Tiny House Vegetable Garden Ideas
Spring has sprung for us here in southern Oregon! The daffodils are in full bloom at our land and even our hard wood tree species are getting close to budding out. Since its only been two years since we have been living on our five acres (and we have been a wee bit busy homesteading it), this is our first opportunity to start looking at garden ideas. Having grown a large percentage of our own food on and off for so many years, it feels nearly criminal to go to the store and spend money on something we can grow ourselves. In this article we cover various tiny house vegetable garden ideas that have brought us inspiration.
An amazing amount of food can be grown in itty bitty small spaces when smart design practices are applied. One of our favorite books about gardening is “Square Foot Gardening” by Mel Bartholomew. If you are lucky enough to have a pretty permanent patch of land to park your tiny house on, you can create the garden of your dreams. By installing permanent or semi permanent fencing, you can dig a garden or use raised beds (our method of choice). You can grow enough vegetables for one person during the summer in a 4’x4′ raised bed using the “Square Foot Gardening” principles.
If you are relatively mobile with your tiny house and change its parking place every year or so, amazing options exist for you as well. By growing your vegetables vertically either outside or even inside your tiny house, you can generate a pretty significant amount of vegetables for yourself and loved ones.
Several options allow for vegetable growth directly on an exterior wall. By creating trellis frames that secure to the exterior of your tiny house (without damaging it of course), you can create a wall of edibles. You can even use simple building materials like rain gutters to grow some plants with shallow root systems. When it comes time for you to move, you can just detach them and bring them with you.
Hanging systems are an option too and you can attach chains or ropes to any eave overhang you may have. Again, when it comes time to move your tiny, just take them down and set them back up when you reach your next landing ground.
If you plan on being truly mobile with your tiny, you could bring your food production indoors by using a wall assembly planter set by some windows. Many of these are quite pricey but you can create some simple and inexpensive variations as well.
Lastly, at a home and garden show, we came across a food growing tower. It looked like something out of the Jetsons but there is a lot of science to support that they work. By using hydroponics, you don’t need any soil and a single tower can grow quite a lot of food. The nice thing about these guys is that you can transport them pretty easily if you plan on moving your tiny house at some point. This is another expensive option but I think you could get quite a lot of food out of even just one tower.