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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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It is very informative but does not cover all the aspects of doing your garden along with problems the fish might have other than the normal low ph, ammonia, nitrites and nitrates.
Im sure the author could not cover ever aspect in this book such as fish ich and how to treat naturally, which ended up being my issues.
I use this book as my go-to and also the many great websites that are out there....this is definitely a book Im glad I purchased as it really taught me a great deal but just understand as with most books you will still have to do your own research but will at least have a great guideline for what else you might need to know.
She does give a lot of resources you can use and has her own blog.
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 ;)
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A must have for everyone who is planning/have aquaponics.