Why I Tried Aquaponic Gardening

Why I Tried Aquaponic Gardening


I have always been in to traditional gardening, but  I tried aquaponic gardening this year.  Having 8 raised beds keeps a person busy but after last year’s poor performance due to gopher issues I was feeling a little discouraged and add on California’s drought, it was a real deal breaker. This spring I just could not get out and plant a garden, until I heard about aquaponics.

What is Aquaponics

Basically you have  containers to house  fish, the fish eat food, create waste, (aka fish pooh), in their water, that water is pumped  to the  box where your veggies grow, fertilizing your veggies and plants. As a gardener  I have spent good money on fish emulsion fertilizer on at the local garden store.  Another benefit, you can eat your fish. Yep, grow your own fish and veggies, how cool is that?

Now I am no expert on this topic and I suggest if you want more detailed information on aquaponics, Google it,  there are  numerous resources online. Another option would be to check out your local pond store. My pond store was extremely  helpful.

The Reasons I Invested In Aquaponics

First of all, in case you did not know, California is having one of it’s worst droughts in years. I have read claims that by using an aquaponic system you can save up to 95% of your water consumption.  This is huge.

Reason # 2. The gopher issues after planting and caring for a garden only to have these critters destroy all my work, it was heart breaking, and a waste of money.

Reason #3 Healthy organic food, I know the source. Need I say more, this is a no brainer to me

Lastly,if you live in a condo or small house you could have a really impressive garden too, you don’t need much room.

Next time on Tales for the Trail, I will show you my set up and tell you about it our adventure of setting it up. See you then!

Do you garden, if so have you heard of aquaponics, what type of gardening do you do? Would love to hear your comments


Until Next Time Happy Trails






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  1. That definitely sounds like fun, Lisa! I don’t do a lot of gardening, that if I don’t count some herbs that we grow 😉 Can’t wait to see your next episode with the finished product 😉

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      I am so excited to share part 2 of this post and show off my hard work. Hopefully I will have a bountiful garden for a reward. Thanks Delia for your comment! Hey, buy the way, growing herbs is no easy thing, good job!

  2. Annie James

    Howdy Cowgirl! Yes girl friend, you did not get the mechanical genes, I can hardly wait to see how this turned out…I hope it is still standing by the time you get around to your next post Hee Hee

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Hey Smartie Pants! It is still standing and all done up. Looks real good too, stay tuned cowgirl. Happy Trails

  3. Ohhhhh . . . looking forward to learning more!!! I can’t wait to read your next posts, as I had never heard of this. Weather here in Ohio is pretty good – but the groundhogs and rabbits eat all my veggies!!!!!

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      These darn critters, sure can take the fun out of a garden! Thanks Lisa for your comment and stay tuned for part 2 of this post. Happy 4th of July!

  4. Actually, I just plant some culinary and aromatic herbs, but I will talk about it with my daddy who’s much more into gardening than me! Thanks for your post!

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Herbs are wonderful!! HOpe your dad enjoys this, and thank you for your comment!


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