Gardening is a great way to increase your self reliance. Even small gardens can produce big results, especially when used in combination with a compost pile. The problem some homeowners face is that many Home Owner Associations (HOA) don’t allow gardens. Some readers will immediately question why a person would live in a neighborhood with a strict HOA… And that would be a reasonable question. But if you do find yourself in that situation and are contemplating how to go about gardening even though the HOA restricts them, consider the following suggestions.
Gardens are likely defined by the HOA as fruits or vegetables planted “IN” your yard. However, if you plant your fruits and vegetables in a large planter box, you have a strong arguement that it isn’t a “Garden.” Essentially, it is no different than a large planted flower in a flower pot. It isn’t permenant and could be easily removed if you were forced to. Planter box gardens also actually offer many benefits. They offer easy access to pick and weed. They can be placed corners of the yard that are not highly visible by neighbors. You can custom mix your soil, which may offer better results than your yard would offer. They are also relatively cheap and easy to construct!
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