RV-ers Don’t Give Up on Gardening Yet – There Are Ways to Have Greens in Your Motor Home
Do you miss that little patch of green in your backyard whenever you hit the road for a long time? Fret not, because your home-on-wheels will never deprive you of the joy of having fresh green right at your doorstep. Here are two ways you can create a lovely garden right in your mobile home.
Create a Mobile Greenhouse
Invest in a pull-behind trailer, and turn it into a mobile greenhouse. You won’t need a lot of space – the 10 to 12 feet ones will do just fine. By letting you grow a wide variety of fruits and veggies, including potatoes, onions, tomatoes, squash, even watermelons and cantaloupes, your mobile garden will be your source of green grocery throughout the journey. Here are a few handy tips to make it a success:
- Use plywood planks for the flooring of your greenhouse.
- Use two pieces of plexi-glass to create a transparent ceiling. With the help of a technician, give them a sliding mechanism so that they can be moved and opened from time to time for better sun exposure and rain.
- Install a few buckets around the top to collect rain water, and use it to keep your plants well hydrated.
- Keep the plants in large plant pots. Put the taller plants in the center to prevent them from blocking sunlight for the smaller plants. Place a table in one corner, and keep your smaller plants there. This will free up a lot of floor space.
- Consider investing in a small heater to keep the plants healthy during the winter months.
- Collect and set aside some seeds from your veggies before you eat them, and keep on re-growing.
- Change the position of plants during the next harvest to keep the soil more fertile.
- Don’t throw away used egg shells and vegetable skins. Use them to make organic manure.
Create a Bumper Garden
An RV bumper garden is easy to build with a few cedar fence boards, which you can collect from the local lumberyard. The idea is to build a ‘loose” bottomed box’ that fits in your rig’s rear bumper.
- Instead of just screwing the box-shaped planter into the bumper (and making it unstable), use a custom bracket to fix the box securely. Make sure to have an open space where the bottom meets the edges to allow for water drainage. You can enhance the ‘drainability’ by adding a layer of gravel on the floor and then topping it off with planting soil.
- If you are planting creepers, add stakes to support the vines. Use garden twine to help support the plants and also to protect them against road bounce. When traveling in the cooler regions, cover the twine with plastic to keep out the cold.
- Of course, you have to avoid taller plants, such as row corn, as they might not hold their grounds very well. You can farm tomatoes, strawberries and beans, but always use the bush variety. Snip the branches from time to time, otherwise they may obstruct the license plate.
- Since you are dealing with just a tiny strip of soil, pack more into it for getting a better yield.
Don’t give up your love for gardening for the sake of a mobile lifestyle. How many people have a mobile garden to accompany them wherever they move? Only a few we are sure. Follow our tips to join this rare creed.