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Creating An Outdoor Garden As A Renter

By Staff Writer
Share to PinterestCreating An Outdoor Garden As A Renter

Creating an outdoor garden while renting may seem challenging, but with the right strategies and a bit of creativity, you can easily transform your rented space into a green oasis. It’s completely possible to cultivate a thriving garden without risking your security deposit or upsetting your landlord.


Container gardening basics

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Containers are your best friend when renting. They allow you to grow plants without altering the property, and you can easily take them with you when you move. Choose pots with drainage holes, and make sure to use high-quality potting soil.


Vertical gardening techniques

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Maximize your limited space by growing vertically. Use trellises, hanging baskets, or wall-mounted planters to create green walls or privacy screens. This approach can also help to reduce clutter and keep your garden organized.


Pick your plants wisely

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Choose plants that are suitable for containers and that match the conditions of your outdoor space. Look for dwarf or compact varieties, and consider plants with shallow root systems, such as herbs, leafy greens, and many flowers.


Temporary raised beds

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A temporary raised bed is another great option for renters. You can build a simple frame with untreated wood and place it on top of a weed barrier fabric. This way, you avoid digging into the ground, and you can dismantle the bed when you move.


Focus on edible plants

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Growing edible plants can be a great way to make the most of your rented garden. Choose compact fruit trees, herbs, and vegetables that can thrive in containers, and enjoy the satisfaction of growing your own food.


Portable greenhouses

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A portable greenhouse can extend your growing season and protect your plants from harsh weather. Look for small, easy-to-assemble structures that can be packed up and transported when you move.


Balcony and patio gardens

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If your rented space has a balcony or patio, make use of it! Ensure your containers are well-secured, and choose plants that can tolerate wind and direct sun exposure.


Seek landlord approval

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Before starting your garden, it's essential to seek approval from your landlord. Be transparent about your plans, and consider sharing a sketch or proposal outlining your intended design.


Know your rights

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Familiarize yourself with your local tenancy laws and regulations. This will help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant and ensure you don't inadvertently breach any rules.


Garden maintenance

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Regular maintenance is crucial to keep your outdoor garden looking neat and tidy. Water your plants regularly, prune and deadhead as needed, and be vigilant about controlling pests and diseases.


Renters' insurance

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Consider purchasing renters' insurance that covers your garden. This can provide peace of mind in case of damage or theft, and may even impress your landlord.


Leave no trace

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When it's time to move, be prepared to leave no trace of your garden. Clean up any debris, fill in any holes, and repair any damage caused by your gardening endeavors.



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