Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Maryland - USA
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Re: How do you provision for a long trip?
The planter boxes I saw were purchased from Home Depot and were designed to fit on deck railings, either a 2X4 or 2X6. He had three of them on his transom, and they didn't hinder anything. I think the plastic wrap prevented the intrusion of salt water from the air, and only the plant stem itself was exposed to the air - not the soil or roots.
His sailing activities consisted of traveling the East Coast from Maine to the Florida Keys, inlet hopping up and down the coast, so I'm not sure how much exposure the plants had to heavily laden salt air. The plants appeared very lush, full and healthy when I saw them.
Personally, I thought it was a neat idea, and it appeared to be working just fine under those circumstances.
All the best,