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Building a raised garden box

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ May 4th, 2008

When we first started looking for a better way to grow a garden we found a website that sold raised garden boxes. These boxes we very expensive, most of them were in the $200 range. Since we could not afford that price I decided to build my own. I used what I saw on the website as a template and designed my own in my head. Yesterday I put together a raised garden box for my wife. Because it is an easy project and it is also a useful item to have I thought I would share how I put it together.

The boxes that I put together are simple rectangles so they are not difficult to make. The dimensions of the box that I built are 8′ x 3′.

Ok, so the first thing is materials. To make a box with the same dimensions as mine, you will need some wood. I was able to build it using 1 – 4″ x 4″ x 8′ cedar post, and 6 – 1″ x 6″ x 8′ cedar boards. I also used about 32 rust resistant cedar colored screws.


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Food Storage

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ May 3rd, 2008

Well we did it. We bought 500 lbs. of wheat. Every time we go back to my parents they load us up with some of their food storage, since it is just the two of them they tell me they don’t need it anymore. I was feeling bad that I was not following the advice of my church leaders or my parents. For years now they have been telling me that I need to have at least two years of food storage. I was also told that I need about 300 lbs. of wheat per person per year. We still have a long way to go, but at least this helps us out a bit. The only unfortunate thing is that if we had planned ahead and bought the wheat a year ago we could have gotten it for $6 a bag. Instead, since we procrastinated we paid $20 a bag.

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Happy Birthday Madelynn

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ May 2nd, 2008

Yesterday was Madelynn’s birthday. Can you believe that she is already one year old? She is getting big so fast.

First came the presents. Mostly she got clothes, but she also got a small stroller and a doll. She loves dolls. This one can make noises and move and every time the noises go off she moves as fast as she can to the doll and grabs it tight. As you can see it was a bit of a cat fight to get some of the presents opened.

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Dad’s retirement

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ May 2nd, 2008

I know this post is a little late, but I wanted to let everyone know about the retirement party we had for dad. He officially retired on April 15th, the last day of Tax season. Most of his children were able to come to his house for a surprise party.

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A new website

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ April 30th, 2008

I just registered a new website called Food Storage Management where I hope to put together some of the best resources about Food Storage. I am also working on a unque program just for this website. Hopefully I will get some time soon to actually write it. Sometimes I get so many projects going on at one time that I never get any of them done.

A unique opportunity

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ April 30th, 2008

I just received an email from a very well known company, offering me a unique opportunity. They would like me to come out later in May so I can see one of their new products in a review workshop. This is an event where many reviewers can get together and try out the equipment before it is released or even announced to the public. I got this opportunity because of my other website JusTech’n.

Unfortunately, I am under embargo so I cannot give any additional details. The embargo will be lifted in June so be sure to check back for more details, pictures, and videos. I am very excited and I hope this leads to many other opportunities.

New site

by Ryan McLaughlin ~ April 29th, 2008

Thank you for visiting and welcome to my new site. I recently made some changes so that it would be easier for me to add updates and posts. I hope you enjoy this change.

As time goes by I will continue to make changes, hopefully they will make the site better. For now, enjoy what you find here and check back frequently to see what has changed.