There are many kinds of vegetables are you able to grow using the aquaponic system. Almost any plant you can think can be grown with aquaponics. Root vegetables such as potatoes are harder to grow. Depending on the type of system you choose it is is possible to grow almost any fruit, vegetable, or herb..
If you have a piece of land where you can cultivate ground-based plants (potatoes, carrots, asparagus, onions, garlic and so on) you can use this water to irrigate it and the results will be spectacular! Using a system incorporating wicking beds with occasional water from the fish tanks can create a bountiful harvest with a low amount of water needed.
Here is a list of vegetables that are well known to do well being grown aquaponically.
- Bok Choy
- Cabbage both red and green
- Egg plant
- Swiss chard
Basically almost any vegetable, fruit or herb can be grown aquaponically and those that can’t will still benefit from the nutrient rich water that can be used, especially if you have a lot of fish and few plants. By removing some of the water and replacing it with fresh water will help to keep the system healthy for the fish and plants.
What will really amaze you is the great taste your veggies and legumes will have. You will not believe that something so good can be grown in your garage or in your living room. They have a far better taste than the veggies you buy from the market as they are all natural, organic and have no other chemical “improvements.” Your meals will be healthier and tastier!
If you want to obtain the best results make sure you start with organic seeds, so that your crops will be 100% organic. This way you will enjoy the real taste of your freshly harvested vegetables in the comfort of your home.
Some vegetables such as tomatoes require a fairly densely stocked fish tank as they require a lot of nutrients to be provided by the fish for them to reach their full potential. Tomato plants are divided into two groups, determinate and indeterminate. The determinate one, stops growing at a certain point and delivers fruit all at one time while the indeterminate one, staggers its fruit production and can become huge. The determinate variety as it is a much smaller plant that is best in a compact aquaponics system. Also the nutrient needs are more predictable and the plant is in the system for a shorter period of time.
If you are growing your plants on a floating raft it may be best to start with leafy greens and herbs. These are easily grown and highly productive. All types of lettuce and herbs that can be continually harvested by picking off the leaves and are good choices to get started started growing.
Depending on the system you choose, or different systems you choose to incorporate anything and everything can be grown or its production enhanced by using aquaponic ecosystems.
It takes only a few minutes to grow a lot of food. As you start growing your food experiment and expand testing different plants and methods, to see what works best for you..
Have fun with it!