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Old 01-02-2011, 17:54   #1
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Grow Your Own at Sea ?

Hi All!

Just looking for peoples thought and practices on growing any veg or herbs etc onboard?

Are there certain plants that grow/survive better than others?
(we will be sailing in multiple climates the southern Europe/caribbiean/south america)

Are there any best practice methods for storing them and stopping them from being crushed or ruined?

I have heard people speak about growing them via the good old fashioned coke bottle greenhouse method. Does this actually work??

Any ideas or input would be great as i love to grow my own but not sure how sucessfull this might be at sea!

Thanks to all!!

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Here are a couple threads on the subject. Enjoy!

Bean Sprouts

Sprouts Galore !
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Just make sure you don't get caught with more then you can justify under 'personal use'.







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I've always wondered about doing this but imagine it might cause complications when clearing customs in some countries. Anyone have experience with this?
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I've always wondered about doing this but imagine it might cause complications when clearing customs in some countries. Anyone have experience with this?
Would you have to clean the moss off your boat too?
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I've always wondered about doing this but imagine it might cause complications when clearing customs in some countries. Anyone have experience with this?
Definitely-- if you come into Bermuda. Our Customs declaration asks about seeds, soil and plant material.

Heck, we almost changed the government when someone suggested we import West Indian soil for our cricket pitches. No Kidding
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I have considered growing lettices during a transatlantic as they come up quite quickly. Maybe start with seedlings from a nursery.

As you have prob guessed I am not green fingered.
I also know some people who havwe grown herbs (for cooking) in a box on their pushpit and they said the salt was not a problem.
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If you decide to grow sprouts, I have found Territorial Seed Company in Oregon as a good source. fyi
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What seems like a great idea at home tends to not be done much actually cruising.

I have seen one boat in Asia with Orchids growing.

I have killed lots of basil.

1/8th of a serving of sprouts have been grown on board after a weeks tending, after a months searching, after a high price paid for the damn vapid seeds.

In a marina a pot plant of herbs may look cool.... but what do you do with 10 kgs of compost, pot and geraniums when you actually want to sail the boat?





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but what do you do with 10 kgs of compost, pot and geraniums when you actually want to sail the boat?
No soil needed! And you can have a fresh batch each day. Read: https://www.easygreen.com/


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There is a book written in the 70's called Sailing The Farm that is really good. Out of print and the few copies for sale are around $50, but your local library can get you a copy.
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Sailing the Farm is a classic, and has some simple how-to material for solar stills, dehydrators, etc.

I've done some hydroponic gardening over the years, and am planning to do so again on Nomadness for basil, lettuce, spinach, and other smallish stuff. Adequate lighting is a huge issue if it needs to be inside, so mine will be modular and relocatable between lifelines and the equipment room (ex head) off the aft cargo bay.
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Sprouts are easy to do, all sorts of them. At home I never eat them, but when sailing I do and love them. Fresh veggies, mon .... that Sailing the Farm book is really a good one. I also harvest kelp, dry it and use it in cooking. Good Stuff. Don't try to wash off the salt, just dry it on a line in the sun. When it crumbles easily, put it in baggies. For those of you who live on the Salish Sea, a PhD named Ryan Drum does lessons and has a booklet on sea veggies [seaweed for the uninitiates]. Farm grown stuff tastes like rotten fish, but fresh from the sea, wild, it is marvelous.
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'Neumeyer - Sailing the Farm (1981).pdf' is available on thepiratebay and various other file sharing sites.

I keep several half-gallon ball jars growing different sprouts. Personally, I prefer the smaller seed stock; I find the legumes and beans have fairly blase flavors, besides which, the sea offers up plenty of protein. Radish sprouts are especially tasty, broccoli sprouts contain around 50 times more vitamins by weight than their adult counterparts, and alfalfa is great for bulk. I order most of my organic seeds from wheatgrasskits.

Wheatgrass and young carrots are simple to grow in flats.

Carrots (grow to about 4"-6"):



Wheatgrass:



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My favorite sprout resource is these folks:

The Grooviest Sprouting Seeds on Our Planet!

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