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Man Living in a 10'x10' Tiny House & Homesteading in the City

**Man Living in a 10'x10' Tiny House & Homesteading in the City**



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Rob Greenfield’s latest sustainable living project is to live in a DIY 100 ft² tiny house for two years while foraging and growing 100% of his own food in an urban …

An expert's method to cleaning + modernizing your deck

**An expert's method to cleaning + modernizing your deck**



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From cleaning to decorating, DIY Expert Alexandra Gater shares simple ways to update your deck.

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our living space is really small like this deck is 300 square feet if you can believe it so I knew that we needed to use this space so once it was all cleaned I wanted to find furniture that looks like it belonged indoors which is why I bought this beautiful sectional I got a fun rug a boho inspired chair I brought it indoor plant out and I got this beautiful table that sits six people so we can entertain all summer and then this is probably my favorite part of the deck this is a decor wall that you can eat so I found these wall planter hangers these beautiful pots but my favorite herbs in them just cost me under fifty dollars and it just looks beautiful but it's also functional and then to finish the space off I hung these beautiful retro lights all in the trees they hang above the table so at night it feels like we're eating on a restaurant patio what a cute space Alexandra joins us now with more ideas give her some love really well is you do spaces they might be temporary it might be rental space but there's no reason why it can't look absolutely gorgeous so true and on my patio I mean the first step is always cleaning your space right right I don't know if you saw in the befores but the algae buildup was crazy on our deck we actually have a picture of it so we're gonna show that back it was it was a little bit on the dirty side and you want to give it a good scrub down we're also on the third floor so we don't have a hose we don't have water access so a really good deck cleaner like this Benjamin Moore one is great just to scrub off all that algae I'm good but if you do want hose access I found this awesome product from Lee Valley it attaches to your faucet in your kitchen and then you can string your hose out it's not a me oh my great now oh I wish I discovered that while we were primping the decorate what a great idea and then also from them is this broom now I feel like a good broom is totally necessary for an outdoor space the really cool thing about this one it's made in Germany and it has a curved it has like curved bristles yes so you kind of rake your patio yeah so it acts like a rake and it gets into all those nooks and crannies yeah that's a great great idea so yes it's like the smallest thing that makes the biggest difference when you're out there so true trying to clean it up and then sometimes in a rental or a small space like beautiful accessories is what makes it come on to come together yes I am obsessed with this hose from garden glory I didn't even use it no literally I said the same thing why she's got these beautiful hose holders and I just feel like even if you implement one change in this so just go feel so much more pretty right and why not do the antlers for your for the hose hanger I know I'm like that's a beautiful little Cobra print that's actually totally intentional there's a design on this oh yeah it's beautiful you'll actually want to clean your yard with that and water your plants it's beautiful and then space-saving things so I get a lot of questions from people that are like how do I store my bike I live in a really small apartment where do I put it right investing in something that goes on your wall to store your bike is awesome it takes the bike off the floor this actually goes up when you're not using it that's all it's just really compact yes and the bike just sits on it yeah you got it it's totally out of the way it's off the floor it's against the wall then you need to use it to get to work yeah take it off let me do this we hold this take it off right now good and then it just frees up all that space you can actually use it and it's functional you can sit on your patio and enjoy it absolutely um another product that I have to show you is a renter friendly pet door this is great if you have a little like a little dog so they actually come in multiple sizes which is really great in the big yeah so your dog okay go through these you basically sandwich it between your screen door it keeps bugs out and then there's a little flap at the bottom that it can go in and out of so that's what they keep hanging it that's the gray flap at the bottom is what the the pet can go in and out of that's very smart that's hard about this is it also folds so it's really easy to store when you're not using it that's great so great right lovely especially in the hot weather you want to make sure they have a way to come in and out right okay so this is a cool little invention you have a question for you are you a good plant mom hahahaha I'm a plant killer I'm a self-proclaimed plant a killer so this is really awesome because it's a self watering system see you I know so you set it for every day twice a day let's say 30 seconds a minute and it just self waters I'm just turning it on manually right now show you what you have a you'd have a bucket of water yeah and the cool thing about this is if you've got a smart plug yeah so to work with your like Alexa or your Google home you plug this in you plug this system in and you say hey Google what are my plants and [Applause] oh my goodness okay so that's great the other thing you always have to think about is is lighting yeah you've done a beautiful job here I feel like we hear all the time like add string lights and those are great but there are so many beautiful chandeliers that are on the market now for your outdoor space yeah to really make your outdoor space feel like a living room so this one has a plug yeah if you don't have an outlet which a lot of rental balconies don't I've come up with a hack and I'm just so excited to share with you okay so let's say you have this gorgeous pendant yes but you have no plugs so you can actually just cut the hard wiring off of the top put a little electrical tape around it yeah just to protect the wire and then you want to invest in a 13 dollar battery-powered light bulb so that just turns on turns on like that and then you hook it in your pendant look at that [Applause] yes really really good tricks you always have them and thank you so much for bringing them our way I got to get that the self watering plant there's no right no excuse huge thank you to Canadian Tire for this great chandelier as well

Saving Money with Your Home Landscape

**Saving Money with Your Home Landscape**



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Here’s how the landscape outside your home can lower energy use and utility bills on the inside. From our sustainable landscapes series, see how smart tree placement and green roofs and walls dramatically improve energy efficiency. Learn more at www.asla.org/sustainablelandscapes.
traditional suburban development has resulted in rows of single-family homes on large bear Lots with few trees these Lots exacerbate the energy inefficiency practices found within homes while homeowners can take simple low-cost steps to make the inside of their homes better insulated and more energy efficient few know that the landscape can be part of the solution landscape architect's use basic green technologies like smart tree placement and green roofs to help make homes energy-efficient tree placement can have a significant impact on indoor temperatures and energy use large trees should be planted on the west east and south west sides of a home exact tree placement depends on the size of the house and lot during spring and summer strategically placed trees provide shade reducing temperatures by between 20 and 45 degrees if the home has an air conditioning unit tree shade can help it run more efficiently in hotter months paths of summer shade can also keep parking lots and paved areas cool reducing ambient heat in the fallen winter deciduous trees shed their leaves allowing a home to receive more direct sunlight and absorb more heat reducing energy needs homes that are exposed to direct winds during the winter use more energy to keep the inside warm natural wind breaks can be created with rows of tall trees and dense bushes planted perpendicular to the wind direction evergreens which keep their leaves year-round can be planted to the north and northwest of the house creating a powerful wind break even residential homes can add low-cost yet well designed green roofs green roofs can provide insulation keeping a home cool in the summer and warm in the winter the US Environmental Protection Agency says a typical two to three story building can experience 15 to 25 percent savings in summertime energy costs another alternative is green walls green walls are constructive trellis like structures that enable plants to grow vertically placed on the side of a home driveway or patio these structures can reduce the ambient air temperature by up to 10 degrees subsidies and rebates can help homeowners install solar panels which help reduce energy needs and costs over the long term in the northern hemisphere solar panels are installed to face south and work best if there's no tree shade covering them on homes that already have solar trees can be planted to avoid casting shadows on the panels today strategic tree placement and green roofs and walls provide benefits which aren't often used in a residential context this is unfortunate as their benefits go way beyond energy savings higher energy efficiency means less carbon dioxide being pumped into the atmosphere trees and green roofs also act as carbon sinks they absorb co2 they also create oxygen which they release back into the atmosphere these systems create healthier environments for both communities and ecosystems not least of all trees help us create beautiful and comfortable environments in which to work play and live

Fun Day at the Water Park

**Fun Day at the Water Park**



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The Family enjoyed a Family fun Day at the Water Park. -Wet n Wild Water Park
The park had lots of fun slides and fun activities for smaller children. We were able to enjoy all the rides the park had to offer Thanks to our SKIP THE LINE PASS
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7 Mind Blowing Gardening Secrets That Will Save You Alot Of Money

**7 Mind Blowing Gardening Secrets That Will Save You Alot Of Money**



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Gardening is fun. It can put food on your table that’s healthy and toxin-free and adorn your yard in beautiful splendor. But, as you may well-know, it can be an expensive hobby. Here are some tips to keep your gardening expenses to a minimum even when you aspire to have a beautiful display of flowers or a bountiful vegetable-garden.

1.Make-Your-Own-Compost
While it may be a more obvious tip, this is one that should never be overlooked. A compost-pile can create lots of organic fertilizer from your very own kitchen scraps, like uneaten fruits and vegetables, eggshells and coffee grounds, which can easily be composted. Of-course, you can also add the usual grass-clippings, leaves and such. Once the hot-summer months hit, your compost-pile should start breaking-down quickly, creating a nutritious addition to your soil.
2.Grow-from-Seed
While buying already established plants is a quick and easy way to begin a garden, it can cost several times the price of growing from seed which isn’t all that difficult. Starting seedlings also means you’ll know what has gone into your plant at every stage of the process, ensuring it is truly organic.
3.Brew-Homemade-Pesticides
Although garden pests can cause all sorts of harm to your precious plants, forget about spending your hard earned dollars on toxic-pesticides!
Whatever pest you are facing, there is a natural-solution which you can quickly brew-up from a few simple household items like baking-soda, garlic, soap or even chili-peppers! Even better, many of them can be made in mere minutes. Check out my other video on homemade organic-pesticide.
4.Propagate-from-Cuttings
Not all plants need to be grown from seed – some can even be propagated from cuttings! In fact, rooted cuttings are often sturdier than seedlings, mature faster and even bear flowers and fruits sooner. They’re also free to boot! From beautiful flowers to tasty healing herbs, there are number of plants you can start from cuttings.
5.Exchange-planting-materials-with-fellow-gardeners
Gardeners are a generous lot, and gladly share their produce and planting materials with fellow gardeners. Just spreading the word that you’re starting a new garden may flood you with offers of seeds, cuttings and divisions.
If you don’t have a lot of gardening friends, offer some of your stock as a goodwill gesture. Herb cuttings grown in small paper cups make excellent gifts.
6.Grow-perennials
For the most part, perennials cost more to purchase than annuals, but once they’ve been established, they will come-back year after year, and you’ll not only save money in the long run but also the time of starting them year after year.
by choosing certain plants, like asters, coral bells, daylilies and cranesbill geraniums, you’ll have an easy time and they’ll reward you with practically care-free growth.

7.Choose high-yield plants
High yield plants like tomatoes, pepper, squash and cucumbers will bring the highest-yields in order to get the biggest return on your investment.

These were my top 7-tips.
Now, if You have any other gardening tips that may save you some money, please share them in the comments below.

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gardening is fun you can put food on your table that's healthy and toxin free and adorn your yard with beautiful splendor but as you may know it can be an expensive hobby here are some tips to keep your garden expenses to a minimum even when you aspire to have a beautiful display of flowers or a bountiful vegetable garden 1 make your own compost well it may be a more obvious chip this is one that should never be overlooked a compost pile can create a lot of organic fertilizer from your very own kitchen scraps like uneaten fruits and vegetables eggshells and coffee grounds which can easily be composted of course you can also add the usual grass clippings leaves and such once the hot summer months hit your compost pile should start breaking down quickly creating a nutritious addition to your soil to grow from seed while buying already established plants is a quick and easy way to begin a garden it can cost several times the price of growing from seed which isn't all that difficult starting seedlings also means you'll know what has gone into your plant at every stage of the process ensuring it is truly organic 3 brew homemade pesticides although garden pests can cause all sorts of harm to your precious plants forget about spending your hard-earned dollars on toxic pesticides whatever pests you are facing there is a natural solution which you can quickly brew up from a few simple household items like baking soda garlic soap or even Chili Peppers even better many of them can be made in mere minutes check out my other video on homemade organic pesticide for propagate from cuttings not all plants need to be grown from seed some can even be propagated from cuttings in fact rooted cuttings are often sturdier than seedlings mature faster and even bear flowers and fruits sooner they're also free to boot from beautiful flowers to tasty healing herbs there are a number of plants you can start from cuttings 5 exchange planting materials with fellow gardeners gardeners are a generous lot and gladly share their produce and planting materials with fellow gardeners just spreading the word that you're starting a new garden may flood you with offers of seeds cuttings and divisions if you don't have a lot of gardening friends offers some of your stock as a goodwill gesture herb cuttings grown in small paper cups make excellent gifts 6 grow perennials for the most part perennials cost more to purchase than annuals but once they are established they will come back year after year and you'll not only save money in the long run but also the time of starting them year after year by choosing certain plants like asters choral bells day lilies and cranesbill geraniums you'll have an easy time and will reward you with practically carefree growth 7 choose high-yield plants high yield plants like tomatoes pepper squash and cucumbers will bring the highest yields in order to get the biggest return on your investment these were my top seven tips now if you have any other gardening tips that may save you some money please share them in the comments below