Improving the aquaponics filters

For a while I’ve been using the white wool filter material in the filters on the media beds. This stuff is really only for small applications like indoor aquariums so keeps clogging up and compressing. That means that the water just runs off of the top of the compressed material and doesn’t filter. Sooo Im trying this spongy blue material, which is available in sheets and I’m cutting it to size to fit 10 cm (4″) plant pots in which I’ve cut extra holes to improve the outflow. This stuff is much coarser than the filter wool and hopefully, changing it will reduce the number of times I need to clean the filter material. I can be put in finer filter material after this later if this works. Wish me luck!

What to do with leftover citrus? 

Often, we end up with a lot of citrus that is excess to requirements, either that or lots of peel. Putting it on the Bokashi compost is one solution but why not put it to another use before putting it in the compost? The easiest thing is to use it to make your own citrus cleaner. I got this idea from a speaker at the One Planet market. The citrus cleaners in the shops are little more than vinegar and citrus oil. So why not make it yourself? It’s this easy – Cut up the excess citrus or peel  into smallish pieces. Put them in a jar and cover them with vinegar (I like to use wite vinegar for cleaning Cover the jar and leave it to sit for a week or so. Strain off the vinegar and bottle. Compost the waste. That’s it. You can leave it for longer or even strain out the citrus and add more to

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