Gardening while Renting
Gardening is so many things to me. It's my favorite hobby, my escape and my therapy. After a long day at work, gardening lets me unwind and ground myself. The simplicity of gardening is what I love the most!
Once I moved out of my parents house and into an apartment of my own, I was faced with a challenge. How am I supposed to garden when this isn't my house? I'm not planning on living here long term (no more than 3 years) so I don't want to plant things that I'll have to leave whenever I move.
I came up with a few solutions.
1) Indoor Garden: This is the simplest solution. I am fortunate to have many large windows that get quite a bit of sun so I've filled them up with cute teacup plants and herbs. This satisfies my need for gardening during the cold months since I can't have a greenhouse (one day!). And if you don't have many windows that get light, you can buy a plant light on Amazon for about $20.
2) Planters: I actually turned a small shelf on it's side, painted it, and used it as a planter! This is where I've planted most of my flowers. It's big enough so I can plant a variety of flowers but small enough that I can take it with me when I move. It looks great out in front of our duplex!
3) Annuals: I know it's a lot of work to only plant annuals but this has been a great way to actually plant around the front of the house. They are inexpensive and you won't have to worry if you leave them because they don't last very long! Make sure you landlord is ok with you planting things (most likely he will be fine with it!).
4) Window Box: Similar to the planters, these allow you to take your plants with you when you go! I personally love the look of window boxes. They'll add a lot of character to your apartment! I want to get one outside my kitchen window so I can grow herbs that are easily accessible when I'm cooking.
These are just a few simple solutions I came up with. I'd love to hear if you have any more ideas!