Starting an aquaponic garden can be quite an easy task, especially for those who have already tried the hydroponic system. Yet, many people still have doubts about the effectiveness of such a system. If you are one of them, then you probably want to know more about the aquaponic system and about the way in which it is going to change your life. Well, read on and part of your questions will get their answers.
First of all, it must be mentioned that the aquaponic system is not meant in any way at modifying the plants which are going to be put in the netting pot. No substance will speed their growth and no additional, human help will be given for the crops to be available earlier than they would be if cultivated in the ground. What aquaponics does is only to replace the ground with water filled with naturally obtained nutrients from the fish. Thus, if you are looking for a system which will provide you with tomatoes in just a couple of weeks, then you are definitely in the right place.
The aquaponic system is all natural, which means that the plant will follow the normal stages in its development and will grow as if it were planted in the ground. So, in order to properly estimate the time when you will have the first crops look on the package and see how much time that particular plant needs to grow in the ground as that is the exact time in which you will have your fist crops.
If you start your aquaponic garden now, then you will have to add about 3 months to the date from the seed package, as you will not be able to plant the seeds until the ammonia from the fish excrements will turn into nourishing substances and the process will take about 3 months. No fertilizers or chemical substances which can speed plant growth can be used as this will kill the fish and eventually ruin your aquaponic garden, but you can skip those 3 months by inserting nitrates in the water from the first days you purchase the fish tank.
Vegetables grown in aquaponic gardens need as much time to develop like the ones grown in the ground, which guarantees you tasty and healthy vegetables. So, there is no need to be suspicious or doubtful about the quality of the crops obtained through the aquaponic system. They are as tasty and healthy as can be, sometimes healthier than what you find on the market!