Aquaponic Gardening – Book Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro)

Aquaponic Gardening:
A Step-by-step guide to raising vegetables and fish together
by Sylvia Bernstein
with an introduction by Charlie Price
Published on 14 March 2013 by Saraband
ISBN: 9781908643087
Paperback, 256 pages, 18x21.5 cm
UK price: £16.99

Aquaponic_GardeningAquaponics is a revolutionary way of gardening by combining the best of aquaculture and hydroponics and the term is made up of the “aqua” of aquaculture and the “ponics” of hydroponics.

It is an amazingly fun and easy way to grow organic fruit and vegetables by simply fertilizing them with waste water from fish while at the same time also, if you so wish, you can grow fish for the table.

Aquaponic systems are completely organic, hugely productive and there’s no weeding, watering, bending or digging – and they are extremely resource-efficient.

This is the definitive do-it-yourself manual, giving you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy fresh and healthy food all year round.

In a world with a rapidly expanding population, finite resources and a general disconnection from food and growing, innovative and integrated food production techniques are essential for our future.

Aquaponics is an important sustainable food solutions and continues to capture the imagination of more and more people. It is an interactive, engaging and elegant way of growing food.

First documented by the Aztecs, aquaponics is a form of bio-mimicry that emulates Mother Nature to provide a diverse and sustainable range of outputs from minimal inputs.

It's efficient because it converts “wastes” from one system into resource for another, and it’s environmentally friendly by virtue of its ecosystem approach to growing food and the fact that there’s no need for synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, and all the water is recycled around the system.

The UK edition of Aquaponic Gardening features an introduction by Charlie Price, the founder of Aquaponics UK. The book is a complete do-it-yourself home guide, giving you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy healthy, safe, fresh, and delicious food year round.

The book explains:

· Theory, benefits and potential of aquaponics

· Location, technical and hardware components

· The living elements – fish, plants, bacteria, and worms

· Putting it all together – starting and maintaining a healthy system

Sylvia Bernstein said: “Aquaponics systems are completely organic, hugely productive and there’s no weeding, watering, fertilizing, bending, digging or heavy lifting – in fact, there really is no down side!”

Anyone interested in taking the next step towards self-sufficiency will be fascinated by this practical and accessible guide.

Aquaponics UK’s Charlie Price said: “There’s a growing audience for aquaponics and this is the book that all those in the know have been waiting for. It’s a truly comprehensive guide that gives you the know-how to create your very own independent, food-producing ecosystem in your house, garden or greenhouse.”

This is a rather interesting book on the subject of aquaponics and while one can find information galore on this matter on the Internet to have it all together in one book, written by someone who practices it, is a much better way to go.

The book is very well written and covers ever aspect of the subject in great detail.

© 2013