Recession proof urban gardening

Here’s a remarkable american family that produces food, fuel and good living on a fifth of an acre home garden in the city. Pretty remarkable that the limited space being farmed produces enough to move off the grid. If this can be done with in-ground gardening imagine how much easier the effort might be with a bioponic for frequent cultivating, heavy feeder plants. Saving the ground for slower growing, less maintenance requiring fruit trees and shrubs, and small farm animals. It can be a good life, especially knowing if the price of gas goes up there will always be food on the table.

About drdave

CoFounder of Algosolar, dba Bioponica. Consultant, designer, developer of Biogarden and Incubator Ecosystems for producing organic food and fish, sustainably.


3 thoughts on “Recession proof urban gardening

  1. Hi Dave,,,,I assume. I ama fan on YouTube. Hello Dave, I am in WA State, USA and am growing indoors as the sun is hard to see most days. I am really interested in your use of various sustainable alternatives for fish and plant food supplementation. You have much knowledge above the normal you tube level…I assume you are educated in biology related fields. I would love to pick your brain about a couple of things: 1) How to tell how many fish a system can support and as my worms produce poo; what or how much will this affect the number of fish needed? I will be using that as well.. I have 2 systems of 2×3 foot by 8 inch deep beds with clay in large pots with siphon flush mechanisms. Each 2 tray system has a 30 gal res. Another question I have is about measuring the water; what tests or equipment is best for plant and fish health prognostics? I have a MA in Psychology but this doesn’t help much. Thanks, Joseph.

    Posted by EverettJoe | June 8, 2011, 04:48
    • Worms will help with solid waste deposited in grow beds, liquifying and nurturing roots with beneficial fungi. The limit of your fish is mostly relative to tank size and filtration. Best is 1 lb of fish per 2-4 gallons of water. Fewer fish with smaller tanks. With a 30 gallon reservoir you can handle about 6-8 large fish, max or 15 smaller ones. As they get bigger, harvesting the larger ones will be important. Good luck!

      Posted by drdave | June 20, 2011, 04:19
    • Hey Joseph, Good rule of thumb is 1lb of fish per 2 gallons water. This may be difficult to reach in a small tank so if you need to supplement, add a cup of urine once a week or so. You’ll know if you’ve reached a good balance by how well your plants are doing. Lighting is more important with heavy feeding plants. Microgreens, some lettuces and wheatgrass can do well with ambiant (or Washington) light. Get yourself a good freshwater aquarium test kit and monitor ammonia, nitrate and pH. That’s good for starters.

      Posted by drdave | November 27, 2011, 11:15

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