Sunday, October 23, 2016

Moving the Silver Perch & Genetic Abnormalities. An Aquaponics Update

Hi folks. Moved 24 of the silver perch into the old jade perch tank so they have a bit more room and decided to bring you along for a look. Found a few genetic abnormalities along the way and thought it may interest folks that also keep silver perch in their own aquaponic systems. 

You don't see abnormalities mentioned a lot but it is something you may come across when buying in fish for your system.
This "Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of the diseases of the Australian Freshwater fish Silver Perch (Bidyanus bidyanus)"  PDF download from NSW Department Of Primary Industries (DPI) may be of interest to folks that are keeping Silver Perch and want some information on disease and deformity diagnosis. 
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Hope you enjoy the look at the Silvers and your systems are all Booming. 

Cheers and all the best folks.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Aquaponic Updates. Harvesting some Fish & Cleaning the Beds

Have managed to knock off a few jobs to do with the aquaponics over the past week or so and Thought Id share them with you all. 

Harvesting the Fish 

I was asked if I could film a clip the next time I harvested some Jade perch from the aquaponics so folks could see how we do it here.  I know it can be a bit daunting for new comers to aquaponics so I hope this helps you folks out. Have added in a quick look at some meals we make with the perch at the end of the clip for those that are curious.

Hopefully we'll have some free time next weekend to separate the silver perch between the 2 tanks. Am looking forward to trying them to see how they compare to the Jade perch. 

Cleaning Out some Grow Beds

A few of the plants in the grow beds have gotten a bit unruly lately, so I decided they needed to be cut  back a bit. All didn't go to plan but am happy with the results. Also planted out some seedlings to fill in some of the gaps the clean out created. 

Was hoping to sow out a few seeds this week but that wasn't to be. Will pop in a few Asian Greens as well as a few other seedlings through the week I think. 

I hope you found how we harvest and process the fish interesting and enjoyed the look at some of the maintenance that was done. 

Feel free to share the clips if you found them helpful and you can also check out our YouTube home page for other useful Aquaponic and Backyard Farming playlists. 

Thanks for stopping by folks and I hope all your gardens are booming,


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Insect Netting Hoop House For Fruit Fly & Cabbage Butterflies

Hi Folks. Have rebuilt the insect netting hoop house to keep the Queensland fruit flies and cabbage butterflies from a few tomato plants and the remaining cauliflowers we have on the go in the backyard wicking beds. Was just in time as I found two Queensland fruit flies buzzing around while I was setting up the netting. 
They're an easy little build that really doesn’t cost a lot to make if you shop around and use recycled materials.

If you're interested in seeing one get knocked together let me know in the comment section below and I'll pull the camera out when we make up the next one.
Hope you're having fun in the patch and your plants are booming.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Harvesting Purple Congo Potatoes and Turmeric from the Poly culture Wick...

Hi Folks. I set about harvesting the volunteer Purple Congo Potatoes and turmeric from one of our polyculture wicking beds. What makes this harvest a bit of a bonus is that both plants are volunteers that have grown fairly well with little to no attention from us.

Have included a look inside the cooked spuds at the end & how some were used to make a potato salad.

Thanks for stopping by to check out our small harvest & feel free to share the clip with folks you think might be interested. 👍😊

Hope you're all well & your gardens are booming,


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Homemade Chicken Soup With Home Grown Veggies

Hi folks. Here's a look at our Home made Asian style chicken soup using home grown veggies & spice. Its a great recipe as you can adapt it to fit whatever veggies or flavourings you have on hand. It's very popular with the family & is made quite regularly here. We also use a similar base to make up our "Short Soup" with home made wontons. Feel free to share it along if you think others might like to have a crack at cooking some up.