Location, price, and floor plans may be the most important factors for potential residents when choosing which apartment complex to move into, but it’s the amenities that often stick in their mind and help them picture making your property their home for at least the next 12 months. Fitness facilities, swimming pools, game and laundry rooms are quite standard in modern complexes but they can also be quite costly to maintain. Edible gardens in which your residents can grow their own vegetables, herbs and fruits are one of coolest features you can add with little expense and will encourage your tenants to literally spread roots.
What benefits come from Edible Gardens?
There are many great benefits from both the landlord’s and the tenant’s perspective when it comes to communal apartment gardens.
From the tenant’s perspective, a garden adds:
A sense of community
Gardening can easily become a communal effort, and create a sense of solidarity to those involved!
A social event
Often in more urbanized areas, many people can live in the same building, never meeting eachother. A communal garden can be a social stimulant creating pathways to socialize with fellow tenants.
In urbanized areas, it can often be rare or expensive to find organic produce. A rooftop garden can facilitate healthy eating lifestyles for anyone interested.
A stress free environment
Regardless how large a tenant’s apartment is, many people will want to get away from time to time, go to their happy place. Garden’s can be a great place to spend some time and decompress
From the Landlord’s perspective, a garden adds:
Money in your pocket
As mentioned above, a communal garden is often a significantly cheaper investment than a pool or fitness facility and require much less maintenance.
Positive interaction with tenants
A garden lends a sense of personalization to an apartment (especially one in an urban environment) and will often leave tenants feeling very happy, being able to make their homes a bit more personal to themselves.
Garden’s don’t only make people feel nice, they also make the entire apartment building look good! In a location where fruits, vegetables, and flowers are not as accessible anywhere other than a grocery store, a garden can look like a breath of fresh air.
Furthermore, you may really only need to provide the space and let the residents do the rest. Depending on enthusiasm, demand and space available, a communal garden or individual plots can be easily created with simple string or wood barriers.
If you’re ready to get planting, check out this free downloadable e-book “How to Plant An Urban Edible Garden in 10 Steps or Less”.