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Saturday, May 14, 2016

How to Maintain a Small Garden on Your Apartment Terrace

Apartment Terrace Gardening

Small Garden apartment terrace

Starting on a task like that would require you to approach the job from a different angle than usual yard gardening. You will likely need to handle this task completely alone, so you we will do what we can to give you a hand in making it happen. Terrace gardening requires a bit more care than yard gardening, so let’s get started on the job:

Preparing your terrace space

If your home was built strong, then you will likely be able to place a good deal of weight on your terrace. You can work on this in several ways, including covering a fairly large area of it to make a mini lawn if you provide it with good irrigation and enough sunlight. Make sure you waterproof all vulnerable surfaces if you go for such a solution, though the safer route would be to use container gardening instead.

How to Maintain a Small Garden on Your Apartment- Terrace

Using the right soil type

Nutrients inside your soil will be one of the most important aspects of your terrace gardening, since the amount of the soil itself will be limited. If you have any heavy rains, then this may end up washing way some of the nutrients, so make sure you use compost coir peat and sand, as well as vermicompost. Make sure you add some more nutrients to the soil in the form compost weekly to ensure it has a healthy level of it.

If this is your first time ever gardening

If this is truly your first time, then you should start simple by using one easy vegetable type. Stick to it and it will be fairly easy if you plan on growing veggies. On the other hand you can go for other plants, but each plant has different needs that would take too long to explain in one single article.

Peppers and tomatoes could be a good initial choice, as well as radishes if you have the space for it. Sometimes even growing a mini fruit tree can be a good first step in your gardening experience, so consider whichever sounds most appealing to you.

 Small Garden Apartment Terrace

What kinds of plants can be grown on a terrace?

You can grow almost anything on a terrace, as long as you handle it right. French beans, tomatoes, peppers, okra and a whole lot more are all viable choices if you have the space, but they will be sensitive on the change of seasons. Carrots, radishes, onions and potatoes can also work if you take care of them often and give them good irrigation. You can also work on growing bananas, guava trees and more if you have good climate for it.

Always make sure your garden has good irrigation since the summers can get pretty hot and your terrace garden will not have the luxury of a deep root system and underground water feeding it. It will be up to you to keep it alive and well, so make sure you never fail to do that or else you’ll lose your plants quickly.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Guest Post: Fortress Apartments in New York City

I had been writing about apartments these days for a different website and here is a guest post about apartments. This talks more about the safety in an apartment.


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When you are looking for an apartment there are some things you should always be mindful of. One of these things is of course safety. While fortress apartments in New York City may not yet be a real thing, there are plenty of apartments in town which can make you feel as though you have the protection of armor on. Here are some of the things you should be looking for in order to find your very own fortress apartments in New York City.

Apartments in New York City

Doorman: Maybe the first thing which can put up something of a barricade between you and the outside world are doormen. You want to be sure that you are having a doorman on staff on a full time basis. You also should check to see if there are doormen and security or if it is just one. The security detail is an added bonus because they are mobile while the doorman sits vigilant at the front desk always. 

Video: Whether your apartment building does or doesn't have a doorman there is another never-blinking eye which can be of use in order to maintain safety in your building, video surveillance. This is particularly helpful if you are going to be away and leaving your family for days or weeks at a time. Moreover the video portion of the surveillance can actually be a lot more of a deterrent for thieves or others looking to cause mischief. A doorman is a person and people are flawed; a video surveillance system is electronic and has none of these same flaws.

Records: An even bigger deal for many people looking for fortress apartments in New York City should be the amount of records which are kept of visitors to the building. This also is becoming something of an automated thing so much so that a person may not even need to be there to record it in order to know that you or someone else was there. You should ask about how far back records are kept at the buildings you are looking for and see how much of this paper trail the building can produce. You don't want to be a stickler about something like this but you are looking for your very own fortress apartments in New York City. 

Neighbors: One final call to arms may be the impact of your potential future neighbors. This can be something of a hit-or-miss thing because when you are visiting the building you may not get a very wide swath of neighbors, but it can't hurt to ask anyone you meet in passing how safe it is they feel in this building. You will hopefully find out some good answers to your questions and will be able to make a much more empowered and informed decision about the level of security in that building from their answers.

While all of these things are important, you have to do your own due diligence in order to discover if these fortress apartments in New York City are actually as safe as they sound. While researching on Prestige International you may have thought you had found the perfect bit of application of this ethos. Prestige International has got the very best apartments with so many wondrous amenities like spas, private decks, private entrances, and top-notch security so that every visitor to your unit is cataloged. Don't take my word for it though; look for yourself on the Prestige International webpage and find out just how accessible, safe, and entrenched you can be in somewhere as crowded and excited for space as New York City!

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