Libertas Gardens - Food Gardens for rental and renters

Food gardens for rental and renters

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Many think they can’t grow food because the are in a rental situation…

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In most cases, this could not be further from the truth! Setting up food gardens for rental and renters is definitely possible.

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We might just need to be a bit more ingenious…

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Raised Garden Beds can be removed and lawn seeded in no time when renters are moving out,

Wicking Beds  can be built on concrete or on balconies.

Trellises can be erected virtually anywhere for plants to climb and potted trees and dwarf trees can crop abundantly!

Rain Fed Ponds  can be build in bathtubs and contaners with goldfish.

And for a bit of animal input a Chicken is the best friend a gardener can have or if they can’t be hosted in your space at all, a Cheeky Beehive can always be fitted in somewhere!

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The picture below was taken a few years ago (December 2012) in Melbourne Australia and shows some of the features of a rental backyard. It is not necessarily designed or built to be pretty, it is made to be incredibly functional… and hyper productive!

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What we want is to grow food, a lot of food… but being in a rental we also want to be able to leave with the garden on the back of a pick up truck. Once the timber, the soil, the trees, bees, chickens and the “pond” are gone, all we need is to sprinkle grass seeds around, water, and within weeks the yard will be back to the glorious boredom it once was.

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Or perhaps the landlord will want to keep it???

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Libertas Gardens - Food Gardens for rental and renters

Full size image here

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The financial investment was negligible. All in all, somewhere under $500 AUD buys you most the materials needed for this garden.

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If we compost properly (easy using the chickens…) and if we keep our vegetable seeds seriously, we will virtually never need any more inputs.

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This garden is mostly watered by a gravity fed Grey Water System(shower mostly) and occasionally a bit of mains water is used. Our water bills are a fraction of most households as we are careful in our daily use.

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DO NOT BUY VEGETABLES ANY MORE. 100% of your vegetables can be produced at home, with the highest standards of organic production and you can eat food of a quality and freshness second to none.

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Some fresh fruits from a few fruit trees for about half of the year.

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Fresh eggs from free ranging grass and grub eating chickens daily and hence get a good chunk of your protein needs from our backyard.

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The garden takes:

1 day of work a season to replant and spread compost.

1 hour a week to chop and drop a few weeds and tie tomatoes, beans and the like so they grow as we intend them to.

10 minutes every day to harvest our lunch and dinner and give hand full of grains to the chickens (read steal their eggs!).

1 minute after a shower to drop a bucket of water in our grey water system.

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And its fun!

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For more information, if you have any questions or want to book us in for a consultation, use the contact form on www.LibertasGardens.com.au and it will be our pleasure to help you green up the world a bit more!