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A little experiment we are doing here at the Manor to try to transplant aquaponic seedlings into dirt beds. It would really reduce our input costs.

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on January 23, 2015 at 17:15

I am sure everyone finds their own way when it comes to gardening. And it is what you finds suits you the most and best. Just enjoy the ride, you never know where it will lead you, my path has led me to BLF...

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 23, 2015 at 17:04

I lost everyone one of the seedlings in the aquaponics bed Dianne.  The sun killed the lot during those two really hot days last week.  I have completely rebuilt the shade cloth as a result. Transplanting out of aquaponics has not proven successful for me. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on January 23, 2015 at 14:47

How are the Lettuce going Andrew?

I grow all my produce in the ground and grow bags and pots. I don't have any trouble to speak of, well nothing I can't live with, except that I usually put in far too many seeds (I can't feel the seeds in my fingers and hands), but at least with BLF I have somewhere to give away my extras when I have filled up the neighbours fridges.

I can really appreciate the way you garden, If I was to do my garden again I would take on board a lot of your ideas, but my garden has been laid out for years and there is no starting over again now, so I will have to just look on at others.

Good luck with it all.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on November 29, 2014 at 19:13

Would seem so Elaine.  

Rob, the water normally goes a couple of centimeters below the top of the balls.  The seedlings in the aquaponics bed are under 70% shade cloth.  I've also begun experimenting with planting my lettuces under other things in the dirt beds - corn or egg plant for example.   That seems to help too. 

Comment by Rob Collings on November 28, 2014 at 23:13
Very nice Andy. How far under the clay balls is the water level? and how much shade do the seedlings in the GB get?.
I love the veggies in with the flowers as well.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 28, 2014 at 22:36
Way to go! Intermediate for those struggling seedlings … dirt-raised into hydroponics demands all dirt be washed off. So the reverse is true, it seems.

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