11:30 am arrival
People: Green City Initiative and friends
Weather: Hot and sunny with medium winds.
Status: Today was the official open house for our aquaponics system. We had SMU students and staff present as well as members of the Cochran Church. We explained the system and showed off our plump, little fishies to everyone, while they dined on homemade spaghetti and cookies.
Fish Corner: While showing off the system, opportunity came knocking in the form of a large June bug crawling on the plant raft. Capturing the bug, we attempted to feed it to the fish in a Roman style display of gladiator versus lion for our guests. The “lions” outnumbered the bug 20 to 1, but only nibbled at it a couple times before giving up the fight. As is custom, the June bug was set free and crawled off into the sunset victorious.
2:00 pm departure
Great News! Our beans are sprouting! They sprout with extensive root systems from all the nutrients in the bean, so they’re very easy to put into hydroponics cups! We even saw some spinach sprouts and some tomato sprouts!
We decided to plant a few more seeds, including swiss chard and lettuce (little gem variety). It doesn’t look like we’ll be having any peppers if we don’t have any by thursday. Might be time to re-plant them in that case.
Lettuce sprouts from previous days only have a single small root when they sprout. That’s a problem when you want to move them into a hydroponics system. We’re hoping they’ll grow a little bit in their pots before they want to move out.
Fish are hungry as always :)