Reading an article on fellow boater’s/blogger’s page on Sprouting by the Seaside by the Red Thread, inspired me to finish a project that has been on my to-do list and my Bride has been asking me to finish. Some of my friends know that I am a closet “prepper”. I really like the idea of being as self-sufficient as possible. When we had a house I would periodically grow some vegetables. This is something I grew up with as my dad and grandfather both used to regularly keep vegetable gardens. When we started spending most of our time during the summer on the boat, I couldn’t continue gardening because we were never home to take care of the garden. The last couple of years we kept a mint plant on board so I could make mojitos with fresh mint, but that is about it for my recent gardening experience.
Last summer while visiting my dad, I saw this system he had for growing tomatoes on his porch. It was a very cool, self-contained system called the EarthBox. My dad had been using it for a couple of years and really liked the way it was set up.
After talking about the EarthBox and how well it worked for him, we decided it could work for growing some vegetables and herbs at the dock and possibly on the boat when we leave to go cruising. My dad bought me one as a Christmas gift last year.
Last week I found a way to mount the box to the dock so that it wouldn’t blow off in a gale but I could remove it if it was going to really blow. I added some stainless steal handles to the narrow sides of the box with large fender washers to back the screws so they wouldn’t pull through the sides of the plastic box. I then mounted another set of the same handles to the dock. I tied the handles on the box to the ones on the dock using some 330 paracord. I also mounted a small flower pot that my Bride had kept so she could grow some flowers near the boat but not on because flowers on a boat are bad luck.
On Saturday we went down to the Hingham Farmers Market, which they do right on the beach every Saturday from May through November. Picked up some of the world’s best pasture raised beef burgers from River Rock Farms and some vegetable seedlings and herb plants. We then visited the local box store and got some planting media, flowers and pet grass. Back to the boat to get strange looks while I carried bags of potting soil up the dock and finish the planting project.
And since I took these pictures while cooking dinner last night, here is a little life is good as a live aboard pic. Cooking fresh caught cod with summer squash while watching the sun set behind Smitty.