Summer has arrived, and you are seeing all of the gorgeous flowers and plants lining the porches and decks of all of the surrounding homes. Am I right? In addition to looking beautiful, planting flowers and plants have some huge health benefits. Not only is gardening a great way to get some exercise, but it also can help to reduce stress and anxiety. If you are renting your home, you may also be wondering how you can achieve optimum green space without compromising the terms of your lease. There are many creative ways you can incorporate temporary gardening into your rental. The best news is that when you’re ready to move, you can take all of this with you! Here are a few tried and true options for temporary gardening.
Mini Porch Greenhouse
Our first option is this Tiered Mini-Greenhouse from Amazon. This is is an all-season structure that you can place indoors or out. It contains 5 tiered shelving options and provides a PVC cover to contain the humidity and moisture required for successful gardening. This small but mighty mini greenhouse won’t take up much space at all on your porch or in your backyard and easily stores when you are ready to move or take it down for the winter months. This is the perfect way to grow herbs and small vegetables in individual pots without having to worry about making space in your yard if you have one.
Raised Garden Bed
Raised garden beds are a fun option to incorporate greenery and plants into your landscape without having to do much digging. You can buy a manufactured raised garden bed at any garden supply store. Also, if you are ready to take on a DIY project, you can make one yourself with a little sweat equity, such as this one.
If you choose to purchase a raised garden bed with a higher elevation, this can be handy for keeping wildlife out of your fruits and vegetables. Additionally, raised garden beds that rest on the ground can be a great way to create a temporary landscape option. Raised garden beds are often more productive than if you were digging in the ground due to better drainage and the soil gets warmer quicker. One consideration with the ground option is to ensure that once you are ready to remove, you aren’t placing the bed over existing grass or landscaping. This could cause potential damage that may result in your landlord holding you responsible for remedy.
Verticle Stacking Planters
Verticle gardens such as this one from Home Depot are all of the rage in the world of temporary gardens! They are easy to install and easy to remove at the end of the season. Verticle gardens fit well in the corner of a deck or porch. Vegetables such as tomatoes, peas, and squash grow best in verticle gardens such as this. One thing to keep in mind is that these planters don’t drain as well as other conventional options so you must monitor for moisture containment and soil rot. Also, if not careful, this could leak on your neighbors below if you are on the second story.
Over-The-Rail Planter Boxes
Over-the-rail planter boxes are one of the absolute easiest ways to spice up your curb appeal and increase your plant presence without causing any damage. This will be a surefire way to make your landlord pleased! There are so many options for these planters including plastic, wrought iron, and wooden, and many different mounting options. If you have a deck or porch with a railing, these are the perfect option for you! Typically, sun-loving plants will thrive best in these planter boxes. Be sure that your planter box has drainage holes to ensure that moisture isn’t staying stationary on top of your railing.
Upside Down Gardens
Last, but certainly not least on our tips and tricks list of temporary gardening options are the quirky and visually appealing upside-down gardens! These hit the market as an ‘As Seen On TV’ product several years ago and have picked up a ton of steam with consumers trying to grow fruits and vegetables in an easy, mess-free, damage-free, environment. The planters are made of high-quality felt and are washable and reusable. The success of upside-down gardening comes from the shape of the hanging planters and that they promote excellent drainage and prevent root entanglement. This is the perfect option for a renter who doesn’t have a lot of space to grow fresh fruits and vegetables. You can hang these planters from a shepherd’s hook or from your porch or deck with no damage!
Making your rental home feel like your own can sometimes feel like a challenge. If you have a porch, balcony, deck, or small yard, there is a surprising amount of space that you can get creative with temporary gardening options. Greenery, flowers, fruits, and vegetables are one way that you can personalize the exterior of your home to your liking, all while keeping your landlord happy!
We fully support making your house feel like a home. If you are a prospective tenant in the Treasure Valley, our team would love to speak with you. Additionally, we can help you navigate through your home search and application procedures! View our available listings and schedule a time to view your dream home here! Our motto here at RentWise Property Management is LESS HASSLE, MORE HAPPY!