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To plant a garden or not

Jennifer and I love watching things grow, planting them, tending to them and then – with our vegetable garden – picking them when they are fresh and ripe and enjoying them.

We’ve planted a garden for many ears but the last two years, because of our travel schedule, we’ve returned home from RV trips to find it mostly shriveled up from lack of water or, unpicked, gone to seed.

Nevertheless, there we were this week, getting the vegetable beds ready again, hoeing, weeding, improving the soil and planning it out.

The peas and the new strawberries will be in by the weekend. The rest, a couple of weeks yet when the threat of frost at night has gone away.

This is my garden. We grow in raised beds behind a fence that keeps the deer out. I've been getting the dirt ready for planting this week.
This is my garden. We grow in raised beds behind a fence that keeps the deer out. I’ve been getting the dirt ready for planting this week.

We’ll do it again this year, despite a travel schedule that will have us gone all but a few scattered days pretty much from June through September.

There is something that is just plain right about planting and tending a garden. It is deeply satisfying, relaxing, good for the soul.

But this year, we will enlist some friends and neighbors to water and tend to our garden while we’re gone.

This is last year’s garden, just before we took off on a long trip to Colorado. Most of it was lost because of neglect.

Starting in a few weeks, we have trips planned that will take us to the east coast, all all around the Great Lakes in the Midwest and then a big trip to the mountains and national parks of the west and the Northwest. The veggies I plant over the next couple weeks will be ready for harvesting while we’re still out on the road.

But this year, we’ll ask friends and neighbors to harvest it as it ripens. Hopefully , we’ll find some ready for picking on our visits home between trips.

I’ve seen RVers who travel with small pots of staked tomatoes.

With the limited space in a Type B, I’m not sure how feasible that is.

How abut you? Have you traveled with fresh and container-growing veggies? If so, how?




7 Responses to “To plant a garden or not”

May 15, 2014at4:44 am, bob gilman said:

earthbox!!! check it out.. i love them.. very mobile, versatile google it and you’ll find it

May 12, 2014at12:41 pm, Jane DeGroot said:

I don’t grow tomatoes, but growing sprouts while traveling in my Roadtrek makes for a nice, fresh addition to my salads.

May 12, 2014at12:31 pm, Jody Eckler said:

We have taken some plants with us while traveling. We have taken a cherry tomato plant and two basil plants. We consider these the bare necessities. I’m trying to figure out lettuce. Perhaps a window box planted with the seed (we like leaf lettuce). Both the cherry tomatoes and basil plants did well. We needed to fertilize the cherry tomato pot so it would produce more.

May 12, 2014at10:27 am, MorningStar said:

Sorry I forgot to tell you the 1″ pipe should rest on the top of the pea gravel so the hole you drill in the side should be just at the top of the gravel line. /*

May 12, 2014at10:23 am, MorningStar said:

There is a way to water at longer periods with raised gardens .First remove all of your soil raise your garden height about 12″ line the garden bed with any heavy plastic put down small pebbles to about 12″ drill a hole to fit a 1″pvc pipe in the side of your bed add another 6″ pipe to stand on the pebbles and around 6″ above the top of your bed. Drll holes 1/8″ all through the 1″ pipe insert into the hole in the side of the bed leaving about 1/4″ outside of hole. Fill the rest of your bed with your garden soil. Plant your seeds top water them for a start not much just enough to water the soil around the seed for rooting. Now pour water down your 6″ pipe until it flows out of your 1″ pipe “magic” you will not have to top water your garden again but you need to figure out many days to next water and let the person who will look after your garden know when that might be or tell them just to water till over flow from pipe. Picking ….I haven’t figured that out yet,LOL. /*

May 08, 2014at9:28 am, Jim Van Heule said:

West Michigan soil is mostly sand so to keep anything alive everyone uses underground sprinkling systems. Most have our own wells because the water table is so high. Our perennial gardens have blue berries, strawberries, black and red raspberries, rhubarb and asparagus. Annuals include the usual tomatoes, egg plant, spinach, peppers, lettuce and carrots. We supplement that with the local farmers market so we pretty much enjoy fresh vegetables all summer.

Gardening and lawn care was a big topic with my wife and I as we were selecting our RT this year and how we would travel to ensure the garden would not suffer. The automated watering solves the problem you are having since it will get water regardless. What we decided to do for this year is to make weekday trips and miss no more than one consecutive weekend (10 days max) until we get a handle on our lawn and garden needs.

We also have wonderful neighbors that I’m sure would love to help us tend to the gardens in exchange for some garden bounty if the need arises.

We plan to travel based out of Michigan in the summer and Arizona out of the winter. Because of that we expect to be able to pick up fresh local produce year round.

May 08, 2014at8:37 am, Dave Miller said:

Mike, you are the Dr of Techno. Your next mission, should you accept, should be to figure out how to pick weeds remotely. I’m guessing the watering should be easy. How to get that copter to pick weeds, harvest and store the crop will be the challenge. We are waiting for that article! Looking forward to seeing you this summer, Bigfoot Dave

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