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.

How to Prepare Your Garden for the Winter Months

How to Prepare Your Garden for the Winter Months

Now that we have officially entered into the world of winter - and the colder weather, frost, and snow that comes with it - I thought it would be useful to discuss how to prepare your garden for winter. 

One of the nightmares many novice gardeners have is losing all of their crops to the cold. After all, no one wants to put out all of the effort to maintain these fresh organic veggies to not be able to pick them at their ripest. 

Fortunately, preparing your garden for winter is actually very easy to do. The main thing to learn is when to start preparing for growth of plants that thrive in the cold, and letting go of those that do not. 

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. 

Early Fall Garden Update 2016 - All Videos

Early Fall Garden Update 2016 - All Videos

During the height of garden preparation and growing season, Farmer Fred has produced a large number of videos to cover all of the seasonal updates of his backyard garden. These updates are presented to provide some instruction and background into the sowing and harvesting of various fruits and veggies grown in the garden - with some helpful tips for maintaining your own garden, too! 

These videos reveal the Early Fall Garden Update 2016 - feel free to watch as many as you'd like to get a real taste for Farmer Fred's garden and advice! 

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.

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.

How is the Plant-Smart Living Backyard Growing?

How is the Plant-Smart Living Backyard Growing?

The summer time is my favorite time because my garden is starting to reach its peak growth. I began sowing seeds and transplants early on the the year, and now the fruit of my labor is starting to come into full bloom. Watch the full video above to get a nice overview of the growth I am currently seeing during these early summer months in Pennsylvania - Zone 6.

How to Make a No Cost Mini-Greenhouse

How to Make a No Cost Mini-Greenhouse

A word from the wise: “All things have a cost, but some things cost significantly less than others.”

When I say I will show you how to make a no cost mini-greenhouse, I really mean I will show you how to make the lowest possible cost mini-greenhouse that serves you well by performing its function well.  There is no way to escape costs entirely, but I expect that if you are already living a plant-based lifestyle, you probably have already purchased the necessary products as a part of your weekly grocery shopping trip. Other tools that I use are very standard in any home, so should not lead to a new dent in your wallet forming.