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Canning Food to Enjoy All Year Long

Before refrigeration existed, people used canning to preserve the food from harvest all year round. Learn the canning basics below!

Canned Tomatoes   Canned Oranges

The process of canning kills microorganisms that cause food to spoil and seals the jar to prevent any other spoilers from getting in.

Some food requires high temperature and pressure to be preserved, while other, more acidic food can be preserved with a boiling water bath.

Here are the basic supplies you’ll need for canning…

Let’s get started!

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How to Build Your Own Stock Tank Pool

In the heat of the summer, we all want a pool in stock to help keep us cool.

However, we’re all aware of the differences between expectation and reality, particularly with home improvement projects. Expectations for home pools usually look something like the below picture, and of course, in this ideal scenario, maintenance and upkeep takes very little time, effort, or money.

However, in-ground, Olympic size pools can cost upwards of $20,000.

The reality of owning a pool can end up looking more like the below, even after plenty of money and hours of upkeep are invested each week.

When faced with the reality of many expensive pool systems, it’s easy to feel like Bill Murray in Caddyshack:  “We have a pool and a pond. Pond’d be good for you.” Instead of forcing you to settle for a pond, we have a third option for you:  the stock tank pool.

The stock tank pool (aka hillbilly hot tub) happens to be this summer’s hottest trend. For around $500, you can install your own backyard pool! Let us help you build your own pool, just in time for 4th of July. Keep reading for all the instructions.

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Sustainable Landscaping – Save the Planet and Your Pocketbook

People begin sustainable landscaping for many reasons, and it has many benefits for the environment, regardless of where you live. It also benefits you as a homeowner.

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Let’s talk first about the environmental benefits.

Done properly, sustainable landscaping can help reduce the amount of water usage on your property, balance nature more effectively, and help reduce the amount of waste from your plants and your landscaping. Continue reading