You’re a tenant in Hobart, and you just love gardening. There’s just one problem. While you can fill a few open spaces in garden borders, your landlord isn’t going to be any too pleased if you start ripping up lawn or paving to make a veggie garden. As for your favourite flowers, there might not be space for everything you want to grow.
Do you have to give up your hobby? Well, with a little creativity, you can enjoy gardening just as much as ever. We look at some creative ideas for a flower or veg garden that you can even take along with you if you decide to move.
Vertical veg gardens
Vertical gardens are all the rage right now. They don’t take up much space, and you can grow a wide variety of herbs and veg – or flowers if you prefer. Garden centres sell modular systems that, while they’re a bit expensive, look very neat. However, a keen DIYer can easily make planting pockets from horticultural textiles, and an old wooden pallet makes an ideal framework to suspend the plant pockets from.
You won’t want to put anything that gets too big and lanky in a vertical garden, but you can still grow fresh veg, fruit, and herbs like:
- Butter lettuce
A garden in a barrow
Old wheelbarrows invariably rust through, but that’s no reason to scrap them. An old barrow filled with potting medium makes a wonderful, rustic feature that you can plant with veggies or a profusion of flowers. Best of all, you can move it out of sight during in-between seasons when the last crop is dying down and you’re preparing for the next one. Then, wheel it back into full view and wow your friends and neighbours with your horticultural prowess.
Wooden planter boxes
This might sound like an old idea, but there’s so much tenants in Hobart can do with them that they deserve a special mention. For an extra-attractive look, build your planter boxes on legs and vary the shape, size and height. Paint out the inside with a good sealant, and your garden is not only attractive but durable. As an added bonus, you don’t need to get down on your hands and knees to garden – civilized!
By the way, old wooden pallets make great planter boxes with very little modification. Just remember that anything that’s placed on the ground should be on paving.
BBQ your garden
If there’s one thing that Hobart residents, and Australians in general, like, it’s BBQing! But like wheelbarrows, portable BBQs don’t last forever. However, the rusted through holes that have turned your old BBQ into a fire hazard will provide good drainage when you repurpose it as a planter. Wheel it in next to your real BBQ, and you can pick fresh herbs and greens as you cook outdoors.
If it’s a container, it could be a plant container
Just about any container can become a planter. We’ve seen everything from old boots to cracked teapots turned into cute planters. And though gardening in old tins might sound terribly old fashioned, shelving packed with “tinned” plants looks lovely, especially once the tins start to rust and get extra character. Just be sure to deal with sharp edges so that you don’t cut your fingers when working with them.
Ask around and look around
There are more ways to create a temporary, portable garden than you or we may have imagined. From using old guttering to buying the latest hydroponic growing systems, your imagination (and budget) are the only limits. Tenants in Hobart certainly don’t have to give up their gardening hobby. They just need to be sensitive to the property owner and property management company’s need for a neat, low-maintenance garden. Keep that in mind, and you can’t go wrong. So, what are you waiting for? Spring has very definitely sprung!
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