Havenscourt Homestead Aquaponics Landscape
Photo: Kitty Sharkey
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Sharkey’s vertical aquaponics system is filled with lettuce plants. The pond below supplies the lettuce with water and nutrients from fish waste through a recirculating system. The water runs through the tubing between lettuce tiers, moistening the soil and plants, which together clean the water before it returns to the pond below.Learning by DoingChallenges inspire clever solutions. Stewart realized that her front yard was much sunnier than her backyard, and its soil much richer, so she relocated her efforts to the front, planting directly in the soil. The home’s previous owner had gardened and conditioned the clay soil, so crops started to grow right away. “I was really lucky that I inherited good soil,” Stewart says. From there, she planted fruit trees on the north side of the property so that they wouldn’t shade her sun-loving crops. She learned that lettuces like to grow in the shade of the fruit trees. She planted wildflower seeds near the edibles to attract pollinators, and she even allowed some greens to go to seed so that they would come back the next year. In her shadier, more private backyard, she installed a chicken coop for those fresh eggs she wanted. The gardeners have learned to use all aspects of their gardens to create something of a closed-loop system. Chickens, especially, help increase soil fertility with their manure, and they eat a lot of organic home and garden waste. Add irrigation innovations, such as Sharkey’s use of aquaponics, and Blume’s and Stewart’s heavy use of perennial plants that reseed and become more drought-tolerant, and the gardens start to sustain themselves.