Vertical Garden meets Aquaponics

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This idea combines two of my favorite urban food growing solutions – vertical gardening, and aquaponics. Can they be friends? Of course they can!

Charlie from Ecolicious in Sydney has been trialling a funky combo of these techniques in various urban gardens he’s been designing of late. Vertical growing space of edible vegies and herbs, irrigated by a solar powered pump. And beneath it all, an aquaponics system which cycles fishy nutrients to grow the plants above…

Vertical food growing system with herbs and salad greens grown vertically, irrigated by fish pond water below the deck in an aquaponics array. ©Ecolicious
Newly installed aquaponics system with vertical herbs and horizontal growbeds for vegetables, with the fishpond centre. © Ecolicious

In the Aquaponics workshops that we run with Charlie in Sydney, it’s been clear that some students want to design and create vertical systems, to save space and to catch available light.

The modular products that Charlie is now working with are one way to go about it, but there’s lots of scope for DIY vertical solutions here too.

Student design for a vertical aquaponics system

Above is a great Windowfarm-esque design created by a student at a previous aquaponics workshop (but maybe even better than Windowfarms, in theory, as it’s using aquaponics, not hydroponics, so no nasty chemicals or high inputs).

I think there’s also lots of scope to integrate the pallet gardens that are popping up everywhere into this type of design idea… don’t you think?

Pallet garden: Life on the Balcony

A pallet garden with a small tub (or beautiful nearby pond) of fish beneath it. That’s sounding like my type of small-space garden…

We’re also now looking at the aquaponics system we installed with Charlie at Alexandria Park Community Center, and we’re looking at that wall behind the growbed. Hmm. I think it needs a bit of vertical gardening love, don’t you? Maybe next workshop we can get that happening…

Charlie with aquaponics workshop students at our Alexandria park aquaponics system. See that wall at far left? Prime vertical garden location, methinks…

Our upcoming aquaponics workshops are here…

Many thanks to Charlie of Ecolicious for the photos and his ongoing enthusiasm and commitment to urban food production, and to all things aquaponic-ish!

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20 responses to “Vertical Garden meets Aquaponics

  1. Aquaponics is one of the best things to happen recently. It has appeal on so many levels. I love to see all the new innovations like what you are doing here, taking a great idea and making it even more interesting.

  2. I just wonder about the pallets… I really like the vertical garden ideas, esp in conjunction with the aquaponics but wonder about what might be in the pallets (ie are they treated), in terms of growing edibles?

  3. WHY ARE WE NOT TALKING TO GREECE ABOUT PERMACULTURE ….. OR ARE WE ?
    i have told so many people about the ‘peak oil ‘ film ….why does it seem that my lips are moving and no sound is coming out ….. permaculture could be our single most important export in these troubled times ….

  4. Love this idea! I’m doing my best to make small changes at a time. Still learning a ton. When I have a place I will definately be using this!!!!!!

  5. Dear Milkwood, Do you know where i could find some really practical information with photos for setting up growing greens in limited space with limited income in the slums in Uganda?

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