And the answer is…
Turn it into a tilapia pond!
Here’s our jacuzzi with hydroponics beds over the top ready to be filled with bags of clay pellets. The plan is to pump the fish water up to the plants, allowing the plants to clean the water, then flowing back into the fish pond.
To protect the fish, we decided to build a geodesic dome greenhouse over the top. We used PVC due to its ease of cutting and construction. Here’s the 1st row being laid out.
The 2nd row going up.
Looking over the finished framework.
The covering is solar rated plastic covering. We have a door cut on the north side. And we ended up cutting two windows towards the top on the east and west sides to create more air flow.
Here’s the 10 or 12 tiny tilapia coming home in the ice cooler.
And here are the babies home in their new pond.
We completed this project over a month ago and the fish have grown tremendously. About 2 weeks after this first group, we purchased 10 or so more. And since then, we have 2 or 3 new babies. In 14 months or so, we will have dinner!
I have stepped into new territory, in more ways than one. I am gardening in the desert AND I am blogging about it. I have been resistant to both activities for far too long!
Let me explain… I have had gardens in many of the places I have lived. These have all been places where you start looking at seed catalogs in January, sometimes earlier, and then start planning your garden before the snow melts. As soon the the snow melts, you start turning the soil, preparing the earth. Here, in the desert, it has been quite a challenge for me to wrap my brain around doing this same process when it is 110 plus degrees outside. It just doesn’t make seasonal sense.
My resistance to blogging has been the perceived lack of human one-to-one contact. There were two things that change this perspective: 1. Listening to Seth Godin speak about the importance of tribes in one of his TED Talks; and 2. wanting to share my experiences with desert gardening with more people than just those I see on a day-to-day basis.
So, here I go with both of these endeavors!