Hydroponics…it’s a word you might hear from time to time, particularly when you’re buying a vegetable at the store. I remember the first time I came across a hydroponic tomato…I had no idea what it was. Then there were cucumbers, lettuces, and other plants, all coming from hydroponic operations, so of course it peaked my interest.
It turns out, and you probably now know this too, that plants can be grown in any number of contraptions and environments…they just need some water and a nutrient source.
Does this sound familiar? Sounds almost like a pond to me!
Nowadays, it’s getting quite common to hear about people building a hydroponic system that use a fish pond or holding tank as the complete nutrient source. You feed the fish a good healthy diet, and they in turn will feed the plants with their waste. And like any good aquatic plant, in return, the plants will clean the water and keep it healthy for the fish!
It’s a perfect, closed system, that not only allows you to enjoy a fish pond, but also get some nice, healthy food out of it too.
Here’s a video we came across that talks more about hydroponics. This was shot in suburban LA of all places. Which just goes to show you can probably do this just about anywhere!
If you already have a pond in operation…then maybe this is something to look into to get a little bit more out of it. You certainly don’t need to go to the extent that these folks did, but the video will serve as a good primer for how hydroponics works, what’s involved with it, and what’s possible!