As the agent recruitment director for Nebraska Realty for more than five years, Matt Hover has been responsible for growing the ranks at Omaha’s fourth-largest brokerage to more than 425 licensed agents. Family, friends and colleagues note that Matt has a green thumb for growing whatever he touches, figuratively and literally.
“As a child, I worked in the garden at the request of my father,” said Matt, who has been a licensed agent with Nebraska Realty since 2005 and continues in that role while also serving as the award-winning company’s recruitment director. “I developed a further love for gardening as an adult, and I enjoy growing vegetables. I typically grow six varieties of tomatoes in a garden plot that measures 20 by 40 feet.”
Matt noted that the average frost-free growing season in the Omaha area starts April 29 and generally runs until Oct. 2, about 156 days. Matt loves to see the numerous gardens dotting the Omaha-area residential areas plus the community plots, and he realizes there are newcomers to “urban farming” every year.
While some vegetables – such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, spinach, onion starts and potatoes – probably already are in the ground, he offered these suggestions while summarizing general guidelines for the eastern Nebraska climate:
- Tomatoes, peppers and eggplants can be transplanted into the ground if there is no extended forecast for a late frost.
- Generally, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers can go into the ground as late as May 13, and sweet potatoes as late as May 20. These plants generally require 100 days to harvest.
- Once the soil is near 60 degrees, beans, cowpeas, corn, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelons, gourds and sunflowers can be planted.
Matt pointed out that gardeners should check the “days to harvest” labeling information that comes with seed packets or transplants, or consult the local nurseries or the Nebraska Extension in Douglas-Sarpy Counties. << http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/douglas-sarpy/ >> “As a general rule,” Matt said, “if people don’t want to pay attention to the dates, I normally plant a vegetable garden with the warm-weather plants around Mother’s Day (May 14, 2017).”
Of course, urban farmers often battle hungry critters, such as rabbits, to keep their vegetable and flower gardens intact. These are some of his thoughts about winning the gardening war:
- Cottontails prefer weeds and native plants to garden vegetables, so leaving a small “rabbit patch” is sometimes the best way to protect ornamental flowers.
- Baby powder can protect flowers and plants, as can several other commercial products.
- Coyote urine can be purchased at hunting stores and used as a garden repellent.
- Some plants, such as marigolds, planted around the perimeter of a garden, can serve as a deterrence.
- Consider a short, chicken-wire fence around your vegetable garden.
In addition to gardening, Matt enjoys sporting events, hunting, fishing, cooking, concerts, the performing arts and time with his wife Katie and son Will, other family members, friends and his dog Stella. Real estate, of course, is a passion.
“I love helping my clients and the agents at Nebraska Realty with their real estate needs in the city I enjoy calling home,” Matt said. “I enjoy nothing more than spreading the message of what we have to offer at Nebraska Realty. You will find no other company that places as much emphasis on their agents’ success, along with the best tools, technology, training and compensation, all with zero agent fees.”
To contact Matt, call (402) 578-1425 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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