Backyard Aquaponics: DIY System to Farm Fish & Veggies

backyard aquaponics system

Aquaponics is the growing of veggies and fish in a closed loop system and is perhaps one of the more efficient farming methods for growing your own food. It's also scalable and can produce large amounts of food 10-20 times traditional row cropping when combined with vertical high density gardening. The waste from the fish provides nutrients for the plants. The plants and grow media (gravel, expanded clay pellets, or other porous rock) act as a filtration system to clean the water. This … [Read more...]

Awesome 750sqft Solar Powered Floating Greenhouse is Pure Genius

Jellyfish Barge Greenhouse

How about a solar powered floating greenhouse? Want one? I do. Dubbed the Jellyfish Barge. It's a 750sqft octagonal shaped barge which floats atop recycled plastic barrels. Capable of supporting and providing up to two families with healthy organic food. "... Jellyfish Barge is a floating agricultural greenhouse, able to purify salt, brackish or polluted water using solar energy. Jellyfish Barge is built with low-cost technologies and simple materials, also appropriate to the … [Read more...]

DIY Rain Gutter Aquaponic System


  For an extremely efficient and inexpensive gardening idea, check out this awesome DIY system from Morningstar Fishermen that combines aquaponic gardening with vertical gardening, using a few readily-available materials.  This simple setup makes a great DIY project that just about anyone can tackle on any budget.  It can be placed against the side of a house, shed, or fence as an alternative to growing food in the ground. We have featured several vertical rain gutter gardens in … [Read more...]

Growing Healthy Food & Feeding The World on a 3 Acre Solar Powered Farm

Solar Powered Farm

Growing enough healthy food to feed millions of malnourished and poverty stricken people is not as hard as it seems. Will Allen of Growing Power has proven time and again his system of growing is one of the most productive systems in the world.   He's produced over 1 MILLION pounds of food on his 3 acre farm in Milwaukee, WI, and continues to do so year after years, supplying healthy food to the community through his non profit organization. Will Allen's work is changing … [Read more...]

How to Make an Aquaponic Pond System


We have featured several types of aquaponic systems that all have the benefit of growing an abundance of food in a small space, with fish as the source of natural nutrients for the plants.  With most of these systems, the fish are kept in closed, controlled aquariums or similar environments. Charlie from Ecolicious shows another very effective option for aquaponic growing by utilizing a backyard pond.  In this case, the pond is a decorative koi pond that was already established on the … [Read more...]

Simple DIY Aquaponic System Made With Barrels


Setting up a decent-sized aquaponic system does not have to be complicated or expensive.  Using a few easily-attainable materials, you can build a barrel system similar to this one built in China.  The builders had to get creative in implementing this design due to lack of materials in the area, but the end result is an extremely efficient, highly productive system. The plants are grown in a clay aggregate in barrels cut in half.  The fish are in a barrel at the bottom of the system.  In … [Read more...]

Brilliant DIY Vertical Aquaponic System


Several years ago, Dennis McClung and his family started Garden Pool, a blog to document the conversion of their old backyard swimming pool into a food-producing greenhouse.  Garden Pool has since evolved into a non-profit organization that teaches others how to create similar self-sufficient ecosystems in small spaces.  It is there that Dennis shares instructions for many of his DIY projects, including this really cool aquaponic setup. While looking at an unused corner of his growing space … [Read more...]

$150 Easy & Affordable DIY Backyard Aquaponics System

$150 Easy & Affordable DIY Backyard Aquaponics System

$150 Easy & Affordable DIY Backyard Aquaponics System - This is one of the simplest and most economical aquaponics designs you can do. $150 is a great price, and the design is so simple anyone with minimal skills can build one. Be sure to check out the website: *** … [Read more...]

Simply Dazzling Indoor Aquaponic System


This beautiful indoor aquaponic system was designed by N.I. Teijin Shoji as a therapeutic, food-growing display.  The cylinder-shaped tank contains ornamental tropical fish and the base acts as a planter that can grow fresh food or flowers.  This system is simple and compact, yet a stunning example of how an aquaponic system can add an amazing artistic display piece to any indoor space while growing healthy, organic foods. The designers developed the cylindrical shape of the system for … [Read more...]