Monthly Archives: January 2014

How To Successfully Build A Storage Shed

storage shed plansAre you tired of not having enough space of your own in the house?  Is your wife constantly telling you to find a place for your “junk”?  Is your garage so full of stuff that you can’t even keep your car in there any more?  If you feel like you just have no room for anything and that the house is getting smaller and smaller with each passing day, there is a solution to your problems.  You need a storage shed.  Even if the shed is just a small one, it will provide you with lots of space to store your belongings, especially if the shed is well-designed.

It isn’t necessarily as easy to build a small shed as many assume.  For those without a lot of experience with building their own do-it-yourself projects, the best choice may be a shed kit.  However, it will be even easier for experienced individuals to build a shed by using a kit.  All that needs to be done is to put the pre-fabricated parts together.  If you really want to build your shed completely from scratch, I tip my hat to you and wish you the best of luck.

Even many of the most seasoned pros can slip up and make mistakes on what appears to be a small and easy building project.  Then there are the rest of us without all those years of experience.  It is easy for us to get trapped by the many potential pitfalls that have caught so many novice DIYers.  This results in many frustrations and abandoned projects.  Preparation is essential for any building project to be successful, including constructing a small shed, and the key to good preparation is having a solid plan to follow.  On the other hand, not having a plan is the single biggest mistake that can be made.

Without a good blueprint or plan to follow, many costly blunders are likely to occur during the construction process.  So if you want your small shed or any other building project you be successful, you must get yourself a good plan.  There are many plans available online, some of which are free.  However, a majority of these plans are incomplete, and an incomplete plan could cause more problems than its worth.  If the plan doesn’t give you any guidance on how to lay the foundation or provide you with a complete list of all the necessary materials for the project, you could end up either buying the wrong things or purchasing more than what is necessary.  Either way, this will lead to unnecessary expenses and a lot of frustration.  What is needed is a step-by-step plan with easy to follow guidelines to save on money, time and frustration.

A good quality set of storage shed plans will provide you with a detailed and complete list of all necessary materials, along with the exact measurements.  This is true whether you downloaded a free plan, purchased one, or designed it on your own.  The plan should also include options, step-by-step guidelines, 3D drawings of the building and illustrated, step-by-step instructions.  When all these elements are provided, you will know exactly what to do at each step along the way and know what is needed for the future steps coming up.  It will allow you to avoid confusion and save money and time as you complete the building of your small storage shed or other project successfully.

Grow Great Organic Veggies At Home With Aquaponics

Aquaponics SystemNo matter how much you love gardening, you have to admit that growing your own food is difficult. It takes a lot of time and energy, and you must be very dedicated. On top of that, you have to have a fertile area of soil to grow veggies successfully using traditional gardening methods.

Many people dream of being self sufficient and growing their own organic food, but the reality of gardening often quashes their dreams. Luckily, there is another way to grow completely organic veggies, free of chemicals and pesticides, affordably and easily at home. In fact, you can grow them in your home.

This excellent and innovative gardening method is known as aquaponics, and it is simplicity itself. You can grow both fish and veggies with this super easy, affordable gardening method to provide your family with a complete array of nutrition. It’s very easy to begin. Just fill a good sized fish tank with clean water and prepare it properly for fish.

Once your water is properly treated for fish with chlorine removed, you can stock your tank with Koi, Bluegill, Crappie and/or Chinese Catfish or any other sort of fish that appeals to you and that is allowed in your area. Carefully introduce your fish to the tank and take good care of them for a month or so. This allows the tank to become seasoned and ready to support your veggie garden. You can then sprout your seeds near the surface of the water so your crop can begin growing. The plants will be fed by nutrients in the water, which are generated by your fish.

The plants will also help the fish by keeping the water clean and filtered and adding oxygen to the environment.

Clearly, it is not necessary to have property or use chemicals or fertilizers to successfully engage in aquaponics. All you have to do is set up a healthy, successful aquarium environment with proper temperature and pH levels to keep your fish healthy and happy. Add plants, and you have a garden.

With aquaponic farming, you can grow all kinds of fresh veggies from legumes to greens to a variety of fruits. Additionally, if you also have a land based garden to grow root crops such as garlic, onions, carrots and potatoes, you can use the water from your tank to give your traditional garden extra nutrients.

Establishing and maintaining an aquaponic garden is safe and easy and you get truly fabulous results. It is so easy to work in an aquaponic garden because everything thing you need to attend to is within easy reach. You don’t have to crawl around or dig, and you don’t have to endanger yourself and your family with pesticides and chemicals.

learn more about building your own aquaponics garden through the easy to follow step by step instructions provide in the eBook Easy DIY Aquaponics.