One of the few things we've missed living aboard has been gardening. In times past, shantyboaters would simply anchor to the tideline and set up summer gardens on unused land. . . . try to find some of that around Baltimore.
So after doing some research, we decided to try a vertical "wall" garden. These things are currently all the rage in Europe, so we thought we'd give it a shot.
The methodology is rather simple. We took plastic bottles that we usually recycle, and cut off the bottom.
|watch the fingers|
|And CONTINUE to watch the fingers.|
Put a bit of gravel in the new "bottom" to keep the drain holes open, then fill with garden soil.
The bottles are set to drain into one another, and then into a small drip pan at the bottom. Looks pretty good, actually.
|Can't wait for it to leaf out.|
Here's a short video describing the construction:
We planted lettuce that we'd sprouted up on the land. Note the lovely root structures.
|Little baby lettuce, rooted up on shore.|
|A column of lettuce, one of herbs...|
|Yes, that is a drop of water.|
|Now imagine it green.|
All in all a wonderful day. Hey, check out our other blogs at Life, Art, Water, Onboard Cooking, and The Grindlebone Village Project.