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‘That’s a fantastic use of that space’

Vaseline 2 months ago

In one of the biggest glow-ups of all time, a renter recently took to Reddit to share photos of their incredible backyard transformation. With only a 6-by-7-foot concrete box to work with, this tenant was undeterred and made the most of the space.

Although this tenant didn't have a garden to replant, they certainly made the best of what they did have.
Photo credit: Reddit
Although this tenant didn't have a garden to replant, they certainly made the best of what they did have.
Photo credit: Reddit

“Before and after! Two year update on my super tiny walled garden. It’s my favorite ‘room’ in the apartment. I feel so happy,” the tenant wrote in the r/gardening subreddit.

While the original photo only shows bare concrete and a little bit of gravel, the transformed version is barely recognizable thanks to the many potted and hanging plants (and some well-placed furniture). The entire transformation, the poster wrote, took about two years.

Adding more plants to an outdoor space not only makes it look nicer; it also helps the local ecosystem, especially if you choose native plants that pollinators depend on.

Rewilding your garden, that is, replacing uniform grass with native plants and flowers, is a trend that is becoming increasingly popular. Not only is it good for the local ecosystem, but it can also save you money on watering and lawn maintenance costs in the long run. And while this tenant didn’t have a garden to remodel, they certainly made the best of what they did have.

The other members of the subreddit raved about the tenant’s work.

“That’s a fantastic use of that space!” wrote one commenter.

“Living with such an ‘outdoor space’ this has to be one of the most inspiring posts I’ve seen on Reddit,” wrote another.

The original poster even followed up with some advice for other renters looking to upgrade their own meager outdoor spaces, writing: “It’s all based on lighting and the fact that it rarely drops to freezing temperatures here… Most houseplants work well, I have good luck with basic standards like pothos, scindapsus, philodendron, tradescantia, Pileas, low maintenance, fast growing plants… IF you have enough sun, I can’t recommend jasmine enough. You will feel heavenly when it blooms.’

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