Tiny House Vegetable Garden Ideas

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.

A 4' x 4' garden bed using the "Square Foot Garden" approach. Each of these beds can produce enough veggies for 1 person during the summer

A 4′ x 4′ garden bed using the “Square Foot Garden” approach. Each of these beds can produce enough veggies for 1 person during the summer

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.

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This system can yield vegetables as well as decoratives

 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.

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Even rain gutters can produce extra square footage for shallow rooted vegetables like greens

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.

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Hanging systems can easily be moved when it’s time to move your tiny

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.

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Wall systems exist on the market today that allow for indoor vegetable production

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.

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These hydroponic systems can be moved easily once they are emptied. They can yield quite a lot of food as growth is faster in these than in soil based plants

 

9 Responses to Tiny House Vegetable Garden Ideas

  1. Daniel Ferris April 6, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    Can I recommend not doing raised beds. Nothing against them and I have done plenty of them over the years, however there is a better way in my opinion. It will reduce your water consumption dramatically, and your soil quality will only improve as time goes on. Plus your material investment will be reduced also. Look up the back to Eden method by Paul Gautschi The website is linked below. Worth looking into. We started doing this a year ago and have seen nothing but great results. Weeding has been a breeze also. Something to consider.

    http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/

    • Kathleen April 7, 2015 at 7:16 am #

      Thanks for this Daniel. The link you gave shows the entire movie. — I don’t even LIKE gardening and I was fascinated by the information in this. The ‘how-to’ is totally explained and shown in the movie starting from the very beginning. It made me want to plant a garden because it shows how EASY it would be :o)

    • George Cardona April 7, 2015 at 7:52 am #

      Daniel as I was reading this article same thing came to my mind Back To Edan of which I want to do this year. I just bought Wood chipper shredder now have to find some brush that people want to get rid of do them a favor and me. 🙂

      Just got to figure what were doing with the strawberry plants in the garden they took over and cold weather doesn’t kill all.

      Gabriella

      Here in Brantford Ontario Canada Daffodils have not come up yet although these other flowers have up near the south side of the house don’t know there names.

      Thank you for the article.

      George

      • Gabriella April 7, 2015 at 8:19 am #

        Wow George…it is pretty telling that your daffodils haven’t come up yet. I get so excited each year they come out because it means that winter is just about done (though it IS snowing here in southern Oregon at the current moment!!)

      • Kerry April 21, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

        Hi George, my solution to strawberries taking over there initial small garden area was to get my husband to transform a packing pallet into a vertical garden bed, which I lined and filled with dirt. I now have an attractive display of strawberries growing vertically. It also acts as a camouflage for my recycling area.
        But a lovey idea for mass of extra shoots is to wrap them in straw and newspaper and sell at the local market or give to a local school for kids to start .

  2. Gabriella April 6, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

    Thank you so much!! Really appreciate the link. We have had great success with raised beds but we are definitely in learning stages.

  3. Shannon April 6, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

    Gabriela,
    Could you also post the contents/layout of the 4×4 garden, please? I see tomatoes and lettuce but it would be nice to know what goes where do they don’t overcrowd the others. Thanks!!

    • Joe April 6, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

      Try square foot garden by Mel bartholomew

  4. Michael April 14, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

    Try Murray Hallam’s Indy 23 system at http://www.practicalaquaponics.com. Like the hOMe plans, the system gave me great instruction on build my own aquaponic system. It has a combination of grow beds. The media beds grow fruiting crops such as tomatoes, egg plants and cucumbers. The Deep Water Culture bed provides an abundance of leafy green vegetables. Wicking bed grows root vegetables like regular potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots. Plus great source for grow Tilapia.

    I live in the northeast and can cheaply grow year round by using passive solar heating. Since I can grow so much food with this system I attend farmers markets to sell my excess. Plus it is truly organic

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