Here’s another of Floyd’s aquaponics systems that have been designed to merge economy with beauty and food production, using mostly recycled materials.
This system was made for a Darwin Cafe, to help create a customer-friendly courtyard that was serviceable yet green with the trickling sound of water, all the while producing fresh herbs for the cafe…
One of the small-but-big advantages of growing in an aquaponcs system is the pest factor… because there’s no soil, there’s far lest places for slugs and such to hide. Also due to the lack of soil, there’s no weeds. At all. Which makes for a great low-maintenance system where all nutrient cycling through the system is going where you want it to go – into the food bearing plants.
All up, this is a great little low-maintenance system for the Cafe that will bear food while providing a beautiful nook for outside eaters, surrounded by herbs, veggies, fish ponds and the sound of falling water. Nice one.
Floyd build this system based on his experience helping Charlie of Ecolicious install a DIY bathtub aquaponics system at Alexandria Park Community Garden in Sydney, which is still rocking along over two years later.
Armed with this practical knowledge and his can-do attitude, Floyd has gone onto design and install aquaponics systems wherever he’s at, whether that be Darwin, Thailand or Barcelona.
And now Floyd’s moved with his fabulous wife Gianna to Milkwood. Hmm. Something tells me we might be arcing up to aquaponics at this farm sometime soon…
Our next Backyard Aquaponics course is coming up in Sydney in February, and Floyd will be joining Charlie from Ecolicious for two days of intensive learning to help students design and prep to build their own aquaponics system.
All photos unless otherwise stated by Floyd Constable