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.

Bottle gourd on top of chicken enclosure

One of the bittle gourd plants in our aquaponic growbed made it onto the vegetable net spread ontop of the chicken enclosure.

Bottle gourd on top of chicken enclosure

I have posted about the three in one chicken enclosure earlier

Bottle gourd

This was designed for passion fruit, but bottle gourd grows too long to hold between the vegetable net and the roof of the enclosure. So had to harvest it early.

Aquaponics – Green Pumpkin / Indian Melon / Mathanga – first harvest

This is our first attempt growing pumpkin / mathan in aquaponics and result so far hasn’t been all that encouraging.

We planted a pumpkin seedling a couple of months ago on an aquaponic growbed. Plant grew fast and looked healthy. Since pumpkin plant is a creeper we spread a layer of coconut leaf to protect the plant from heat. 

There were plenty of flowers and many turned into tiny pumpkins. I was hopeful of a good harvest, but unfortunately only one made it big. May be it is the heat on the roof top or may be something else. Need to test more.

Pumpkin / mathanga – aquaponics

Ready for distribution – to my parents and the neighbour who gave us the coconut leaves 🙂

Pumpkin / mathan plant in aquaponic growbed

Tiny / young pumpkin / mathan in aquaponic growbed

Aquaponics – Cauliflower

Cauliflower is one of those plants that grows really well in aquaponics. They are sturdy and less prone to pests.

Cauliflower grown in aquaponics

Last year we planted two plants as an experiment and they both turned out good. So this year we planted a few and they all are almost ready to be harvested. In fact, we were not certain when to harvest until we saw one starting to change color today.

Cauliflower harvest (aquaponics)

I wish if I could plant more now, but unfortunately cauliflower is seasonal and may not survive our summer. I will still see if I can find some seeds to experiment. 

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 – First harvest of Bitter Gourd / Pavakka / Kaipakka

Bitter gourd (pavakka) in Aquaponic growbed

We had our first harvest of Bitter Gourd (pavakka). I tried it many times but had pest issues.This time I kept pruning intensive to keep the plant healthy. Too much foliage reduces fruits and also makes the plant susceptible to pests easily. This is especially applicable in Aquaponic systems where plant density within the square footage of growing area is high.

Harvested the first two bitrer gourd early. There seems to be more coming up but yet to see how they will turn out. 

Bitter gourd plant