Steve and I were both sick over the holidays. The really bad part of that is he has a forced vacation every year because the plant shuts down for the holidays.
And we were sick! It was some weird flu thing that zapped the very energy from every cell of our bodies. Mine hit my lungs, and Steve’s hit his sinuses. We don’t usually go anywhere during this time of year. We just take in the holiday spirit; enjoying friends, family, and social gatherings. We go to dinner a lot, and the movies. This year ; not so much.
But we had moments of feeling a bit of energy, and during one of those times, Steve walked out to the backyard, and looked at the aquaponics system that I have been building via remote instructions from a friend.
The tank was fully cycled; full of nitrates. There was algae growing. That is a sign that plant life can now be maintained. I did not have the plumbing, or the electrical (not my strong suit) going yet.
Steve started thinking, and searching the net; and with the help of a couple of my calls to my fish friend, he got it going. I planted bare root strawberries and away we go.
The night we got it going, I was just falling asleep. He said “Honey” Me-“Hunh?” Him- “you awake?” Me- “I am now” Him “can I have one of your grow beds to plant in?” Me- “Sure”. Then 10 minutes later. Him-“Honey, you awake?” Me-“Hunh?” Him- “I wish there was a book that I could read to help me understand”. I reached over to my night stand and gave him my Aquaponics book. He turned on his light and began to read.
I smiled to myself. He is finally hooked. Yay! Farmer Steve is coming along quite nicely. Nighty night.