After the Christmas break everything is now slowly getting back to normal. At the Gouna commercial site steady maintenance is bearing fruit (forgive the pun). So far in this system we have the following planted;
Strawberries (in towers)
Watercress (in the drain)
I am now doing research on rice. Yes, rice !! I’m thinking of planting it in the very wet drain that collects the water from the strawberry towers and growbeds and runs into the sump. Here is a shot of the watercress thriving in the moist environment.
We planted about 50 strawberry plants and after 4 weeks (save for some initial wilting) they are thriving. They produced a good many fruit and are now sending out runners in all directions.
The fish are also doing well. I introduced another 350 male fingerlings to pond #3. Today I borrowed a throw net and after a few practice throws in pond #1 (brood pond) managed to catch quite a few fingerlings in the 30-40mm size range which are looking nice and healthy and I moved them to pond #2 (mixed-sex juveniles).
We shaded the ponds with 80% black shade cloth this week and it certainly has helped. The temperature is now a perfect 28 deg and the algae in the ponds is definitely reduced.
Enough for now