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Two Minutes in the Garden: Gardening Tips, Science, Myths

Two Minutes in the Garden: Gardening Tips, Science, Myths

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Bite-sized informative updates on gardening solutions, basics, garden myths and other subjects of interest to gardeners both new and experienced. From the popular Empress of Dirt website (empressofdirt.net), home of creative and frugal ideas for your backyard garden.
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One of the big challenges with plant diseases is that the symptoms plants display can be the same for a variety of diseases. And there are thousands and thousands of plant diseases.NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 37 Favorite Garden Quotes, Memes, and Quirky Expressions
Plant diseases take away from our enjoyment of gardening and undo our hard work. Before we can figure out how to avoid them, we need to understand what diseases are.NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Grow Bee Balm (Monarda) and Attract Pollinators
It's been a garden favorite for hundreds of years. And with about 40 species and hundreds of varieties, you can likely find one perfect for your garden.READ MORE at Empress of Dirt: Lavender Growing Tips and Easy Mistakes to Avoid
Gardeners spend a lot of time under the hot sun -- and UV rays are the main cause of skin cancer, sunburn and aging skin. What's the best way to stay safe?POPULAR THIS WEEK on Empress of Dirt: How to Start a Pond in Your Backyard
Science supports many of the principles of companion planting, but the specific companion plant recommendations you see everywhere are a different story.NEW THIS WEEK on Empress of Dirt: Types of Clematis and How to Identify Yours
Current evidence may be skimpy, but there's reason to think that there could be something to companion planting.POPULAR THIS WEEK on Empress of Dirt: How To Grow Fairy Carrots In Jars
It's a gardening practice that has won a lot of supporters over the years -- and plenty of skeptics too. What is companion planting and how might it help in the garden?POPULAR THIS WEEK on Empress of Dirt: How to Grow Mango from Seed
When your prevention efforts fail -- and they will -- then what? It helps to know a few things about the weeds you're trying to remove.POPULAR THIS WEEK on Empress of Dirt: How to Make Decorative Garden Art Balls
Weed seeds can sneak into your garden with anything you put in or on your soil. Also: one easy way to get rid of many weeds.POPULAR THIS WEEK on Empress of Dirt: 20 Beautiful Backyard Pond Ideas For All Budgets
How to Get Fewer Weeds

How to Get Fewer Weeds

2020-06-0205:04

You'll never prevent weeds from getting to your garden, but there are things you can do to reduce the number you get.NEW THIS WEEK on Empress of Dirt: Do Oils, Candles, and Certain Plants Keep Mosquitoes Away?
Weeds in Your Garden

Weeds in Your Garden

2020-05-3004:38

Botanically, there's no such thing as weeds, but even the most upbeat gardener can get a little down in the dumps thinking about weeds they've done battle with.POPULAR THIS WEEK on Empress of Dirt: How to Clean Gross Murky Pond Water Fast - Without Chemicals
It gets very impassioned recommendations as a way to help your garden and the earth. So what is biochar and should we be using it in our garden?POPULAR THIS WEEK on Empress of Dirt: 10 Best Vegetables for Clay Soils
The two most important points for gardeners to know about plant nutrition and fertilizer.POPULAR THIS WEEK on Empress of Dirt: How to Grow Clematis from Cuttings
When we want to add nutrients to our soil we can choose between organic fertilizer and synthetic fertilizer. So, what's the difference?READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: Make a Chickadee Nesting Box (Free Plans)
For growing plants in soil, you cannot know what nutrients to add -- if any -- without knowing what's already there.READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: 25 Planter Ideas for Porches and Front Gardens
If a particular nutrient is essential to plants and delivers great benefits, it may seem like you should be adding it to your soil. But there's a flaw in that thinking.READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: Lavender Growing Tips and Easy Mistakes to Avoid
There are about 20 nutrients plants need, but only a handful that gardeners have to spend much time thinking about.POPULAR on Empress of Dirt: How to Grow an Avocado from Seed (Easy Method)
You want to know what your garden soil pH is, but -- as with soil texture -- it's not because you're going to change it.READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: How to Choose a Bird Feeder
You can't get far in understanding what's happening to your plants without a rudimentary understanding of ions ... which brings back some high school science.READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: How to Create a Dream Garden on a Low Budget
Annual awards come back every year. Annual plants don't. Gardeners soon learn the difference between annual and perennial, but it can be confusing.READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: How to Grow Sunflowers and What to Avoid
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