Aquaponics vs Hydroponics

We are definitely not giving up on Aquaponics! We thought it was time for a new challenge.

The aquaponics unit has produced some succulent strawberries, tomatoes and silverbeet over the summer period.

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B Unit tomatoes Jan 2018

The new hydroponic units arrived Saturday, January 27, 2018. Paige and Kane came to help set the units up. We will plant them once everyone is back for the term so they are involved in learning the process. We are looking at growing a selection of lettuce, microgreens, tomatoes, beans and cabbage to start with.

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Kane and Paige setting up the new unit on the weekend

Even though the two types of units are similar principals, they require different applications and monitoring which all adds to our student’s learning. It will also allow them to explore the differences and be more informed in making choices.

We also still have our outside veggie beds as well as two wicking beds inside the tunnel.

Each of our garden styles has advantages vs disadvantages. Planting and growth times all vary and we are experimenting and trialling new ideas all the time.

We are very fortunate to have the amazing support of Wayne and Rosemary from Stockers Horticulture in Cambridge. They are only ever a phone call away.

This week we added the nutrients, tested the levels and started planting some lettuce and tomatoes.

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Tomato_Bean Unit

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Tomato system

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Students plant the hydroponics tomatoes

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planting lettuce

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Planting lettuce into the hydroponics gully

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Hydroponics water testing

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