Raised Aquaponic Garden Bed

A sketchup model of the Raised Aquaponic Garden Bed outside of the GP. The beds are filled with 1" gravel.

Although we have had great success growing our vegetation inside the Garden Pool, it is time for us to expand to the rest of the backyard. The more we expand our vegetative growth, the more fish we can raise. What we have designed and built for this is the Raised Aquaponic Garden Bed.

We believe that this design will enable us to maintain a controlled GP-like environment for a few reasons:

  • Aquaponic – We hooked ours to the GP, but it is the perfect size for IBC aquaponics, spas, pools, or fish ponds.
  • Low Maintenance – Imagine a garden bed that you don’t have to weed or water!
  • Versatile – Can be either used with the raft method, filled with grow medium, or used to grow floating plants like duckweed.
  • Transforms – Uncovered in fair weather, shaded in the summer, and is a mini-greenhouse in the winter. You can grow year round.

In winter, the bed is covered in 6 mil UV plastic to serve as a miniature greenhouse.

In the summer, the bed can be opened and shade cloth attached to provide a shaded place to grow.

Here are a few photos from the first construction of the Raised Aquaponic Garden Beds at the Garden Pool for your reference. This project was assembled by the GP Team and a great group of local volunteers as part of a Volunteer Project at the Garden Pool. To be a part of our volunteer projects in person, join our meetup group.

Materials

  • (8) Treated 2′ x 4′ x 8′
  • (2) Treated 2′ x 8′ x 8′
  • (6) Exterior Hinges
  • 2 1/2″ Deck Screws
  • 1 1/4″ Deck Screws
  • Fish Safe Pond Liner at least 7′ x 10′
  • Framed 4′ x 8′ Exterior Lattice
  • (2) 4″x1/2″ concrete anchors & “L” bracket.

Tools

  • Compound Miter Saw or Circular Saw & Protractor
  • Cordless 3/8″ Drill or greater
  • Staple Gun with 3/8″ Staples
  • 1/2″ Impact Drill with 1/2″ Masonry Bit
  • 1 1/4″ Hole Saw
  • 5/8″ Drill Bit
  • Utility Knife
  • Marking Utensil (sharpie, crayon, pencil, etc.)
  • Measuring Tape
  • (2) Saw Horses or Work Bench
  • Safety Glasses

Instructions

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