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Raised Garden Beds

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Gone are the days of traditional, space-wasting, hard to water gardens.  Raised garden beds are latest trend in horticulture.  And it is one that has homeowners, even those with limited lot sizes, testing out their green thumbs, reaping the benefits (fresh produce -- yum!) and enjoying the results!  The perks of garden boxes are countless, but among the most praiseworthy are:

● Fewer weeds.

● Better water retention in sandy areas and more favorable drainage in areas with clay-based soil.

● Warmer soil earlier in the season that stays warmer longer.

● Less soil erosion.

● Prevention of soil compaction.

● Improved pest control.

● Ease of accessibility to reach each plant.

● Aesthetically pleasing.

Speaking of ease and aesthetics, check out these easy-on-the-eyes raised beds from two of your own Ankeny Real Estate Service team members!

Now you’re probably asking yourself, where I can learn how to make a raised garden bed (or 2, or 3!) of my very own?  And since we’re all about helping you make your house a home, we gathered a few good resources on raised garden box building for your convenience.  Check them out, give it a try, and let us know how it goes! 

 

How to make a raised garden bed: http://www.sunset.com/garden/backyard-projects/ultimate-raised-bed-how-to-00400000011938/

A video tutorial from National Gardening on how to build your own garden box:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuTYXmy4Yb0

Soil calculator from Gardener’s Supply Company so you know exactly how much soil you need:

http://www.gardeners.com/Soil-Calculator/7558,default,pg.html

And a great resource on when to plant your seeds:

http://sproutrobot.com/

Finally, an all-round great, chock-full of information article:

http://eartheasy.com/grow_raised_beds.htm#c

Movies Under The Stars: Free Family Fun in Ankeny!

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

If you haven’t noticed yet, we’re huge fans of all the free fun that Ankeny has to offer.  And now that our sunshine-y summer weather has finally arrived, the fun is in full force! Topping the list of our favorite free family events in town is Movies Under The Stars presented by Veridian Credit Union.

A free event open to the public, Movies Under The Stars, gives our community a place to come together on Friday nights, take in a show, and relax under the warm summer sky.  Movie-goers are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, bug spray, snacks, and lots of excitement for, what is sure to be, an enjoyable evening. Movies Under The Stars takes place at Wagner Park Bandshell, is free to attend (have we mentioned that?!?), and begins at dusk.

So, what fabulous flicks can you expect to see?  Here’s the line-up for the rest of this season.

June 14 - Shark Tale (PG)

June 21 - Cool Runnings (PG)

June 28 - Little Big League (PG)

July 19 - Spy Kids 1 (PG)

July 26 - Beethoven (PG)

August 2 - HOP (PG)

From the Uptown Farmer’s Market and Ankeny Unplugged, to Movies Under The Stars, this city offers fantastic options for free family fun.  Check out Ankeny’s website for more ideas and information on all the fun to be had!  http://www.ankenyiowa.gov/

Ankeny Unplugged

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

Mark your calendars now!  Ankeny Unplugged starts this Saturday and runs throughout the month of June.  Take it from me, Ankeny area residents, this is an event you DON’T want to miss!

Featuring hot local and regional musical acts, Ankeny Unplugged offers a unique opportunity for friends and neighbors to come together.  This one-of-a-kind music fest has thought of it all -- good music, delicious food vendors, unique arts and crafts, refreshing beverages, sweet confections, a free bicycle valet, and more!

So, what more do you need to know?  Here are a few more details:

● This year’s concert series will take place the first four Saturdays in June at the Bandshell at Wagner Park (410 West First Street).

● Doors open at 4pm and bands take the stage from 5 to 9pm.

● Tickets are $3 at the door OR you can purchase an advance ticket and drink for $6 {here}.  Kids 12 and under are free.

● Ankeny Unplugged is organized by the Ankeny Jaycees, and sponsored by The City of Ankeny.

● This year’s musical lineup can be found at the event’s website (http://ankenyunplugged.com/) and is going to be rocking! 

On a personal note, I recommend dressing in layers, bringing bag chairs and/or blankets, and leaving your own food, drinks, and cigarettes at home!

Now that you know the details, have time to otherwise clear your calendar, AND have been enticed by the promise of awesome entertainment, good food, and a fun time with friends, you have no excuse to miss what is sure to be a great time!

Don't Miss It: The Uptown Ankeny Farmers' Market begins THIS Saturday

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

If you’re like me, then there’s a good chance that you’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for opening day of the Ankeny Farmers’ Market.  Well, good news -- it is FINALLY here!  The Uptown Ankeny Farmers’ Market kicks off this Saturday, May 19 and, rumor has it, this year will be even better than the last!

The Uptown Ankeny Farmers' Market features homemade, homegrown, hand-crafted products and in-season produce. Not only is this open-air market known for the freshest locally grown produce, but each week boasts a variety of offerings. On any given Saturday, you can find meats, baked goods, cut flowers, starter veggie plants, and hanging baskets, along with prepared food vendors, local artists, and entertainers.  When it comes to vendors, no two weeks are the same -- which seems like the perfect excuse to never miss one!

So, what makes the Uptown Ankeny Farmers’ Market unique?  Well, according to regular attendee, Kelly Munter (34, Ankeny), the small-town feel just can’t be beat!  “We love stocking up on our fruits, veggies, and bread for the week without fighting large crowds.  Not to mention, supporting local farmers, the Ankeny community, and our economy is of the utmost importance to us!” 

Well, when you put it like that, the Uptown Ankeny Farmers’ Market sure sounds like a place we would all want to be!  

Where:

Uptown Ankeny

Corner of SW 3rd & SW Maple Street

Ankeny, IA 50021

When:

(May-September)

Saturdays May 18 thur Sept. 28

8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Closed July 13

For more information visit www.uptownankeny.org

8 Things To Do In Ankeny This Spring

by Ankeny Real Estate Service

8 Things To Do In Ankeny This Spring

1.  Visit any of our MANY different parks.  Check out {this} matrix and {this} Park Locator Map to, not only find one near you, but to find a park that meets your needs!  Want a park with a picnic shelter and grill?  We have those! One with open spaces for a game of Frisbee?  Yep, got that too!  There is something for everyone when it comes to parks in Ankeny!

2.  Grab your pole, some bait, your handy-dandy fishing license and head to one of our local fishing holes.

3.  And speaking of fishing, why not take part in the Ankeny Kids Fishing Derby?

4.  Ankeny Unplugged is a great way to gather with friends, listen to live music and have some good old fashioned fun.  Oh, and don’t forget to buy your early bird season passes before they’re gone!

5.  Looking for a good experience AND fresh, locally grown produce, as well as arts, crafts, and entertainment?  The Ankeny Farmers’ Market is just the place for you!

6.  Are you a sports fan?  If so, be sure to take in an  Ankeny High School or Ankeny Centennial baseball, softball, or soccer game.  Be a part of the action and watch rich traditions continue!

7. Maybe watching sports isn’t exactly your thing, but playing is!  That’s ok, too.  We’ve got some of the best golf courses around!  Check out one of our many public or private courses.

8.  Finally, we encourage you to get out and take advantage of one of the newest and best recreational trails in the state.  High Trestle Trail spans 25 miles, from Ankeny to Woodward, with many scenic and entertaining stops along the way.  So, grab your bike or running shoes and get exploring!

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