Aquaponics Spotlight: Pest Control

Aquaponic systems bring many aspects of life to flourish around it. Plants grow better, fish get a nice healthy environment to live in and healthy bacteria populations explode as they scrub out the water. One problem that may arise is when too much life is brought in for your area.

When little bugs or pests start bouncing around your system it is best to combat them as swiftly and safely as possible. This is especially important if they system is in a highly trafficked area, such as a kitchen, office or work space. Here are some suggestions on how to handle the incoming invasion. Continue reading

Cover the Earth in Plants: Part 2

Previously we started to list many of the ways plants benefit us. Planting more around your space will enhance your life. Here are a few more reasons to cover the Earth in plants:

Improve water quality- Plants absorb excess nutrients and chemicals as they head toward the nearest body of water. The more plants, the more nutrients are naturally used up by the plants and avoid contaminating the water. Continue reading

Caring for Silver Bells: Akebia Quinata

Silver Bells is a great addition to your home garden. It produces sweetly scented flowers, large long leaves, and edible fruit pods. This vine can grow up to 20’ tall and 10’ wide. This rapidly growing vine is a site to see. It grows so fast, that it is considered an invasive species in some areas of the world. We’ll go over proper care and treatment of Silver Bells so it doesn’t get out of control. Continue reading

Conservation Showcase: Growing Food in Space

Pioneering space exploration comes with all sorts of challenges. As we push the limits of space exploration we also push the limits of the humanity. Longer and deeper space travel will take more resources for a longer period of time. With limited space available on the spacecraft, astronauts need to find the most efficient way to grow plants to sustain them on their long journey. Continue reading