Modularity rules!


One of the great things about aquaponics is that you can design a high degree of modularity and redundancy into your system. Am example is our floating raft beds – the plants in them aren’t doing so well now that the cooler weather is here. I noticed that, in these conditions, the Azolla was thriving….

Busy times…


It’s been a busy week here. I’ve added a second tap in the front yard and divided the drip irrigation into three, smaller, sectors each with its own tap. This should make water use a lot more efficient next Summer as we can easily isolate parts of the garden now in case the weather gets…

Vlog 3: Surviving the heat


It’s the last Vlog of the year and it’s a hot one. This time, I cover the ways we keep the garden and critters watered and cool. At this stage of the game, we don’t need to artificially shade any of the plants. The garden was designed so that after two or three years, the…

Weather Station Zebra


  Thanks to our friends, Peter and Ilze, we now have a Digitech digital weather station. Thanks guys! Ive mounted it on a shadehouse beam on the northern end of the house for now, to see how it will perform in out st extreme summer conditions. Once we’ve finished Jelina’s new clothes dryer, it will…

Spring window temperatures.


I noticed something about the temperatures yesterday, so got out some thermometers and checked the situation. The temperature inside the house was 24 °C, outside was 34°C. The interesting thing was that the temperature of the window glass on the western side of the house was almost 45°C! That was a lot of heat pumping…