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Old 13-04-2012, 20:45   #16
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Re: gardening aboard?

But it's considerd a big money delish dish thru out the some areas of the Pacific
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Old 15-04-2012, 11:47   #17
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I've heard tell that those 'green' reusable grocery bags do well with tomatoes. The excess water seeps through the bottom. Hook them over the stanchions and bring them inside when needed.
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Re: gardening aboard?

my tomatoes i planted last year finally got to be 3 inches tall before they died a year after planting....i kept 'em in the cockpit...too much salty fog and sea air in wind, even when protected by cabin house. is cheaper to buy the veggies and fruit fresh, i am thinking---
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Wow.... woulda thought Tomatoes would grow great in Mexico! I guess you've got the "brown thumb" like me. Everything I plant dies.... even here on hard land..... :>)
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cheechako--i usually have green one, but these are extra hardy roma tomatoes and dont seem to like me much...oh well....
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Old 15-04-2012, 17:43   #21
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We always take a windowsill planter growing mint (for mojitos) with us when we go cruising for a month or so in the summer. We start the planter well before we leave so it is producing leaves right from the beginning of the cruise. The planter sits on the cabintop at anchor, under the dodger while sailing upwind and down below in really bad weather. The planter is about 8 inches by 2 feet. We haven't figured out how to grow limes on board yet.
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G'day, mates. We regularly have a variety of herbs aboard. They definitely don't like a boisterous heel to weather, even when they are tucked securely down below! Cheers.
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Re: Gardening Aboard?

Growing sprouts from an ol' bo's family that first got me into sailing back in college (if you could see me now):

use an old mayo jar, punch a lot of small holes in the top, add mung bean or alfalfa beans (possibly any legumes), soak over night. Drain, and Rinse twice daily for 4 days.

The Mung bean sprouts are great in soups as well, thicker than alfalfa bean sprouts which are great on a sandwich.
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Re: Gardening Aboard?

In many places, fresh veggies are hard to find, and/or very expensive. On a passage, I put the garden below, in the spare head, in a container to control any mess. Even a bit of salt spray from a stray wave can damage most plants.
The hanging garden devices for tomatoes work great - until the boat starts moving. I gave mine to a dirt dweller.
Basil is probably the best single herb, easy, reliable, and versatile. In cooler climates many others will work well too. Tomatoes are my second favorite, but are a challenge, and I think you need at least two plants. Only grow the small types. larger ones will get beat up too easily. Bamboo stakes can be used to get them to grow upright. After about a year, the productions fall off, but for months at a time you can get at least half dozen tomatoes a day from a few plants.
It all went overboard before coming to NZ; even the seeds. But it is started again and will be producing by the time I get to Tonga.
Sprouts are a challenge in the heat of the tropics. They go from ready to rotten in just hours. Mustard sprouts were my favorite.
I keep a bucket of rinse water that is fairly clean, for the plants, and a pot for compost, since good soil is often hard to find.
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Re: Gardening Aboard?

I took some pictures 5 minutes ago.

I have:
tomatoes, onion, garlic, rocket, lettuce, beet root, silverbeet, parsley oregano, tyme, basil, chives, cillantro, beans, lentils, sun flowers, leeks, mint, chia, fenugreek, and some succulents as well as some other stuff.

I get a salad every day and munch quite a bit.

I highly recommend:

silver beet (high yield and can take salt)
onion can handle wind
rocket (grows fast)
most herbs (basil parsley etc)

and probably anything mostly underground (beetroot is good)

tomatoes are fun but take too long, but none of my cherry seeds germinated so I was left with huge ones! I'm still going to be getting one a day now.

I have lots of spiders ants flies, and now two large praying mantises!

I use urine, wood ash, seaweed, compost, and fish guts. Stuff grows fast.

What else do you guys grow?
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Re: Gardening Aboard?

You're a great green thumb, but I'm afraid to ask...where do you sleep? Mauritz
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thanks got to this thread from your post on growing food thread
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Do you just put the fish guts in the dirt or is there some process
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