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Introducing Tools

October 30th, 2018
Have you ever found yourself wondering the best way to figure out how to convert from one unit to another? Perhaps you're interested in figuring out how many cubic yards of material you'll need for a rock path or how much bark chips you'll need to cover your garden bed. Today I'm happy to announce that we've just completed our first set of Site Tools which will allow you to: Cubic Yard Calculator - Calculate the cubic yards of a rectangular, triangular, or circular area. Length Converter - Convert between various length measurements such as Feet, Meters, Inches, Centimeters, Yards, Kilometers, and Miles. Measurement Conversions - The supplied charts display various measurement and gas/electric stove temperature conversions. Measurement Converter - Convert between various measurements to and from Metric and Imperial units. Pressure Converter - Convert between various pressure measurements such as Barometric, Kilogram Per Square Centimeter (kg/cm2), or Pounds Per Square Inch. Speed
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Updates Galore

September 20th, 2018
We have been doing major updates to the system that drives the site for several months now, and at the end of all of the coding updates comes more data. I'm happy to say that we just finished adding over 80 new terms to our Terminology listing, as well as we've added over 20 items to our new set of pages in the Wiki system. In the coming months you can expect to see more work on our Hardiness Zones and more terms and Wiki entries (with more more pictures coming). For our users outside of the United States, what areas would you like to see covered on the Hardiness Zone system?
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Gallery Overhaul

August 3rd, 2017
I'm happy to say that I've just put the finishing touches on the Gallery system; it'll now properly list items by their pages, and the newer design makes it a lot easier to navigate. Due to some Facebook updates over the last couple of months, several portions of the original layout just didn't work anymore (such as only being able to view page 1 of each album).
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Hardiness Index Overhaul

January 18th, 2017
This week we have overhauled the Hardiness Zones feature of our site to support International Zones, we also have a cleaner display for the various North American zones that we've listed in the past. We have also added some data for Baltic States, Scandinavia, and some parts of Europe (more to come). As you'll note, each map covers several countries, so we provided information for those maps much like we've presented information for North America such as dialing codes, basic information about each country, and even information on what side of the road people drive in each country. We'll also be adding some basic data for Canada and Canadian Providences. In the coming months we'll be adding more and more data to the database, to offer a service for international users who visit the site. Don't see your country listed? Feel free to comment and we'll look into it!
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Forum Upgrade (September, 2016)

September 1st, 2016
We have been beta testing the initial builds of the new version of the UBB.threads forum software here for some time; one thing that's been holding us back from the latest updates (which also include updates for mobile users) has been that the new date coding hasn't been completed (and still isn't as of this writing), so I modified it to use the old date coding. This upgrade gives us many changes to how the forum functions (you can click here to read changes, we went from April 4th to August 31st), and brings us one step closer to the final version, which should be out in the coming months. The main reasons for this upgrade are for better mobile support, Font Awesome support, and SSL support (connection level security).
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August 2016 - Front End Update

August 19th, 2016
In the coming weeks we'll be applying updates to the main site (not the forum) which can break several sections; we're aware that certain areas may not even work until the update has been completed. We will keep you informed as the near completion of these updates; for up to date changes please see the Facebook Notification of this update. Updates: 8/27 @ 10 PM: I have got most of the Front End (what you, the user sees) done, the only lingering portions are sections that we don't use yet, so it's not a big deal for the time being. I still have some of the admin side of things to take care of; but everything that concerns how the site is seen is currently complete. 8/26 @ 2 PM: A lingering issue has been fixed on the forums from the upgrade; I neglected to update a small section of coding for SSL support (security). This has been fixed and the forums are now fully SSL capable. 8/26 @ 1 AM: Any forum hiccups should be out of the way now that the style sheets and integration files have
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Server Update

October 10th, 2014
It has come to our attention that the Captcha image on the forum hasn't been loading for all users due to an inconsistency with the ImageMagick library on the server; this issue has been rectified this afternoon and should no longer plague users attempting to register for the forums.
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Code Refresh - 2014/10/06

October 7th, 2014
We've updated the site coding today to reflect our latest changes and features; generally some new User Interface updates (such as making the content borders smaller, adding the rounded corners on content boxes, etc). We've also made several areas of the site easier to read; of which we haven't gotten all of the new systems updated to see the new revisions, this will be done in the next couple of days when I have more time to check the public files line by line to make sure they're up to the proper coding formats.
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Today we've spent a lot of time on the content submission pages; making them a little cleaner by adjusting how the category (parent/child) hirearchy works and displays. Before we just threw a list of categories at you and you couldn't see where each category belongs as far as the public display system is concerned, and it was pretty kludgy. Plus at times we have similar/same names for some sub-categories which could just lead to more confusion with how it all displayed. With today's update we made it a lot easier to visually be able to tell what belongs where so you can more easily tell where to place your submissions (or in the case of our staff, where they can place their submissions). How it was before: Around the Home Indoor Plants In the Yard Container Gardening Creative Gardening Ideas DIY Projects Gardening Tips Outdoor Plants Bulbs Flowers Herbs Perennials Succulents Trees Vegetables Other Technology How it is now: Around the Home - Indoor Plants In the Yard - Container Gar
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New Section - Reviews

May 11th, 2014
Today I've put the finishing touches on the Reviews section of the site; users can now submit reviews on various products that they've had experience working with. Feel free to post what you can, I'll try my best to fill in the other fields that couldn't otherwise be filled.
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