People on the move often spurn gardening as a hobby because they have to leave their plants behind. But new innovations and creative ideas are making planters portable and easy to transfer from one location to another.
They store easily and work well for tight spaces, too. Adaptable and flexible planters with wheels, handles or other movable parts fit these needs, as do lightweight, durable products, said Susan McCoy, founded of Garden Media Group in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Or think modular containers that fit together and come apart like LEGOs.
The new products are aimed at “those who prize freedom over home ownership,” she said, including retirees and empty nesters as well as young people who haven’t settled down.
“Portable gardening gives everyone a chance to grow something, no matter where you live. And it’s fun to see gardens pop up in the most unexpected places.”
Movable planters are excellent for raised beds, which make gardening more accessible, particularly for those who don’t like bending over or have physical limitations.
“We push grow bags as great for apartment living, as they store well and you can take them with you if you’re not in permanent housing,” said Maree Gaetani, a spokeswoman for Gardener’s Supply Co. in Burlington, Vermont.
Millennials in particular (those age 18 to 35) are showing interest in portable gardening, including on a roof, deck or patio, Gaetani said.
Many kinds of containers can be converted into portable planters, from wheelbarrows to milk cans to bushel baskets. Other examples? Hard-sided suitcases, little red wagons and recycled shopping carts. All can be moved cross-country, across town or shifted from one side of the patio to another.
Keep your eyes open when shopping for inexpensive items at craft shops, stores and yard sales. Portable home gardens also can be carried indoors when the season turns cold or when threatening weather is forecast.
“We’re finding that across ages and incomes, people want to grow their own, even if they only have a small space and may be at a transient point in their lives,” Gaetani said.