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Gardening as a renter presents some unique issues and challenges. The property isn’t yours. You can’t just do as you please with it. When I rented in Englewood, a Denver suburb, I was lucky to have a landlord that allowed me to garden. I was also lucky to have the space to do it and fellow tenants who didn’t object to the shared yard space being used for gardening.
Landlords aren’t always receptive to big garden plots. If you’re renting a house, be sure to ask permission before planting a garden of any kind. Don’t assume that because the lawn isn’t well kept, the landlord will be OK with your improvements. They may have plans of their own for the property that you’re not aware of. Even if you only want a container garden, be sure to ask first.
If the landlord gives you the go ahead, be sure you’re on the same page. Explain exactly what space you wish to use and what you will be using it for. Some landlords might object to a compost pile, for instance. They might have allergies to certain plants or flowers. They may not want a trellis, fence or other large item in their yard. Their taste in landscaping may differ from yours. As a renter, you have an obligation to keep the property in a condition pleasing to the landlord.
Denver renters often share homes that have been converted into apartments. Older, Denver Square style homes lend themselves well to conversions. Remember to consult with other tenants before planting a garden. Often, they will have the same concerns a landlord would. Remember, you have to interact with other tenants daily. Keeping the peace may involve growing your garden indoors.
Don’t be discouraged if your landlord says no. There’s no reason you can’t have an indoor garden. If you have a balcony, that may be an option as well. If not, consider joining one of Denvers many community gardens. There you can socialize with people who share your interests, take classes and even grow produce for the less fortunate.