Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together

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Aquaponics is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponic gardening is an amazingly productive way to grow organic vegetables, greens, herbs, and fruits, while providing the added benefits of fresh fish as a safe, healthy source of protein. On a larger scale, it is a key solution to mitigating food insecurity, climate change, groundwater ...

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Overview

Aquaponics is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponic gardening is an amazingly productive way to grow organic vegetables, greens, herbs, and fruits, while providing the added benefits of fresh fish as a safe, healthy source of protein. On a larger scale, it is a key solution to mitigating food insecurity, climate change, groundwater pollution, and the impacts of overfishing on our oceans.

Aquaponic Gardening is the definitive do-it-yourself home manual, focused on giving you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy healthy, safe, fresh, and delicious food all year round. Starting with an overview of the theory, benefits, and potential of aquaponics, the book goes on to explain:

  • System location considerations and hardware components
  • The living elements—fish, plants, bacteria, and worms
  • Putting it all together—starting and maintaining a healthy system

Aquaponics systems are completely organic. They are four to six times more productive and use ninety percent less water than conventional gardens. Other advantages include no weeds, fewer pests, and no watering, fertilizing, bending, digging, or heavy lifting—in fact, there really is no downside! Anyone interested in taking the next step towards self-sufficiency will be fascinated by this practical, accessible, and well-illustrated guide.

Sylvia Bernstein is the president and founder of The Aquaponic Source. An internationally recognized expert on aquaponic gardening, Sylvia speaks, writes, and blogs extensively about this revolutionary technique.

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This isn't just another book for dummies; this is a comprehensive handbook on how to grow real food...so meticulously documented, that failure is not an option. — Jeff Edwards – President, Progressive Gardening Trade Association (PGTA)
I have always wanted to put my money where my mouth is and figure out how to do sustainable aquaculture in the context of my home garden. Finally I’ve got the book to help me do it. &#8212 Paul Greenberg - Best Selling Author, Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
This is a delightful book to read! ... I’ve been involved with hydroponics and aquaculture for 30 years and still learned from reading this very thorough how-to book. &#8212 Henry A. Robitaille, PhD - Former General Manager, The Land Exhibit, Epcot Center

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865717015
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 64,977
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Sylvia Bernstein: is the president and founder of The Aquaponic Source and the co-Founder and former Vice Chairman of the Aquaponics Association. She also manages AquaponicsCommunity.com, the largest US-based online forum site dedicated to aquaponic gardening. An experienced speaker and internationally recognized expert on aquaponic gardening, Sylvia writes and blogs on the subject for the Aquaponic Gardening Blog, Maxiumum Yield and more. Her inspiration is a large, thriving aquaponic setup in her backyard greenhouse in Boulder, CO powered by tilapia, catfish, bluegill and other creatures-that-swim.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Great book!!!!

    Purchased this book as my first book after learning that aquaponics existed. This book gives clear easy to read information for the beginner and probably the intermediate gardener. The author will even respond quickly to email questions but most of the questions should be asked on the forum she started.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Great info

    Step by step instructions with whys and how. Don' t look to this book if you need plans, but it does provide ample resources for reference. Well worth the investment.

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