Aquaponics Part 5: Video Update

Veggies Planted

Lawn to Garden Conversion

Man, did I take on a huge project!

About a month ago I was having a slow saturday so I started fumbling around Vimeo and YouTube for permaculture related videos. First, I really have to say, there is some amazing content out there. I would recommend it as a rainy day passtime to anyone. One documentary that I stumbled upon was called Back to Eden. You can watch it in its entirety on Vimeo. The story mostly follows one man Paul Gautschi, and his methods for mimicking some of the natural decomposition patterns of the forest to create lush, fertile soil for your home garden.

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BSFL Harvester

Black Soldier Fly Larvae Harvester

New experiment time!

As those of you regulars know, I began building an aquaponics system to tie in with my existing koi pond. With the build mostly completed and the plants doing their growing thing that they do, it was time to do a minor shift to putting some attention to the fish and populating the pond. I have been in contact with a local aquaponics company called Fishnet Aquaponics who not only sells equipment, fish and supplies, but apparently does a whole line of permaculture and aquaculture training classes. I am consulting with them to find out which fish would be the best for my area of Santa Cruz and the size of my pond.

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Finished Product

Pressure Canning Corned Beef

When we talk about canning, most of us think about our grandma canning jams and vegetables from the garden back in the day. Well from the perspective of someone who is trying to become more self-sufficient and prepared for a possible earthquake or catastrophe, canning is one way to prepare.  Also, it’s fun and gives you a real sense of accomplishment.  I recently discovered raw packed canning.  It is by far the easiest method of canning. Raw packing does not require water or broth. It will make its own broth while cooking.

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DIY (HE Friendly) Laundry Detergent

Over the last couple of years, my husband and I have been more and more discouraged with the amount of hard-earned money that we spend to just simply exist. $500 PG&E bills, $300 water and sewer bills, rising gas and food costs are all no laughing matters! We decided to slowly restructure our lives and become more cognizant of where our money is being spent. We are committed to making changes that allow us to keep more money in our pockets for our future or for things that we enjoy.  I was subsequently laid off in mid-January and so our plan to live more simply was put in high gear. Read more