How to build a garden that can move house with you


Hers in a movable container


If you love gardening but are currently in rental accommodation. Or are planning to move into a new place in the not-too-distant future. Then you can be presented with a bit of a problem.

After all, why put all that time, money and effort into growing pretty flowers from seeds or cultivating healthy vegetables in an outdoor space, you won't be in for much longer?

It can be heartbreaking to create something truly beautiful and rewarding, only to have to leave it behind when you move.

That's why it's a good idea to build a garden that can move house with you. Which is exactly what we will show you how to do in this article.

Regardless of whether you currently have a backyard to work with, or a tiny balcony or patio, there are several things you can do to create a portable garden.

So, let's take a look at them below.


How to create a moveable garden

If you are interested in building a garden that can move house with you, there are several steps you can take to do this. These include the following:


Buy a mobile garden bed

One of the easiest solutions is to buy a mobile garden bed that can simply be taken with you when you move.

These can be picked up at Home Depot. While in the UK, you can find them at B&Q or Wickes, and in Australia at Bunnings. If you don't have time to go to the store, they are also widely available online as well.

Perfect for flowers, herbs and even some vegetables, if you can, try and buy raised garden beds that are made from eco-friendly materials. Typically, these might take the form of recycled plastic, or sustainably harvested wood that is FSC-certified.


Reuse polystyrene boxes

If you don't fancy forking out for a mobile garden bed, why not recycle some polystyrene boxes instead?

You can pick these up at many farmers markets and fruit and vegetable stores, when you are doing your weekly shop. Once you have them, they are perfect for growing herbs, or salad items like lettuces, radishes, tomatoes and Asian Greens.

To do this, you will need to fill them with a decent soil mix (all the better if it contains organic fertiliser and worm compost) and be sure to punch holes through the bottom with a screwdriver or knife, to allow for drainage.


Create a 'container' garden

If you really are short on space, or live in a block of units without direct access to a garden or patio, consider creating a 'container' garden.

Essentially a container garden is just that, a garden made from various containers. Think old buckets, kettles, ceramic pots, barrels, old tin cans, hanging baskets, ice cream tubs and even old plastic pots.

You can actually grow many types of edibles in these containers, including chilli, herbs and lettuce. As well as various flowers too.

Basically, you can use any container that will hold a mix of soil, organic fertiliser and compost, just so long that it has holes (or at least ones which you can drill) for drainage.

When selecting a container, be sure to pick one that can hold the height and width of the item you want to grow in it. Otherwise, you will have to repot the plant later. Thus duplicating your efforts.

It's also important to clean out your containers properly before using them, to eradicate the risk of contaminating your plants.


Old crates

A rather ingenious hack for creating an easy to move garden is to use old crates.

These can range from the type that bakers use to carry their bread, to those that transport products on shipping containers. You should be able to pick these up at the rubbish tip, a second-hand store or even directly from businesses that use them.

Once sourced, you can just put a collection of your pots or containers straight into them. Alternatively, if you have a bit of time at your disposal, you can fill its bottom with a layer of gravel or stones, before topping it with a premium soil mix, organic fertiliser and compost.

Having done this, simply sow your seeds or seedlings into your wooden crate and wait for your herbs, veggies or flowers to grow!


Hanging basket herb garden

Another easy way to build a garden you can move house with is to use hanging baskets.

You don't need to buy them brand new, as you can pick-up second-hand ones from a thrift store or op-shop. However, once you have got them, simply line them with an old hessian bag and fill them with the holy trinity of soil, organic fertiliser and compost.

Perfect for herbs like coriander, basil, parsley, rosemary and thyme, after you have set up the hanging baskets, you can plant your seeds or seedlings and let nature take its due course.


DIY elevated garden bed

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a DIY expert, why not create your own elevated garden bed for flowers, or to grow herbs?

You can build one with second-hand timber, which you can source from demolition sites, skips or renovations.

Once you have the wood, there are several YouTube video tutorials that will show you how to build a raised garden bed, or planter box.

Make sure you build one with legs, as it will be easier for you to tend too with less bending over. It will also be easier to transport with you to your next property too.


Final Thought

We hope this guide has inspired you to create a portable garden for yourself.

There is nothing more rewarding than growing flowers or vegetables at home. So, if you adopt any of the hacks and tips outlined above you should be well set up to cultivate something meaningful and special.

When it comes to moving house, don't be put off by the prospect of actually transporting all the elements of your portable garden to your new place.

You can always choose one of the many removalists with Muval that are particularly adept at managing this process. Which in turn, will take the hassle away from you.