Chew on This : The 8 Best Vegetables for Container Gardening on Your Patio

Growing your own food isn’t only a thing for those who live in expansive countrysides or people with huge backyards, they can be for people who live in the city as well as in apartment communities. 

Transform your patio into your new favorite farmer’s market with these 8 best vegetables for container gardening that are easy, fresh, delicious, and just right outside your door.

1. Tomatoes 

Growing tomatoes is surprisingly easy. All you need for tomatoes to grow healthy are big containers and staking. Tomatoes are heavy and can cause the vines to break and bend. Give them a little extra support with a tomato cage.

Tomatoes need full sun to thrive and do not like the cold. They also need moist soil so keep on watering them. It is also important that you keep pets away from this plant because the leaves are toxic to animals. 

2. Carrots  

Think you can’t grow gardens in a container? Sure you can! A long deep container is perfect for growing carrots.

Carrots prefer cool weather and moist soil. If carrots are not watered often, you can risk dried out roots that are susceptible to cracking. Carrots can handle only partial sun and a pot that is at least 12 inches deep is required. 

3. Spinach 

Spinach grows fast and it remains small so it is a perfect plant to grow for those who live in smaller spaces like an apartment. 

After about a month to a month and a half, spinach should be ready to eat. Spinach prefers cooler weather so it is a good option for fall or spring. 

4. Lettuce 

Lettuce is another great option for container gardening on your patio and will regrow once cut.

Go for a pot that is more wide than deep and make sure to leave up to four inches of space in between each of the lettuce plants. Soil should be slightly moist at all times so watering it often is key to a healthy plant. 

5. Peppers 

Peppers can thrive in pots and containers, all they need is a warm and sunny environment to grow strong with a pot that is a minimum of 12 inches deep. 

6. Peas 

Peas are a low maintenance crop that can be grown in a small pot. They are perfect plants for those who have a mini garden in an apartment balcony. Frequent watering is necessary to keep the soil moist and a sunny spot is ideal. 

7. Cucumbers 

Cucumbers need lots of water and lots of container space. You will need a large pot and a sunny spot for these plants to thrive. 

Growing cucumbers vertically helps bring in more airflow to avoid fungus that usually grows on the crop when planted horizontally in the ground. Growing them vertically also allows the cucumbers to get more sun and grow larger and healthier than they usually would. 

For very limited spaces, try a pickle bush that grows smaller pickle-size cucumers in a bush shape instead of vining out.

8. Eggplants 

Eggplants can be an easy crop to grow if you keep them fully exposed to the sun and if you live in a warm climate. Eggplants can be susceptible to pests so keep an eye out and water it frequently. 

Now You Know the Best Vegetables for Container Gardening, Get Planting!   

Congratulations! Finding the best vegetables for container gardening was the first step, now you’re on your way to having an at-home garden.

As you can see, gardening isn’t only for those with ample space and huge backyards. You can plant various different vegetables in a small amount of space and avoid frequent trips to the grocery store.  

 

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Creative Ways to Keep Busy and Stay Sane During the COVID-19 Shelter in Place

The world is experiencing strange times with the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are forced to stay at home with businesses and entertainment shut down.

It’s important to keep busy and stay active during a shelter-in-place order. Check out these different ways to have fun and happiness.

Read Books

Life can get in the way of simple pleasures. With a shut down in place for most of the country, you can get back to your reading list. 

Whether it’s non-fiction or a fantasy novel, books help keep our minds sharp. You can plant yourself in a reading nook, and knock off the reading list.

Virtual Tours

The world’s best entertainment venues have been closed to the public. While these actions are certainly understood, it’s still disappointing no one gets to go.

The good news is that you can still experience these sites via a virtual tour. From art museums to zoos and aquariums, many of these institutions have their websites set up to encourage learning and fun from a distance.

The San Diego Zoo has live cam feeds for people to see their favorite animals.

Gardening

In some places, there is a lot of panic buying. People are nervous about going to the grocery store and being exposed to a possible infection. 

Try growing some of the foods you’d normally buy at the store. You’ll learn a valuable hobby and save some money during these unpredictable times.

Enjoy the added benefits of getting a workout while you maintain your garden. Build those muscles pulling weeds.

Keep Busy With Cleaning and Organizing 

This is your chance to do the best spring cleaning of your life. Not only do you want to make sure everything is disinfected, but you want to have your house and car ready for life after the virus.

Cleaning and organizing occupy time and gives you a desirable result. You might even have some fun finding an old picture or sweatshirt that brings back memories.

Don’t Forget to Feel Nature

While most businesses and entertainment are shut down, parks are still open for hiking and picnics. Get some exercise by going hiking in the nearest park.

The fresh air, sunlight, and movement will improve both your physical and mental health. It might seem wrong to be outside at a park when there’s a shelter-at-home order, but it’s perfectly safe if you take proper precautions.

Wear gloves on trails that have stones or handrails others will touch. It also helps to wear masks if you have any.

Finally, there will be other people in the parks. Make sure you are practicing proper social distancing to prevent spreading the virus. Parks that look crowded should be avoided until another day.

Lead a Healthy Life During Quarantine

Don’t let your mind or body waste away while you watch TV. Keep busy with these activities during quarantine to lead a healthy life.

If you’ve been affected by the COVID-19, please check out our resources for assistance.

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Turn Your Apartment Into a Home Office With These Small Office Design Ideas

In the U.S., millions of people routinely work from home, and those numbers are projected to grow in the future, especially now with the COVID-19 shutdowns.

While working from home sounds great, it can leave those in small apartments struggling. How can you build a home office when you don’t have much space to work with? If that struggle sounds familiar, you need some small office ideas and we’re here to help.

Small office design can be just as chic and work-friendly as large, traditional offices and with a bit of creativity, you can turn even a studio apartment into a productive home office space.

Get started with these small home office ideas!

Find a Low-Distraction Desk Space

The biggest challenge in building a small home office is deciding where to put it.
Before thinking about where you might have room, think about where you might have the fewest distractions. For example, the kitchen counter might seem like a good home office space if you pull up a barstool. However, if you have kids coming in and out of the kitchen all day to grab snacks, the distractions might actually make it a terrible workspace.

Consider Multipurpose Furniture

With distractions in mind, you’re ready to choose your desk space. Before you go out and buy a new desk to add to a small apartment, see if there’s anything you have that can do double duty.

For example, maybe your kitchen is hectic, but people rarely sit at the dining table in your home. You can use a corner of that table as a desk, to avoid having to buy something new.

To easily switch furniture from desk use to other uses, consider making your home office semi-portable. Get a tray so you can bring your office essentials to your temporary desk in the morning, then put them away easily when you’re done for the day.

Select a Narrow Desk

If you don’t have existing furniture that’ll work, you can also buy a slim desk that easily tucks up against a wall or behind a sofa.

It doesn’t have to be labeled “desk” — you can use any table or structure that fits. It just needs to fit all of your essential work supplies, and be at a comfortable height to sit at (so a narrow coffee table likely won’t work). You could even install a shelf on a wall to function as your desk!

Loft Your Bed

When you really can’t seem to find any office space, it might be time to loft your bed.

When you raise your bed up, you create a new space underneath it that’s the perfect size for an office. In fact, you can easily fit a desk, a chair, and plenty of storage in the space beneath a loft bed.

Plus, because they’ll occupy different levels, this trick ensures that your bed and your desk still feel like separate areas.

Ready to Try These Small Office Ideas?

Small home office design requires some creativity. However, because it forces you to problem-solve, you might actually appreciate the results even more!

With these small office ideas, you can fit an office into even the tiniest studio apartment. The key is making sure your office feels separate and distraction-free, even though it doesn’t get its own room.

Ready to upgrade your office space further? Here’s how to use aromatherapy for productivity and more!

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COVID-19 Update

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Residents,

In an effort to comply with the CDC and Govern Holcomb’s request for shelter in place until April 7, 2020, the Montrose Square Apartments office will be available to staff only. Emergency work orders will be completed as needed and all other work requests will be taken care of after the shelter in place order is lifted.

If you have an emergency work request, please call or email the office at 260-485-3475 or montrosesquare@gmail.com and maintenance will take care of the issue as soon as possible.

If you need assistance, the office staff will still be available by phone or email only during normal business hours. We are still accepting all rental payments and renewals in the drop box. If you would like a receipt for your payment, please make sure to submit a written request with your payment and a receipt will be delivered to your door.

We care about the health and safety of our staff, residents, and the community that we live in. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you around the community soon.

Be well,

Management

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Resources for Residents Affected by COVID-19 Shutdown

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As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, please know that our top priority has been to take every precaution to ensure the safety of our residents and staff and will continue doing so during this trying uncertain time. Our goal has always been to provide our community with the best customer service possible and we appreciate your patience as we continue to monitor this developing situation.

If at any point you need assistance, please call the office at (260) 485-3475 or email montrosesquare@gmail.com. We will do everything we possibly can to help you in any way we can during this time.

We have compiled a list of area resources to help with rent, utilities, and food. If you have a more specific need and would like assistance finding those resources, we are available to assist.

Did you know that there are special rules with unemployment for job loss due to the COVID-19 virus?

Indiana unemployment benefits are available to any individual who is unemployed through no fault of his/her own. If an employer must lay off employees due to the loss of production caused by the coronavirus, individuals may be eligible for unemployment benefits if they meet the monetary criteria and the weekly eligibility criteria. Employees must stay in contact with their employer and be available to work when called back. https://uplink.in.gov/CSS/CSSLogon.htm

United Way has a COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund

United Way’s COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund can help with rent, bills, and food. Call 1-866-211-9966 and provide your zip code to receive a list of agencies that will provide assistance.

Do you need help with food?

Here is a list of a few area food pantries. For a complete list of area food banks, please visit foodpantries.org

Grace Point Church of the Nazarene Food Pantry (260) 485-2110
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Food Bank (260) 485-8022
Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren (260) 482-8595
Salvation Army (260) 744-2311

Rental Assistance:

St. Joseph Township Trustees (260) 485-5993

Due to COVID-19, the trustee is not allowing walk-ins at this time. They ask that you please call for an appointment.

The application is available online.

Energy Assistance Program

If you need help with your Winter heating Brightpoint (260) 423-3546.

The application is available to download online.

Pet Assistance

If you need assistance with food for your pet, please contact the Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry at (260) 478-4851.

Pet food is distributed on the first and third Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to noon at 2502 Church Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46809. Guidelines are on the website.

We know that the COVID-19 shutdowns are hurting a lot of us and we hope this list of resources will help take the stress off of you while we continue under these difficult circumstances.

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Staying Safe at Montrose Square During COVID-19

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Montrose Square Apartments Residents,

Management believes it is important to follow Federal and Local guidelines by eliminating non-essential contact of groups & 6-foot distance from one another. There is not a current vaccine to prevent this virus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. To ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and residents within our community, we are suggesting alternate procedures for work requests and office contact beginning immediately. We will update if there are any other changes.

Office

  • We will no longer accept packages for residents.
  • Rent payments can be dropped through the mail slot into our office.
  • If a receipt is requested, we will be happy to have it delivered to your door.
  • The rent timeline for the pay early discount before the first will apply.
  • Lease renewals can be put through the mail slot into the office.

All other questions or concerns can be directed to the office via phone at (260) 485-3475 or email to montrosesquare@gmail.com.

Maintenance

At this time, to eliminate the possible spread of the virus to our residents & staff we suggest submitting only the following work orders.

Submit work requests via phone call or email to the leasing office for the following:

  • No Heat
  • Lockout
  • Water Leak
  • Clogged toilet/kitchen sink
  • Non-working Appliances
  • No Power/electrical

Maintenance will be taking precautions before and after entering an apartment when responding to a work request.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to protect our valued residents and team. Please contact the office at (260) 485-3475 if you have any questions or concerns.

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Home Fragrance Design: How Aromatherapy Can Turn an Apartment Into a Refuge

Renting an apartment might make the apartment your home on paper, but that doesn’t mean it truly feels like home. No matter how manicured that apartment is, it doesn’t feel like home until it feels like a welcoming and refreshing place to come back to after a long day.

Some of that comes with time and with customizing your decor. However, another simple addition can go a long way: fragrance design.

Tips for Your Apartment’s Aromatherapy Fragrance Design

When most people hear “comfort,” they think of the sense of touch. Your sense of smell is an unsung hero when it comes to feeling comfortable, though. Find out how these aromatherapy scents can help you make the most of every room in your apartment.

Aromatherapy for Warm and Welcoming Spaces

Your living room is a place of refuge where you can recover from a long day of work and take time for yourself. If you’re having a hard time creating that comforting atmosphere, try rosemary scents.

The smell of rosemary has a relaxing, stress-reducing effect. Unlike some other relaxing scents, it won’t necessarily put you to sleep, though. It tends to make us feel connected with nature, which is a refreshing and invigorating feeling.

Aromatherapy for Productive Spaces

In some areas of your apartment, relaxation isn’t the goal. If you work from home you’ll want a more productive space. The same often goes for the apartment kitchen, where many people do paperwork, cook meals, or handle other tasks.

For these rooms, peppermint can be your go-to scent. There is evidence that peppermint improves concentration and even activates your memory.

Another beneficial scent when you want to be productive is lemon. This citrus smell makes you feel more cheerful and energized plus gives off the feel of a clean, bright room.

Aromatherapy for Sleeping

They say your home is the place where you lay your head, but it feels even more like home when you can actually sleep. If you want to give yourself a more restful, easier night’s sleep, several scents can do the trick.

One option is lavender, which is known for its anxiety-reducing powers. The same goes for bergamot oil as well as jasmine.

You don’t need to limit the stress-reducing aromatherapy to your bedroom, though. You can also use it in the bathroom as you get ready for bed to start sending your brain messages that it’s time to relax.

Essential Oils and Pets

When considering aromatherapy for your apartment, be sure to keep your pets in mind. Some essential oils are poisonous or can be harmful to pets and can lead to serious problems including respiratory or central nervous system conditions.

Essential oils such as cinnamon, peppermint, tea tree, citrus, wintergreen, and others are toxic to pets.

Safe Ways to Add Fragrance to Your Home

As much comfort and stress relief as you can get from the skillful fragrance design, that won’t last long if you burn down the entire building by using a candle to get those scents.

Be sure to stick with safe ways to use aromatherapy. Essential oil diffusers are popular options that are easy to find.

Some diffusers use reeds to spread the scent while others release air with the scent in it, often acting as a humidifier at the same time. Plug-in outlet devices use a similar process to tabletop diffusers.

Whichever option you choose, the tips above can help you use aromatherapy to make your apartment into the perfect home environment. If you need to start by finding an apartment, learn more about our apartments for rent in Fort Wayne.

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Fun Things to Do in Fort Wayne in the Winter

Did you know that Fort Wayne is the second largest city in Indiana? With so many great sights and attractions, it’s no wonder why tons of people are drawn to this charming city.

Are you thinking about visiting or moving to Fort Wayne soon? Keep reading to learn about 7 of the best things to do in Fort Wayne this winter.

1. Go Ice Skating at Headwaters Park

If you’re searching for fun things to do in Fort Wayne during the winter, you can never go wrong with ice skating. Down at Headwaters Park, you can enjoy a large outdoor ice rink complete with a concession stand when you need a snack or hot cocoa break.

2. Walk Through a Winter Wonderland at Mengerson Nature Reserve

Do you love hiking but you don’t want to be out in the cold for more than an hour? If so, Mengerson Nature Reserve has the perfect trail for you that’s just over a mile long. This picturesque landscape is the best place to take some stunning pictures and reconnect with nature.

3. Catch a Show at the Embassy Theatre

What’s better than going out to dinner then relaxing at an entertaining show? Whether you’re in the mood for a concert, a comedy show, a movie, a Broadway play, or more, this historic theater has it all.

4. Explore the Science Central Museum

If you think that science museums are just for kids, then you’ll be surprised by how much fun people of all ages can have at Science Central. With live demonstrations, incredible artifacts, a moonwalk simulation, and a two-story slide, you’re guaranteed to have a blast.

5. Go Sledding at Franke Park

Franke Park is a large, hilly area that’s perfect for sledding. If you can brave the cold, there’s also a playground that kids will love. Make sure you go back once the weather warms up to go biking and hiking, too.

6. Get Inspired at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art

At the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, you can find lots of eclectic artwork that dates from the 19th century to modern-day. The gift shop is one of the highlights of this attraction because you can browse dozens of pieces that are for sale.

7. Warm-Up at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

If you’re not much of a winter person, then one of the nicest things to do in Fort Wayne, Indiana is to visit the botanical conservatory. No matter what time of the year it is, this indoor garden can transport you to somewhere tropical and vibrant when you step inside.

You Don’t Want to Miss Out on These Top Things to Do in Fort Wayne

Now that you know some of the best things to do in Fort Wayne, you can enjoy the rest of the winter season while it lasts.

Are you looking for great apartments in Fort Wayne? If so, Montrose Square Apartments would love to welcome you home. Check out our available Fort Wayne apartments so you can find your perfect match.

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2020’s Best New Year’s Resolutions for Your Apartment

Now that the new year has arrived, it’s time to come up with some new year’s resolutions that will improve your life.

If you rent an apartment, don’t forget to set some resolutions for your apartment too! There are several things you can do this year and beyond to make your space more appealing and inviting.

Read on to discover some of the best new year’s resolutions for your apartment that you can carry with you for years to come.

Time to Get Organized

Too much clutter can make you feel stressed and overwhelmed. Remedy the problem by getting your apartment organized and clean.

Look for stylish storage furniture that you can stash items in like stray pairs of shoes and loose throw pillows. Make your bathroom, kitchen, and living room the focus of your organization as part of your new year’s resolutions.

A clean and tidy space will make you feel good and give you peace of mind. It will also free up extra room and help your apartment look and feel larger.

Rearrange Your Apartment

A new year means a clean slate, so it’s a great time to make some changes in your apartment. One easy way to do this is by simply rearranging some rooms.

If your couch has been sitting against the same wall for years, it could be time to shift it to a different spot. Move tables and accessories around to make your entire apartment feel like a brand-new space.

This simple act can transform your pad and give it a fresh, updated feel. While you’re at it, consider selling or donating items or furnishings that you don’t use anymore or that you’re just not in love with any longer.

Freshen Up Your Color Palette

Bringing new color into your life is one of the best new year’s resolutions of all. If your leasing office allows it, apply a fresh coat of paint to your apartment in a trendy hue.

Color plays a vital role in how we think and feel, so pick out a new color scheme to give the apartment a total makeover. You can do things on a smaller scale, too.

Change out old bedding, rugs, throw pillows, and curtains and replace them with new color options. Anything you do to change the current color palette will help make your apartment more vibrant and cheerful.

Deep Cleaning Does Wonders

To make your space feel fresh, do a deep cleaning that will help you reset for the new year. Scrub the toilet, tub, and shower and clean up your bathroom.

Wash all dirty dishes and give the kitchen and your refrigerator a nice deep cleaning. This simple task will make a huge difference in how you feel and will give you a nice clean slate to start off the new year.

New Year, New Space

Try some of these new year’s resolutions for your apartment and see how much difference it makes. From a day of deep cleaning to new colors and decluttering, it’s easy to make your apartment feel more like home.

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5 Best Restaurants in Fort Wayne for a Spectacular Night Out

Fort Wayne may be known as the city of churches, but we’re also known for our diversity in dining establishments. If you want to visit Fort Wayne or rent an apartment, then you are likely curious about the best places to eat! The good news is that there are several fine eating establishments with something for everyone.

Looking for a place to eat on your next night out? Let’s explore some of the best restaurants in Fort Wayne.

1. Bird & Cleaver

This cozy 2-story restaurant is one of the newer spots in Fort Wayne and is perfect for date night, lunch with friends or grabbing brunch on the weekend.

They offer fresh, creative dishes for both vegans and nonvegans. A must-try is their Hillbilly Fondue served with crusty bread and veggies. This fondue is so delicious that you’d never guess it’s not cheese! We love seeing the expressions on people’s faces when they exclaim “What??? This isn’t cheese?!?!” Do yourself a favor and give it a try!

2. Go Japanese at Asakusa

Asakusa is a sushi bar. However, there are other Japanese foods on the menu.

Although Asakusa specializes in sushi, it is possible to get your fish cooked. The best way to start off your meal here is with their delicious clear soup and salad you won’t be disappointed.

3. Hoppy Gnome

No list of top restaurants would be complete without tacos! Tacos are everyone’s favorite on Tuesdays and every other day of the week and Hoppy Gnome knows how to do tacos.

Choose from flavorful fillings including Korean Short Rib, Pulled Pork, Smoked Brisket, Woodland Mushroom, or even Tofu to create the perfect taco.

In addition to tacos, they offer pasta, steaks, lamb chops, and more all with a Southwest flair.

4. RYU’s Kitchen for Korean Dining

This restaurant has only been in business for a few years but it has already earned the reputation for offering some of the best tasting Korean cuisines in Fort Wayne.

They have delicious Korean Sauces that are sure to excite your palate. You should also check out their weekly special as there is sure to be something delicious and interesting on the menu. Another must-try is their Korean teas which are impossible to resist.

5. Savery Vegan Grill

Wait!!! We know that sometimes just hearing the word vegan tends to make someone click the back button, but don’t be fooled, this vegan restaurant is a great place to grab a burger or wings.

Savery Vegan Grill specializes in traditional American vegan junk food. Try their Big Junie burger, similar to a Big Mac, Sweet Teriyaki wings, loaded fries or tots, coney dogs, chicken sandwich and more. It’s so good you won’t even miss the meat!

They also do a traditional brunch on Sundays with pancakes, french toast, omelettes, and all your favorites.

It’s so good that this may just become your new favorite!

A Final Look at Restaurants in Fort Wayne

There are thousands of restaurants in Fort Wayne that are sure to satisfy your tastebuds. Fort Wayne is a very multi-cultural place and this means that you can try out the foods from several different cultures. Most cultures are represented here, which makes for an interesting dining experience.

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