Prepping the Soil – Kitchen Scraps to Garden Beds

getting soil ready

I originally shared this post on a blog that I keep for my family over at and I thought that it would be worth sharing here. I am surprised how confusing people make composting and how may excuses I hear on why they don’t do it. Rats, snakes, bugs, worms and the list goes on. I have had my share of compost disasters, but have learned that there are ways to avoid 90% of the problems. Composting needs to be looked at as process, and should be approached in steps.

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Home Scale IBC Tote System

It is always fun to set up a new aquaponics system and start providing food for yourself and family. This IBC Tote aquaponics system was set up on a corner of a patio, partially in the shade due to the hot tropical sun. The constant flow unit is set up with a small 100 gallon pump and a bell siphon. Over time different features were added like two 5′ 4″PVC grow tubes and different water features.

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Aquaponics Shop

Find everything that you need to get started on your next aquaponics system. Order the essential supplies that you need to start growing your own symbiotic garden with fish and vegetebles. Get your Fish tanks, pumps, grow beds, hardware, grow medium and more.

Free How to Build a Tropical Chicken Coop Download

Free Chicken Coop Plans

Tropical Chicken Coop Design

Chicken Coop Plans
The structure of the coop is 4x8x8. It is 4 ft wide by 8ft long and 8ft high at its highest point. The floor of the hen house is three feet off of the ground. There is a thatched roof covering the length of the coop to keep out the rain and sun. The roofs highest point is at 8ft (in the center) dropping down to 6ft on the front side, and 7ft on the back side. This allows for a consistent air flow throughout the coop
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Using Beneficial Insects for Integrated pest management (IPM)

Beneficial Garden Insects

Integrated pest management (IPM), also known as Integrated Pest Control (IPC) is a broad-based approach that integrates practices for economic control of pests. IPM aims to suppress pest populations below the economic injury level (EIL). The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation defines IPM as “the careful consideration of all available pest control techniques and subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the development of pest populations and keep pesticides and other interventions to levels that are economically justified and reduce or minimize risks to human health and the environment. IPM emphasizes the growth of a healthy crop with the least possible disruption to agro-ecosystems and encourages natural pest control mechanisms.” Entomologists and ecologists have urged the adoption of IPM pest control since the 1970s. IPM allows for safer pest control. This includes managing insects, plant pathogens and weeds
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