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Organic media is the holey grail of aquaponics

Provision as much pure and organic food as you can, and let the rest go by.

Laurie Colwin

results of 4 yeard brakedown of coco coir in wicking bed

If not you will be wasting energy

Have you ever tried to use compost in aquaponics? If so, you will know that it is difficult because compost can't stay wet for too long and will clog drains. So what do you do? Many people have found success by using compost in gardens and some use compost tea to foliar spray and compensate for nutrients not found in fish feed.

But there are a few things you should know before you implement a composting regime to ensure you dont get any deficiencies in your plants or you lose nutritional value of your harvested crops. This post will tell you what you need to know to make sure you can add composting into your aquaponic system that will let you successfully grow more food using less inputs .

5 gallon homemade compost how to

It helps by being a storage bank of nutrients

If you're looking for a composting implementation method, the best method to ensure you end up with something that lets you grow more food with less fish feed is by looking for these things:

Make sure your grow bed lets you add compost directly to the plants roots. If it does not, you will have trouble with all the alternative energy intensive extraction procedures.

Ensure your food production system has a worm bin so you can add scraps back into your system quickly. Any good garden should let you have multiple input streams. This is important because the more input streams you have the more likely you are to have well rounded nutrient dense crops.

effects of plant roots on coco coir or organic media in wicking bed

Now you can grow long term crops

While not necessary, some great bonus features of a great and complete independant aquaponic system is a garden waste shredder; off line mineralization, a compost tea brewer, and a composter.

Now that you know how much composting; can help, you are ready to start looking into wicking beds without worrying about all those things that the experts tell you to watch put for because they are actually a big help.

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