Aquaponic Gardens Update – End of Summer

This is the continuation of our aquaponic gardens story for 2013. For the most part, we’re down to just okra and sweet basil in the cycle tubs. The 300 gallon tub contains the largest alacasia plant and mini banana plants that I have ever seen.

Frank with Acacia and Banana

Frank with Alacacia (left) and Banana (right)

The tomatoes have all been eaten by either us or vermin or rats.  They eventually stopped but the ones on the left were totally consumed by the vermin.

Hot Weather Tomato

Hot Weather Tomato

The other tomato I started from the branch that rotted off the original plant is pictured below from mid-August.  Today it is twice this size and has been besieged by pesky little caterpillars.

Tomato Restarted from rotten center top

Tomato Restarted from rotten center top

What’s fun about the caterpillars is that the mosquito and blue gill fish love them and fight for them. The two clips below are two different caterpillars. In the first clip, the blue gill consumes the bug and in the second clip, the mosquito fish run with it and one finally consumes it.

Then finally, half way through summer, we got peppers to grow. The tabasco plant has been covered with fruit and is still blooming. The fruit are starting to turn orange and will eventually turn red.

Tabasco Peppers

Tabasco Peppers

The jalapeño pepper took a dive, for some reason for about a week, then it popped out with a batch. Both peppers are great additions in Troy’s great salsa.

Jalapeño Peppers

Jalapeño Peppers

And finally, returning back to the aquaponic garden, the swamp hibiscus is now over 6 feet tall.  I’m 6′ 2″ and it’s about a foot taller than me. This is also the longest it has continued to bloom, primarily because there are more plants and spread out over a longer period and branches, like the one below. It bloomed multiple times as it grew to this height.

Frank and Hibiscus

Frank and Hibiscus

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