Top 5 Edibles for Your Aquaponic Efforts – Aquaponic Loving Edibles
Just how do some greens grow exceptionally well in aquaponics? Well, we’ll tell ya. Fish produce waste that contains ammonia, which is then converted into nitrates by two important nitrifying bacteria (Nitrosomonas and Nitrospira). Nitrosomonas bacteria create nitrites as a byproduct of their consumption of ammonia. The nitrites then attract Nitrospira bacteria. Nitrospira then consumes the nitrites and gives off nitrates. Those nitrates provide an excellent source of nitrogen for your plants, which makes our aquaponic plants very happy.
There is a lot to be excited about with aquaponics and fresh, healthy food is one of them. After all, growing your own food is as local as it gets! So in the spirit of optimizing your system to get the most edibles for your efforts, here’s our very top 5 edible greens that will grow great in your aquaponic garden and will be undeniably delicious on your plate
Number 1: Lettuce
Lettuce grows very well in aquaponics, especially in raft beds where their water-loving roots can take up all of the fish nutrients. This crop will not fail you, so consider growing this green for your gourmet salads.
Plant variety: Red Sails
Aquaponic growth rate: 7-8 weeks
Number 2: Basil
Basil is another water-loving plant that will grow abundant in aquaponics. In the picture shown, our basil has flowered meaning it has gone to seed. You want to harvest your basil before it flowers to get the optimal flavors! Use this delicious herb to make the tastiest pesto.
Plant variety: Basil-Thai Siam Queen
Aquaponic growth rate: 4-5 weeks
Number 3: Watercress
You can find this snappy, peppery flavored plant growing along streams and lakes, but it will also grow great in your aquaponics system! Watercress has been studied for its antioxidant properties and is high in vitamins A, C, and K. Snip a few sprigs for your omelets, salads, and potato salads.
Plant variety: Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)
Aquaponic growth rate: 3-4 weeks
Number 4: Thyme
Make space for this herb in your aquaponic garden. This subtle, woodsy flavored herb goes deliciously with a variety of foods including meat, potatoes, and stews. It grows very quickly in an aquaponic system and smells wonderful!
Plant variety: English Thyme
Aquaponic growth rate: 5-7 weeks
Number 5: Kale
With leaves rich in vitamins and minerals, kale is a wonderful green to grow in your aquaponics garden. Use the curly, delicious leaves for green smoothies, soups, and stir fries.
Plant variety: Dwarf Blue Curled Kale
Aquaponic growth rate: 6-8 weeks