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gardening on board

July 25th 2007 18:53
Gardening on board.
Some time ago I bought a small mushroom farm. It came in a brown cardboard box and after several weeks of keeping it in a cupboard, well watered, it started to produce mushrooms. Great In omelettes, stews and stir fries. With the cost of mushrooms at over nine bucks a kilo this was value and I had them on hand when I wanted them. As the first farm started to run down its production it was time to get another under way. Now I was left with a bunch of great mushroom compost. What to do with this? Well a couple of coconuts cut in half and scooped free of meat and hung from the rigging was the answer. Filled with compost and planted out with herbs, a silver beet, here and there and even mini tomatoes soon had a small green grocery happening. Of course nothing like being self sufficient in vegetables and salads but good fun and it makes exciting choices available for meal times.


Another idea for live-aboards is fresh eggs. Instead of keeping a cocky in a cage consider a couple of chooks hanging off the back of the boom in a cage. They are possible to domesticate and when you are ashore in some anchorages they are happy to forage and will return to their cage with the promise of a handful of wheat. Go for the small hens like Chinese Silkys or Bantams. Sooner or later you will need to send them to heaven or the stock pot and they do make a grand feast.
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Comment by Anonymous

January 10th 2008 08:00
Chickens in a cocky cage hanging off the boom. On a boat. You have got to be kidding, right? Insane. I wonder what the RSPCA would say to that, too.

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