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I'm growing lots of mold, does that count?
I'm not sure what I'm growing up in the V berth, but it scares the hell out of me. I think I'll glass that section off and consider it conquered territory.
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We grow herbs every winter. You have to be very careful to keep the salt spray off them. The pot goes down below when sailing. Nice to have fresh thyme and oregano and basil. Last year we grew a goat pepper plant too.
I have inspected Ricks herb garden and its quite an accomplishment. However when i came on board he must have hidden the Pot!!

I am useless at anything but try with basil.


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I recall seeing some lovely geraniums on the deck of boat. They went very nicely with the picket fence that owner had erected on both sides of the boarding steps.
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Several herbs here. We've also been experimenting with tomatoes and some other veggies, to see how much water and care they need. We plan on taking some with us, but have not yet decided on how to handle them in a blow.

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Other than liking fresh herbs I am really anti the on board garden idea but the Wombet has her heart set on at least some Basil ..... I think I'll show her Killarney's post maybe that will turn it all around.

Mind you given her ability to kill off Basil plants on dry land I hate to think how they will suffer on board.

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Basil is a great herb to grow aboard. We do and sail with it. The beauty of basil is that most bugs hate it. Take it and put some leaves in your flower and cereal and fresh veggies. Keep them large enough to remove so you don't cook them with your recipes. Be careful with others as we find that bugs like the soil,black ants especially. We are using a rosemary bush as a Christmas tree this year. Anyone who tells the kids it is not a hybrid-Douglas fir gets Fatty shipped to them (hungry)!

Btw, I think bay leaves are the best thing for flour ang bugs but we have seen bugs don't care for basil either.

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Basil is a great herb to grow aboard. We do and sail with it. The beauty of basil is that most bugs hate it. Take it and put some leaves in your flower and cereal and fresh veggies. Keep them large enough to remove so you don't cook them with your recipes. Be careful with others as we find that bugs like the soil,black ants especially. We are using a rosemary bush as a Christmas tree this year. Anyone who tells the kids it is not a hybrid-Douglas fir gets Fatty shipped to them (hungry)!
Someone should tell that to the Wombet's bugs. Man oh man, she gets a quite spectacular crop of wee green caterpillers who just lurve her basil.

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Someone should tell that to the Wombet's bugs. Man oh man, she gets a quite spectacular crop of wee green caterpillers who just lurve her basil.
Never had them my friend, but I think there are other bugs that like basil too. I think some weevils may even not care. We saw a drop it fruit flies around our stuff a d we got ants in every flowering pot but basil. Maybe just luck?

Another plant is merrigolds which is supposed to keep critters and bugs out. Always wondered about that too. My I laws and many others who plant large gardens in the country circle them with merrigolds. Old farmers trick I guess???

We have never had a problem with basil or rosemary. Love both fresh too!

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IMO, growing plants on your boat is the first step towards becoming a "Condo Commander".

The plants migrate to planters artfully arranged around your deck and finger dock.

Then tools scattered about the deck and dock as you "repair" things.
Then pets, and fecal matter.

The boat never sails, but decays at the dock. You never go anywhere, and your dreams wither and die, unfulfilled. You're "that guy".

No sir, no plants for me. If I want herbs, I'll buy 'em in a bottle and store them in the galley. This boat is departing within 30 minutes.
Bwahahahaha! Don't agree but very funny.

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Re: Plants on your boat

I've killed every plant that's been given to me, even a cactus like aloe.
I had thought those upside down tomato plants might work well as I don't think the dirt can escape? Fresh tomatoes sure would be nice.
What we wouldn't give for Key Limes down here in the Caribbean.
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