Fanatic Progress with New Growbed Additions! – Part 2 of 3


ap-beds-build-01Ohhhhh… the good times, the just keep a comin! 😉

I was able to make some fantastic progress this weekend. Got the new grow beds lined, plumbed and did an initial fill of the beds to check for leaks and to make sure the siphon’s were doing their job. All in all, aside from a few extra trips to the hardware store for some missing parts, some sore muscles and finding that I was a bit short on the lava rock to fill the beds completely, this weekend went by without much incident.

ap-beds-build-02Next weekend I’ll have the additional lava rock shipped and added to the beds (what lava rock I did have on hand was good enough to fill about 2/3rds of just 1 bed). I’m also planning on taking on the next stage of my AP build, which will be to replace the hoop house with a pergola. The first stage of this little endeavor will be to start first with a bit of re-organizing some of the 1″ rip rap that I used to create a flooring for the AP. I’m going to start by shortening the width of the existing rock base by about 3-4 feet. Originally I had though I would be building a total of 8 grow beds, as I’ve found, 4 is going to be more than adequate for me needs. So I’m going to move the base that would’ve been under the other 4 beds and use that to surround my fish tank.

ap-beds-build-02-2The reason for this is simple, 1. it gives a more aesthetic look to the tank, 2. it helps complete the tie in with the grow beds and 3. I normally need to top off my tank about 2-4 barrels a month. Sometimes, I step away to grab some other material, I forget I’m filling the barrel and it spills over, creating a lovely mud pit that my dog loves to trample around it. So that’s gotta go!

beds-filling_02The base will also work to tie in with the new Pergola that I’m planning on building to replace the hoop house, which will look a bazillion times better!

The hoop was always going to be a temporary structure, and it has served its use and well, but it iss a bit of an eyesore. Ultimately, the backyard is in need of a total revamp. The Aquaponics ‘Greenhouse’ was always meant to serve as a strong focal point to the north of the yard.. so now that the AP build is nearing completion, it is time to work on the other elements that will tie in with it.. starting with the Pergola.

For those not familiar with Pergola’s, I’ve got a few I can show you that give you some idea of what I’m looking to do.

Till the next update! beds-filling_02

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Posted on February 16, 2014, in Aquaponics, Garden, Get Motivated, goldfish, Greenhouse, Hydroponics, Inspiration, Talapia and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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