When you first decided to go with a tiny home lifestyle, you likely had to decide if you wanted to stay in one place and homestead or if you wanted to travel. If you did decide to remain in one location, you may have wanted to take your minimalist lifestyle a step further by creating a small garden. This can sometimes be next to impossible if you are living on a caravan site or an area that has limited gardening resources or capabilities. For this reason, many tiny home dwellers who want a garden have moved to industrial options such as water tanks that can be equipped for hydroponics. If this sounds like your thought on the situation, you should consider a few key points.
Rainwater Collection Considerations
One of the first things you will need to consider is how you will be collecting the water that is sued in your hydroponics garden. If you are going with a very small garden, then you may be able to get away with using a local water resource. However, this isn't always the case. In some cases, you may be on a caravan site or property where you need to be a bit more conservative in how you obtain the water.
Rainwater collection is a viable option, especially during very heavy rain seasons. You can get water tanks that capture the rain run off from your tiny home and other water tanks that store and filter that rainwater to move into the hydroponics garden. This may sound like a huge task and space consuming endeavor, but actually certain water tanks are equipped to do all that in one without being much larger than your traditional rain barrel.
You need to decide early on what type and size of hydroponic setup you want to use. For example, there are vertical gardens that can run along the sides of your tiny home and utilize the outer walls for growth with only a few small hydroponics tank systems running along the bottom sides of the home in a similar fashion as a window box planter. If this isn't suitable, you may go with a hydroponic tree design which utilizes a water tank or barrel bucket with climbing levels for the garden growth.
Keep in mind, depending on your garden size, you may be able to keep your water tanks to a minimum in both size and amount. As the garden gets larger, you will need to consider water tanks that may be slimmer while holding a large amount of water to accommodate the growth you are anticipating.
Cleaning the Tanks
A consideration many people tend to overlook is how they will clean the tank. Keep in mind, filters can only do so much. Every so often you will need to clean the tank to remove debris or mould growth. Make sure that the water tanks you are considering are easy to clean and maintain, especially if you are on your own and in a confined space like you would be in most tiny home living situations.
By keeping these key points in mind, you can create your own sustainable hydroponic garden that will not only deliver food continually, but that will also meet your lifestyle needs and requirements. Consider a consultation with a water tank dealer for further information and pricing.Share