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7 Backyard Pond Essentials

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Before you create your backyard pond you will want to make sure you have the essentials. Backyard ponds do not run themselves, they require regular maintenance from the owner. Different pieces of equipment will be needed to ensure the health and longevity of your pond. Some of the essentials we will discuss in this infographic include: Pond liner Pond underlayment ... Read More »

How to Prepare Your Garden for Spring Planting

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Spring is in the air! I’ve been itching all winter to start our organic garden this year. We plan on incorporating hugelkultur beds and try to develop a primitive irrigation system (or at least attempt to figure it out so we can do it next year). I’ll be writing about our garden’s development on GRIT. But enough about our garden, ... Read More »

Spring Home Inspection Checklist

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While my wife does the Spring Cleaning, I take the time to do more of the home inspection and improvement (at least that’s what I say I’m doing…jk). Houses take on quite a hit during winter and it’s important to check critical areas around the home that could be damaged and cause a hazard. This includes the roof, windows and ... Read More »

How to Grow the Best Asparagus Ever (With Only a Little Gardening Know-How)

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Asparagus offers numerous health benefits, including healthy doses of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. While many people savor the softer (and slightly less bitter) shoots, others prefer the stalk. Regardless of how or when you prefer to eat it, you’ll be relieved to know that asparagus is generally easy to grow and maintain, even for novice gardeners. For most gardeners, ... Read More »

What You Can Learn from the 5 Worst Engineering Projects of 2014

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There’s great engineering, and then there’s awful engineering. While 2014 brought with it a host of amazing construction projects around the world, not every project turned out the way builders and engineers thought they would when they set out to create the blueprints. Bad engineering and construction projects drain finances, take longer to complete than scheduled, and usually disgust property ... Read More »

Tips for Painting Your Living Room Like a Pro

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Painting is one of the simplest ways to instantly transform and change the ambiance of a room. Professional interior designers know that paint is their number one decorating tool, and they use a variety of colors and shades to create the perfect feel in a room. Whether you want to paint your walls or furniture, or just touch-up certain accessories, ... Read More »

10 Creative Ways to Organize Your Jewelry

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Your fast-growing jewelry collection has finally spilled over into neighboring boxes and drawers, leaving a cluttered mess in its wake. Not only does it look unsightly, but the scattered pieces of jewelry also lead to an inevitable panicked sensation as you’re running out the door and can’t seem to find what you need. It’s easy to slip off your jewelry ... Read More »

How to Remove Permanent Marker from Everything

Kids, you’ve got to love them. But apparently they love to draw on walls with permanent marker more than they love you. Okay, so it might not always be kids. Maybe you accidentally got permanent marker on your phone…or a table…or the couch. Sometimes, it just slips. But for those times, here’s an infographic to tell you how to remove permanent marker ... Read More »

What To Do with Old Appliances

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It’s easy to take our appliances for granted, at least until the day they stop working. Unfortunately, that day often comes sooner than we’d like and we’re forced to decide how — not to mention if — we should make a repair. As more and more people opt to trash their appliance rather than keep it running, landfills across the ... Read More »

11 Easy Garden Plants for Better Health & Summer Savings


Rising food prices and a growing recognition of the importance of fresh food has spiked interest in home gardening. Seed companies are enjoying sales growth, which isn’t surprising when the Burpee Seed Co. estimates $50 in seeds and fertilizer can save a family $1,000 at the grocery store. To help you save money at the grocery store, we’ve featured easy ... Read More »

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