A Quick & Easy Guide to Growing Herbs in Your RV

I think when people see a title like that their mind is only going to go to one very specific place. You see the word ‘RV’, and you also see the word ‘growing,’ you’re probably thinking about drugs.

That’s what Breaking Bad has done to us. Even though ‘cooking’ would probably be a more appropriate word considering it was Crystal Meth in that show, our perception of RVs has been inexorably altered.

But let’s not talk about that right now, instead let’s talk about the fact that there are a lot of people who actually live fulltime in their RVs and if you’re reading this right now then there is a good chance you’re one of them.

Now this kind of lifestyle has its advantages and its disadvantages and it’s definitely not something that everyone will be suited to. A big part of the reason for that might be because it’s hard for anywhere to feel like home.

Your house is effectively a vehicle and you’re probably moving around quite a bit. You can miss out on certain comforting elements that come with having a space that belongs to you. Like the presence of a garden.

Gardening is a great way to destress and it’s a great hobby to have if you’re looking for something that’s enjoyable, therapeutic and fulfilling. And if you think you can’t do it because you live in an RV, well think again.

There are ways around that and in some ways, an RV is actually an ideal environment to put some gardening into practice. Why not get two benefits out of this and grow some of your own food?

You could have your very own RV herb garden. Here’s a quick guide on how to set that up for yourself:

Find Some Sunlight

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It goes without saying that your herbs are going to need quite a bit of sunlight if you want them to thrive. Normally if you were just growing in your garden or in a greenhouse this would be really easy to achieve, but in an RV it’s a bit different.

Find whichever window in your vehicle gets the most sunlight and set up your garden there. You might need to move things around or do a bit of rearranging but for the best possible outcome, the more sunlight you can muster up the better.

An East-facing window will be most ideal because that way you can guarantee that your herbs will get a nice, strong dose of light every morning as the sun is coming up.

Set Up a Shelf

So once you’ve located the most appropriate window to ensure that your garden will grow in front of, you need a little bit of set up. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant and truthfully, you don’t have room for anything extravagant.

Your best course of action is to install a little something yourself. It’s a bit of DIY work but it’s definitely easier than it sounds. It could be as simple as a single, long piece of lumber mounted on some drywall anchors.

You could also use something like perspex shelves hanging from the ceiling above the window or you could use suction cup shelves which attach directly onto the window. You have to consider the fact that you don’t have much floor space but there’s several ways to make it work.

Get Some Containers

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Most containers that people buy for gardening are not designed to be used in an RV but luckily enough, this on-the-go approach to gardening has become commonplace enough to where there are containers being sold specifically for this purpose.

But you don’t even need to use those professionally made ones if you don’t want to. Anything that’s small enough to fit on your shelf that you can fill with soil and fertilizer will suffice for this purpose.

So you could use an empty coffee can or the old reliable mason jar. Stuff like that doesn’t work for an actual garden but it should serve you fine for your RV.

Choose the Right Herbs

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So one of the major differences between gardening in your RV and in your backyard is the amount of space you have. Unfortunately, you can’t really grow a large number of herbs in such a cramped environment.

You’re going to have to be a bit picky about it. Something to note is that you will need to avoid herbs that grow too large otherwise they’ll just end up overcrowding your already somewhat cramped RV.

Go for ones that are notoriously smaller. You probably make a lot of meals around a campfire being an RV resident so make some herbs that you like the flavor of which you can add to these meals.

Here are some of the best choices that aren’t going to overcrowd your space:

  • Oregano. Easy to grow, delicious when sprinkled on meat or as an addition to salad and hugely beneficial due to its antibacterial properties.
  • Basil. An extremely popular herb due to its adaptability to a number of different dishes. Also high in vitamins and oil can be extracted and used to treat cuts and skin infections.
  • Rosemary. As far as what foods you can enhance with rosemary, it works really well with poultry and fish. It’s a great anti-inflammatory too.
  • Chives. Chives have a kind of onion-like taste and are a tasty addition to soups and salads, and will help to detoxify your body.

Maintenance

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Once you’ve got your herbs planted, then you have to take care of them. Because they’re small plants and there’s fewer of them they will probably be somewhat lower-maintenance but you’ll still have to regularly water them.

You’ll also need to make sure that they are getting as much sunlight as they need and that you reposition them if they aren’t. You should also prune regularly enough too because the more you prune, the stronger and faster the herbs grow.

Overall, the great thing about gardening in an RV over your backyard is that you get many of the benefits of it while having to do quite a bit less of the work. It’s not a difficult thing to get into as long as you do a bit of preparation so it’s worth trying if you’re interested.

This guest post was written by Andy Malone for Outdoorish. Andy is an aspiring writer of both fiction and non-fiction and has an interest in business with a particular emphasis on the global oil and gas industry.

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  1. Susan
    16th October, 2020

    Have you talked to Dude Ranches about being HH’s. We have around 8-10 in Arizona. White Stallion in Tucson might be interested. Most ranches have lots of room for Trailers and motor homes. The guest could pay for afternoon trail rides ,dinner/breakfast and shop in gift shops. Just a thought. So cool to pet the horses and all are great at welcoming guests!