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Square Foot Gardening is a technique of intensive planting developed by a retired civil engineer, Mel Bartholomew, in the 1970's. Mel describes the technique in his book, Square Foot Gardening, as "a system of laying out, planting, and maintaining a productive, attractive garden in any amount of space. The garden is based on a grid of 1-foot by 1-foot squares, with single seeds or plants placed in carefully determined spacings." Mel goes on to say, "The square foot system lets you make the most of your garden space to conserve the amount of water, soil conditioners, and labor needed to produce a maximum amount of food in that space. A square foot garden takes only one-fifth the space and work of a conventional single-row garden to produce the same harvest."
Originally posted by DaddyBare
To be honest... I think your barking up the wrong tree... Aquaponics it to heavily vested in expensive chemicals test kits and power to circulate the water and more power for grow lights... I think your efforts would be better Spent Learning Square Foot Gardening go look
Originally posted by katseyes
Thankyou for posting this - I had never heard of Aquaponics before and im intrigued!
I already grow most of our vegetables and fruit, so for me this is going one step further to being self sufficient.
I have been looking into it since the thread was posted and it does seem fairly simple and cheap to set up.
I have two greenhouses in my large garden and would like to get an Aquaponics set up in one next year. My main worry is our cold British winters, but im sure this problem can be overcome somehow.
Also , I dont really want to rely on mains electricity and would prefer to either generate it myself or at least supplement it . Solar panels would be fine for summer here - but hopeless during our grey winters. Any ideas anyone?
I already have visions of a fat juicy fresh Trout on the Barbeque with a big home grown salad next summer !
Originally posted by iLoGiCViZiOnS
reply to post by hawkiye
Tell me more about how you plan on incorporating 2x4's and pond liner with your ferro cement.
I used to be a big fan of the Earth Ship type structure and I suppose I still have in mind to use some of their techniques but some of the stuff they build with is just crappy and flimsly. I want to build something that will last the test of time. Possibly even Tsunami and earth quake proof. I think its awesome to recycle and that is why I am going to use older steel beams to support much of the structure. They use tires and cans to build a lot of their structures and I just don't think thats smart even if their artists can make it look cool. IMHO