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Volume 15, Issue 3 / March 2013

DeLois Smith

Brenda Blackwell

Linda Seifert

Wendy Gay

Debra Pace

Scott Holmes

Dennis Baum

Jerron Carney

Adam Watkins

10 Foolproof Vegetables for Container Gardening No matter how small your space or green your thumb, growing vegetables in containers is an easy introduction to the national grow-your-own trend. When there are fresh veggies right outside your back door, why buy from a store?

Tips for container gardening

Containers: Any container will do, as long as it’s deep enough for the plant (check the seed packet). Just drill ½-inch drainage holes in the bottom. You can use 5-gallon food buckets from your grocery store or deli, or ask your neighborhood garden center for 5- to 7-gallon grower’s pots — both are free. Before using, wash out the container with a gallon of water mixed with a cup of chlorine bleach to kill off any lingering bacteria. Soil: All-purpose soil is pretty goof-proof. But don’t use topsoil — it won’t work because it doesn’t have the required nutrients. Plants: Read instructions on the seedling or seed packet first. The same rules for sun, watering, space, and hardiness zones apply to container vegetables.

Top 10 container vegetables

1. Tomatoes: All kinds do well in pots. Try grape and cherry varieties for easy growing — their small size makes them easy to handle. Put up a trellis because they love to climb. Pros: Growing them in containers makes them a snap to water because it’s easier to get under their leaves; cherry tomatoes produce quickly. Cons: Don’t seed directly in container — young tomato plants need specific growing conditions to get started, which can be tricky; buy seedlings instead. 2. Peppers: Bell and chili peppers are good container contenders. Peppers can be picky when starting out, so plant seedlings instead of seeds. Pros: Red mini bell peppers are quick producers — about 2 months until they’re ready to eat. Cons: You’ll need some patience — regular peppers take up to 3 months to mature.

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3. Lettuce: Any kind of lettuce will grow in pots. You can seed directly in the pot. Pros: Huge selection to choose from, and you can plant different varieties in the same container — a beautiful look. Cons: They need full sun — you might have to move your containers around to ensure good exposure. 4. Spinach: All different varieties really thrive in containers. Scatter the seeds and thin them out as they grow. Pros: You can trim off the leaves when you want them and they’ll just keep growing more. Cons: Good drainage is really important for spinach; it prefers sunny days and cool nights. 5. Radishes: French Breakfast, White Icicle, and Short Cherry Bell are three varieties to try. Plant 1 to 2 inches between, and thin as they grow. Pros: Super quick! About 25 days and they’re ready to crunch. Cons: They don’t like heat — if you live in a hot zone, look for varieties that are heat-resistant, or grow in the spring and fall. 6. Green onions: Very pretty and very easy to grow. Pros: They don’t take much room and are easy to manage — they like sun, but be sure to wait until the danger of frost has passed before planting. Cons: They take a couple of months until they’re ready. 7. Carrots: Any type of carrot will work in containers — when they’re ready to harvest, soak the container with water first to making pulling easier. Pros: There are many types to choose from; “kaleidoscope” mixes come with a variety of flavors and beautiful colors. Cons: Some will take up to 80 days until they’re ready; if

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you’re an impatient gardener, look for quick-maturing types, such as Touchon and Little Finger. 8. Swiss chard: Seed directly in your container and trim leaves as needed — they’ll continue to produce. Chard is tastiest when it’s young. Pros: Very durable plant that tolerates warmth. Cons: Getting your kids to eat it (unusual flavors). 9. Cucumbers: Another good plant for impatient gardeners, cukes add crunch to summer salads and sandwiches. Pros: Quick to germinate and quick to grow. Cons: They need sturdy support posts or a trellis so the plants have somewhere to climb. Or try smaller, less-heavy bush cucumbers. 10. Green beans: So easy to grow, you can put your kids in charge. Pros: Quick growers and you’ll have a bumper crop if you pick regularly — they’ll just keep growing more. Cons: Climbing beans — called pole beans — grow 5 to 6 feet, so stick to bush beans, which hit 1-2 feet on sturdy, self-supporting stems.

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Adam’s Thoughts We greet March with thankfulness! Given the “Mississippi Miracle” or “Hattiesburg Miracle” that our community experienced on February 10th, we can’t help but be thankful!  As we consider the miles of damage created by the EF-4 tornado that traveled through Oak Grove, Hattiesburg, Petal, and surrounding areas, the more thankful we become.  Personally, I’m awestruck at the simultaneous manifestation of God’s power and God’s protection.  The fact that there were no casualties amidst utter devastation is quite a miracle indeed!  Especially when you consider that the tornado glazed by Forrest General Hospital and over several churches (on a Sunday) as well as a university where students were largely out of town because of a holiday.   In fact, several of our team members were actually hosting nearly two dozen open houses that afternoon during our monthly Tour of Homes - all within the general path of the tornado.  We had team members criss-crossing the area between tour locations as the tornado sliced through the community.  There were a lot of phone calls and text messages made to assure everyone’s safety.  We praise God for His protection, and we stand ready to serve our neighborhoods as we recover.  We know we can do this because we’ve done it before.  Our Katrina experience taught us a lot of lessons that we can apply here, and we intend to combine that experience with our resolve to forge ahead! In spite of all these events, we see the beginnings of sustained improvements within our local real estate market.  The first 50 days of this year are pointing to a trend of increased market activity.  Year-over-year data from the Hattiesburg Multiple Listing Service (MLS) shows the number of homes under contract, homes sold, and sales volume to be up 54%, 6%, and 11% respectively.  These increases are offset to some degree as our level of supply remains elevated, with a 1% increase in homes actively on the market over the same time period last year.  Prices in most price ranges also appear to have stabilized.  How long this trend will last depends on a multitude of factors, as you can imagine.  These factors include long term interest rates, the financial impacts on employers of the new health care legislation, and the employment climate of the Hattiesburg Metro area.  Regardless of these unknowns, we

certainly welcome the improvements. We do recognize, however, that to hundreds upon hundreds of our community members and families, market trends and market improvements are not nearly as important as putting the pieces of their lives back in place. These families are experiencing a tremendous sense of loss as they grapple with the destruction of their homes, businesses, and places of employment - and for some - as they recover from any injuries they sustained.  It has been heart-warming to witness our churches and volunteer organizations sweep in and offer aid with efficiency and tremendous support.  These volunteers are a part of what makes our area a special place to live.  We’re dedicated to being a part of that support system.  Almost immediately following the February 10th events, we began receiving phone calls and requests to assist those in need of housing - whether rental or purchase.  We’ve even had some investors step in and purchase properties that are suitable for storm victims to lease as they begin to pick up the pieces of their lives.  We can’t help but be inspired by these community helpers, and are honored to join them. One of our client couples had a particularly touching reaction to these events - I’ll call them Jim and Jane.  Jim and Jane have the benefit of life experience, having lived in their Hattiesburg home for many, many years.  After the events of February 10th, they were faced with the overwhelming loss of their home, and the widespread devastation of their neighborhood.  They needed a “new place” to start again, and we are grateful to have been able to help them find that new place.  As they stepped out of the elevator on their way to leave our office, Jane said, “Well Jim, let’s go start the rest of our lives.”  Her words weren’t filled with bitterness or resentment.  Instead, they were filled with a sense of wonder and resolve.  How inspiring and humbling!  We have a tremendous responsibility to the Jims and Janes out there, and we are ready to fulfill that responsibility.  Please don’t hesitate to call on our team.  We are anxious to help you and/or your loved ones “start the rest of [your] lives” just like Jim and Jane. Moving forward…

Adam & The Team Star Chat is now digital We now offer the ability for you to receive our monthly newsletter in an email format. We will continue to print and mail the Star Chat to you our valued clients. If you would prefer to receive Star Chat in an electronic format please send an email to info@deloissmith.com.


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Jennifer’s Journal By Jennifer Beightol My name is Jennifer Beightol. I am the Listing Coordinator here at The DeLois Smith All Star Team, Realtors. Like many of you, my husband and I are not originally from Hattiesburg. It has been nearly thirteen years since we made the decision to move to Hattiesburg. We wanted our daughter to have the opportunity to grow up in the same type of environment that we had grown up in. You know that wholesome “Walton’s-like”… life centers around family, church, community and oh yea … Ike Godsey’s Store… type of environment. Definitely not the fast paced work around the clock environment we were living in Atlanta. So we packed the truck, loaded the van and moved ourselves and our five year old to Hattiesburg. It was a difficult transition at first, especially for the five year old who wondered where the rest of the mall was. But, I am pleased to report we adapted and for the most part have been very happy with the move. Hattiesburg delivered! Family was a big reason for our move to Hattiesburg. It was very important to us that our daughter be raised around her extended family…. to have that connection. At the time of our move my husband’s immediate family had also relocated to the “Burg” from Waynesboro. Now we were no longer the only

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Beightol’s in town. It was a wonderful change to be able to have Sunday lunch with family again. We found an amazing church. I am still often awed by their caring, goodness and generosity. Ours is just one of the churches in Hattiesburg… there are many… filled with wonderful people doing wonderful things. I am proud and humbled to say we have been warmly invited to worship with quite a few of them. The church truly is a cornerstone of life in Hattiesburg. The people of Hattiesburg treat you like a neighbor. This is never more evident than in the wake of disaster. Following the tornado of February 10, so many members of the community came together to help people they never met take those first steps back to normal. That is just the way things are in the “Burg”. Oh yea… I can’t forget… Ike Godsey’s Store – well Hickman’s and Kress Department Store might be a thing of the past … and the Mom and Pop curb stores of our youth might not be exactly what they once were… but the children have their hangouts and gentlemen still get together for coffee and conversation. So as far as achieving that goal of a “Waltons-like” environment for our daughter to grow up in…Hattiesburg may not be Walton’s Mountain… but it is a pretty great place to raise a family.

Client Quote “We could not have had a better experience when buying our first home. Wendy Gay was and is extremely knowledgeable, professional and kind. She was always available and willing to help us. We were able to find and purchase a wonderful first home for our young family - and we love it! “ - Meredith Biesinger “I have nothing but good things to say about the people I worked with in your office. From the stand point of a buyer & seller the process was painless. Every time I had a question or needed something, there was a prompt response. Adam, Amelia, and Elizabeth were great!! Thanks for all you did to make my move go smoothly. ” -Melissa Morgan

Don’t forget to file your Homestead Exemption if you have not already done so. The deadline for filing is April 1st. If you have any questions please contact our office and we’ll be happy to help!

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The DeLois Smith All Star Team, Realtors, Star Chat Newsletter, March 2013  

The March 2013 issue of Star Chat, the monthly newsletter from The DeLois Smith All Star Team, Realtors. Brining you all the information on...

The DeLois Smith All Star Team, Realtors, Star Chat Newsletter, March 2013  

The March 2013 issue of Star Chat, the monthly newsletter from The DeLois Smith All Star Team, Realtors. Brining you all the information on...

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