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ATOMIC RED — (daucus carota) – aquaponic carrots April 23, 2012

Posted by rik94566 in aquaponics, Atomic Red Carrots, Carrots, Kitazawa Seed Company.
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At the first of the new year I had open bed space and a packet of Atomic Red Carrots from Kitazawa Seeds.  So guess what — I thought I would give them a try.


When I looked at the expected growth characteristics I was a little early on the germination range and the height would be about 2 feet in total.  I use a whole package of seed and just mixed into my gravel – nothing special here.  The seeds are very – very – very tiny.  They did float at first and ended up on one end of the bed area.  Once germination was accomplished I just moved the seedlings around until I got the spacing I thought would work.  Having never worked with carrots before I had no idea what to expect.

Well as of this past weekend here is what I have:

Over 3 feet of growth now

Here are additional pictures to show how well these “ATOMIC REDS” are doing.

Full view of the grow bed

Additional view

Akasanjaku – Yard Long Bean February 19, 2012

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This past Saturday I planted my first seeds for the growing season.  I selected Akasanjaku – Yard Long Bean for aquaponics.  Do not know if it will grow, but it is worth a try.  I purchased my seed from Kitazwa Seed Company.  Being that some night time temps are still in the mid 40″s F I am trying a new method to give my seeds a early start.  I will blog about this and put up some pictures to give you an idea of what it looks like.
Here is the link if you are interested:


Vigna unguiculata subsp sesquipedalis

Seed #174
Yard long beans are sometimes called Asparagus beans or Chinese Long beans. This highly prized sweet variety produces long, slender, round stringless pods that grow 12-16″ long. The dry beans of this variety are a red color. This strong plant thrives on heat and is easy to grow.
  • Warm season annual
  • Approx. 50-60 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
  • Maturity: Approx. 75 days
  • Planting season: Late spring to early summer