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Cultivating Business

Amy Campbell

March 25, 2008

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Cultivating Business

Yesterday, ISS Editor Amy Campbell began the blog discussion on spring and cleaning and freshening up your self-storage site. It echoed back to my weekend, in fact, when I walked around my yard to assess how it weathered the winter. With spring in the air, I am optimistically obsessing about how I can expand my gardening knowledge while beautifying my property.

The real work began at the hand of my husband and his chainsaw. Together, he and I took out a lazy, overridden patch of lilac trees. I hesitate to actually say trees though, because these were traumatized by windstorms and stunted by lack of care. We kept a few of the best and lopped off the others, leaving behind a large patch of stumps and the problem of how best to cover them.

Im new at this gardening game but enjoy learning something new, and I like this new hobby. Ive bought some used books (does anyone else love www.amazon.coms used-book affiliates more than me?) and have started to pick some potential favorite blooms.

Nothing makes a house look more like a home than flowers in a garden. Same could be true for a self-storage site. A few blossoms could spiffy up your place and create curb appeal thats never before curbed a passerby. Flowers say, Welcome! and send a message of We care.

Upon more reading, I learned my garden selections were all wrong for my zone. If you dont have any idea what your hardiness zone is, check out the National Gardening Association website and hardiness map, which will identify your regional climate and guide you to selecting plants that will survive and thrive in your area. This site offers a ton of info about gardening, providing photos, growing tips (even for urban areas), pest control, you name it.

If you have space for one, plant a garden near your entryway. If youre surrounded by gravel or pavement, consider window boxes are putting in a few garden containers, which can be very easy to care for and equally as rewarding. Visit these sites for pointers: www.containergardeningtips.com and www.container-gardens.com.

Visit your local garden center to get more info about what will flourish in the space you have to offer. Nurture your plants just a little and the rewards could be manydrawing customers to your site and possibly cultivating new business in colorful ways.

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Amy Campbell

Editor, Inside Self Storage

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