A growing trend these days seems to the desire to grow our own food. With the national drought, the cost of fresh and organic vegetables and the scare of over-sprayed produce, growing your own garden has its benefits. However, what if you live in a Cozy, small or tiny house on a small lot? Or what if you are living in your small space on rented or borrowed land? Is a lush and plentiful garden out of your reach?
No way, there are so many ways to create a small or tiny vegetable garden: from square foot gardening to hanging pots, before you know it your tiny home will also be home to a bevy of plump tomatoes and snappy peas.
1. Site your garden well
No matter where you put your tiny vegetable garden, be sure that it has adequate sunshine. Most summer vegetables need at least 6-7 hours of sunshine a day. Plants like tomatoes, zucchini and other squashes, corn and melons love the heat, so having those plants up against a wall that absorbs the heat will let them grow faster and larger.
Your garden should also be close to a water source. Hand watering can be utilized, but if you miss a day or two, your vegetables will suffer in the hot sun.
2. Grow compact veggies
Even though it would be wonderful to grow some large producers like pumpkins or corn, some small vegetable gardens will only hold so much. Smaller and more compact vegetables like lettuce, spinach, chard, peas and beans will take up less space and there are now smaller patio tomato plants that give just as much fruit as larger plants.
3. Plant in succession
Succession planting means reseeding quick growing crops every 2-3 weeks during the growing season. This works well with crops like beans, zucchini and lettuce, that tend to exhaust themselves producing so much. By successively planting, you will have just enough produce for your family’s appetite and you’ll have it all summer, not all at once.
4. Use containers and windowsills
You can grow a multitude of plants in containers on your tiny house porch or in a windowsill. Herbs and smaller greens like arugula and spinach do especially well in containers.
5. Build raised beds
Raised beds are beneficial to a small house that is on rented or borrowed land. The beds can be removed of soil and moved if necessary. Plant your larger plants toward the middle of the bed and the smaller plants around the perimeter of the bed. A low fence to keep out rabbits and other critters can also be added to a raised bed.