Growing a garden can be a rewarding way to have fresh flowers, herbs, and even vegetables, but it may not seem like an option if you live in a rental home. Even if you only intend on living in the home for a year or two, you can still create your own garden with a few creative adjustments.
For a garden that will grow well in a rental and transplant easily into your next home, consider some of the following tips.
Grow Herbs in Windowsills
If you are just beginning to get interested in gardening, it is a good idea to start with herbs since they are easy to grow and require little maintenance. Lemongrass, parsley, mint, and basil are all good choices for beginners.
An easy way to grow herbs while living in a rental—especially in a place with limited square footage or lacking outdoor space is through planting herbs in windowsills. This will help take advantage of the space you have in the rental and allow you to grow any herb you like without issues.
Create Raised Garden Beds
If you are lucky enough to have a large yard to work with, you can even try gardening with raised garden beds. While some garden beds are permanent landscape features, these raised ones are typically very easy to move if you have access to a truck. Choosing a size that is manageable and will not weigh too much can help you move it to any home in the future.
Pick Versatile Plants
Since you cannot predict where you will be living after the current rental, it is a smart idea to choose plants that can do well in different climates. With versatile plants, you can bring it to your next home without worries.
Plant in Containers
The easiest way to keep plants portable is with gardening containers. Not only will the containers make it easy to move the plants to any future rental, but you can get creative in the kinds of containers you choose for a truly unique style in the rental.
Choose Slow-Growth Trees
For renters who have access to a backyard, trees may even be an option. If your landlord is comfortable with you treating the property as you like while renting, you can try slow-growing trees such as a Balsam fir, Rocky Mountain juniper, or a Mugo pine. Due to their slow growth cycle, you can transplant these trees without concerns over the size.
Gardening in a rental home does not mean leaving it all behind when moving out. In order for the plants to do well and fit in with your next home, focus on portability and ease of care.