the little aquaponic system is scheduled to go big.. we are drawing up plans and supplies to have the system up and planted by fall. the big pond is full of babies to help that happen and they need a place to grow. and if they need to grow they may as well grow my green house too. some of the winter plants will still grow in the garden but i will be able to grow greens and tomatoes and numerous other plants in the green house at the same time. a solar water heater will help with the temperature problems and the sun will help do its job as well. many of the longer term plants can be grown in tubs that i will water from the fish tanks. this will lower the water level and make room for fresh water when it needs replenished. its a great system and where else can you grow vegetables and fish and root plants all at the same time. we have many visitors coming over the next few months to help with the installation of all the plumbing and tanks, it will be a great learning experience for all of us. and these are skills they will take back with them when they return to their own countries or states. the tilopia have exceeded our estimations and we are still looking at catfish too. fresh fish is unheard of in southern Arizona and the market seems to be there. our Switzerland visitor has gone home and she got to see everything in the southern part of the state she wanted to see. she came to us from the Navajo reservation and she learned many things in both places. she also spent some time in SoCal too on a horse ranch. she has horses at home and i think she enjoyed her time in the states.
as for me I'm laid up until the nail puncture in my foot heals up. hopefully it wont be long. the antibiotics are kicking in and the big bad shot helped too.
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