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. You can’t have too much Azolla, so I made the decision to swap out the floating veggie bed with a new Azolla mesh bed. Now, we have twice as much Azolla growing and the space and nutrients aren’t being wasted on struggling plants. The Basil that was in the vegetable raft bed will make their way to the front garden. They’re a perennial, bush Basil type so should do well after a period of adjustment. We were lucky enough to get some thick, construction grade, Styrofoam from Andrew Hurst and his Habitat for Humanity project. This stuff will last for years so I’ll clean up

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Strange days

Last night the sky turned a bizarre yellow. In its own way it was beautiful, the unusual colour turning the plants in the garden into alien creatures. According to friends who follow such things it’s because the Yanks are spraying sulphur dioxide everywhere instead of slashing their greenhouse emissions. I took a few pics and a short video, so enjoy… 

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 go on there. I won’t be boring you with hourly posts about weather conditions! (P.S. The title of this post alludes to an old movie that I enjoyed as a kid – ‘Ice Station Zebra’, starring Rock Hudson).

Through the roof!

Google said it was 37°C at midday, and who are we to argue? After all the changes weve made to the house to compensate for the hot weather, I thought I’d check some key points with my trusty temperature gun (in the pic above). For the record, we had: 22 on the interior walls 24 in the carport 40.3 under the new shadehouse 44.6 on walls exposed to full sun 49.6 on the back pavers The inside temp was without aircon. We’ll be keeping tabs on the temps every week. I think the places I recorded fron are pretty representative of a range of microclimates, so Ill stick to them. Might even add the hood of the car for good measure next time.