MV Vrijheid.

Gunnel Gardening…

At home on deck

I used to live on a 1930’s dutch ‘Steilsteven’ type barge  on the River Thames in central London.  Her name was Vrijheid, which means ‘Freedom’ in Dutch.  She was a lovely old bird but living on a boat was not very compatible with having a garden.  I doid stuff as much as I could into pots on the gunnels and the wheelhouse roof and that was just about enough to satisfy my urge for soil on my hands.

Spring bedding brought much needed colour after a long winter on board

I would experiment using vegetable crates for plants


Not a bad result but wanting a bit more tumble!

Literally stuffed to the gunnels

The bow view in spring

As well as broad beans I successfully grew runners and tomatoes 

Mind the step

  Fortunately, where I lived also had a series of very special floating community gardens that I used to look after and gain great pleasure from looking at and walking through them daily.  Follow the link  for the Downings Road Floating Barge Gardens in the tab above or simply click here to open the page in a new window.

The Downings Road Floating Barge Gardens

…and artist, Ray Newells, impression of my boat at the moorings.