Whether staying with family or being a renter, living in temporary housing can be a set back for people wanting to put their final touches on a home. The last thing many of us want to do is to plant a garden, for example, and have to leave all that work and investment behind in a year or two when we move. Thankfully, there are cost-effective options that allow you to garden easily and cheaply even while living in temporary housing. I share some of these options using easy to follow points below.
Gardening Solutions For Temporary Housing
Many of the available options for cost-effective and practical temporary housing gardening options you choose will be dependent on how long you will be staying in a temporary housing. Some options require longer periods of investment and are more expensive than others. Still, all the options offered in this guide are relatively inexpensive, and some are even portable (if plants that remain in pots are opted for). Consider the following solutions and select the best ones for you and your lifestyle needs.
1. Opt For Seeds
Often times when investing in gardens, the option is to buy young plants of the plants you want to see in your garden. Doing this can easily have you spending between US$50.00 – US$100.00. This cost is hardly a problem if the investment is for your permanent home. However, for temporary housing, this could be a waste. A better option is to buy small packages of seeds from the local gardening center. Seeds are available in small packages that can cost as little as one dollar making it a far more cost-effective solution.
2. Use Starter Soil Options To Support Seed Growth
When opting for seeds instead of young plants, it is important to remember that seeds need the proper support to grow. Therefore, one should also opt for starter soil that will allow the seeds to grow and sprout easily and quickly. This can also be had at the same local gardening center where the seeds were bought.
3. Buy Small Pots
The important thing to remember when setting up a garden at a temporary home is that you do not want to have to leave everything behind. As such, it helps to make sure the garden and everything you plant in it, is as portable as possible. The best way to do this is through pots. Getting small flower pots along with your seeds and starter soil at the local gardening center is a great idea.
4. Avoid Shopping In Spring
Seeds, pots, and anything to do with gardening is doubly expensive during the Spring. As such, instead of purchasing seeds, pots, and the like during the Spring, do so round about January or February. This will help you get the best available prices, already reducing the monetary investment you are making into this temporary home and space. Additionally, the seeds you bought in the first step of this guide will begin to spring forth beautifully by the time Spring rolls around a few months later. Whether you opt to go with a vegetable garden, or just beautiful, decorative plants, the seed and flower point option is both inexpensive and practical.
5. Gardening From Birdseed Bags
Another great idea to plant a cost-efficient garden while in temporary housing is to use birdseed bags. Birdseed bags are inexpensive and highly practical. Birdseed bags are only a few dollars and are great for flowering gardens. A sunflower garden, for example, is great for this option.
6. Planting and Caring for your Garden
After getting everything you need to get your garden ready, as per the steps below, the next step toward having your temporary home garden is to plant it. After planting your seeds, you can go ahead and whatever nutrients, growing mixtures, and the like that the seeds will need to grow. Doing this, in addition to regularly watering the same will see you having a beautiful vegetable or flower garden in no time.