Where do Red Bell Peppers Come From?

Where do Red Bell Peppers Come From?

When you think of eating a piece of fruit or a fresh vegetable, you typically look for the ripest one of the bunch. Often when we go to the store, we notice green bananas are not quite ready to be consumed, and yellow bananas are perfect for our taste buds. Did you know the same can be said for red bell peppers? These peppers originally are green bell peppers – but only after being left some time to fully ripen. It is an incredible change they undergo – from dense, forest colored green to a very vibrant hue of red as they ripen. 

10 Reasons Why a Lean To Greenhouse May Be Right for You

10 Reasons Why a Lean To Greenhouse May Be Right for You

While there are many different greenhouse structures, I have found the Lean To Greenhouse to be perfect for my needs. As you may have seen in some of my gardening videos, I constructed my Lean To Greenhouse as an extension to one of my garages on my property. As a DIY project, it was relatively easy to set up as it did not really require significant technical skills like routing electrical wires. Of course, if constructing your own Lean To Greenhouse is out of the question, it is still possible to consult with a local contractor or purchase a lean to greenhouse kit online. 

Today we will examine 10 reasons why a Lean To Greenhouse may be the right choice for your gardening needs

Early Summer Garden Update 2016 - All Videos

Early Summer Garden Update 2016 - All Videos

Summer time is traditionally the "best time" for the backyard garden. It's great for many reasons, such as being able to see real, significant growth of your garden, as well as being able to enjoy the warmer weather that isn't always available during the fall, winter, and even spring months.

Over the course of the year, I had produced quite a few videos showing the early summer update. Given that 2016 is coming to a close, I thought I would put all of these together in one neat article on the Plant-Smart Living website so you can have convenient access to all of these informative videos.

Late Summer Garden Update 2016 - All Videos

Late Summer Garden Update 2016 - All Videos

I produced many videos over the course of 2016 - many of which were clumped into garden updates where I was able to showcase many of my beautiful harvests, and discuss how you can grow specific vegetable varieties in your own backyard garden as well. What follows is a list of my late summer garden update videos that were published in 2016. I hope you find some enjoyment and useful information in these, and I plan to experiment more with my garden as 2017 comes into view. 

15 Great Benefits of Raised Garden Beds

15 Great Benefits of Raised Garden Beds

Raised garden beds are one of the key garden features I like to recommend to people looking to get into gardening. Whether this is your first time setting up a garden and you need a simple recommendation to take to heart, or if you have been gardening for decades (like myself), it is something well worth trying if you have not.

When I first started gardening, I struggled with growing certain vegetables, and always seemed to battle pests and veggie predators looking for a free lunch. Converting much of my garden to raised garden beds has significantly improved the quality of my vegetables, the quantity of my harvest throughout each growing season, and has reduced many natural-but-negative influences on my garden.

How To Water Plants Under Row Covers - Video Demonstration

How To Water Plants Under Row Covers - Video Demonstration

I have received a few questions from my YouTube subscribers asking the little gardening question: how do you water plants growing under your row covers? The answer is a simple one. Because of how row covers are designed, I can simply spray the water hose through the fabric. You can watch the full video demonstration to see this easy process in action! 

Your Garden Can Be Your New 401k Savings Plan

Your Garden Can Be Your New 401k Savings Plan

A 401k is often used as a part of a standard retirement plan. The basic idea is that preselected stocks are chosen by your employer to provide you with options for investing your money. These investments are often matched by the employer, which allows you to end up with “free” money to be used in the later years of your life. Thinking about the 401k retirement plan got me thinking about other ways we invest in our future life. Investing money is simple enough – you put some faith in certain companies, and hope that they perform well over time so you can see a large return on your investment. The best investors usually do their due diligence, and research the stocks they are going to be putting their money into; instead of just picking at random. Most other aspects of life work like this.

Given all the good I have seen from my backyard garden, I would like to propose a revolutionary idea: invest time into your own garden, and reap the benefits over and over again.

Summit Mosquito Dunks for Mosquito Removal from Your Backyard Water Fountain - Review

Summit Mosquito Dunks for Mosquito Removal from Your Backyard Water Fountain - Review

Mosquitoes have a nasty way of turning a backyard water fountain into something less enjoyable. Of course, it should be noted that mosquitoes only really reproduce in standing bodies of water. In our 2nd Backyard Water Fountain Install article, we showcased the installation of a small water fountain in the one of the PSL Team member's backyard. This was meant to replicate the original article How to Build a Backyard Fountain for Your Garden or Patio for Under 65 Dollars. Unfortunately, we waited to long to add a timer mechanism, and without running the fountain 24/7 resulted in a quick rise of mosquito larvae. As we do not particularly care to have mosquitoes breeding in our fountain, we decided to take a step to reduce the population. We found Summit Mosquito Dunks on Amazon, received them within 2 days (thanks to Prime Shipping), and put them to use immediately after receiving in the mail. It's been a few days now, and our mosquito larvae problem is completely eradicated.