Date: 28 February 2020. Microgreens
Shelves Installed (part 4)
I have had so much fun creating my
Victory Garden aboard Seaweed. Knowing I will no longer have to
forego fresh salads while tucked away in a remote anchorage gives me
a feeling of relief. A permanent place to store them out of the way
yet easily accessible was needed. I opted for a $40
solution. Here is how I built my nifty new shelves.
Deciding where I wanted to
store the soap dishes took more time than the actual staining,
varnishing and construction. This is normal for most boat projects.
The planning stage is generally longer than actual implementation.
I opted for two shelves, above the
aft window by my dinette.
Because this is a permanent improvement I chose first-rate top
quality parts. My soap dishes are 3" by 4.5", thus I
selected a piece of
oak three inches wide. I did not want the shelves to protrude too
far. I purchased two 3" x 36" by 3/8" thick planks of oak, an 8'
length of wood that looks like 3-strand rope, plus 4 L-brackets to
hold up the shelves.
Fortunately I had both stain and
varnish to finish the wood.
I stained the "rope" mahogany and varnished both the
oak and the rope for a shiny waterproof finish.
One of my L-brackets was
↓ so I decided to exchange them
for larger ones.
necessitated another trip to Home Depot. I did not check the package
before leaving the store. Plus, I should have initially bought
longer L-brackets. These originals did not extend far enough to fully
support the new shelves.
The new L-brackets were secured to
the teak frame of my back window.
I needed a short screw driver in order to screw into
the shelving from below.
Thankfully a while back I had spent
$10 at Walmart on a ratchet kit with a stubby driver.
Having the correct
tool is a matter of time. Eventually most boaters end up with an
extensive tool armory. I have far more than I owned originally and
am glad for it. As I am able I buy more, mostly used if at all
Because the wooden shelves would go atop the
stainless steel L-brackets, I wanted a cushion.
Vibration is a real issue on a boat. I don't particularly care for
Eons ago I took
apart one of those seat cushions that used to be legal as a floatation
device in Algae. Rules changed and mine was no longer usable.
Like our standard life preservers, once the cover is torn it no
longer counts as a safety device.
I cut apart the cushion to see what was inside.
Two squares of 1/8" thick rubbery stuff was in there. Since then
I've used that rubber time and again. One use is detailed in the
Red Fish, Green Fish (visual clues)
This is a piece of the flexible rubber I used in the
With scissors I cut pieces of the rubber to sit atop the stainless
steel shelf support. Using my lantern and a *pokey stick I made
holes in the rubber where the screws would secure the L-bracket to
the wooden shelf. In retrospect, I probably should have also added some
rubber to where the
bracket attaches to the window frame...
*Pokey Stick is what my family
called a sharp object that can be make a hole through or into wood.
We would sharpen the remnants of used welding rods. Nowadays folks
buy awls, however we made our own.
The bottom of top shelf is slightly
above the top of the window. Outbound the overhead curves.
Because of the curvature, that top shelf has the
smallest microgreen plants. That's my starter area.
installation, I tested/checked that the shelves would fit properly.
I verified that a person sitting at the dinette would not bang their
head. I also had to relocate my Hella fan down a few inches. Every
project has complications. Fortunately this time none were too
The second shelf L-brackets were
installed 4" down from the top.
Because the window slides I had to nudge out that
bottom shelf just a smidge so it could open easily.
The stubby ratchet from Walmart was
utilized to secure the shelving in place permanently.
The rubber layer between the stainless steel
L-bracket and the wooden shelf will prevent rattles.
The rope trim is slightly above the
top of each shelf. That is to prevent the soap dishes from sliding
off easily. Of course in a rough sea, or if waked badly my plants
will fall down. This is only good at a dock.
I secured the wood rope trim to the
edges of the shelves with an adhesive. I've forgotten which one I
My Hella fan ↑
was relocated to just below the bottom shelf support. The rope trim
is only on the two sides that show.
Thus far I have
not worked out what sort of fiddle system to use as a more permanent
solution to the microgreen containers sliding. I suspect I will be
utilizing the old valance/curtain rod and a net of some sort.
Testing the first row of microgreens on my new shelves:
I admit to being
inordinately pleased with my gardening efforts.
Fully utilized, these shelves allow me to have a
small scale microgreens garden aboard Seaweed.
Truly this whole experience has
been eye-opening. I have worked out the kinks and believe that
anyone can have success if you do as I say. For those interested in
pursuing this endeavor further, I've created a couple of pages that
you may find useful.
An overview/printable is located
Microgreens Summary for Success
or, without photographs, here:
Microgreens Summary for Success (no
If you have any questions, just
My email address is
Thank you for reading. I appreciate your indulgence as I shared my
joy and celebrated the success of my own Victory Garden this month.
Do you have any ideas on how to secure my microgreens while
And, please tell me if you have decided to give growing microgreens a
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