Today’s guest is Reid Larson, founder and chief science officer of PolyGuarden, a company offering full-spectrum protection for both residential and commercial aquaponics with the mission of global implementation of aquaponics.
Listen in as Reid talks about the products and services they’re offering including eco-friendly pest sprays, proactive vs. reactive pest sprays, and Solution 3 plant supplements for root development. Reid further discusses neem extractions and dual root zone aquaponics where you get to plant on soil on top of the aquaponics media. Find out about certain products to stay away from, the use of macro and micronutrients, the need for water changes, and dealing with problems of readily available nutrients.
PolyGuarden has opened up consulting, designing, and monitoring systems. Reid further discusses the Google trends and the power of collaboration. More topics will be discussed including strengthening food systems, various systems they’re using, and some advancements in their monitoring systems.
Finally, Reid shares his insights into the best integration between aquaponics and permaculture with a touch on land restoration soil remediation.
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56: Natural Pest Sprays and Dual Root Zone Aquaponics with Reid Larson of PolyGuarden
Here’s what you’ll learn from this episode:
- Larsen has a background in aquarium keeping and aquaculture
- Sifting through an abundance of information out there
- Check out the different products they’re offering
- Proactive vs. reactive pest sprays
- What are Solution 3 plant supplements made of? (Reid says it’s the best in the market today)
- Reid discusses the “dual root zone” aquaponics and what’s so cool about it
- Bottom: Hydroponic media
- Middle: Burlap sack
- Top: Soil
- The importance of reading labels
- Certain products that are not healthy to aquaponics systems
- Reid suggests changing your water. Listen in and find out why!
- What’s the Google trend for aquaponics right now?
- Reid hints on their up-coming TEDTalk about the global implementation of aquaponics
- The importance of strengthening the food connection globally
- Where Reid sees aquaponics is heading in the next 5 years
- Find out the various systems they’ve worked on and the different variable involved
- Discover Reid’s monitoring systems
- Reid talks about integrating aquaponics and permaculture
“Aquaponics is purposeful and so is permaculture, they go hand in hand. If you’re not purposeful-minded, you’re not permaculture-minded and you’re probably not going to do that great in aquaponics as far as bringing it forward. Permaculture is the only way to look at aquaponics.” – Reid Larson
“PolyGuarden was born out of a necessity to bring a full spectrum support to aquaponics.” – Reid Larson
“PolyGuarden is for advancing the residential movement, getting us all to be able to grow fresh herbs and vegetables in our homes to really enjoy.” – Reid Larson
“Ask away and if we don’t know an answer, we’ll never make one up for you. We’ll go find an answer then we’ll make sure that your system is running healthy.” – Reid Larson
“Water changes are key to monitor where your levels are at.” – Reid Larson
“Truth is a three-sided coin. There’s two sides that are going to be opposing each other. And then you want to look at both sides. Be willing enough to go and research both sides and say, let’s find out where the truth lies.” – Reid Larson
“Trillions of gallons of water are used everywhere in farming– where aquaponics is saving 90+% of that water.” – Reid Larson
“You can predict the future so much but all it exists is the present moment. And the present moment is where we like to keep our pulse.” – Reid Larson
On the Fish Safeness of Solution 3:
“It is a foliar spray so when sprayed correctly (not excessive with leaves dripping off into system) it is taken up systemically by the plant and NOT leached into the system. Also it is not a root drench method or added to the system itself so no issues with the method of delivery … with or without using dual root zone aquaponics. Also the neem and other potentially non friendly (but overall safe, obviously) fish ingredients make up about 5 ml per gallon of solution so someone would have to pour a whole concentrate mix into their aquaponic system to mess it up. ”
Resources/links to websites:
Learn more about Reid and PolyGuarden by visiting their website www.PolyGuarden.com
The Visionary Aquaponics podcast with Tim Mann Episode 5 on Soil Remediation
Paul Stamets’ book, Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World (One of MY favorite books of all!)