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Vegetables and That Perfect Garden

Its one thing to go to the store and pick out fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis, but its even better to grow your own within your home. Utilizing a big backyard to your advantage can create a great harvest for those wanting their own fresh, delicious, vegetables to cook and eat. Here are some important steps when deciding it's the perfect time to create that perfect garden.
The first important thing is picking the right space for your garden. Usually you'll need a nice area of land in your backyard, preferably a size of 10x10 ft. You'll need to make sure that the area you'll be gardening in has direct sunlight as most crops need 6 hours of sunlight for health and growth. If you plant in an area with shadows, this will obstruct the growth process with your vegetables. 

Being proactive and dedicated is key to developing that perfect harvest and saving costs at your local food market. 

Next step is soil. Soil is the most vital key in making sure your crops are well fed with nutrients. In order to have a rich garden, soil should be kept moist, and wet. Also you'll need to factor in the seasons of the year as they effect your soil as well. Adding compost, and mulch can save your soil bed during fall, winter, and spring time.  
Variety is important when you're distinguishing what vegetables you plan on growing. The most common vegetables to grow are onions, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, and peppers. Also you'd want to grow in increments weekly, so that when you pull out fresh crops, you'll have backups growing when you run out for the future. 

These are the steps in growing a successful garden. For those looking to venture out in gardening, and growing their own produce, this is the best opportunity to give it a try, you'll be glad you did!


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DIY Projects You Need A Permit For

Home improvements can be costly, time consuming, and an over all pain in the you know what between getting permits, dealing with the bills, and handling the builders.

Before you start the project, you may look at everything that needs to be done and say to yourself, "I think I'll just do this myself." Well, before you do, you may want to know that some home improvements do still need permits in order to be complete.

  1. Depending on your state and city, switching from an electric stove to a gas one may in fact require a permit. Personally, I don't recommend installing gas appliances yourself for the simple fact that you may do more harm than good. Gas leaks are very likely if any gas appliance is improperly installed and can be very harmful to your health, your family's health, and your home. This is one thing you should never skimp on. To be safe, never install any gas appliance by yourself. Get a permit, and hire a professional! 

  2. Anything electric, especially wiring, should be installed by electricians. DIY wiring is prone to catching fire. Never install anything electric without a professional.

  3. Gas is another thing that should remain in the hands of a professional. Gas water heaters can not only cause serious injury, but you also risk a gas leak, fire, or flood. None of those sound fun, so we suggest you save this job for an expert. If you have a permit, an inspector looks over your job and verifies whether it was done properly or not.

  4. Doors and windows seem easy enough to replace on your own -- after all, how hard can it be to attach something to two hinges? Again, this is another DIY project you need a permit for. Entrances require permits. In the off chance first responders need to get into your home, they need to do so with ease; not meeting emergency egress requirements can keep them from entering the home to take care of the issue. Besides being a safety issue, windows and doors must be properly installed, so water does not get into your home and damage all of your belongings.

When doing outside work on your house or property, it can affect those living around you. If you are looking to do outside renovations, here's what you need permits for.

  1. Decks and porches can add a sense of comfort to your home. Your family is going to be spending a lot of time on this new structure... If it is not sound, someone could potentially get seriously hurt; and if you have anyone over, you risk the chance of getting sued as well. To avoid this, (you guessed it) get a permit! 

  2. Fences add a great deal of privacy to your yard. However, some townships require you to have a certain height or even material for your fence. In this case, you must receive a permit and get a survey done in order to put up a fence. 

  3. If you live in a state where severe storms frequently occur and are looking to install a shelter or safe room for your family, you must conform to FEMA specs. Otherwise, your shelter won't be doing much protecting. According to Blake Lee of F5 Storm Shelters, a pre-building permit is what you are looking to obtain. If registered, this permit allows "first responders [to know] who has storm shelters and where they need to look for you in case you get trapped inside." 
If the reason you are doing all of these upgrades is to sell your home, you are going to want to make sure you have a permit. Not having one for any of the projects including remodeling a kitchen or bathroom could cost you the sale of your home in the future. 

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Starting Canada Day With a Bang

It's that time of year again. For those interested in going out and celebrating Canada Day, it comes down to these factors - food, fireworks, and fun!  
Are you into BBQ? Canada Day has a delicious Rib Festival in Toronto. If you're a huge fan of ribs like myself, you'll appreciate the wide variety of ribs, sauces, rubs, and unique tastes. There is even music and carnival rides for the kids! 
If you're also in the Toronto area, be sure to visit the Redpath Waterfront Festival. Be on the lookout for the world's biggest rubber duck floating on the water ! It will be an amazing sight to behold. The Waterfront Festival also supplies music and games for all ages. 
When it comes to people enjoying themselves on Canada Day, one of the most important events is seeing Montreal's Canada Day Parade! If you're into vibrant and detailed floats, marching bands, or food, this is a huge hot spot to see come Jul. 1! 
I saved the best of last... the fireworks! Whether you're in your backyard, the beach, or viewing them across the skyline, fireworks are the most amazing aspect of Canada Day! I would highly recommend visiting these cities in Canada for their firework displays: Toronto, Montreal, Saskatoon, Ottawa, Regina, and Vancouver. These are just a few of many to showcase their dazzling fireworks. 

So come out and celebrate Canada Day's 150th birthday for a day of fun and entertainment!

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