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Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes
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Turning Aquatic weeds into enriched mulch,creating diverse microbal communities and saving your energy.,

Posted by Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes almost 9 years ago

We are currently coming to the end of our summer harvest,this means ,get ready for Autumn.Subtropics, mulch mulch mulch,we attempt to return at least 60-80 percent of our gardens bio mass back to the soil,I do not dig anymore prefering my soil workers to

I rely on 3 main,water plants to achieve soil fertility and to help build organic matter in the soil,we have other spiecies in the pool that operate as support spiecies and also food plants.All plants help balance the nutrient load and polish the water.They provide habitat for micro and macro flora and fauna.The first of my useful water plants is Azzola pinnata the plant is host to a cyno bacterium called Anabaena azollea.Cynobacterium are an important part of the earth oxygen production some place it's importance at upwards of 60% of oxygen production.They exist mainly in oceanic geyers that are located in several different water bodies throughout the word.Anabaena is also a symbiant that has the ability to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere to help this small fern grow in nitrogen scarce enviroments.It is this function I am chasing as nitrogen plays an important role in leaf production in my home garden.I have read that Azolla filiculoides is better at this function and increases it's usefulness if put through a simple ferment process.The second important plant we utilize is Eichhornia crassipes or water hyacynth,this plant is able to reproduce itself at an astonishing rate in scientific trial up to 90 tonnes wet per year per hectare.I have found that my pool which is 8 meters by 4 meters and about 70000 litres,could be covered three times between spring and Autumn,in winter the Azzola becomes more dominant.We find that this is more than enough mulch for the garden when combined with other support spiecies cajunus cajun,crotolaria, cana edulis,symphytum officinal,which are all planted extensively.The hyacynth also rapidly accumulates phosporus and potassium two things that are associated with algae out breaks.Algae can smother the pool and deplete oxygen and the stunt the ability of the other food systems (zooplankton and phyto plankton) from functioning properly.

Wolffia sp or duckweed is our third spiecies,it is the worlds smallest flower,it is about 40% protien and can be used as food,we find it a good addition to our chickens diet and in a pinch I believe that I would eat it too.We are at the moment harvesting approximately 100 grams of small native fish per week to suppliment the protien requirements of the chickens as well.These fish have the role of mosquito control as well,however other spiecies such as dragonfly nymphs are voracious predators of mosquitos.in general mosquitos have not been any issue.We include reeds as perches for dragon and damselflys as they are excellent benificial predators enjoying aphids and other common garden pests.We have quite a number of spiecies of both.The also need the reeds to emerge from the pond and then transform into dragonflies from the nymph stage.A 1000 litre water tank connected to our downpipes keeps the pool topped up a small hose runs from the tank to the pool in rain events.We have a 5000 litre water tank that can be used in times of extreme dry.I have included pictures of the hyacynth on the garden before it is processed by the lawn mower,this area of 8x 3 meters takes about 15 minutes to mulch and mow so it is drop and chop not chop and drop.The after pictures reveal a spongy mass of dark material roots and leaves that are then covered with the other support spiecies.The pool has been a facinating journey for me and it is very rich in learning and observation,I will continue to update on certain other elements as time allows.I would like to thank Fernando Pessoa for giving us the initial help and advice on this endevour as it stands we are more than pleased with our choice.Earlier pictures of this system are available at the PRI website when Craig Macintosh was kind enough to visit us and do a story you can read it here.

http://permaculture.org.au/2009/07/21/convert-your-eco-unfriendly-swimming-pool-into-a-biologically-active-and-attractive-fish-farm/

 

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Pedro Franco
Pedro Franco : WOW! wonderful information Vanessa! Let me share this with you: http://azolla.fc.ul.pt/documents/AzollaPortugal.pdf (portuguese document)
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jordan lowery
jordan lowery : great post, i love using aquatic "Weeds" as compost material and mulch. nothing cleaning your pond, increasing the health of the pond and get tons of biomass for the garden at the same time.
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Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes
Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes : Thankyou pedro what a wonderful document you sent me most amazing!
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Sven Horner
Sven Horner : Thank you for this one. Yesterday I had the idea to take all that algae that is produced so much within the small river running just trough my parents little backyard. The explanation I came up with was that all those "don't know how to use nature's wonderful toolbox"-gardeners, like my mom, living right next to the river (there are many) just keep on pouring on fertilizer onto there lawns, etc. so that the river gets overmanured. -> too much algae and a stinky river in the garden is the consequence. So those fertilizers organically bound in algae, that others waste money, oil, natural ressources and their time and energy with I will just take for free, also cleaning up the fertilizer-polluted river a little bit. You're invited to take your share, as well. :)
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Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes
Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes : I work with our Botanical garden in the Herbariam as a plant presser and cataloguer,we have a large lake that requires constant mechanised and chemical treatment to remove many of species mentioned in this post as well as algae,they see it as a nuisance but don't recognise that they are in a never ending cycle of chemical infiltration into the water.I am hoping that they will start to use "natures toolbox "as well.If we show the way gently ,as permaculture can do we will able to help our friends and family and on the macro scale our neighbourhoods and the world embrace a more natural outlook and philosophy,what we take we must put back in one form or another.I am following your project too Sven and I wish you much luck with it.
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Mark Brown
Mark Brown : Marvellous Vanessa, In our garden we grow both duck weed and azola for mulch and compost but in separate ponds within the mandalas. Do you grow them separately too?
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Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes
Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes : We grow two black garbage bins of each to maintain a emergency supply,but in the pool it has found its own places the wolffia has pushed the azzola to the shady side of the pool,we just watch them battle with each other.The Eichhornia is the Queen she taking all she needs.All these productive plants come from waters around my home we can use them wise!
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Leah Galvin
Leah Galvin : Wow! This article is full of great information Vanessa! You have inspired me!
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Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes
Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes : It's totally mutual Leah,what luck we have to be friends!!!Keep us posted from Thailand we will miss you for a while. Van
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Leon van Wyk
Leon van Wyk : Wonderful! This is a prime example of how productive shallow aquatic systems are - if only all the people complaining about too much clay in their soils would make multiple ponds and then build raised garden beds with all the composted biomass they can extract from them... not to mention all the food that can be grown in aquatic and semi-aquatic systems (especially ponds designed and planted to leverage the productivity of annual wet | dry cycle)
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Leon van Wyk
Leon van Wyk : Wonderful! This is a prime example of how productive shallow aquatic systems are - if only all the people complaining about too much clay in their soils would make multiple ponds and then build raised garden beds with all the composted biomass they can extract from them... not to mention all the food that can be grown in aquatic and semi-aquatic systems (especially ponds designed and planted to leverage the productivity of annual wet | dry cycle)
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Carly Gillham
Carly Gillham : This is incredible - so informative and inspiring. Thank you for sharing!
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Anton Lo
Anton Lo : Great, informative post. It inspired me to research the plants I have growing in my fishtank (Salvinia natans), which should be good as a mulch where I live. Also inspired to install some some outdoor ponds now, thanks to Leon's comment.
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Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes
Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes : Yes a useful plant Anton ,it was used as a combat to some salvinia molesta(big brother) found in the Botanical gardens also can be fed to compost worms as fodder,Trials are continuing on it usefulness against another species(Cabomba caroliniana),which is also fed to worms over here in Australia.Yes small ponds are excellent for these type of things,Pedros link shows good use in Africa of ponds which would be used in sandy soil/degrades to produce grain crops.
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Gerald Anderson
Gerald Anderson : Makes me want more ponds, here in a temperate climate it is Difficult to come up with enough green biomass for compost. our main pond gets low in summer but has plants and lots of dragon flies. now I better understand their value. Thanks The green plants could also serve to make gley for new ponds.
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Gerald Anderson : Makes me want more ponds, here in a temperate climate it is Difficult to come up with enough green biomass for compost. our main pond gets low in summer but has plants and lots of dragon flies. now I better understand their value. Thanks The green plants could also serve to make gley for new ponds.
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