Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Duckweed and Edible-leaved Taro

Don't these plants just look cool? They're growing in a plastic bin that was left in my barn by the previous owners. This shot was taken before the recent frosts wilted the taro down.

I'm currently testing duckweed as a chicken feed. I need to find a way to grow it in greater quantity, though. I put some in the algae-filled swimming pool of a local foreclosed home but it didn't take. It also doesn't seem to like much fertilizing.

As for the taro, it's grown rather slowly but I have hopes it'll take off this new year once things warm up again. I'm hoping to install a bed into my aquaponics setup-in-progress.

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At January 15, 2013 at 9:52 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

David, am glad to read of your experimenting with duckweed as an animal feed! I've found that in the height of summer, algae and duckweed fight for dominance in fertilized water systems. If you started with a heavy layer of duckweed, it will reduce sunlight and the algae will die back. The trick is allowing for a full cover of duckweed. Good luck Tamra www.DuckweedGardening.com

At January 15, 2013 at 11:48 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

Excellent - thank you for the advice. Keep posting your own experiments - hope the 2 acre pond works out.

At January 16, 2013 at 8:06 AM , Blogger Ten at Eat Your Sands said...

"doesn't seem to like fertilizer" ? what, did you pee on it or something? :)

At January 16, 2013 at 8:57 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

You are amazingly naughty. Go write about rabbits or something!

At November 26, 2014 at 6:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been trying to raise duckweed on and off for a couple of years.... no real success, though they do well for me in small buckets... I tried in my aquaponics pond but the algae killed them...
Keith...aka wkpx


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