I promised myself I'd duck down to the aquaponics/hydroponics shop to see how it had progressed. And, so I did:
Initial impressions: It looks so much fresher on the outside now! Inside looks much bigger as well but the new arrangement allows for a lot more product than before.
Owners: are Chris and Shiran. Chris was out doing a system install but Shiran was kind enough to waste 10 minutes on me.
Range: is very good. Lots of complete systems, both hydro and aqauponic. Lots of new products. Shiran showed me a new device which monitors your temp, ph, amonia, nitrite and nitrate. It'll even text you if it goes outside of the safe zones! How good is that?
Community: I can only speak very highly of this shop's desire to create a vibrant community. The openning of their community garden was very well attended with around 70 people. People are able to help themselves to the garden crops and are only asked to "just take what you use." Better yet, they offer free workshops! The next is how about the different sorts of filters that can be used and how to build one. It's on 27 September but you need to book as the carefully limit the numbers.
Their website is www.aquagardening.com.au