Ready for a salad? We are! Check back to see how our first tasting of the green lettuce went in a few more days. Unfortunately we're not growing a lot of other items in our system quite yet (it is a prototype after all!) so it'll be a pretty basic salad. But when you grow the food, it just tastes so much better!
As you can see above, the lettuce in our media bed is already huge. In fact, we have to raise the grow light up because the leaves are beginning to hit it. We are really excited to harvest and eat the lettuce quite soon. In the meantime it's thrilling to see how quickly it's growing.
Speaking of quick growth, check out the picture to the below left of the lettuce in our raft system. These seeds were planted just about 10 days ago - as just seeds. Yet they already recognizably look like lettuce. The same day they were planted I planted some lettuce seeds on the back patio of my house. Those plants just struggled through the surface yesterday and are just tiny little green leaves, not lettuce-like at all. The growth rate of our aquaponics system is astounding!
And, below right, you can see the fish. They're growing really quickly and are friendly and curious. They check out anything entering the water and are really enjoying their big tank. They're already more than twice the size than when they arrived.