Yes, this is meHi!  And welcome to my backyard.

My name is Mark Boyd, and among my many hobbies I love to garden.

In the past, I’ve had elaborate gardens, and tiny balcony gardens.  I’ve kept worms for vermicomposting my kitchen waste.  I’ve also kept saltwater and freshwater aquariums.

So of course I love the idea of combining these different aspects of gardening into one!

I thought it would be interesting to start a backyard aquaponics setup from scratch, and document my progress.  I’m a busy guy, but I can devote a big chunk of my weekends to this project.  And by telling you about what I’m doing, I am hoping that others will chime in with recommendations and warnings before I make a blunder.

I’m also hoping that my successes can be duplicated by others who are interested in joining this hobby.

If you want to talk to me about aquaponics, fish keeping, or gardening in general, please send me an email at

Also, if you are interested in becoming part of an aquaponics club in the San Joaquin Valley, then check out the Fresno Aquaponics Meetup page.