Godney Aquaponics

Godney Aquaponics
In the village of Godney, with the beautiful back drop of the Glastonbury Tor, Melv and Sal are embarking on a new venture. Fed up with the poor quality of veg in the shops, they have the ambition to set up an aquaponics system to provide fresh vegetables and salad crops for the village, and with a little help from their hens a supply of fresh free range eggs too.

What is Aquaponics??

What is Aquaponics??
Aquaponics is a sustainable method of producing quality food with minimal external inputs. It is a system that combines conventional aquaculture (e.g. fish in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. Water from the aquaculture system is fed to the hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down and are utilised by the plants as nutrients, and the water is then re-circulated back to the aquaculture system.

Sunday 16 January 2022

A little sign of spring

At this time of year it is always very welcome to have signs that spring is on its way and today we had just that. It wasn't your usual indication - far from it and would only ever be experienced by a few folk who are lucky enough to own a certain breed of chicken. 

 Mmmm - sounds intriging hey... 

Today we had a sign that the day light hours were extending - now noticeably lighter at either end of the day, both in the morning and evening. As a result the chickens are seeing a little more light, out scratching around by 7.45am and not turning in until 5pm. The reward for this is that we are lucky to have an increase in their egg production and with a variety of hen types we then get a more varied selection of shape, size and of course colour. 

Well today our Cream Legbar, Denis (named after Denis Waterman - Minder, as she looks after the bantams) laid, for the first time in many, many months and this means one thing:

a blue egg - how lovely and how special. 

Bring on the spring - and all the usual signs - new green shoots, warmer temperatures and of course the dawn chorus - can't wait... 

 Happy New Year!!

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