Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 16-07-2014, 08:49   #46
Registered User
 
sparrowhawk1's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Miami Beach Fl
Boat: Colombia Cc 11.8
Posts: 1,252
Well I cut back all the leaves on my Swiss chard because of cabbage moth caterpillar infestation and thought it was a lost cause but it looks like some of them are coming back.

Click image for larger version

Name:	ForumRunner_20140716_104127.jpg
Views:	211
Size:	430.2 KB
ID:	85064

I only had a few tomatoes and noticed a lot of blossoms that dropped so I cut back and planted the cuttings in my bucket with a bubbler I use for making compost tea. ( for some reason photo went to the bottom of post)

I'm really happy with the root growth and hopefully will be able to propagate this way the seeds were $5 for 20 and only three of them actually sprouted into plants


And last but not least the sweet potatoes produce leaves pretty quickly. when ready to harvest ( when I feel like steaming some greens) I just cut the whole vine then take off the leaves

Click image for larger version

Name:	ForumRunner_20140716_104639.jpg
Views:	201
Size:	303.5 KB
ID:	85066
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	ForumRunner_20140716_104311.jpg
Views:	172
Size:	272.7 KB
ID:	85065  
__________________

__________________
sparrowhawk1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-07-2014, 09:46   #47
Registered User
 
boat_alexandra's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: chesapeake bay
Boat: bristol 27
Posts: 2,823
Re: Growing Food

Currently growing spring onions, garlic, tomatoes, some succulents, and a pumpkin! I want to grow the pumpkins and I'm starting to get flowers, but it's probably wiser to just cook the leaves. I put a bunch of food waste in a bucket, grabbed some charcoal from the stove and crushed it and mixed in some dirt, and it's very rich that's what the pumpkin is growing in. There are many worms living in that bucket.

Offshore when a wave hits the plants it is very bad for them. Only onions and succulents survived the crossing, they seem to be able to take some waves without dying but it makes them sick.

Biggest problem is the heat here exceeds 35C during daytime so I must put the plants in the shade!

I had a much larger garden before, more info in this thread, post #25:
Gardening Aboard?
__________________

__________________
boat_alexandra is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2014, 05:10   #48
Registered User
 
sparrowhawk1's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Miami Beach Fl
Boat: Colombia Cc 11.8
Posts: 1,252
Re: Growing Food

Garden update

Finally starting to really produce. It got down to 52 degrees last night so the Swiss chard and kale should start tasting sweeter. I think one of the reasons I'm having more success than other boaters is the simple fact that I have a center cockpit that's pretty high, limiting the salt spray
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	1414929959766.jpg
Views:	159
Size:	148.4 KB
ID:	90754   Click image for larger version

Name:	1414930001364.jpg
Views:	166
Size:	140.3 KB
ID:	90755  

__________________
sparrowhawk1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2014, 05:26   #49
Registered User
 
Blue Crab's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Hurricane Highway
Boat: Cal 29
Posts: 3,883
pirate Re: Growing Food

I'm green with envy!
__________________
Blue Crab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2014, 16:37   #50
Registered User
 
sapient sue's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: We are now waiting for a weather window to cross Bass Strait. Currently in Lakes Entrance and have enjoyed exploring the Gippsland Lakes.
Boat: Joe Adams Naut 40
Posts: 202
Images: 5
Re: Growing Food

Hi

I have a hydroponics set up in which I grow herbs. Mint, coriander, basil but want to try tomatoes. My space is limited so if not tomatoes then possibly kale. I lost all but the basil while we were landbased travelling (waiting for the new engine to arrive in country) but will start afresh now we are back onboard.

Happy growing - Sue


Sent from my iPad using Cruisers Sailing Forum
__________________
sapient sue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2014, 17:25   #51
Registered User
 
sparrowhawk1's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Miami Beach Fl
Boat: Colombia Cc 11.8
Posts: 1,252
Re: Growing Food

Hi sue how about some photos of your set up. I would think one of nice things about hydroponics is you could leave it unattended for longer periods of time. There are float valves that I could install and have my pressure water system or even a gravity feed system keep my water reservoir containers filled but there are too many projects ahead for me to even think about it yet. Also how much does it cost to operate(fertiliser and any other products you need to add) and how much electricity does it use. Thanks
__________________
sparrowhawk1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2014, 17:33   #52
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Cayuga Lake NY - or on the boat somewhere south of there
Boat: Caliber 40
Posts: 1,096
Re: Growing Food

when we were cruising in the caribbean i called the stuff growing on the hull under the waterline our "garden"
__________________
sck5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2014, 15:27   #53
Registered User
 
sapient sue's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: We are now waiting for a weather window to cross Bass Strait. Currently in Lakes Entrance and have enjoyed exploring the Gippsland Lakes.
Boat: Joe Adams Naut 40
Posts: 202
Images: 5
Re: Growing Food

Quote:
Originally Posted by sparrowhawk1 View Post
Hi sue how about some photos of your set up. I would think one of nice things about hydroponics is you could leave it unattended for longer periods of time. There are float valves that I could install and have my pressure water system or even a gravity feed system keep my water reservoir containers filled but there are too many projects ahead for me to even think about it yet. Also how much does it cost to operate(fertiliser and any other products you need to add) and how much electricity does it use. Thanks
Sparrowhawk my setup is hardly worth a photograph as it is very low key. However it is suprising how many herbs I can grow in this small space. The planter box I purchased from Bunnings, but I used hydroponic beads instead of soil. (My captain does not like soil onboard). I was given the first bottles of nutrient 2 years ago and I have used about half so the system is very economic no matter how expensive it is to buy. The formula is called Grow Lush and comes as part A and B and I use about 5ml each time I need to make up a litre of water.

You can see I need to get some new plants now we are back from land travelling and aboard once more. Cheers Sue
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	P1030407e.jpg
Views:	219
Size:	84.0 KB
ID:	91395  
__________________
sapient sue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2014, 16:06   #54
Registered User
 
Mike OReilly's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Good question
Boat: Rafiki 37
Posts: 4,039
Re: Growing Food

We just got back from 80+ days on the water. We maintained a small herb garden through it all. A couple types of basil, cilantro, parsley, mint and oregano. My partner started them in a hydroponic garden, but then we transferred them to pots for our journey. It was great to have the fresh herbs, along with the sprouts.
__________________

__________________
Why go fast, when you can go slow.
BLOG: www.helplink.com/CLAFC
Mike OReilly is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
food

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 21:03.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.