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Just because you are renting does not mean you have to give up on your passion of gardening. Whether you have been an avid gardener for a number of years or want to get into this rewarding hobby, you don’t have to let a rental agreement stop you. Like wall art and furniture covers, plants can add to your rental's decor. There are a number of ways to garden at a rental space without upsetting your landlord or causing damage down the road.

Garden Success 101

The first thing you need to do, whether you are renting a house, a townhouse, an apartment or any other dwelling, is to ask permission. In most instances, your landlord will be happy that you want to beautify the garden, especially if you are renting a home. A nice garden can add to the curb appeal of the home and, if you do decide to move on and move out, can make the rental space much more attractive to the next batch of applicants. In some homes, there are already garden beds in place; however, if you need to do some major landscaping changes, ask your landlord before starting your garden.

If you are new to the fantastic world of gardening them you should brush up on your knowledge Invest in a few gardening books, speak to the experts at your local gardening shop and ask advice on what flowers and plants to use in your space. In almost all instances, your best bet will be perennials. Perennials will continue to pop up year after year. Furthermore, if you want to move, you can easily split the perennials and take half of it with you to your new home. Meanwhile, the remaining half will continue to blossom year after year. Bulb plants are a good choice as you can easily dig up bulbs later and take them with you.

Gardening in a Rental Home

When you are choosing your plants, consider the size of space and temperature. Are you planting them inside an apartment (on the balcony perhaps) or in a garden bed in the front of your house? Is there plenty of sun, shade or rain? Do you live in a cold climate or a warmer climate? Are you looking for a small plant or a larger bush that takes up a bigger area? Be sure to read each tag and ask for help if you need it. You don’t want to end up with a plant that expands to 20 times its size and takes over your entire backyard.

One way to make the most out of gardening in your rental space is to garden in containers. When you are at your local gardening shop, look for containers and pots that match your décor and the size of the plants you are using. By keeping your plants in containers rather than planting them into the ground you can easily move them or take them with you. Furthermore, if your landlord does have a concern down the road, you do not have to kill your poor plants. You can easily find them a new home somewhere else.

Gardening is not limited to garden beds. You can choose to garden in your rental space as well. Invest in a long garden bed to put by the window. Grow chives, herbs and other delicious plants to add to your dishes. And best of all, because they are located in your kitchen, you can easily grab them to stir in your spaghetti sauce or sprinkle over your steak. You should also consider hanging baskets which are great for rental properties. They require minimal maintenance and digging. Simply choose, hang, water and enjoy.

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