Maybe you live in an apartment with no garden space, or perhaps your yard is not big enough or sunny enough for the type of garden you want to build. Either way, renting garden space is an option you should consider, especially if you want to save some money on organic produce.
So, how do you rent garden space? You can rent garden space through websites such as YardYum.com or SharedEarth.com. You can also rent garden space through your local agricultural extension office. Another option is to join a community garden near you.
Of course, there are other more traditional ways to find garden space for rent. For example, you can talk to family, friends, and coworkers to see if anyone they know has land available that would be suitable for gardening.
No matter how you find a garden space to rent, make sure that you see the plot in person before you put money down. You will need to make sure that the garden space is suitable for the plants that you want to grow.
Let’s get into the details of how to find a garden space for rent and how to do your homework to get a good deal on a worthy plot of land.
How To Rent Garden Space
The first thing you need to do is to find some potential garden space for rent near you.
Scout Out All Possible Sources Of Rental Garden Space
Your best bet is to start looking on websites such as YardYum.com and SharedEarth.com. You can also check out renting garden space through your local agricultural extension office.
Renting Garden Space Through YardYum.com
YardYum.com is a website that connects gardeners who need space with landowners who have extra space. As a renter, you can pay with cash, or you can give the landowner a portion of any produce that you grow on the rented plot of land.
Your first step is to create an account on the YardYum website. You don’t have to share your name, email, or address with any landowners unless you feel comfortable after speaking with them.
It is easy to search for garden space that has everything you desire. For example, you can search based on:
- Residential or commercial land
- Watering included
- Hours of access (full time or part time)
- Raised Beds Included
- Plot is Already Set Up For Gardening
YardYum.com provides a contract that you can use as a template for your garden space rental agreement. As mentioned earlier, make sure you check out the garden plot and verify that the contract spells out what you are getting before you put up any money or sign an agreement.
If you want to get started, you can check out YardYum website here.
Renting Garden Space Through SharedEarth.com
Similar to YardYum.com, SharedEarth.com connects gardeners who need space with landowners who have plots available.
After entering your address, you can find garden space for rent near you. You can sign up for SharedEarth.com using a Facebook account or an email account.
If you want to sign up for SharedEarth.com, you can do so at their website here.
Renting Garden Space Through Craigslist.org
You can also use craigslist.org to do a search for garden space for rent in your local area. Go to the main craigslist.org site here, and then scroll down to find your state and region.
As with any of these methods, be sure to view the plots before you put down money or sign an agreement.
Renting Garden Space Through Your Local Agricultural Extension Office
Some agricultural extension offices will organize rentals of garden space during the year. You may need to fill out a request form or application and pay a fee for your plot of land.
In addition to finding space for your garden, this is a great way to learn from other gardeners by sharing experiences. You can even trade produce with your fellow gardeners!
Remember that along with other gardeners, you are responsible for the appearance of the garden space. You will need to work together to keep it looking good and free of weeds.
For an example of garden rentals, check out this page from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
To find your local agricultural extension office, check out this page from the USDA, which lists local extension offices and lets you search by state.
Renting Garden Space Through A Local Community Garden
A local community garden is a great way to find like-minded gardeners who may not have space to garden at home, or who want to meet others who share their hobby and passion.
Community gardens may rent plots of varying sizes for gardening. If you want more space, you can request multiple adjacent plots. However, if you are new to gardening, you might want to try it for a year before doing this!
Many community gardens also have additional amenities, such as:
- raised beds (some are wheelchair accessible)
- access to water for your plants (there may be restrictions on sprinklers or unattended watering)
- gazebos or picnic tables for rest and meals with other gardeners
- compost bins or piles of mulch
- portable toilets
- greenhouses and cold frames
- beehive area
- garden tools
- discounts on registration fees for local gardening workshops
You may want to ask about these by email or over the phone, especially if some of them are deal-breakers for you.
The prices will vary quite a bit depending on where you live. For instance, the Fountain Hills Community Garden in Arizona offers 4 foot by 10 foot raised beds (1 foot tall) for $100 annually ($2.50 per square foot).
Sometimes you can get a discount for renting multiple plots, so if you have friends who are also interested in gardening, ask if they want to rent together!
To find community gardens in your area, use any search engine to search for “community garden near me”, and check out the results you find.
Of course, if there are no community gardens near you, you can start your own community garden! Find some like-minded people in your area through a site like Meetup.com, set up a website, and get the word out at local garden centers!
Renting Garden Space Through Word Of Mouth
One of the best ways to rent garden space from someone you already know is through word of mouth. Tell your family, friends, and coworkers that you are looking to rent garden space for a year.
You can do this by speaking with them directly or by posting on Facebook, LinkedIn, or other social networks.
You can also post a want ad on craigslist.org to see if anyone is looking for renters for their available garden space.
Do Your Due Diligence Before Renting A Garden Space
There are a few things you should check out before you agree to rent a garden space. For example:
- Ask if you can take a soil sample to see what fertilizers or soil amendments you might need before committing to a garden plot. A soil test can tell you this information – to learn more, check out my article on how to do a soil test.
- Talk to someone who has rented a garden plot before and ask what they would look out for
- Take a tour of the plot with the owner or coordinator, and bring a list of any questions you have.
- Get a lease or rental agreement for the garden plot so that everything is spelled out clearly.
Once you have done this, you will need to consider all of the important factors, such as cost, travel time, sunlight, soil type and quality, watering, hours of access to your plot, etc.
How To Rent Out Your Garden To Others
On the other side of the coin, if you have extra space that you want to rent out to gardeners, you can use some of the websites listed above. Simply sign up as a landowner on sites like YardYum.com and SharedEarth.com.
You can also put a (free) advertisement for garden space for rent on craigslist.org.
In addition, you can also put out a message on social networks like Facebook or LinkedIn to advertise your space, or speak to people in person, the old-fashioned way!
Finally, you can use traditional advertising methods, such as taking out newspaper ads. You might also consider speaking to landlords with tenants living in apartments who may be interested in renting garden space.
By now, you have a good idea of the different ways that you can find garden space for rent near you. You also know what to look for and what to ask about before signing an agreement to rent garden space.
I hope you found this article helpful – if so, please share it with someone else who can use the information. If you have any questions about renting garden space, please leave a comment below.