A house and garden to eat, that you are able to touch, smell, taste, seed, weed, and harvest! EATHOUSE is a house in a garden that attracts visitors with delicious vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. We want to seduce people and make them taste the edible garden and the edible house. EATHOUSE has a temporary character; it lasts a summer season. This is why all the materials used in EATHOUSE can be re-used for a new season of EATHOUSE at a different spot.
Architect: Marijke Bruinsma (de Stuurlui stedenbouw) with Marjan van Capelle en Arjen de Groot (Atelier GRAS!)
Project location: Tuinenfestival 2010, Appeltern – the Netherlands
Building costs: All sponsored (by Binder Groenprojecten, BIS Industrial Services, KG Plant, DVC Beregening, Van Hemert & Co. Seeds, Jiffy Products International).
Area: 100 m2 (10×10).
When Suzanne Forsling moved to Juneau Alaska from Iowa, she found that it was a little bit harder to get her garden to grow. Frustrated by cold soil, scarce sunlight, hungry slugs, root maggots, porcupines, cats, bears and ravens she got resourceful. She got her crops off the cold ground and into the light by afixing gutters to the wood siding of her house on the sunny side and using them as planters.
This is really a great space saving idea for those with green thumbs and not enough yard to exercise them. Personally I think these would go great along a deck railing or cut down to be mini-window boxes. So next time someone you know replaces their gutters snatch them up and give them a new lives as planters.