We all know YouTube is like going down the rabbit hole in Alice In Wonderland. You are looking for a particular video. You find it of course but YouTube recommends a number of videos on the right side of the page. They have some common denominator but that can often be difficult to source. Click on one of those videos and you are taken to that videos watch page, with a new batch of videos on the right sidebar. The pattern continues ad nauseum. I started by searching for videos that highlighted indoor plants to increase air quality. Three clicks later I was introduced to Summer Rayne Oakes.
Oakes, model, media host, environmentalist and entrepreneur, lives in Brooklyn, NY, in a 1,200 square foot apartment with over 500 variety of plants, including a full forest wall, pineapple plants and even a banana tree.
The video of Oakes and her living apartment led me to Britta Riley and her TEDTalks about developing a system for growing plants in discarded plastic bottles in small spaces. And that was that. I had fallen into the rabbit hole and things were getting pretty trippy. I was falling in love with the creativity and ingenuity of small space gardeners who were hoping to grow food, increase their homes’ air quality, and just develop a green space. So I decided to put together a self-curated list of Top 5 Tiny House Garden Videos. In no particular order they are:
1. $12,000 Tiny House Earthship w/ Roof Top Garden. Now four years old, this video explores a tiny house earthship that is self-sufficient and has a roof top garden. It is 100% off-grid. Filmed at Colony Earth eco-village, the video follows along as Xavior Hawk shows his living roof and picks a bounty of foods. Watch video.
2. Indoor Earthship Garden. Just a year old this video by Grid Free Life is hosted by Tamera and is actually the first of several videos about the couple’s life in an off-grid, sustainable, earthship. Watch video.
3. Tiny House for Gardeners. Filmed by Dirt Patch Heaven, this video visits Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, and talks extensively about growing your own food inside a non-traditional home. Watch video.
4. Apartment Farming, Food Bank Farm. Produced by Be The Change TV this short video shows the apartment turned food farm of an undisclosed urban farmer. Briefly talking about every nook and cranny covered by edible greenery, this video shows some solid ideas for sustainable and simple indoor gardening. Watch video.
5. Rooftop Farming (playlist). This series of episodes on rooftop farming is entirely in Bangladeshi and is really just eye candy for the average person. But created by Shykh Seraj, a Bangladeshi journalist, media personality and agriculture development activist, the playlist is currently at 48 episodes on rooftop farming. Without the benefit of audio assistance, the episodes still offer great ideas, beautiful plants, healthy food, and literally, a world of inspiration! Watch channel.