The Hanging Gardens of Midway

Coral atolls suffer from a frustrating paucity of dirt for the gardener.

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The traditionalist piles every scrap of organic material that the pigs won’t eat in a raised bed and plants a precious lime tree in the middle.


The Midwatians have a solution that dispenses with all the coconut husks in favor of a growth solution of soluble nutrients.


They did the math on air-freighting food to the island at charter flight cargo rates and found that $30k (farmer not included) will buy you a containerized hydroponics farm that is cheaper in the long run . The baby starts have a special nursery tray (with optional mouse trap).


Then they get transplanted into row after beautiful row of picture perfect chemical-free greens.



The trays are pH buffered for about a dozen types of lettuce, cabbage and herbs. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and melons are on a drip system, pruned to an optimal leaf-to-fruit ratio.


John H set us up with a full cornucopia of veg before we left. S built a hydroponic hammock and we carried fresh growing greens and herbs all the way across the north Pacific.  Delightful!

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We left the Marshalls with the worst fresh provisioning ever but arrived in Canada with a couple of garden fresh tomatoes. Can’t plan this stuff.

28°12.50’N 177°22.50’W   04-Aug-11 01:28 UTC

One Response to “The Hanging Gardens of Midway”

  1. Christy says:

    Welcome back to this side of the pond guys! I LOVE the hydroponic hammocks and I vote for either a blog on how to do it or a lesson when you get home :)