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This blog is to record experiments in lifestyling and micro farming that I’m conducting over the next few years.
First step, was to take a step. Set up this simple little tank to get some fish set up in the house but also to use as a seeding bed for micro tests.
Came together pretty quickly, works well and looks cute.
I fou d one of the chickens chilling out by the back of the garden. I got suspicious and so checked it out. Seems she’s been stashing her eggs.
I figure she’s been going there because it is shaded and cool. So I added a tarpaulin over the chicken house to add more shade.
My watering device was not working for me. As a spray it didn’t deliver enough water. As a bottle without a lid it delivered too much water. So I magyvered a watering can lid from a coke bottle top et voilà, à solution.
I saw in a YouTube video that it was important to add sand to potting mix so that it drains well, is dull of air, and leaves space for roots to thrive.
I added some sand to my potting mix with the aim of making it so. It felt a lot better.
It’s the summer solstice tomorrow so I thought I’d do a general update.
Things are growing well. The salads have been the most successful with plenty more than we can consume. The tomatoes are looking to be pretty decent too.
Both chickens are still alive and laying on average about 1.5 eggs a day. All 25 fish are going strong and have grown significantly.
I’m building a new floating raft bed that should be about 3x the size of my existing one so that I can dial up my aquaponics salads and basil. Once I get that going I’m going to test différent types of salads for a bit of variety.
I’ve been servicing my compost in preparation for a fall planting of winter crops.
But it’s not all good news. It seems my potatoes got sick and I lost 2 out of the three plantings.
New salads going in this evening.
A quick update on the aquaponic tomatoes. The system is running well. The salads are running low as I’m in the middle of building some new beds and am behind on sowing new salads. Fortunately the garden salads are more than compensating.
The tomatoes though have gone nuts. I’m really not growing them for high productivity, or I would have trimmed them. Instead I’m leaving them to grow as bushy as they want.
There are a good 20 tomatoes fruiting already and plenty more buds – although the bud to tomatoe rate seems much lower than outside.
I’m enjoying just letting it go to see how big it gets. Obviously, many lessons learned – chief of which is not to have them up so high.
I was just out, closing up for the evening and feeding the fish when it struck me that the tomatoes bushes are really huge.
There seems to be a large number of potential tomatoes too.
Many of my young plants were getting massacred by slugs and so before I transplanted my next phase of salads I wanted to slug proof the beds.
So first I placed tubs with sugar water (as previously described), I then laid down a boarder of spickey mulch that I harvested from local park.
Last of all, I added a fence so the chickens don’t piss me off when we let them out.