Aquaponics – Cabbage plant eaten by bugs

Cabbage and cauliflower are two of the most resilient plants that we have seen doing well in aquaponics. However, today we were taken by surprise to find out that one of our cabbage plants (and a young cabbage 😦 ) is eaten almost fully by some pests.

Cabbage plant infected in aquaponics

Yet to do a search on the Internet but any idea what these are and what would be an organic method to control them?

Luckily two other cabbage plants are not affected much. So I removed the infected plant from the growbed and washed the other two plants.

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Ginger and Turmeric harvest – rooftop container

Planted turmeric and ginger about four months ago in a fibre container (reuse of the bottom part of a broken water tank). We originally used it as a fish tank for baby fish but later converted it for growing plants in soil.

Ginger and turmeric ready to be harvested

We tried an interim harvest of ginger and turmeric about a month ago and it turned out to be premature. We later learned that ginger leaves will turn yellow/brown and stem will fall over when it is ready to be harvested. Turmeric is also the same except that it will also flower when it ready.

We had two types of turmeric, one is intensity flavorful and almost orange in color. The other one is almost bland in flavor and color and almost looks like ginger. We actually thought it is ginger until we noticed that it smells like turmeric! 🙂

Aquaponics – Bottle gourd

It’s been ages since I made a post! Things have been a bit slow and rooftop has been a mess due to the rain. But the aquaponics systems have been running fine, although slow we have been harvesting one thing or the other most of the days.

Here is a bottlegourd that we just harvested. This is part of an experiment we did with reducing grow media. Will post more on that separately. 

Aquaponics bottlegourd

Aquaponics – Ash gourd / Kumbalanga

Last year we had excellent harvest of Ash Gourd, 20+ kg (40+ lbs), all from just one plant. So I tried again this year, but we have not been very lucky. We got only one Ash Gourd so far, barely 1kg (2lb). Plant isn’t looking healthy at all to produce any more. I think it has to do with the seedling that we purchased this time, and may be that we palnted it in a smaller growbed.

Aquaponics – Ash Gourd / Kumbalanga

I am starting to realize the importance of seed saving and sharing than always depending on external sources.