Aquascaping & Landscaping
Wabikusa (侘び草) was a product coined by Aqua Design Amano, essentially a ball of straw or moss covered by aquatic plants. Wabikusas have quickly become a new "style" in the aquatic gardening community. The ball may be tossed into anywhere inside an aquarium, or grown in a shallow glass container as an island of emergent aquatic flora. Making one is very simple.
What's the point of a raised garden bed? It allows soil to warm up earlier in the season, giving you a head start on planting and It keeps stubborn weeds from overtaking your garden. In arid regions, sunken beds are used to retain moisture in the soil. We'll walk you through a few methods of raising (or sinking) a garden bed in this article (Image courtesy of Wikimedia CC).
Windowfarm is an open source aquaponics project with the goal of developing hydroponic edible gardens for urban windows. Aimed at space maximization (vertical), low-impact and recycled, the window farm is a cool project you can do in a day with a water pump, some tubing, and old plastic water bottles.
Aquaponics farming has been growing steadily over the past years, it has especially gained traction in arid regions where water preservation is crucial. Aquaponics uses a symbiotic closed-loop system that cycles the same water between fish and plants, the fish produces nutrients and CO2 for the plants, and the plants in turn purifies the water and returns Oxygen to the fish. Today, many are setting up aquaponics systems at home, and growing their own produce and farming their own fish.
Keeping a planted aquarium tank or aquatic garden, compared an empty or artifical one, provides a healthier and more stable environment. Starting one is easy, and you'll be drawn back to it daily to document the rapid growth of your plants and watch the playful antics of your fish and invertebrates. To get started, all you need is a tank, dirt & sand, some plants, and a light source. This comprehensive guide outlines everything you need to know to start and maintain a healthy tank!