Friday, February 12, 2010

Busy Busy Busy! Gardens and Rentals!

It's been a busy week here at the Real Estate Realm. We've had lots of interest in the properties we have up for rent, and lots and lots of calls, especially about 2137 Lesley. Hopefully we can get that one turned and re-rented very quickly.

It's almost time to start the seeds for gardens! While we don't do much landscaping with the rental houses, mainly because we've found most residents don't know how to care for something as simple as a ditch lily, we have done some landscaping around our own house. Some roses, some veggies, a couple of bayberries and some herbs make up our little gardens. Even some ditch lilies!

Gardening is fairly simple, but requires some time and a little work. The benefits are that you can grow veggies for your family, get some sun and exercise, and maybe even meet your neighbors.
Some simple plants that we would encourage anyone to grow are oregano, thyme, mint, and, of all things, collards. Thyme and mint can be used easily in many dishes, and mints can be used in drinks as well. Oregano can be used in canned spaghetti sauces to flavor them a little, or used on the bar-b-que. Collards are large leaf veggies that can be grown in most rich soils. They need about two feet of soil per plant, and 4-6 plants can feed a family for most of a season. Harvest a few leaves, cut the stalks off and chop. Drop the stalks in boiling water for a minute or two, then add in the tops. Boil for 2 minutes, maybe 3, then serve with salt & pepper. They have an extremely high vitamin count, which makes up for their slightly bland taste.

So, landlords and residents, do you garden or allow gardening? What are the pros/cons in your eyes, and what are your 4 simplest recommended plants for anyone?

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