When traveling in your RV, you can start to miss some of the “comforts of home”. After years of owning a home with a yard, giving up gardening while seeing the countryside can be quite a change of lifestyle. We’d like to offer some tips to keeping your gardening spirit alive while you are on the road!
Be sure you have room indoors! When you are traveling with plant that can be placed outdoors, you still want to make sure you have enough space to store them when you are on the move, or during cold weather. Plants are great to have, but you will tire of them quickly if you have to step over them, or limit access to parts of your RV every time you move locations. Start small and plan where you can pack them indoors during time on the road. Otherwise you will find yourself re-homing them to other RVers at your next stop!
Anything can be a planter! You don’t have to go in search of things designed for flower pots. Stop at a road side antique store or farmers market and find unique items to plant in. If you’re handy, you can drill drainage holes in the bottom yourself. If you’re not, your next RV park or camp ground probably has a maintenance person who would be happy to drill the holes for you.
Small trees will last longer! Small trees can be a great alternative to annual flowers. They will last longer and can be more weather-resistant than small flowering plants. Be sure to check the temperature and light requirements before purchasing the plants. Tropical climate trees can quickly wither in temperatures as warm as 55 degrees. And an overnight frost can put a quick end to even the hardiest looking exotic tree.
Just because you can lift it when it’s empty, doesn’t mean you can lift it when it’s full! Be sure to select planters that you can move once they are full of dirt and plants. Large ceramic planters are beautiful, and come in a variety of glazes and colors that may having you ready to buy as many as you can fit in the cart. But moving a large planter once the dirt and plants are in it can be a huge chore. Consider these alternatives:
- Wood, aluminum, or plastic planters can be much lighter.
- Fill a large planter with several small containers that can be removed when it’s time to move the garden.
- Fill the bottom of the planter with foam or packing peanuts, and layer the dirt on top only in the depth needed for the plants. Many seasonal flowers need only about 12 inches of dirt. Though this can make the planter lighter, it can also make it top-heavy! Take extra care in balancing these planters.
- Consider purchasing an inexpensive dolly. Dollies can be used for all sorts of things while you are on the road, and typically easy to store. An inexpensive one can be purchased at a hardware store for around $40.
Don’t ruin your floors! When you bring plants inside, be sure you are ready for any potential water dripping from the bottom of the pots. We recommend you set them in a box lined with a tarp, a small inflatable kids pool, or something else with a bit of an elevated edge and a waterproof interior. If you can, use bungee cords to secure the plants. That way you don’t have to worry every time there is a bump in the road (literally).