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Best Zero Turn Mower Under 3000 (Top 13 According to Users in 2020)

Do you have a large lawn that makes mowing with a regular lawn mower extremely long and arduous? Don’t want to spend too much money? I hear ya. I’ve found you the best zero turn mower under 3000, great value! My winner for large yards is the Husqvarna Z254, closely followed by the Cub Cadet …

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WE Knife Co Banter Knife Review – New Banter Series the Perfect EDC Knife?

WE Knife Company has released its new folding knife, the Banter. This is my 2020 review of the EDC Banter Knife, including its features, warranty, the WE Knife Company itself, and more. WE Knife Company Banter Knife Review The first thing you’ll notice is that the WE Banter Knife is one of the cheaper knives …

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20+ White Porch Swing Ideas That’ll Look Amazing in 2020

There’s something about a white porch swing. I’ve seen people upcycle benches with chains to hang them on the porch or patio, they’re such a good idea. I’m looking at adding a white porch swing to my veranda so I’ve rounded up some amazing ideas for white porch swing that’ll look amazing in your yard! …

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How to Eat Zucchini in 87 Different Ways – Use Your Bountiful Zucchini Harvest

If you’re like me, your garden produces an abundance of some vegetables and not enough of others. Zucchinis are growing particularly well this year and I wondered how to eat zucchini in different ways. I’m adding zucchini to lots of meals but as you’ll see, there are more ways to use zucchini than you ever …

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Brightest Tactical Flashlight 2020 – The 5 Most Durable & Best Tactical Flashlights

One of the most important items that you can carry with you every day is a flashlight, and specifically the brightest tactical flashlight. No point having a flashlight that doesn’t show the way! Tactical flashlights are more than ordinary flashlights because they do so much more than just illuminate the darkness. Rather, tactical flashlights are …

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49 Unusual Foods to Dehydrate in a Dehydrator – Dehydrating Mushrooms, French Toast, Sauerkraut?!

Sick of the old dehydrated banana chips or beef jerky? Here are 49 different foods to dehydrate! From liver snacks for the dog to wine leather for you, sauerkraut salt & vinegar chips to rhubarb sour candy, we’ve collected them all.  I really love pushing appliances to their limits and using them to their full …

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Cub Cadet Ultima ZT1 54 vs Troy Bilt Mustang 54 Zero Turn Mower

Wondering which zero turn mower to buy? Here’s my review of Cub Cadet Ultima ZT1 54 vs Troy Bilt 54. Both are 24HP, 54″ cut but there are some differences between the two. Scroll down to see the features of Cub Cadet vs. Troy Bilt. I’ve added a table of contents and a comparison table …

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Raising Chickens 101 – Building the Best Chicken Coop

Raising chickens is a wonderful thing to do. Chickens make wonderful pets for the kids, they lay lovely fresh eggs every day (or most days, anyway), they’re gentle creatures, and they’re natural predators for the garden pests you don’t want. Raising chickens isn’t hard, nor is it expensive. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You …

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Best Pull Behind Spreader to Tow Behind Mower/ATV – Broadcast Fertilizer

Can you believe our top 5 best pull behind spreader are all made in the USA!? How great is that! This 2020 tow behind spreader review gives you the best pull behind fertilizer spreaders for small yards and large yards. Best Pull Behind Spreader Top 5 Brinly 175lb BS36BH Pull Behind Broadcast Spreader. This is …

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Evo Grill Review – Is an Evo Flat Top Grill Worth the Money?

I’m taking a look at the Evo Grill today. They cost a pretty penny, so let’s find out whether they’re worth the money. This is a full Evo Grill review, including a comparison of all the drop-in and freestanding Evo flat top grill models. I’m only reviewing the outdoor grill models today. There’s an infographic …

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Easy to Grow Vegetables

We don’t have to grow red tomatoes anymore, or yellow corn. Vegetables now come in the most beautiful colors, from deep chocolate to pink to zebra-striped. Here are my top 10 easy to grow, most beautiful vegetables to grow in your garden this year. Scroll down for more info on each variety! Radish Crayon Colors …

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Colville’s Glory Tree (Colvillea racemosa) – Growing Guide

I’m absolutely stoked today. After many years of searching, I finally found a Colville’s Glory tree (Colvillea racemosa)! Colville’s Glory is a stunning tree that puts on a big flower show from late summer to fall. Its flowers are a foot long of bright, spectacular orange. All that’s left is to find the perfect spot …

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9 Easiest and Most Beautiful Flowering Shrubs for Zones 7 and 8

These are my favorite, easiest, and most beautiful flowering shrubs for zones 7 and 8. I’ve included the gorgeous Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea, Spireas, Weigela, Viburnum, the amazingly fragrant Tea Olive, Azaleas, and some other flowering shrubs that are easy to grow. I promise there’ll be 1 (or 10) you want to add to your garden! …

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Best Whole House Generator (The 4 Best Home Generators for 2020)

This article contains my four top picks for the best whole house generator for those sudden power cuts or going off-grid. Below, I’ll talk about the things you should look for in a generator, as well as diving into each best generator’s specifications, pros, and cons. We have a generator that powers the whole house. …

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Pit Boss vs Traeger Pellet Grill Review – The Best Pellet Grill Battle!

If you love outdoor cooking – and let’s face it, you’ll have heard of these two big brands in the outdoor cooking world. Like me, you’ve probably wondered which is the best pellet grill, Pit Boss vs Traeger? The best pellet grills bring together everything that’s great about a smoker and wrap it into all …

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Win a Garden Tower 2! Garden Tower Project’s Grow Your Own Spring Giveaway

Here’s one of the best giveaways for container vegetable growers! Garden Tower Project is giving away 12 of their Garden Tower 2 vertical container gardening systems. The Garden Tower 2 is valued at $359 (on special at the time of writing, RRP $489). A pretty awesome price to win! Let me introduce you to the …

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How to Attract Bees to Your Backyard – Attracting Wildlife

This article is part of a series about attracting wildlife. I did an interview with Women’s Health Magazine on tips to attract wildlife to your backyard, rabbits, squirrels, frogs, and bees in particular. The article will be published in the magazine in the future, but I wanted to share my tips with you here. This …

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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners – Best Free Resources for Starting a Garden

There is a great number of helpful articles on the web about vegetable gardening for beginners. I’ve compiled this list for you as an overview of the very best resources to help you grow a vegetable garden from scratch. I’ve started with online resources. They are all free. My next article will be on the …

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How to Attract Squirrels to Your Backyard – Attracting Wildlife

Here’s an interview I did recently with Women’s Health Magazine about how to attract wildlife to your backyard, rabbits, squirrels, frogs, and bees in particular. Some of my quotes will be in the magazine itself, but I wanted to publish the full article for you to read here. This was the first question: How to …

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How to Attract Frogs to Your Backyard – Attracting Wildlife

This article is part of a series about attracting wildlife. I did an interview with Women’s Health Magazine on tips to attract wildlife to your backyard, rabbits, squirrels, frogs, and bees in particular. The article will be published in the magazine in the future, but I wanted to share my tips with you here. This …

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Ooni Fyra vs Ooni Karu – Both Wood-Fired, One Has a Gas Option. Portable Pizza Ovens Comparison

I’ve done a couple of reviews on Ooni’s portable outdoor pizza ovens so far. I’ll list the links below, but today it’s time to compare the new Ooni Fyra vs Ooni Karu. Both are wood-fired pizza ovens so which one do you choose? Ooni‘s range of pizza ovens is pretty awesome. They’ve got a pizza …

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108 Funny Chicken Coop Names for Hen-Only Coops + Sign Ideas!

I have 10 gorgeous chickens, no roosters. I’ve been searching for the perfect name for the chicken coop for months so I’ve compiled this ultimate list of 105 (Edit: it’s now 108 thanks to you all!) names for chicken coops!  Paint these on your chicken coop sign or straight on the coop. These names are …

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How to Till a Small Garden Without a Tiller – 14 Ways of Tilling That Are Not Tractors

How do you till a small garden without a tiller? Even if you’re on a small plot, chances are you’ll still want to till your soil. Tilling makes it easier to plant seeds and seedlings, you can turn compost and fertilizer into the soil, and till weeds and plants that have finished growing into the …

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Yellow Flowering Herbs – 13 Most Beautiful Herbs With Yellow Flowers

Yellow, the color of the sun. There’s something about yellow flowering herbs. Somehow they make you feel warm and sunny, and they radiate goodness. It goes without saying that you can’t just go around eating every herb with yellow flowers, you need to make sure you know, without a doubt, which plant it is. Foraging …

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Bootstrap Farmer’s New DIY Pre-Bent Steel Hoop House Kit (All Metal Greenhouse)

Bootstrap Farmer is well-known across the US for its propagation supplies, seed trays, and hoop house/greenhouse kits. The greenhouse kits can be put up in one weekend and are well-priced, allowing you to build a professional-grade vegetable house or greenhouse yourself. Up to now, you would bend your own poles with a pole bender, using …

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Ooni Fyra vs Ooni 3 – New Ooni Fyra – How Does it Compare to Ooni 3?

The new Ooni Fyra portable wood-fired outdoor pizza oven is here! The Ooni Fyra is the successor of the Ooni 3, which is the world’s first portable pizza oven fueled by wood pellets. At the time of writing, the Ooni 3 has 438 raving reviews on Ooni’s website – is it possible to improve on …

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Best Plants to Grow in Your Survival Garden Part 2 – 16 Must-Grow Perennial Edibles

Grow these usual perennials in your survival garden: they’re the plants that keep on giving! When building a survival garden, trying to organize planting schedules every year for your annual plants can get difficult. On top of that, if you don’t grow enough of something, or if you aren’t able to preserve the extra amount …

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14 Plants That Repel Fleas and How to Use Them (Safe for Pets)

We’ll look into plants that repel fleas AND are safe for pets! Plus, they’ll smell great in your garden. We’ll also include a couple of ways to repel fleas that are not plants – diatomaceous earth and electronic flea combs. For those of us who enjoy bringing our pets with us when we go outside, …

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Ooni Starter Bundles – Koda 16 vs Ooni Pro vs Ooni Karu Portable Pizza Oven Kits (Uuni)

I love starter bundles! When I bought my Vitamix blender, it came with 2 extra jugs, 6 books, DVDs, spatulas…. Everything I needed to get blending straight away. Ooni (or Uuni, as Ooni was formerly called) offers starter bundles on their portable pizza ovens. There’s a bundle for most of their pizza ovens, including the …

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