Not having land to grow a garden is one of the biggest downsides to RVing full time, but don’t let that stop you from fulfilling your dream of experiencing the RV lifestyle! Believe it or not, it is possible to take your garden with you on the open road. If you want to learn how to grow a garden while RVing full time, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got everything you need to know about growing produce on the go!
When you’re RVing full time, container gardening gives you the opportunity to have homegrown, freshly-picked produce everywhere you go! Growing produce in small containers does have its benefits. Not only does it limit weeds, but it also gives you the ability to move your plants into the best light. You’ll also have to worry less about pests because you can better protect your garden when it is mobile. All you really need to make a container garden for your RV is soil, plants, water, and a container!
Choose a Container
You will need to find a container that is compatible with your RV. You can find portable planter boxes designed to be stored on a bumper or you can also get window boxes made specifically for RVs. Simple containers like old coffee cans can be repurposed as gardening containers, or you can even use over-the-door canvas shoe organizers! When you are parked, hang your plants from your awning or set them outside, positioning them to get the best sunlight. You’ll want to make sure that your container has a proper source for drainage so that you don’t drown your plants. For the best results, line the bottom of your container with stones to support the root system. Make sure your container is appropriately sized for the plants you intend to grow.
Make Your Own Compost
Put your food scraps to good use by turning them into nutrient-rich soil for your on-the-go garden. You can do this as you travel with vermicomposting, also known as worm composting. Simply get a container and partially fill it with a bedding of shredded newspaper and leaves. Next, add your food waste rather than throwing it away. Add red worms to the mixture and they will begin breaking down the matter and converting it into fertile soil which you can add to your plants.
Collect Your Own Water
Rainwater collection lets you water your plants without having to use your limited supply of fresh water. Creating a system for harvesting rainwater is simple and relatively inexpensive too. Use the catchment area of your RVs awning to filter water into a container. Drips spouts, gutters, and downspouts can also be utilized. Direct rainwater runoff into a container to be stored and used later when your plants are thirsty!
What To Grow
Some plants grow better in containers than others. Keep this in mind when selecting plants to grow and make sure your container is of an appropriate size before planting. Here are some ideas for what to grow in your RV garden.
Fruits: Strawberries can thrive in small containers, making them great for RV travel. Other fruits that require more space but are still able to flourish in containers include cantaloupe, tomatoes, and even bananas!
Veggies: Mushrooms are relatively simple to grow in containers, as are spinach and lettuce. Other vegetables that can be grown in containers include peppers, summer squash, cucumber, and potatoes.
Herbs: Introducing an herb garden into your RV can add some fresh flavor to your meals. Grow favorites like sage, thyme, basil, parsley, rosemary, and oregano!
Flowers: Flowers can add a burst of natural color to your RV, letting you feel right at home no matter where you are. Grow favorites like alyssum, geraniums, violets, snapdragons, and petunias.
As you travel the countryside with your garden in tow, ensure that your plants receive enough sunlight and water. If you anticipate a frost, make sure to move your garden inside. During travel, store your garden in your RV’s shower and bring it outside once you are parked at your destination. If you look after your plants properly, they will reward you with juicy fruits, ripe veggies, fresh herbs, and beautiful flowers!
Have you ever gardened on the go? Let us know how it went in the comments!