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

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

Author: Empress of Dirt

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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 (, home of creative and frugal ideas for your backyard garden.
303 Episodes
Most of us would probably call ourselves organic gardeners to some degree -- and maybe entirely. But what is organic gardening, exactly?NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: The History of Seed & Nursery Catalogs for Gardeners
You buy a plant from the garden center, bring it home, love it, and decide to divide it or take some cuttings so you can have even more. But in some cases you're actually breaking the law.NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 50 Creative Garden Shed Ideas
It's widely touted as a safe, organic alternative to synthetic pesticides, and it will kill a long list of pests. But neem oil isn't for everyone.NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Transplant Raspberries and Grow More Fruit
They drain the energy out of your plants and inject them with viruses. What can we do to stop aphids? What about ladybugs? Diatomaceous earth? Sticky traps?NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: What is Soil pH and How to Work With It
They're tiny insects that can sap plants of their energy, give them viruses, and coat them with black mold. They're also born pregnant and can quickly multiply on your plants.NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 14 Creative and Functional Potting Bench Ideas
It's not just some pretty decoration for your garden! Mulch delivers benefits to your plants, your soil ... and will even save you some work.NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Do You Know Hummingbirds? Take the Quiz and Find Out!
One of the biggest threats our new seedlings face is damping-off. What can we do to improve our odds of avoiding it?NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Best Living Plants for Miniature Gardens (Resource Guide)
What is it about the no-dig approach that is so appealing? What are some of the objections? And what does the research say?NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Grow String of Pearls (Semecio rowleyannus)
No-dig methods lower the apprehension of many new gardeners and have attracted lots of adherents over the years. Others question if a garden can really go without a good digging.NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: How to Grow Sunflowers and What to Avoid
You can help strengthen your seedlings by giving them a quick, gentle brushing -- maybe with your hand or something lighter.NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 12 Smart Tips for Starting a Budget-Friendly Organic Garden
It's a plant hack that has taken off on social media. Is shaking your plants just silliness, or is there actually something to it?NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Germination Trick for Stubborn Delphinium Seeds
In much of the U.S. and Canada, we will soon be welcoming hummingbirds back to our gardens. When will they arrive and how can we prepare?READ MORE AT Empress of Dirt: 2021 Hummingbird Migration Map (Find Out When to Expect Them)
Salts are the source of essential nutrients for your plants, but they can also interfere with plant growth and even kill plants.NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 20 Perennials with Long-Lasting Blooms
It's often recommended but seldom done. Do we really need to get our soil tested?NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 4 Essential Tips for Indoor Seed Starting Success
Free plants that you weren't expecting to find in your garden can be a nice surprise -- but may not always be what you want.NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Is Wood Ash a Good Soil Amendment?
Seeds all have different labels on the packets -- open-pollinated, hybrid, heirloom, organic -- so what do those labels mean?NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 12 Tips for Growing Giant Sunflowers
When we propagate plants from seeds we usually get a genetic combination of two parent plants. But some plants can actually produce clones of themselves through seeds.NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 60 Herbal Plants to Grow for Homemade Tea
Many of us are getting to the time of year when we can start seeds indoors -- but we may need to hold off just a little bit longer. Why is that?NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Using Biochar as a Soil Amendment (Pros and Cons)
Many people generate a lot of ashes over the winter from fireplaces and wood stoves. There's some good stuff in there for plants, so can we use wood ash in the garden?NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: 10 Flower Growing Secrets & Common Mistakes
Some gardeners come to love scientific names and take pride in learning them ... for others they can seem a bit pompous. But there are good reasons that our plants need scientific names.NEW FROM Empress of Dirt: Perennial Flower Bloom Times From Spring to Fall
Comments (1)

Erinn Fought

Very helpful! Thanks.

Feb 18th
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