What You Can Grow in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems
(left) A newly constructed Portable Farms® Aquaponics System prior to planting or installing the fish in the fish tanks.
(right) 40 days after the seedlings were planted in the Grow Tables and the fish were installed in the fish tanks.
- Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems grow enough varieties of plants (greens and blooming plants), and protein (fish) to sustain human health to it’s optimum level.
- Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems can feed your family or your community all the table vegetables and protein necessary to sustain excellent health FOREVER. PLUS, the systems are easily operated by semi-skilled labor, seniors, those with ambulatory disabilities (the grow trays can be made wheel-chair accessible height) and even responsible 14-year olds can operate Portable Farms®.
- There have been over 300 different varieties of seeds and plants that have been tested that can be grown in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.
- The major food groups that are not recommended for Portable Farms are root vegetables (carrots, potatoes, onions, etc.) and corn, wheat, soy or rice. Perennial plants (strawberries, blackberries, asparagus, etc.) are not recommended because the plants are dormant 9 months per year and do not produce harvestable food year round.
- Read about the Yield and Return on Investment for planting, growing and selling tomatoes.
- Read about the Yield and Return on Investment for planting, growing and selling zucchini.
- Read about the Yield and Return on Investment for planting, growing and selling peppers.
- Read about the Yield and Return on Investment for planting, growing and selling cucumbers.
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Colle Davis, Inventor, Portable Farms, holding a 20.5 pound head of Bok Choy grown in 45 days. WOW, now that’s a RECORD WEIGHT for growing!
This magnificent plant is a Japanese Mustard Spinach. It is a heat-tolerant plant that grows to harvest in about 32 days. It is used in salads and stir fry. It grows very large and lush in Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems. This plant’s leaves (in photo above) measure 23″ tall and 6″ wide.
Bok Choy after about 30 days of growth in a Portable Farms® Aquaponics System.
A variety of greens (foreground) grown between 30 and 60 days of growth. The basil and Kale are 25″ tall!
Basil that is 52 days old that is growing beautifully in Portable Farms®. In fact, this basil became the ‘worlds best pesto’ last week! We ‘cut back’ our basil once after harvest to regrow again before we remove from Grow Tray.
Plus, fish are an important food source grown in Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems. We recommend Tilapia for our aquaponics systems. (More about tilapia at the bottom of this page.
Lane McClelland, Director of Installations for PFAS LLC, holding ONE single head of Swiss Chard grown in Portable Farms®.
All varieties of cucumbers grow exceedingly well in Portable Farms®! This cucumber is an American Slicing Cucumber but we also grow Lemon Cucumbers (which we love) as well as specialty cucumbers for pickling and Armenian cucumbers (as well as several other varieties).
Phyllis Davis with ONE head of Bok Choy grown in 42 days – 12 pounds.
These six green bean plants that produce over 250 green beans. This variety blooms again after harvest and produces a generous second harvest within 2 weeks after the first harvest.
Zucchini and yellow squash are all time favorites in Portable Farms®.
Colle Davis doing ‘morning chores’ (fifteen minutes maximum for a farm this size).
Phyllis Davis with a favorite green, Green Mustard Wave, which we affectionately call Wasabi Lettuce because it is as HOT AND SPICEY as the wasabi root.
Tilapia are harvested between 7 and 9 months when they are are at 1.25 pounds which produces 2 four-ounce fillets.
Fresh Tilapia fillets. FISH: Tilapia is a low-fat, white-fleshed fish that is sweet, fine-textured and doesn’t taste fishy. Enjoy your Tilapia by baking, broiling, grilling or steaming it.
The history of Tilapia can be traced back over 4,500 years to Ancient Egypt with its origins in the Nile River. Tilapia has been called St. Peter’s Fish since early Biblical times because it is believed to be the fish that Jesus fed the multitudes in the biblical parable.
The fish used in your Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems are hybrid Tilapia or catfish, or perhaps several fish depending on availability and your State regulations. We recommend hybrid Tilapia. Please note: We don’t recommend growing trout, bass, salmon, and other fish because they prefer cold water. The plants in Portable Farms® prefer warm water so we supply our systems with a fresh water/warm water fish.
Hi my name is Louie, how about fruits? What are the fruits that can be grown using the aquaponics system, i live here in the philippines and i wanna start up the system not just to feed the family but for business as well selling what i grow
Aquaponics does not grow fruits. We grow greens and many table vegetables.
Hi good day, instead of using the grow tray can i use use pvc pipes?
Sure. Not our system and we do not recommend the PVC pipe method. Too many points of failure and not much output.
What kind of lighting is needed? We have a large garage that was once used to store our motor home. It has a few windows and a very tall ceiling. Could I used standard florescent lighting or would I need to get special grow lights? I also thought about Magnified sky lighting but the garage has tall ceilings. What are your thoughts?
This topic is covered on our other site: http://portablefarms.com and in the Aquaponics GOLD books. You can use standard four tube flourecent fixtures with the tubes called SuperSunlight or any 6500K tubes. You will need one tube per 6′ of length in the Grow Table.
Sean: There are dozens of factors involved so I can’t give you complete answer. For example, the height of your grow tray, height of ceiling, size of your sky light. Also, your choice of crops is a factor. Sorry I can’t be more help. If you had one of our systems, I could be more knowlegable but there are so many aqauponics systems in the world today, I don’t want to give you false info.- Phyllis Davis – Co-inventor, Portable Farms
How do you control the temperature – I live in Northern Indiana and this has been a hurdle for me – cost effective temperature control.
The phrase describing the building requirements is ‘climatically adapted’ and this means being able to keep the temperature between 40 and 104 degrees F. (4 and 40 C). The energy requirements for heat a building to 45 or 50 degrees F. is much less than trying to maintain the mid 70’s. In your area you will have to construct a building with the north side heavily insulated, the north half of the roof insulated, half of the east and west walls insulated and a double barrier skin to reduce heat loss. You will also need some type of supplemental heat to insure the temperature does not go below the operating range. The climatically adapted structure in your areas is different than one in Morocco or Florida or Brazil, but properly done they will allow you to grow prodigious amounts of food in your Portable Farms® Aquaponics Systems.
We trust this information is helpful.
Colle Davis – Inventor