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Renters and their plants

Renting means freedom. You can move anywhere you wish.
You can rent a house, a unit, apartment or even a single room.
Depending on where you live you may or not have a garden to worry about. Home rental properties will be structured that either a garden caretaker will look after the lawns or you will.

However, despite this there will still be many people who rent but wish to have a garden, whether it’s a house or unit.

To dig a garden you will need approval of both the real estate agent as well as the owner. However you can still create a wonderful garden that will not require their approval, plus you can take it with you when you move.

Containers, pots, tubs and urns are your secret weapons for instant gratification and perpetual gardening skill development. You can also create free standing water features with no ground disturbance. Even garden lighting can be added using solar cells.

If you have never gardened before, a few pots and tubs is all you need to appreciate the joys of gardening. Start small, try propagating a few plants and before long you will be experimenting like everyone else.

Source good pots. Determine if you want ceramic (long lasting and solid) or plastic (light and great for moving about). Possibly the best for beginners is plastic.

Source good potting mixture. Cheap potting mix will not assist plants to grow and will most probably be the cause of all your future problems. Look for quality standard ticks when buying the mix.

Source plants. If you are a beginner or have limited funds it is best to buy plants from nurseries and garden centres that usually guarantee their plants of hardy healthy stock. Although appearing cheaper, plants from the ‘weekend markets’ are rarely grown from reputable nurseries, or offer a guarantee. If you don’t want to waste your money, buy from an accredited garden centre.

Do not restrict gardening to just shrub types for the balcony or verandah. Bring your garden indoors by potting up flowering annuals into attractive pots so that they are enjoyed for their aesthetics and your soul.

Remember that gardening is not the sole right for property owners… renters can also enjoy its pleasures. 

Tough Plants for renters:
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)
Dragon Tree (Dracaena)
Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)
Lady Palm (Rhapis)
Leather Fern (Rumohra)
Mother in Law tongue (Sansevieria – not weed forms)
Pony tail (Beaucarnea/Nolina)
Tree Begonias


written by Paul Plant FAIH, freelance horticultural and landscape writer for Courier Mail, Home magazine

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