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For renters, an immediate concern is making their new residence feel like home. If you are renting a new abode and seeking to make it reflect your own personal tastes and preferences, you may decorate, you may hang scads of pictures of your family and friends, and you may also decide that vegetation is the ideal way to spruce things up. Not only can growing favorite plants mark your new residence as your very own, assisting in your overall acclimation to your new home, but this activity also results in an interesting, dynamic means of home decoration.

Whether or not you are able to plant outdoors will, of course, depend on what type of a residence you are renting, along with your landlord's policy on the matter. This can be discussed, just as negotiating lease rates, before moving in. Those living in townhouses and duplexes with minimal (not to mention shared) backyard area may necessarily turn to indoor gardening. However, those renting houses or mobile homes that provide plentiful yard space should consider checking with the property owner on the acceptability of enhancing the lawn with plant life. You will probably find that landlords are accommodating when it comes to this all-natural, simplistic brand of renovation; after all, you will be increasing the attractiveness of the property itself. One hiccup you may encounter when planting outdoors or indoors is the issue of minimal sunlight.

Combating Minimal Light Outdoors

If you are renting a home in a region that waxes blistering hot in the summer, you are probably already acutely aware of the benefits of having a shaded yard. In addition to providing a cooler-by-contrast area to lounge when you are tired of waiting out the heat indoors, shady yards can actually lend themselves to vibrant and visually appealing plant life. There are plenty of perennials and woodland plants, along with some herbs and vegetables, that can be successfully cultivated to maturity in the shade.

One factor to carefully consider is precisely how much sunlight you can count on. Partially shady areas will normally, at some point during the day, still benefit from a wealth of strong light. No matter how brief, some exposure to full sun encourages plant growth and health, especially when compared to areas that are completely blocked from the light. Spots on the yard that appear as massive, solid shadows will be cumbersome to plant in for more than one reason.

Places that are entirely shaded are often so owing to an overhang or other obstruction. This can mean that, even if you live in an area with rainfall that should be adequate for your plants of choice, your infantile vegetation may never get a running start because rain is being deflected away from it. The shaded area being partially, rather than fully, obstructed does not mean that it is safe in terms of moisture; if rain is (at all) directed away from an area and there are bushes or other established plants growing in that area, they can soak up water so that your new plants end up lacking. Make sure to frequently water plants out of direct sunlight.

Working Around Minimal Sunlight Indoors

In terms of indoor planting and growing plants in low sunlight, your primarily obstacle, along with its solution, is straightforward. Your plants will need a significant amount of time in a windowsill that receives adequate sun. If, due to landscape or any other factor, such a sunlit windowsill is not forthcoming, you will need to secure a "grow light." This light should ideally be positioned six inches or so above your plants and left on for around fifteen hours a day.

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