RV Tips and Tricks

How to have a garden in your RV


Just because you’re on the road, doesn’t mean you can’t have a garden. Here are some ideas to take your garden anywhere your RV goes. 

Herbs are the easiest way to satisfy your green thumb yearnings and basil, mint, rosemary, oregano, and cilantro are some easy to care for herbs.

Look to your vertical surfaces for planting areas. One neat idea is to use a multi-pocket canvas shoe organizer. Place an ample amount of potting soil in each pocket and plant your herbs. Just add regular sunshine and water and you’ll be herb happy all summer long.

Another idea for using vertical space is to install one or two wrought iron curtain rods and hang your plants from these rods. Make sure they can still get sunlight and are reachable for watering! 

One of the best vertical spaces in your RV is over the sink, which provides the added bonus of having any drainage going straight to the sink! Another plus is that the RV sink areas typically have a window over them so sunlight is guaranteed here. 

Drop terra cotta pots into a free-standing wall shelf that has been cut to the circumference of each pot so they can easily drop in. This is great idea since you won’t have to worry about anything tipping over. 

Herb Garden

Another option is to use a long, low wooden bench or stool to hold your plants. Again, cut a hole to hold each pot and drop them in. Benches are great because when you land somewhere, you can easily move the whole bench outside to give your plants fresh air and light. 

For fruit and veggie plantings, keep in mind that peppers, spinach, lettuce, radishes tomatoes, and peas grow well in containers, like window boxes or pots and in an RV setting. Good planters for these plants could include large Rubbermaid storage containers. Poke holes in the bottom for drainage and use a rubber mat or rug to catch drainage.

Hydroponic or aerogardens are also an option for traveling gardeners. Online shopping will yield entire herb or microgreens gardening options. There is even a system that is stackable so you have more garden space (check out greenjoygarden.com).

And lastly, if you don’t think your thumb is as a green as you’d like it to be, consider succulents as a way to add green to your space. Burro’s Tail are a trailing succulent that looks best in a hanging basket – and they like it when the soil dries out between waterings. Aloe Vera also likes soil on the dryer side and are considered “tough to kill” in the houseplant world. Plus, the gel within the thick leaves of the plants is great for mild sunburns. 

Note: If you’re traveling from state to state, keep abreast of any restrictions in moving plants over state lines. 

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