Gardening in a Tiny Home


Just because you choose to live in a tiny home, it doesn’t mean that you must give up things you enjoy such as gardening.  Yes it’s true that living in a tiny space doesn’t allow the gardens and flower bed of a traditional home, but with a little thinking and creativity, your gardens will flourish once again.  

Think Tiny

Because space is limited, think tiny when it comes to planting flowers and vegetables.  Remember you can always add later if you decide too.  Here are a few suggestions to get you going.

  • Build one or two raised beds with easy vegetables, such as cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, and green beans.
  • Make a small flower bed in front of your home with flowers and easy herbs. Marigolds, petunias, zinnias, and impatiens are easy flowers to maintain.
  • Place a pot with flowers on each side of your front door.

Think Vertical

Sure, space isn’t as aplenty when living tiny but this is where we get creative.  Think of all that wall space on the outside of your tiny home for a vertical garden! Attach a trellis to an exterior wall and add different vegetables that will climb up such as cucumbers, peas, and green beans.  

Hang a few pieces of gutter on the exterior wall horizontally.  You can grow lettuce, greens, radishes, and an abundance of flowers and herbs in these shallow containers. 

Certain plants grow better in vertical gardens than others. Try these plants if you decide to use the vertical space available.

  • Blue Star Fern
  • Sword
  • Bromeliads
  • Begonias
  • Hostas
  • Ivies
  • Rosary Vine
  • Tillandsias
  • Aechmea

If you want to grow vegetables vertically, it is a great way to save space and still get a great harvest. These plants are easy to train to grow up a trellis and climb quickly.

  • Pole Beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Kiwis
  • Grapes
  • Melons
  • Peas
  • Strawberries
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Winter Squash

Container Gardening

Another great way to grow flowers when living tiny is using containers to grow your plants.  The great thing here is if you decide to move to a new location, you can easily pick up your garden and go!  

Containers can be placed on a sunny windowsill or hung inside of your home. Remember tiny home living requires you to use all of your space creatively.

If you’ve never grown plants in a container, here are some simple tips to try:

  • Make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Plants die if they sit in too much water.
  • Before you pick a spot for your container, time how long that spot receives sun by checking throughout the day. You want six hours or more of direct sunlight.
  • Add fertilizer to your potting soil. A slow-release fertilizer will last for several weeks.

Living Tiny doesn’t have to be the end of what you enjoy just because you have limited space.  It just requires you to be a little more creative in how you do the things you love.  Gardening has been shown to create tremendous heath advantages for both young and old.  Using these simple ideas will not only help you be healthy, but will also provide plenty of time to yourself or with the ones you love.  

Until next time, Live Tiny Y’all!

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