Tomatoes anyone?

Aquaponics February 13th, 2010

Just a quick update on my Aquaponics Sytem’s here in Canberra: I’m doing my best to make myself sick of Aquaponic tomatoes – so far I’m still loving them. They’re sweet, delicious, and they look fantastic.

Here are the pics, have you ever seen toms so lovely? I’m not sure what those red ones are, but they’re fantastically regular and bright red. The images look like they’re fake (they’re not! Click them for the high res versions). The smaller ones are Tommy Toes, the yellow one is a Wassippicon Peach, and the others are Black Russians (I think). This is from one picking session, new ones are ripening up every day.

These are from an earlier harvest session:

In this photo you can see how the tomato has escaped my growbeds. That’s AP tomato growing round the base of the tree!

This is with about 15 small Golden Perch feeding the system (hence the visibility of hydroton). 99% of my toms have that “perfect” look, there’s no blossom end rot, or splitting or blemishes on the skin or anything. They’re fantastic.

3 Responses to “Tomatoes anyone?”

  1. Jane Says:

    The best way to support your tomato plants is with The Tomato Stake.
    Easier to use than metal cages or upside down planters, stronger than bamboo and won’t rot like wood stakes. The built-in twist-tie supports make tying your tomato plants easy!

  2. Julie Says:

    Great looking tomatoes. I was wondering, do you still have to deal with as many pests and insects since they’re being grown via aquaponics? I’ve been using End All organic insect killer for my organic garden and it’s been working great, but I’ve been increasingly interesting in aquaponics.

  3. gemmell Says:

    Yes, I still have problems with insects, though it doesn’t seem quite so bad as the dirt garden. Maybe just less places to hide. It’s easier to keep out ants (which farm aphids) because you can spray their entry point (i.e. the legs) with chilli spray which seems to keep them out.

    I wouldn’t say AP is any better for pests than a well kept organic garden. Companion planting helps a lot – because there are only two of us eating this produce, I tend to have about 50% of my AP as flowers. Seems to work.

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