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Old 31-01-2014, 06:53   #16
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Got any pics of yer setup? And rain collector? Thanks
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Old 31-01-2014, 07:01   #17
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Sorry for the thread drift, how did you build your solar dehydrator?
No trying to extend this drift too much, although it is related. I'm in the process of building a solar dehydrator right now, so I'd love to see Resilientg's as well. I'm using a plan from the book Sailing the Farm, by Ken Neumeyer.

As for growing food, other than sprouts we've only ever grown herbs like basil. I like the idea of growing more food, but I wonder about the space requirements.
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Old 31-01-2014, 07:08   #18
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Thanks. I'm always interested in this but especially now that I'm still setting up new (to me) boat. I had a large awning made but have yet to install the plumbing to it. Can't have too many ideas, tho.
Awesome that was my first photo! Ok from left to right. I found that small trash cans work really well for catching rain. Small enough to move around easily and when there empty easy to stack. Next is my compost tea maker. You put worm castings in a cloth bag. Add some molasses and an air bubbler. Lots of great videos on YouTube supposed to be the best plant food ever. On top of the 5 gallon bucket is my hydroponics experiment. I found that you can either grow plants or make compost tea not both the roots he clogged. And last is my Reservoir container a must have for growing in the summer hold about 2 gallons of water in the base. these were planted 3 months ago. Growing slowly because it's winter.
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How about growing some hippie lettuce?


Mmmmmm.....hippie lettuce.....
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Awesome that was my first photo! Ok from left to right. I found that small trash cans work really well for catching rain. Small enough to move around easily and when there empty easy to stack. Next is my compost tea maker. You put worm castings in a cloth bag. Add some molasses and an air bubbler. Lots of great videos on YouTube supposed to be the best plant food ever. On top of the 5 gallon bucket is my hydroponics experiment. I found that you can either grow plants or make compost tea not both the roots he clogged. And last is my Reservoir container a must have for growing in the summer hold about 2 gallons of water in the base. these were planted 3 months ago. Growing slowly because it's winter.
Noted and copied. Like the man said, I'm "going to need a bigger boat."
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Are there any issues with Customs and Quarantine if one is cruising into a new country? Otherwise, I would have to focus on radishes and cilantro for quick-growing gardens. How about hydroponics and this issue, since no soil?
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US Dept. of Agriculture and US Customs will confiscate your garden, if they inspect your boat. It's a "no-no" to bring in live plants (and uncooked meats) to many countries, not just in the US. I have even seen them confiscating cold meat/cuts sandwiches; they must have been really hungry, that day!

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No trying to extend this drift too much, although it is related. I'm in the process of building a solar dehydrator right now, so I'd love to see Resilientg's as well. I'm using a plan from the book Sailing the Farm, by Ken Neumeyer.

As for growing food, other than sprouts we've only ever grown herbs like basil. I like the idea of growing more food, but I wonder about the space requirements.
Sailing the Farm was a huge inspiration to me. I don't know if this is going to be any help. But I have an Excalibur dehydrator and will soon have enough solar panels to run it. Hey its a solar powered food dehydrator. Dehydrating in high humidity is hard to do. Down the line I want to make a large solar oven. If it was ventilated and the Sunlight kept off the food I would think it would work well. And of course you can use it as an oven. Just make sure its ventilated enough to not cook the food when dehydrating.
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I have solar panels on my bimini that I just put buckets under. Soon will install 4 on my davits with a rain gutter. Will work on photos
I can't wait for the pictures of this too!
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I can't wait for the pictures of this too!
I appreciate your interest..I probably shouldn't have said soon though. It's about 4th on the to do list:
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Sailing the Farm was a huge inspiration to me. I don't know if this is going to be any help. But I have an Excalibur dehydrator and will soon have enough solar panels to run it. Hey its a solar powered food dehydrator. Dehydrating in high humidity is hard to do. Down the line I want to make a large solar oven. If it was ventilated and the Sunlight kept off the food I would think it would work well. And of course you can use it as an oven. Just make sure its ventilated enough to not cook the food when dehydrating.
Yes, great book sparrowhawk1. It's a bit dated, but it contains a lot of great ideas.

Which Excalibur do you carry on your boat? I've been looking at them for when we head off. I have a large dehydrator on land, but it certainly won't be coming with us on our boat.
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Yes, great book sparrowhawk1. It's a bit dated, but it contains a lot of great ideas.

Which Excalibur do you carry on your boat? I've been looking at them for when we head off. I have a large dehydrator on land, but it certainly won't be coming with us on our boat.
I'm going to start a new thread. I will title It dehydrating
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Am I the only person on this forum successfully growing food? come on....!
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Am I the only person on this forum successfully growing food? come on....!
Do beansprouts and yoghurt count
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Do beansprouts and yoghurt count
That's as much as I manage, although I do do a variety of different sprouts including alfalfa and radish!
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