Tiny Farm

I live in a tiny townhouse. And behind my tiny townhouse, I have a tiny backyard. And in my tiny backyard, I have a tiny lawn.

I hate my tiny lawn. The tiny lawn is about 12×20 feet. The grass is nice — it’s much nicer than the grass in my tiny front yard, but it’s still grass, which I find useless and uninspiring. Here’s a picture:

My tiny backyard

The tiny patio (which you can’t see) is about the same size as the tiny lawn. I like the tiny patio.

I’ve decided to turn my tiny lawn into a tiny farm. I’m giving it the entirely expected name of “Tiny Farm.” I’m approaching the establishment of Tiny Farm with tiny steps so that I don’t get overwhelmed. I have a tiny tendency to bite off more than I can chew.

To begin Tiny Farm, my husband and I built two 3×6 foot raised garden beds. Here’s a shot of one of the raised beds:

Garden bed

I put one bed on each side of the tiny lawn. The beds are made from 2×12s, cut to size by a nice guy at Home Depot. My husband and I screwed them together with deck screws, then put them on the tiny lawn. I lined the beds with newspaper to smother the sod, then I filled them with the dirt left over from last year’s container garden (which was great — a mixture of composted manure, kitchen compost and nice sandy dirt). I need to add more dirt — I’m planning on a mixture of coir, compost and vermiculite. And then Tiny Farm will be ready for it’s first tiny transplants.

I love Tiny Farm.

Posted on May 15th, 2008 by Katxena

2 Comments a “Tiny Farm”

  1. JenB says:

    I love Tiny Farm, here’s wishing you a good harvest! I tried tiny farming in my flower bed the past two summers, but… it is just TOO tiny to grow food. I’ve been inspired by stories of urban community gardens and wish I had the time, energy, and know-how to start one in our town. I have the perfect place - the vacant lot behind the Fitness First. People walk through there and hang out there all the time, it would be nice if it were a community resource (and place to get real food) instead of a place to throw bottles.

  2. Katxena says:

    Thanks! You mentioned the need for a community garden in our neck of the woods somewhere recently, so I did some poking around to see what was involved in starting one. And I *quickly* decided it was more than I’m willing to take on. Next year we should talk about the community garden in the next town over. The plots are too large (20×25) for my needs, but maybe we could share one.