Aquaponics Sweet Potatoes

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Jelina is happy! We cleaned out the aquaponics last week and boy, did that Sweet Potato make a mess of things!

So why is Jelina happy? It’s because we harvested more than 2 kg of crunchy little purple tubers. They’re kind of like little carrots.

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As you can see from the pic above, there is a trade off for this abundance. The roots were everywhere – throughout the media bed, in the bell siphon and even in the drainage pipes. Ouch!

It took a whole afternoon to process them so that we could recover the clay balls and scoria but was well worth the effort.

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Sweet Potato is a plant that keeps on giving. We had a year of continuous leaf harvests. Enough for our needs and to trade and give away and now, these mini-tubers.

As we’ve discovered, Sweet Potato in an aquaponics system doesn’t produce the large tubers that it does in the ground but shifts its energy to leaf growth and creates small tubers.

Our plan is to replant some while the weather is still a bit warm and see if we can keep getting yields over Winter

 

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A family with a garden near Gawler where we experiment with sustainability.

5 thoughts on “Aquaponics Sweet Potatoes

  1. The very next time I read a blog, Hopefully it won’t disappoint me just as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read through, nonetheless I genuinely thought you would probably have something helpful to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something you could possibly fix if you weren’t too busy seeking attention.

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    • Sorry to disappoint. the post is one of a whole spread of posts and pages being developed on aquaponics for our blog. Some must address the problems and be followed up with solutions. Some must be brief and some dense and packed with information. I’m no expert in the field of aquaponics and feel that its important to share failures as well as successes for other DIY people.

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