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Gardening in Your RV; How to Grow a Garden on the Go

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One of the things I miss from my Sticks and Bricks life, is my garden. The ability to walk outside and harvest fresh grown, organic produce for free is something I know a lot of full time rvers miss.  So when I saw Ashleigh Priest’s pictures of her “garden on the go” on the Fulltime Families Facebook Group, I got very excited and asked her to write an article on just how she made her mobile garden a reality. Here’s what she had to say:

Rver Rver, How Does Your Garden Grow?

Rver Rver, How Does Your Garden Grow?

 

2015 has brought my family a few epiphanies. We had a rough winter for 2014. Too much of it was spent in our camper, as this Floridian family tried to adjust to a Minnesota winter.  It seemed something was always happening. First our truck needed an expensive repair. Our water access port kept busting every couple of weeks. The truck broke down a second time. A third time. We were behind on all bills.  Bad weather, meant work days missed and money was tight.  Some weeks we had to decide between food or paying the cellphone bill. Food obviously came first.

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Boy food is ridiculously expensive! How do people with large families do this?

Here’s epiphany number one.

If only we had a garden we could have healthy food. Too bad we travel.

March came around and my back went out. I’m young. This should not happen. It’s always attributed to my weight. Yes, I’m very unhealthy.

This was epiphany number two.

I NEED to get healthier! I really wish we could have a garden. How can this become something we can do?

I did research. Joined gardening groups on Facebook. Asked if anyone in the traveling groups have a garden. The limited replies I received were in the “that’s a cool idea” vain..  and if I followed through with the garden to keep everyone posted.

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Garden on the Go

So, I got to work.

I planned out what I wanted to grow. What I’d use for containers. How to make my own compost (what’s a better fertilizer than compost 😉 ).

My original plan was to build planter boxes from pallets, have holes on both sides, put some rope through the holes, and make a loop on each side.

Then take two 2x4s, drill 7/8 inch holes in them and put a wooden dowel in the holes after putting the dowels through the rope and hang up the planter boxes. The 2x4s would have a rubber covering on the top and lean against the camper.

Phew! Let me say if that sounded like a lot of work, it was! With two toddler boys, I was already stretch thin. I got two planters built and that was that.

I planted sweet peas and green beans in the boxes.

Then I simplified.  I used four 5 gallon buckets to plant tomatoes and corn in. Everything got covered at night because there were still cool nights.

Then we got a surprise snow! That storm killed all my plants except my sweet peas. I decided to wait until May to replant.

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This time I had a different plan.

I bought some storage tote boxes, soil, pea pebbles.

I took my original 5 gallon buckets, and with a hammer, and a nail, poked 4 holes in the sides of the buckets at the bottom. I put about 3 inches of pea pebbles in the bucket then filled up the bucket about 2/3 full with soil and added my seeds for corn and tomatoes (I feel like I just did this lol). Finally, I watered the seeds and set them aside.

I replanted green beans in the wooden box I used before. I watered them and put the box aside.

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I was ready to expand my garden.

Butter crunch lettuce, spinach, green bell pepper, parsley, and basil seeds were all planted in the storage totes, which had been prepped like the buckets, with several holes and pea pebbles topped with soil.

In one tote, I planted the lettuce and spinach together. This way I have an instant salad with the combination of these greens.

The other box was a little more tricky. I went to Dollar Tree and bought two long, plastic planter boxes. I poked holes in them. Next I filled the tote box the way I did the other containers. I then grabbed two pieces of broken concrete blocks we had laying around and placed them on top of the soil in the tote box. Afterwards I placed the Dollar Tree plastic planters, each on the concrete pieces. There was space in between these, which is where the green bell pepper was planted. In one planter I put seed for basil and the other for parsley.

So far everything has sprouted wonderfully. I’ve harvested two large handfuls of sweet peas already. My lettuce has been harvested for salad as I please. My corn is growing along with my tomatoes. My last box has just sprouted in the last couple weeks.

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The dirt on dirt.

I mentioned compost earlier. We made our own compost as well. We bought a Roughneck tote box (I think like 3 gallons) in dark blue. We have put in things such as used coffee grounds and filter, banana peels, orange peels, egg shells, ashes, mud, corn husks, and whatever else we thought of. We then bought fishing worms (don’t judge) and added them to the box as well. We read that the worms help aid in the breakdown of the matter and their excretions are good for the soil. I will be adding some compost to each plant this week.

I have been asked how we will transport our garden when we move. We have a bumper pull travel trailer so we are able to put the garden in the bed of the truck. We have a contractors topper on our truck so the garden will be protected during travel. As for crossing borders, we’ve never been somewhere we have been stopped, so we will address that if we ever encounter that problem. So I will say, use your best judgement and plan ahead.

Another option would be to place your garden in your shower during moves.

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I’m excited to see how well our traveling garden does. I hope to have enough of a harvest to give me the opportunity to learn to can as well.

For those considering gardening on the go, this is my first garden ever. I have not killed the plants this go around (so far). If you put your mind to it and do some research, you can do it! Happy trails!

Ashleigh Priest is a proud wife of a union pipe welder/fitter. Mother of two rambunctious toddler boys, traveling this great land since 2011. Always looking for the best in life to make my family the happiest and healthiest it can be.

You can find her on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ashleigh.huggins1?fref=ts

RV101 Seminar Spots Open at Upcoming Fulltime Families Rally

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To increase the education within the FtF community, Fulltime Families has partnered with MyRVSchool.com to bring RV 101 Seminars, Driving Courses, and RV Weigh Services to the upcoming 7th Annual Fulltime Families Family Reunion Rally, hosted in Tallahassee, Feb. 2 – 5th, 2017.

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A RV 101 Seminar will be hosted 1/31 and 2/1 and include:

10 hours of RV Classes (5 hrs per day) $149

RV Weighing $40

RV Driving in Your own Rig!

 

MyRVSchool.com will also be bringing additional education opportunities to this event including RV Driving training, in your OWN RV!

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You can reserve your driving course here.

Fulltime Families is thrilled to be able to bring these educational aspects to the event.  Proper RV Education saves RVers money, time and prevents accidents and unnecessary losses.

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Additionally, MyRVSchool.com will be offering RV weight services.  Overweight RVs contribute to hazardous conditions on the road as well as increased wear and tear on equipment.  RV Weighing is fast, easy and affordable.  Visit My RV School.com’s online scheduler to reserve your RV Weighing spot.

These optional services are available to all FtF Family Reunion Rally Attendees.  Don’t have your spot yet?  Find out about this event and make your reservations here!

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Recap Video Released from Fulltime Families Colonial Times Rally

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This week, the recap video, highlighting the fun, educational, and fellowship that took place at the recent Fulltime Families Colonial Times Rally was released on the Fulltime Families Youtube Channel:


This event, attended by over 50 families and 350 attendees, boasted Colonial Inspired Activities including:

Colonial Family Games

Candle Making

Ice Cream in a Bag

A 3 day Improv workshop hosted by professional Acting Coach, Russ the Big Guy

Educational Seminars

A Colonial River “Crossing” with homemade boats and paddles

and the Main Event, hosted by Fass Fuel, a Colonial Town Dance under the Stars!

You can check out the complete schedule of this event here: Tentative Schedule for FtF Colonial Times Rally

And be sure to join us for our next event, the 2017 Fulltime Families 7th Annual Family Reunion in Tallahasee, FL.

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2 Ways to Save on Internet with New Fulltime Families Wifi Partners

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ftf-badge-partnerInternet access is a critical component for many full-time rving families.  From online curricula, to your location independent income source, and beyond to connecting with your mobile community, reliable, high speed, internet access is a cornerstone to long term, slow travel on your own terms.

Fulltime Families has two internet provider partners:

 

Introducing our newest Fulltime Families Partner: Mobile Internet Satellite.com

The only mobile Internet connection that can always (baring extreme weather) be available is satellite. This rather “amazing” option will provide Internet access virtually anywhere in the lower 48 states of the United States.

Who Can Benefit from Mobile Satellite Internet?

If your cellular connection keeps “dropping” you or the connection is unbearably slow or non-existent … if the closest Hot Spot is an hour’s drive away … if you cannot afford to be without Internet access for a day or longer occasionally …

… then you can most likely benefit from mobile satellite Internet!

There is a lot to understand, when it comes to mobile satellite Internet which is why Fulltime Families is thrilled to have a dedicated resource who can answer all your questions and determine if Mobile Satellite Internet is the right fit for your family.

Mobile Internet Satellite can provide “The Always Online Solution” with an easy to set up tripod-based Satellite Internet system. The folks at MIS bring over 13 years of experience and carry a complete line of mobility accessories.

And they are offering Fulltime Families Members an exclusive $100 Rebate off setup!

Reach out to them today at http://www.mobileinternetsatellite.com/contact-us.php and explore the connectivity of Mobile Satellite Internet.

FtF Colonial Times Rally has 2 Spots Left!

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We have two spots left for the upcoming FtF Colonial Times Rally, Sept 8 – 11th, hosted at TallPines Campground in Bainbridge, NY.

Attendees of this historically immersive event will participate in:

  • Kids Run Colonial Marketplace
  • Colonial Period Crafts and Educational Hands On Activities like candle-making, butter making, homemade ice cream, tin art, etc.
  • Colonial Times Family Field Day
  • Crossing of the River – Make your boat Family Activity
  • Adult Discussions
  • Teen Trading Challenge
  • Educational Classes
  • A Town Dance

To reserve your spot, visit the Colonial Times Rally Shop.

Fulltime Families is looking for Corporate Partners for this event, To promote your product or service email kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

Superhero Rally Wraps Up in Montrose, CO

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The Fulltime Families Superhero Rally has wrapped up at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Montrose, CO.

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Attendees participated in a variety of superhero themed activities, seminars, and crafts, headed up by the event’s Wagon Master, Laura Hamilton (FtF Lifetime Member).

Some activities hosted during the 4 day family friendly event were:13432430_10153710464627844_1697444592130315714_n

  • Superhero Costume Making and Origin Story
  • Superhero Sidekick Pet Parade
  • Superhero Vehicle Assembly / Parade
  • Superhero Dance
  • Super Solar Seminar -Harnessing the Power of the Sun

 

You can download the complete schedule of events here.

Super Hero Rally Schedule

Check out our event calendar for additional upcoming events.

 

Fulltime Families appreciates the support of our corporate partners for this event!

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If you are interested in promoting your your brand at a Fulltime Families Event, email kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com

Fulltime Families Accepting Reservations for Super Hero Rally

Kimberly No Comments

Today, 5/10/2016, Fulltime Families has opened up registration spots for the upcoming FtF Super Hero Rally in Montrose, CO to the group’s Charter Members.

Please go to the Rally Shop and reserve your spot.

Here are the specifics regarding the event:

Who: Any families who full time RV or would like to. This event is limited to 25 families.

Where: We’re proud to announce this event will be hosted at Jellystone of Black Canyon in Montrose, CO (please make your reservations with us BEFORE reserving your site at Jellystone)

When: Official Rally Activities Kick off with the Charter/Lifetime Breakfast at 11am on Thursday, June 23rd and wraps up at noon on Sunday, June 26th, 2016.  You are welcome make arrangements to come early and/or stay late!

How: Please go to the Rally Shop and reserve your spot.

Interested in helping coordinate this event?  Send an email to kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com to be put on the planning committee.

Meet the Roadschool Moms at FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention

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The Roadschool Moms will be broadcasting live from the FPEA Homeschool Convention this Memorial Day Weekend.

If you’re planning on hitting the convention, then be sure to stop by the broadcasting booth and meet Kimberly Travaglino and Mary Beth Goff, The Roadtrip Teacher.  When they’re not in the booth, you can be sure they’ll be checking out all the latest homeschool curriculum offerings and keeping an eye out for what will fit into your Roadschool!

Rsm_2016The show will air, Sunday Night, May 29th at 9pm est.  You can catch Roadschool Moms Live from wherever in the world you are, every Sunday night at 9pm EST, or check out the replays on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/road-school-moms/id854587085?mt=2 

Fulltime Families Fall Rally Over Half Sold Out

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Only 15 spots remain* for this fall’s Fulltime Families Rally.  This event, which will feature a Colonial Times Theme, will be kicking off in Bainbridge, NY, Sept. 8th – 11th, 2016.

Events during the 4 Day Weekend include:

Historical Immersive Family Friendly Games, Crafts and Activities

Educational Seminars

An Colonial Times Inspired Amazing Race

& and much more!

Any families who full time RV or would like to are encouraged to attend.  For more information, visit: http://tiny.cc/colonialrally

*Please note, this event is the weekend following Labor Day.  Our host campground has limited spots remaining for this holiday weekend.  If you plan on arriving early, please make your reservations asap.

 

Fulltime Families Starts Accepting Early Bird Registrations for their Upcoming Colonial Times Rally

Kimberly No Comments

Today, 3/22/2016, Fulltime Families has opened up registration spots to the group’s Charter Members.

If you are a Charter Member and you are interested in attending the upcoming Colonial Times Rally, please go to the Rally Shop and reserve your spot.  Early bird registration for Charter Members will be available through 3/25/2016.  On 3/26/2016, early bird registration for Lifetime FtF Members will be opened, followed by Annual Members and General Public registrations being made available on 3/30/2016.

Here are the specifics regarding the event:

What: Fulltime Families Colonial Times Rally – A total immersive historic experience.

Who: Any families living or seeking the full-time RV lifestyle.

When: September 8th – 11th (suggested check in date 9/7/2016 or earlier; suggested check out 9/12/2016 or later)

Where: Tall Pines Campground, Bainbridge, NY – owned and operated by fellow FtF family, Gayle and Eddie Bennett

How: Please see Early Bird Registration Schedule above and reserve your space accordingly.

Interested in helping coordinate this event?  Send an email to kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com to be put on the planning committee.

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