Hobbyists and professional growers are using aquaponics for just about any fruit, vegetable, or herb imaginable. Some of those plants do better than others in nutrient solutions. Any aquaponics vegetables list should consider ease of growing the item, popularity, and space requirements. Growing honeydew melons in the corner of the sun room won’t work, for example, but you could still grow cherry tomatoes or small squashes.
Ten Best Vegetables:
This aquaponics vegetables list offers plenty of options for growing things you like or can sell. If you are growing outdoors or under a greenhouse that isn’t heated or cooled be sure to double check the temperature requirements of some of these vegetables. This list includes tasty, popular, and easy-to-grow vegetables:
1. Lettuce – Easy to grow and a base for just about any salad, lettuce is one of the most popular aquaponics crops among hobbyists and farmers. Iceberg lettuce is not the only option either.
2. Celery – This salad staple also does well enough without soil. Celery isn’t a fast grower, but is is so popular as a salad component and a snack that it belongs on the list.
3. Cabbage – As another salad staple, this is a great option for aquaponics because it is easy to grow and you pick part or all of the plant as needed. Chinese cabbage is perhaps the best variety to grow.
4. Cucumbers – The big variety sold in American grocery stores, the English cucumber, might take more space than you have, but smaller varieties are a great option for the hobbyist anyway.
5. Radishes – Because they grow underground and the plants aren’t big, they are a great option for growers, though not as popular for eating as other vegetables on the list.
6. Carrots – They grow underground, so carrots are easy to grow and only take a moderate amount of space to produce. Carrots are incredibly popular salad and snack foods as well.
7. Potatoes – Like carrots, these underground growers do well in a medium or large aquaponics setup. They prefer a cool and humid climate. A potato plant or two doesn’t take up that much space.
8. Squash – Many varieties of squash with different flavors do well in aquaponics setups. Due to the space requirements, a tabletop setup might not produce good results. Squashes have similar environmental requirements to melons and English cucumbers.
9. Melons – Not suitable for the causal hobbyist, because of the space they need, but still popular. Bear in mind that watermelons, honeydews, and cantaloupes are only the most popular melon options. There are varieties suitable for a range of climates too.
10. Some sources include tomatoes here, even though tomatoes are technically a fruit. Because tomatoes are popular and come in many varieties, they deserve an honorable mention. They need vertical space to grow, but smaller varieties like the roma and cherry are very space efficient choices.
Plenty of Vegetable Options:
Be sure you have the space and the right growing environment first. Some plants are climbers, so they need a trellis system. Other plants need more space below what should be ground level. The preceding aquaponics vegetable list only reflects one aspect of aquaponics. People grow a vast array of herbs, legumes, nuts, and seeds in aquaponics operations. Whatever the size of your aquaponics space, there are numerous vegetables to grow and enjoy
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