Although sustainable, green living is dependant on you. It relies on you doing what’s best for the Earth on a micro level in order to affect change. So, you should try to incorporate this way of living into all aspects of your life.
And if you are a boat owner and spend a lot of time out sailing, extending your life style to your vessel might be the next step. A boat garden is a great start.
Things to Consider for a Boat Garden
First thing’s first, you need to understand that this is not your ordinary garden. Since the boat has finite space available, you will need to be creative and make every bit count to make your garden work.
Depending on what sort of vessel you have, a good idea right from the start may be to consult a shipwright. He will give you his professional opinion and provide you with the best options for your boat garden ideas.
Considering the natural structure of the boat you will be able to determine the best position and look for your garden. You will mainly rely improvisation to place your plant beds and pots.
But, even if you have little to no space, you can make do with what you have and hang smaller pots where you deem fit. Just make sure the craft remains manageable and safe.
How to Start Gardening on a Boat
Pots and beds is something you can be creative with, save up money and remain green. Recycle anything and everything to build up your garden. With simple modifications old cans, bins, plastic bottles and canisters could prove to be ideal plant pots.
In turn, they also provide shape variety, crucial for spacing. On the other hand, if you have space you could use old wooden boxes, pallets and pallet racking to make sturdy boat garden beds.
Also see our review on the best garden beds in Australia.
Other options may include old barrels, rubber boots and tires or old cookery. Just remember to modify them by adding simple drainage holes. Most importantly, make sure they are secure when you set sail.
Choosing the Best Soil and Plant Placement
Make the effort and give your plants the best soil you can find. Also, consider a good fertiliser, or your own home made compost. They will add much needed nutrients to the soil.
Here is a list of the best compost bins for 2021.
Since the weather is different on boats, unbelievably dry and unforgiving to plants, you will also look to preserve moisture within your soil. Be sure to check our review on soil moisture meters available in Australia.
Position your plants so that they receive a lot of shade and are somehow guarded from the wind.
A really good way of retaining an extra bit of moisture is to disperse wood chips or moisture crystals onto the top layer of soil.
Choosing the Right Plants for Boat Gardening
Even though this is your garden, you will have to give some ground, when choosing your plants. Not every plant is suited for boat conditions. Depending on the weather, you will have to rely heavily on plants that do well in shore environments, or are sturdy and not too demanding.
Another thing you should take into consideration is whether the plants you choose re-grow. Since you are on a boat, you will want to reap your harvest little by little, but every time you feel like it.
However, this does not mean that you should not plant in advance, and when the time comes have replacements. You should also keep in mind, since the conditions are cramped your fruit and veg will tend to be smaller.
Herbs like basil, rosemary, thyme and parsley do great on boats, as do tomatoes, zucchini, carrots and strawberries. But, try to find sorts that have wider roots and tend to grow wide (into a bush).
This will help you conserve space. As for planting, try to make use of left-over plants back home, or even kitchen scraps, that can be replanted.
If you are looking for other gardening options, be sure to check our our guide on balcony gardening.
With these essentials you will make the first steps in creating your very own boat garden. So, weather you are docked or out on sea you will live green and have fresh organic veggies wherever you are.
Once you have all these ready, it is now time to start your boat garden!