Jade Perch aquaponics

March in my City Farm

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Let’s get to it.

How’s it all looking

Still recovering from February and the heat seems to be not going away. Whilst everything has dried out from all the rain, the heat is killing anything new I put in and I am still having issues with fruit fly in the tomatoes and capsicums. I am going to write off this month as well, until the cool change comes.

Aquaponics system

It is still by far the best performing of all our garden, to control the excess nitrate we’ve loaded up with tomato plants. We still have constant issues with caterpillars and aphids but we’re learning to live with it. I also chucked some corn in to see if it would grow, it did, way better than what I had in the garden! Although now I wish I put them all in as it’s unlikely this one will pollinate.

Aquaponics March

The fish are getting bigger, we potentially might be able to start eating some of the bigger ones, so we’re holding out until Easter.

Jade Perch aquaponics
One of the small jade perch in the aquaponics – we can’t catch the big ones!

New Garden beds

So I’ve moved all of the compost into one section and emptied my R2D2 composter into this area and things seem to be picking up now. I’ve completely lost all my melons but that’s OK, I’ve put in tomatoes instead and I’ve barricaded it with pots to stop the beagle from strolling through as well.

Check out my echinacea, isn’t it amazing!

New Garden

The raised garden beds

The first bed I gave up on my corn, I just don’t think it gets enough sun here now with the neighbours tall trees. So I’ve pulled it out and replaced with some beets and cauliflower. I am also trying to get zuchinnis to grow – hoping we don’t get as much rain!

The cherry tomato is going great, however we’re not getting any because the fruit fly is getting it first.

Raised Garden Beds

The second garden is just sweet potato and luffa (loofah). I am just letting it go wild until the sweet potato is ready to pull out.

Raised beds, luffa

Harvesting

Herbs, lebanese eggplants, chillies, lettuce and bok-choi. We’re also picking fresh ginger as well – it is amazing!!! Nothing beats it.

What’s up next

I am desperately trying to get my beet crops going. Love the fresh beets. I am also wanting to make sure I get cauliflowers, kale and peas in early as well.

What I have growing

  • Luffa
  • Bush Beans
  • Perpetual spinach
  • Corn
  • Beetroot
  • Thai Chilli
  • Tomatoes (Yellow Pear, Timmy Toe, Italian, basket)
  • Eggplant (Lebanese)
  • Lettuce (mignonette, cos, red oak)
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Strawberries
  • Herbs (Sage, Sweet Basil, Thai Basil, Lemon Basil, Thyme, Lemon Thyme, Rosemary, Parsley, Mint, rosemary, vietnamese mint)
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Spring Onions, Leek
  • Lemon Grass
  • Apple Cucumber
  • Zuchinni
  • Purple Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Purple Kale
  • Capsicum (Small yellow, Californian Wonder, Redskin, Chocolate, Patio)
  • Melons (rockmelon)
  • Blueberries, cumquat, lemons, pineapple, avocado, pomegranate, fig, coffee beans, lime.

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