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Aquaponics and Aquaculture Perennial Garden
Aquaponics and Aquaculture Perennial Garden
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09/01/2016
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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA, Phoenixville, PA, US
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Goji Berries in my Aquaponics System

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Posted by John Stevenson almost 4 years ago

2016 Goji trials were a success. We were able to grow Goji berries from cuttings into fruit in the Permscape.com aquaponics research system in Pennsylvania. We also grew them outside as companion plants. Looking forward to 2017

The Lycium barbarum grows a fruit commonly called Goji berries (also called wolfberries). They are a very popular superfood. The berries have been eaten for thousands of years but have only become popular in the USA over the last decade or so.

Goji trials in the aquaponics system – Dutch Bucket System – Permscape Aquaponics – Permscape.com

They are a fat free, low calorie food rich in phytonutrients, vitamins (A,B2,C) and trace minerals. They also contains essential amino acids, calcium, iron, potassium, protein, and selenium.

Goji trials in the aquaponics system – Dutch Bucket System – Permscape Aquaponics – Permscape.com 

We grow them outside in the soil as well as in the aquaponics system.


Some are raised in a Dutch bucket system filled with expanded clay media. This is fed with a constant drip from the fish tank below. In 2016 the Goji berries fruited in the bucket system with the roots in the water. They did equally well in the Dutch bucket system.

Goji trials in the aquaponics system – Dutch Bucket System – Permscape Aquaponics – Permscape.com

Tilapia waste generates the inputs needed to successfully grow Goji Berries in the permscape aquaponics system.

 – Permscape Aquaponics – Permscape.com

Another method that was successful for us was to completely submerge the plant roots in a bucket located inside of the fish tank of the aquaponics system.

Goji trials in the aquaponics system – Permscape.com

The roots of the goji are harvesting the nitrogen from the fish tank and feeding the plant. This particular Goji was put in the bucket as a cutting.

Goji trials in the aquaponics system – Permscape.com - Roots

As anticipated, we were able to expand production in 2016. The new plants will be put to good use in the permaculture food forest we are tasked with completing in 2017 - 2018.

https://permacultureglobal.org/projects/2870-permscape-permaculture-food-forest-oasis-and-education-center


We fed the excess berries from our 2016 harvest to the fish. They gobbled them up. Using excess fruit to create fish protein is a nice trade.


The Goji Berries outside are companion plants for our fruit trees. Pictured below is Goji with our Cherry Tree.

Goji trials – companion planting – Permscape at Permscape.com

This Goji lives with our Cornelian Cherry tree, pineberries,wineberry, and Ginko. It is thriving in one of our mature Hugelkultur beds.

Needless to say there were quite a few grown in our yard. We are hoping for a bountiful Goji berry harvest in 2017.

Goji Berries growing with Comfrey, Rhubarb, Strawberry, and Blackberry under the Cherry Tree in the same small space.

 Goji Berries growing in a Pennsylvania suburban yard. There is also Comfrey, Rhubarb, Strawberry, and Blackberry under the Cherry Tree in the same small space.

That is the update for 2016. We will have more photos and information to share this spring.

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