- Important Dates to Remember
- Updates at Hales Property Management
- How To: Pick Up Condo Gardening
- Best of the Hales Blog
- Maintenance Tip: Retrieve an Object from the Drain
- From the Desk of Keith Hales
Dates to Remember
|May 5 – 7:||Viva Cinco De Mayo Festival|
|May 6:||Chicago Beer Classic|
|May 14:||Mothers Day|
|May 19 – 21:||Mayfest|
|May 27:||Memorial Day Parade|
|May 29:||Memorial Day|
Updates at Hales Property Management
How to: Pick Up Condo Gardening
Gardening in the urban environment (read: without much space) is a challenge, but creative urban gardeners have come up with many ways of solving the problem. Just in time for the spring gardening season, here are 5 tips for growing condo gardening:
1. Containers are Your Friend
When space is limited, use containers to grow your plants. They’ll keep your system portable, and can transition easily from room to room or indoors to outdoors.
2. Use Potting Soil
Potting soil, compared to regular soil, is lighter and drains better, which is crucial for growing things indoors.
3. Provide Adequate Light
Plants need sunlight to thrive (unless you want to invest in a sophisticated UV light setup). Stick to the parts of your condo that get adequate daylight, or you’ll run into trouble.
4. Don’t Overwater
With new gardeners, over-watering is more of a problem that underwatering. The rule of thumb is to wait until the top of the soil in the planter is dry before watering again.
5. Be Creative About Finding Room
Plants can thrive in many places around your condo: in window boxes, on planters hanging from the ceiling, even on the walls themselves.
Q & A
Q: How can I easily lower my electricity bill this spring and summer?
A: Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs (compact fluorescents), which are now cheaper than ever. Look into LEDs if you’re interested in a higher cost up front but even more savings in the long run.
Maintenance Tip: Retrieve an Object from the Drain
Many of us had the experience of standing by in horror as a valuable object falls in the sink and makes its way down the drain. Thankfully, in the vast majority of cases, the object is easily retrievable because most drains have a pipe trap you can easily take off.