled.

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Stage 4 testing – with plants transplanted from the hydroponic growing system.

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Water being flushed into the sump from the grow boxes and fish tank.

It’s working!

Salad Unlimited

This site was launched this morning, and I have been receiving some very good comments already. Thank you so much to all of you that have taken the time to comment to make my blog better.

My growing have been going on for quite a while now and although my squash plants had never gotten any pollination because of the weather, one vegetable I have been able to enjoy (fresh from the garden) is my endive and red lettuce leaves.

The other night, we had a dinner of BBQ steak bought from the market but we have also been able to sample the lettuce grown hydrologically on my balcony. Of course the plants were not mature enough to be harvested as a whole head of lettuce, but it didn’t stop us from cutting one leave from each plant to make a nice big bowl of salad. Toss them with balsamic vinegar and our own basil olive oil, it’s a dynamic green salad to go with grilled steaks.

Think about this, the lettuce will continue to grow but we can just pick a leaf off everyday to make our salad. My supply will definitely be limitless.

By the way the taste was superb (really blowing my own trumpets here) and what can be crisper and fresher than leaves picked from the plant and served on the plate in a matter of minutes?

Launch of New Site

Today is the launch of this new site for the slow food and slow farming experience. I call this my “Really Slow Cottage” experience.

In the recent issue of Sai Kung Magazine a reader was fretting that there isn’t much written material available in Hong Kong for growing and gardening that takes into consideration of the local climate.

Well, you would have read from my post couple of weeks ago that the weather was really in extreme in Hong Kong and how can one plan for sewing the seeds and growing by reading books and magazine that were written for European or American climate.

Plus, where do you go to find seeds that you are looking for and what soil or medium is best to grow what kind of vegetable. Where can you get your own bag of horse manure? What and how to compost in an urban environment without upsetting you neighbours.

I hope you will find answers to your question here, however, if I haven’t cover what you are looking for yet please feel free to drop me an email. Happy reading!