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Entries from June 2008

First Fruits (or vegetables in this case)

June 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

We harvested the first lettuce from the floats.  This was Romaine that Emily had planted earlier this spring in dirt.  We washed off the dirt and planted it in a chunk of rockwool and then poked it into the holes in the floats.  It grew quickly but got yellow between the veins.  Probably an Iron [...]

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Pictures

June 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Last Saturday we went to the Anchorage Farmers Market.  It was drizzling but we had fun and met a lot of old friends and more than covered our costs.  I thought it was about time to post some pictures.

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Nitrogen Cycle

June 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

In fishkeeping, the nitrogen cycle is a well-known fact.  Fish produce ammonia as a waste.  Bacteria convert the ammonia to nitrite and then another type of bacteria convert the nitrite to nitrate.  It takes time for both bacteria to establish.  Concerned that my lettuce and basil are looking a little yellow in my floats, I thought I’d [...]

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Aeration

June 5th, 2008 · No Comments

I’ve been thinking that it will be doubly important for me to have aeration with my float system.  Since I have screening under each raft (to keep the fish from eating the roots), water circulation will be slowed to the root zone — especially once the screen gets fouled with biofilm.    I’m wondering if diffusers [...]

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All the Floats!

June 5th, 2008 · No Comments

I had a great visit with my Dad, brother, sister and their families.  The last day they were here, my Dad helped finish the last floats and transplant into them.  So now all the floats are floating, and every hole is populated.   The fish do not spend as much time near the window now but [...]

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