Friday, June 29, 2012

My Brain's Full of Prospect

You know when you have so many ideas in that noggin that you almost cant process it all, and everything gets kinda locked in the little file cards up there? "To Do" and "Read About", "Plan", etc. Well that's what's going on with me. Admittedly I am ADD, I think like many of us, I could probably benefit from some sort of focusing supplement. For now I take Tyrosine, although I don't think it's the magic bullet, it does help somewhat to focus. So yeah if my posts are a little scattered that would be half the reason and the other half is that I'm just not a writer. I'll try to keep it as real as I can.


OK, So I am really sort of obsessed with homesteading and self sufficiency and have been spending way too much time looking up books on the subject. I always read reviews, first a good review and then all the bad. I think I wind up not buying a lot of books based on the bad reviews, but sometimes I find it hard to decide. I'm thinking buy one homesteading book on a broad range of topics like one of the Abigail Gehring books or similar idea and then figure out what things you like the most and buy individual books on the topics you want to actually learn how to implement yourself. I wouldn't buy a broad spectrum book like "Back to Basics" and expect to build a log cabin.

I'm also and most obsessed about Aquaponics

This is the most fascinating and exciting idea I have heard of in awhile. I cant understand why this hasnt caught on as a means of private gardening in Israel yet. With our water shortages and the economy and forget the price of fresh fish here, why not grow your own everything? Well like I said water is very precious and expensive here. Aquaponics saves 90% of the water you would use to water a conventional garden. Here is a definition from Wikepedia:

Aquaponics /ˈækwəˈpɒnɨks/ is a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In the aquaculture, effluents accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity for the fish. This water is led to a hydroponic system where the by-products from the aquaculture are filtered out by the plants as vital nutrients, after which the cleansed water is recirculated back to the animals. The term aquaponics is a portmanteau of the terms aquaculture and hydroponic.

Aquaponic systems vary in size from small indoor or outdoor units to large commercial units, using the same technology. The systems usually contain fresh water, but salt water systems are plausible depending on the type of aquatic animal and which plants.[citation needed] Aquaponic science may still be considered to be at an early stage.

And here is a brief video that explains what can be done, Murray Hallams is the expert on Aquaponics: This vid is a sample of a video you can buy from his website.

So can it be done in Israel? I know it's done commercially here. I am going to find out if I can do it in my back yard. I have already started the wild goose chase that must be done to do anything worth while (and unconventional) here. Wish me luck!!!

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