A fun and very effective way to grow herbs in your kitchen is to use an aquaponics system.
You will get:
- Very fast growing results.
- All natural.
- With lovely looking fish
Whether you use a small kitchen hydroponic kit (like the one on the right), or a slightly larger one.
How does an aquaponics kitchen herb garden work?
If you want grow herbs in the kitchen then the kitchen aquaponic system is a fun and easy way to test aquaponics at home.
- Grow herbs & vegetables on top of a fish tank.
- The fish tank is a scaled-down aquaponics system, so the fish waste fertilizes the plants & the plants clean the water.
- The tank will hold goldfish, betta fish, guppies, koi and other smaller freshwater fish
For example even a simple one – like the one shown earlier – will have a self-cleaning fish tank that will let you easily grow your own organic herbs all year-round.
What Herbs can you grow?
Many herbs are ideally suited to hydroponics, and they are some of the best plants for aquaponics as they can produce even better results than ‘normally’ grow systems like soil or even hydropnics.. However do stay clear of herbs that prefer drying environments (such as sage)
But most of the herbs using in cooking (like the ones below as well as chervil, coriander, fennel, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, etc.) will work.
Basil is one of the best herbs for an aquaponic system because it can increase its flavor.
Chives also grow especially well in an aquaponic system and can be planted very close together.
Mint is also ideal and can end up with bigger leaves then normally planted types. All mints will work such as spearmint, peppermint, and orange mint.
Dill is great for aquaponics as you can simply replace the harvested plants resulting in a constant, all year round supply.
Watercress is very easy to grow from seed, especially indoor in an aquaponic system.
Parsley, is an herb well suited for hydroponic or aquaponic growing. Since parsley has a long tap root, the hydroponic container should be at least 12 inches deep for the best results.
How to start an Aquaponics kitchen herb garden
Below are examples of 2 small systems, as well as the most popular aquaponics gardening book.
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