For those of you who joined us post-January, one of the things I need need NEED on the boat is plants. They make me happy. Apparently, I do not make them happy. In January I told you about the herb garden surprise as well as my awesome greenhouse build. Well, needless to say, after we got back from First Trip the herbs all died. I replanted them. Then I realized I'd been feeding them brackish (salty) water. Well that explains why Second Planting never sprouted. So I planted them again. I think one or two sprouts sprouted up and then died. After that I gave up on herbs. Somewhere around this time the mint also died and so I bought some mint that was absolutely glowing with chemical health.
So what went wrong? When I made the greenhouse, it was January and I aimed to trap as much heat as possible. Maybe the Floridan temperatures were too much for my veggies. Peppers are sensitive fellows, maybe the trauma of removing their tomato friend pushed them over the edge. In Titusville we were attacked by a massive swarm of lovebugs, maybe the little mater was overwhelmed. Or maybe it's just my black thumb. I've never been the main gardener, only caretaker (okay, Mom, you're right - I was weeder and potato-bug-picker. And eater).
Boat people, talk to me. How do you sustain your boat gardens? Now that I'm home, even though summer is half over, I have still planted everything that I would love to have a fresh supply of. The herbs are still being stubborn about sprouting, but I still have high hopes.