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Transplanting from dirt into an aquaponic grow bed

Washing dirt off seedling roots

When I potted up my summer seedlings a week ago, I pulled out a few basil plants along with a pepper and tomato to go in the aquaponics setup. First, I carefully washed most of the dirt off their roots...

Aquaponic tomato

...then I inserted the plants into the growing bed.

A week later, all are still alive, and the tomato especially is thriving. I think this might actually be a better way of planting into a grow bed than starting seeds directly in rock wool --- the on/off cycle of the water flushing through the bed is a little rough on young seedlings and seems to be more appropriate for mid-sized plants.

Now to see if these newcomers will live where everything except celery has thus far failed to thrive.

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Maybe I'm no the one to ask. After all, I refuse to tell the Emperor that I like his new zoot suit, and I don't think the Elephant Man looks anything at all like an elephant.

And I think all the hype about hydro- or aquaponics is undeserved. It's a pain in the patoot to set it up, requires a good deal of on-going monitoring and there's an increased risk of total failure due to some technical mishap. My small scale experimental foray into the process also seemed to show that starting seeds in soil instead of a special medium was better.

Why do we need to "improve" on growing things in soil like the goddess Ceres originally intended?

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