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Gardening on Rental Property

Renter Gardening Raised BedsDuring the summer of 2014, Gardening Matters gathered written and oral feedback from renters and property owners at two listening sessions and via a survey online. Based on the information we heard, we developed resources to help property owners and renters connect, communicate and have successful gardens.  

If you are a property owner interested in learning more, we offer a workshop — Creating Gardens on Rental Property — that addresses the potential benefits and challenges of allowing tenants to garden. It will highlight strategies for outlining expectations and aiding communication. Participants will see examples of successful rental gardens and leave with resources to assist them in future projects.

Check out the article featured in the Minnesota Daily

If you are interested in hosting this workshop, contact us.

Resources for Property Owners and Tenants

Complete Gardening on Rental Property Guide 
This comprehensive document includes all of the resources listed below, and more!

Making the Case to Property Owners
Use this document to develop some key talking points as you work with a property owner.

Sample Lease Addendum (small properties)
Renters and property owners can construct a written agreement outlining roles and responsibilities and address any potential concerns together. 

Sample Lease and Guide for Gardens within Larger Developments
This thorough guide, Ground Rules: A Legal Guide for Community Gardens, the  was developed by the Public Health Law and Policy Center, now ChangeLab Solutions. The sample lease begins on page 8. 

Summary of Listening Session and Survey Findings
Read more about our findings.

Container Gardening

We are particularly mindful of renters who - because of issues related to time, resources, space, contaminated soil, or landlord agreements - may find gardening much more accessible if it is portable and temporary. Container gardens don’t require any digging and can be placed anywhere with enough sunlight, such as balconies, porches, small courtyards, etc.

See more about container gardening in the In or Above Ground section of our Garden Layout page.


Have a minute? Watch this wonderful video about residents gardening with the St. Paul Public Housing Authority.


St. Paul Public Housing Agency Garden