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Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together Paperback – October 11, 2011
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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. --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. --Henry A. Robitaille, PhD - Former General Manager, The Land Exhibit, Epcot Center
Learning how to garden through the creation of a completely balanced ecosystem is now clearly understandable, even to inexperienced gardeners. -- Michael C. Metallo, President and CEO, National Gardening Association
Sylvia Bernstein has provided the "aquapons of the world" with a clear, impassioned, and elegant "Bible" to spread the good news about aquaponics. --James J. Godsil, co-founder Sweet Water Organics Sweet Water Foundation
Aquaponic Gardening is an excellent primer for anyone considering home-scale aquaculture. Whatever your location or methods, the information should prove invaluable. Fish are within reach! --Peter Bane, Publisher of Permaculture Activist magazine
Now the thousands of people who are discovering aquaponics every day have a resource for moving from the dream to the step-by-step reality of raising fish and food in their homes, yards, and even businesses. --John Thompson Sr. VP Sales and Marketing (and Basement and Backyard Aquaponist) AeroGrow International, Inc.
This book is a vital resource for urban homesteaders. --Sundari Kraft, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading"
The science is so well explained, it is easily understood. I am ready to start. I love this book! --Jeff Lowenfels, Author, "Teaming With Microbes"
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So, yes, it fulfilled the purpose for which I bought it. Yes, it's complete in its coverage.
I recommend reading it even if you aren't going to follow through and do the gardening.
Sylvia writes with humour and in a style that is easy to read and enjoyable. She uses graphics and tables to compare different gravel types, system designs, lights, fish etc so that you can easily see the characteristics, benefits and fall backs of each - very useful! She also discusses aspects of aquaculture that "start-up manual" type books ignore - such as how to control pests on your vegetables (because you can't just spray them with toxins)or adjust and control pH and nutrients for plant growth without impacting on your fish quality.
If you want detailed step-by-step 'blueprints' on how to build your first system, this book may not give you the floor plans you are looking for. But every budding aquaponics gardener should still buy this book because it has pearls of wisdom in it that will save you time, money and tears. If this book doesn't inspire you to save the world, nothing will ;)
I bought the Kindle version, really no problem as I like to read on screen (but I miss a lot of functionality in the Kindle reader for Windows)
Back to the actual book...
This is my first book about Aquaponics. I have read quite a lot about the subject on various internet pages. I can't say I found a lot of knew information in the book, but the information I had spent months finding and collection on many sites, was all in this book.
If you are planning to start your own aquaponic system, or you want to learn more about the subject, I think that this book is for you. All in all a great book.
It is not a step by step of an specific aquaponic system, instead it is a complete step by step for any aquaponics systems. It tells you what to do and what to avoid. It also explains the ratio between plant qty and fish qty in a balanced system. It is a must have for aquaponic newbies/rookies.
This book is easy to read and understand. You dont need to have a phd in biology.
If you are trying to build an specific aquaponics system like IBC tote, Barrelponics, NFT or Raft you should read this book first and then get a book or guide for your specific setup. This book is aimed more for personal use but Silvia sometimes give some hints for people doing commercial setups.
The only information that this book lacks is more about the plants like: plant spacing, average plant yield in aquaponics and harvest time. But then again this is not a plant book, it is an aquaponic book. Besides, you can easily get this info on the Silvia's web site forum.
Aquaponics has the potential to not only help you feed your family in a small space but to also give you excess to share with others. It is in my opinion the best book on aquaponics that there is (There are some excellent videos and you can youtube the topic to see some of the details but the book is a must) and it is vital to have a book so that you know all of the aspects. Knowing the subject thoroughly is worth the effort because it reduces your chance of losses or failures and giving up.
Even though this takes some work and practice the results are more than worth it and this book covers all of the aspects in extreme detail. The only other thing you will need is a basic book on PVC plumbing, because that is a section big enough to fill a book by itself. Best of luck to you.
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A must have for everyone who is planning/have aquaponics.