Aquaponics – Mint for KTG farmers’ meet

We are attending a farmer’s meet today that focuses on seed sharing and networking. We have a pretty good harvest of mint leaves and roots from our aquaponic growbeds for sharing at the meet. 

Looking forward to it! 🙂

Aquaponics Mint harvest for sharing at the KTG farmers’ meet

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Aquaponics -Update

I have not been doing a good job of posting updates lately, so here is a catch up.

We did a clean up of all our tanks and growbeds and the next batch of plants are already getting close to harvest, bitter gourd had been the first which I posted a couple of days ago. 

Here are some pictures… eight weeks of growth.

New batch of vegetables (tomato, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant / brinjal, mint)

Smaller growbed for climbers

Growth after two weeks

Growth after six weeks

Mint with big leaves, may be due to shade of other plants

Aquaponics – tomato

Aquaponics – New batch of plants

Since the last growbed cleanup, next batch of crops are growing up fairly well.

I have cucumber, tomato, long beans, ridge gourd and mint planted. This system has fewer fish, about fourteen. Twelve out of them were born and brought up in the farm (Babies in the fish tank) 🙂 I need to add more fish into this tank soon.

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In the new smaller growbed that I posted last time, things are not looking as good. It has one long beans and one cumber planted. Cucumber is looking good but long beans plant isn’t looking very healthy. I think this growbed needs a bit more gravel in it. In certain areas of the growbed I can almost see water at the top. I need to research this a little further on this growbed. Hmmm…

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Mint (puthina) in Aquaponics

Mint was one of the first plants I tried in aquaponics and it did extremely well.

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Mint after the first few weeks of planting

I started with a small cutting in my constant flood bed. It took a while, may be three weeks, before it got its roots established and started growing. Then it spread across the growbed very fast. Leaves were very healthy and it replenishes fast after a harvest. Sometimes it gets in the way of other plants and needs curbing. And they are notorious for getting inside the pipes in the growbed.

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Mint root gets inside the pipe

At one time we were distributing mint leaves to our neighbours every weekend. Kids enjoyed this and on some days they were returning home with candies. I don’t know whether they had any secret barter deal going 🙂

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Mint leaves and okra (old picture)

Mint, however, is very sensitive to having water above its roots, even for a few hours. Recent over flooding issue that we had damaged most of our mint and it is now just recovering.

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Mint recovering after the over flooding issue

That’s all on mint for now. My next project on Mint is to have it in an NFT or tower system. More on that later.