How to save on the rent for a modern, modern garden
If you’ve been wondering how to save money on rent, then you’re not alone.
With so many options available to people who want to grow their own food, how can you avoid making a decision that can’t be justified?
We’ve rounded up some tips to help you make the right decision, starting with how much rent you should be saving for your new space.
The answer depends on how much space you’re getting and where you want to put it.
Renting a space with a garden and living space is the most popular option, according to the Urban Agriculture Network.
It can be a great place to buy produce, sell your own, or have guests.
If you’re planning to plant a garden, you’ll have more options for growing food.
“You can buy produce at farmers markets, you can get your produce at Whole Foods or in the garden store, or you can buy your produce in the store or you could do it in your garden,” said Alison McQueen, a spokesperson for the Urban Farming Network.
“The best thing about a garden is that you can sell all your produce and all your fruits and vegetables, but you can’t sell vegetables.”
The average rental price of a garden space in Toronto is about $500, and the average monthly rent in Vancouver is about half that.
For a space in Vancouver, the average rental is about a third of that.
Rent for a small space can be much higher.
The average rent for an urban garden in Vancouver and Toronto is $1,700, according the Urban Farm Council.
If your landlord is willing to let you plant a few plants in your backyard, then the rent could be lower.
The Urban Farming Council recommends renting space with less than 100 square feet for between $1 and $2,000 a month.
The number of plants you can plant varies based on the size of the space and whether or not you’re renting a second-story or a full-floor unit.
If renting a space for just a few weeks or months, then rent is lower.
If buying a space is more of a dream, then your rent could go up by up to 40 per cent.
If the rent goes up, you’re likely to be paying more.
A typical rent for rent-controlled, commercial space in the GTA is $3,000 to $4,000, depending on the building, according Tokema.
In a typical year, the city of Toronto would rent out roughly 30 per cent of a space, or roughly $6,500.
In Vancouver, a tenant could be paying $7,000.
The urban farm is also a viable option if you’re looking to rent out your space for a long-term lease.
“If you have a garden that you want your tenant to grow it, then it’s a pretty good deal for your tenant,” said Jennifer Stirling, vice-president of the Urban Farmer and Urban Garden Network.
The more you grow food, the less the rent will go up.
“Your rent is going to go down the longer you grow it.
It’s not going to get as high as if you were selling your produce,” she said.
“For instance, if you had a small greenhouse with 10 plants, then what would your rent be in six months?
If you’d been growing your produce for six months, your rent would be lower, but it would go up.”
A common misconception about renting out space to gardeners is that it’ll get you into trouble.
“In the real world, a lot of people are concerned about it, especially landlords,” said McQueen.
“But if you want a space that you’ll actually be happy with, then renting it out is a great deal.
It doesn’t have to be a huge space, just a space you’ll enjoy growing.”
If you can, consider a garden.
If it’s only one plant, then that’s fine.
If there are a lot, then buy a few.
If only a few are growing at once, then get an automated system.
“It’s just a matter of picking what you want and then seeing how long it takes to harvest them,” McQueen said.
You might also consider buying a growing space for your children and grandchildren.
“They’ll want to go to school there and they’ll be able to grow vegetables for them,” she explained.
“As long as they’re using the space, they can always grow their food there.”