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Episode-2088- Lessons and Planning from the first 3/4s of 2017

The Timber Frame Pond – AKA “Miyagi Pond” is the Nine Mile Farm Home Run of 2017

Here are Nine Mile Farm we have pretty much settled into our selected systems on a lot of things at this point almost 5 years into the journey.  Our ducks run on a clock work like system, feeding, paddock shifting, egg collection, etc are all quite fine tuned at this point.

The trees require very little maintenance and most of our desired infrastructure is now installed.  Still we are constantly trying and testing out new things.  This year we have found some really great gems of knowledge and we have also come up with some quite refined plans for our future.

A lot of the new stuff is going to be built in winter, because here in north Texas that is the most pleasant time of year for construction work and out door projects.  Today I am going to do an old school sort of “chat with Jack” episode on what has worked well this year and where we are taking that knowledge to in the future.

Join Me Today to Discuss….

  • The aviary and aquaponics system has become a great asset in need of tweaking
  • The timber frame pond (Miyagi) is the most trouble free aquatic system I’ve built
  • Thai water spinach is an amazing and delicious plant
  • Peppers do fantastic at 60% shade here in Texas anyway
  • Tomato blight continues to be the bane of my existence
  • Elevated ponds and gardens are the way forward due to the ducks
  • Our in ground pond is pretty much a disaster, we may have to nuke it
  • Bluegill and other sunfish are about the most trouble free and economically viable protein here in Texas
  • Bullheads do not seem to be a good aquaponics option
  • A Steven Harris Battery Bank and a cooler make a great live well
  • Plans for this winter
    • Build a bigger, better Miyagi
    • Grow out koi for the Miyagi’s
    • Develop a large wicking bed system that is 100% duck proof
    • Design a planting plan for the new and old systems
    • Meat chicken run in 2018, no new ducks this time
    • Take another go at the orchard that failed
    • Duck Free Zones and an Outdoor Kitchen
    • Look to simplify systems and automate everything
  • Final thoughts

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Timber Frame Pond Update for 7-18-17

Today we take a look at the timber frame pond about 3 weeks into it being filled. The biology is doing very well, despite some surface algae the water is clear enough to see the fish and the bottom (about 3.5 feet deep).

Episode-2022- Aquaculture for Sustainable Protein Production

This is something I am delving more and more into as time goes on because the return on energy input is so effective.  I am working a great deal now with native fish species and I think this is truly the way forward for such things.

Sure you can break your neck trying to breed tilapia, once you get it right you have 6-7 months to grow them out and either they die in the cold or you have to provide heat to keep them alive.

When we look at using local species we can collect them for almost no cost, adapt them quickly to systems or small ponds and simply grow them out to harvest size.  I am also not separating aquaponics from aquaculture today because in reality aquaponics is a form of aquaculture the two disciplines have some differences but in the end both can produce fish or shellfish for our consumption.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why grow fish in the first place
  • Why grow local fish over faster growing exotics like tilapia
  • Why tilapia still have their place
  • Why I feel wicking beds are the ultimate tool to combine with all forms of aquatics
  • Ebb and flow beds are useful in any system for filtration
  • Plants can be grown directly in ponds as well
  • Options when it comes to feed
    • Floating, sinking, dual
    • Why feeding “organic” can be almost impossible
    • Natural feeding – minnows – worms – snails – other options
  • Harvesting fish for your system (pros and cons)
    • Rod and reel
    • Netting (cast, seine, dip, etc)
    • Trapping
  • Species I highly recommend
    • Bullhead and Channel Catfish
    • Sunfish/Perch (bluegill, pumpkin seed, green sunfish, long ear sunfish)
  • Housing Options
    • In ground ponds
    • Stock tank systems
    • True aquaponics systems
    • Timber frame lined tanks
  • Some thoughts on automating system functions
  • Why this is a truly sustainable an even regenerative solution

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New Videos – Converting a Sig 239 – Planting Bloody Dock and Baby Bird Updates

In the first video I show you how to simply swap out the 40 S&W Barrel in the Sig 239 to 357 Sig.  To get a barrel like this the only source left seems to be directly from Sig Sauer

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In the next video we are hanging out with the aquatics system and planting “Bloody Dock”  (rumex sanguineus).

I also discuss  Endo Mycorrhizae Fungal Inoculation from Sustainable Agricultural Technologies, Inc along with Dr. Earth 4-4-4 Fertilizer

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Then in Episode 19 of season three of The Duck Chronicles we start off with the babies.  They all did good over night except one polt we lost.  Losing one or two birds is a normal part of things especially on the first day or two.  A day later we have had no more losses and everyone seems good to go.

We then head out to the front pasture and food forest to visit the ducks, we check out the effect of the swales and moderate irrigation vs. the rest of the property and pray for rain to come soon with out tornadoes.

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New Videos – Aquaponics – Tree Collards – Baby Chicks and Polts and Zoodles

In this first video we check out some stuff in the aquaponics and aquatics systems, including Tree Collards that you can order at projecttreecollard.org

We also look at the progress of the white Hubbard squash. Watch the bees working the Pickerel Rush and see the recent failure of the aquatic system and our temporary work around.

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Next in Season Three – Episode 18 of The Duck Chronicles we have a duckless duck chronicle episode because the new babies are here.  Today we have to intercept the mail lady to get the birds out of the truck early in the day, we unbox the babies and get them settled into their brooders.

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Lastly I have put together the long promised how to make zoodles video.  Zoodles are zuchinni noodles, we use these in dozens of ways and they make a great way to use left overs.  In this instance we used some left over meat balls, some of our cherry tomatoes and basil out of the aquaponics system with some salt, pepper and garlic to make something pretty outstanding.

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Aquatics and Aquaponics Update for 5-11-17

Just a quick walk though the aviary checking our mainly the wicking beds, lots of tomatoes set, zucchini is doing great, training winter squash vines, feeding the fish and more.

Focusing on the things we are learning with this system so that we can implement our major expansion this summer in the old garden area.

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Episode-2001- Carlos Villamar on Aquaponics and the Chinese Solar Greenhouse

Carlos Villamar joins us to discuss DIY Aquaponics using the Chinese solar greenhouse and black soldier fly composter and auto fish feeder.

The greenhouse system, including a solar greenhouse insulated on north, east and west sides and with glazing on a south side at an angle to maximize winter sunlight, and housing a fish tank along with grow beds coupled to the fish tank.

The grow beds each including a geyser pump powered by an air pump to pump water from the fish tank to the grow bed and aerate water of the fish tank, and a bell siphon to drain the water from the grow bed back into the fish tank.

By trade Carlos is a attorney specializing in the practice of Intellectual Property Law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and computer and internet law along with being an avid permaculturalist.

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Aquaponics and Aquatics Update for 5-4-17

Today we take a look at some of the growth inside the aviary including some banging squash and tomato plants, some cloning propagation techniques and the beds running expanded shale that are going to need rebuilding due to poor drainage.

Videos from Nine Mile Farm – 4-5-17

First we have Aquatic and Aquaponics Update 4-3-17 in this video I go over some new things we have added to our system.   Specifically two new flood and drain beds installed in the aviary, along with the growth in the wicking beds.  We also check out how well the water cleared up in the garden ponds and some new water plants for 2017.

 

Next up on The Duck Chronicles we have S3- Episode 13 – Big Ducks, Little Ducks and Gooses in Between in this video we have begun the integration of the babies to the main flock, I hope to have them fully integrated in about 14 days.  The biggest concern is that all the babies get big enough to not be able to get though the fence.

 

Remember  you can Subscribe to our YouTube Channel and you can find all our Aquaponics and Aquatic Updates at this Playlist and all our duck videos at DuckChronicles.com

Episode-1976- Why I Switched to Aquaponics

A Simple Flood and Drain Bed Made With a 14 Gallon Mixing Tray

Right out of the gate “switched” may not be the best word here, but it certainly applies to my growing of annual vegetables.  It may have been a better title to have said, “Why I Changed My Mind About Aquaponics.  Today I want to take a new look at aquaponics and try to demystify it a bit so that it is a bit more approachable at the small end of the scale to anyone.

The reality though is until recently I always looked at aquaponics this way, “what a great thing, for other people to do”.  I wasn’t opposed to it, I just had my own ways and well they worked.  Well until I moved to this limestone ledge we call a farm.

I met a good friend named David and he told me how much food they were producing on their small property and together we designed the systems I now run on my property.  Today I will talk about them and give you some simple ways to get started for a few hundred dollars with 100% off the shelf prices.

Join Me Today to Discuss….

  • What is aquaponics in a nut shell
  • The three main grow beds and what they are best for
    • Ebb and Flow (aka flood and drain)
    • Deep Water Raft
    • Wicking Beds
  • Additional components
    • Choosing a Pump
    • What makes a bulkhead a good bulkhead
    • The basics of a bell siphon
  • A simple flood and drain system and a few options on building it
    • 100 Gallon Stock Tank with 4 Ebb and Flow Beds $310.00
    • 150 Gallon Stock Tank with 6 or more Ebb and Flow Beds $460.00
    • 3 x 100 Gallon Stock Tanks with 6 or more Ebb and Flow Beds $560.00
    • 300 Gallon Stock Tank with 6 or more Ebb and Flow Beds $570.00
    • Add $90.00 to the above prices for the larger pump
    • Incorporating deep water or wicking into these designs
  • The value of shade cloth or eastern sun and western shade
  • Some additional ideas and thoughts
    • Adding a duck weed biofilter bed
    • How to make an “aquarium siphon”
    • Protecting your pump with a bucket or a bag
    • When IBCs make a lot of sense
    • Lava Rock, Expanded Shale and Expanded Clay Pebbles
    • Plant propagation with ebb and flow
    • Replanting produce with ebb and flow
  • Final thoughts

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