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Two Minutes in the Garden

Two Minutes in the Garden

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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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How to Avoid Damping-Off

How to Avoid Damping-Off

2020-02-2400:02:57

The best ways to improve your chances of avoiding damping-off -- and how basic plant care and seed starting mix help.READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: 40 Funny, Cute, Sarcastic and Sentimental Garden Signs
It's the biggest threat your seedlings may face -- diseases caused by fungi and other pathogens in the soil.READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: How To Read Seed Packets (Tips for Beginners)
Seedlings need water, but you can give them too much of a good thing.READ MORE at Empress of Dirt: Seed Starting for Beginners: Sow Inside Grow Outside
Even experienced gardeners can feel anxiety about all the choices for lighting, but it doesn't have to be that complicated.
Continuing our look at what you need to provide your seeds in the stages leading up to germination.READ MORE at Empress of Dirt: Seed Starting for Beginners: Sow Inside Grow Outside
Part one of a series on starting seeds indoors. We start off start off with a look at when to start seeds and what they need to germinate.READ MORE at Empress of Dirt: Seed Starting for Beginners: Sow Inside Grow Outside
When we start plants from seeds, our first goal is germination. And it usually happens ... even though plants have developed a range of ways to block it.READ MORE from Empress of Dirt: Seed Starting for Beginners: Sow Inside Grow Outside
We know seeds are important for gardeners, but much of the world's nutrition also comes from seeds.READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: Seed Starting for Beginners: Sow Inside Grow Outside
Some of our vegetables are fruits, most of the nuts we eat aren't nuts and our berries aren't berries -- but a tomato is.READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: Starting a Garden From Scratch (Yearly Photos)
Starting off a look at seeds: why they're important and how they form in most of the plants in your garden.READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: 40 Unique Container Gardening Ideas
What can you do in your garden to protect and encourage the mycorrhizal fungi in your soil?READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: How to Grow Citrus Trees from Seed (Easy Method)
They help most of the plants in your garden, but does that mean you should buy more mycorrhizal fungi to add to your soil?READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: The Beauty of the Fibonacci Sequence in the Garden
Improving your plants' access to phosphorus and other nutrients is just one of many ways mycorrhizal fungi help your garden.READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: 25 Planter Ideas for Porches and Front Gardens
Most of the plants in your garden benefit from a partnership with fungi in the soil -- something we want to protect as gardeners.READ THE LATEST from Empress of Dirt: Starting a Garden From Scratch (Yearly Photos)
A look at the very rare and endangered Rhizanthella -- the world's only underground flowers.GET OUR FREE WINTER EMAIL SERIES from Empress of Dirt: Sign Up for Weekly Winter Whimsies
With the holiday season behind us, it's the time of year when gardeners can go a little stir crazy waiting for spring.GET OUR FREE WINTER EMAIL SERIES from Empress of Dirt: Sign Up for Weekly Winter Whimsies
You'll hear it said a lot -- and also called a myth. We're skeptical, but trying to find good evidence proved disappointing.READ THE LATEST at Empress of Dirt: 6 Creative Containers for Growing Strawberries
Plants can't grow without it. And yet, despite the fact that nitrogen is everywhere, plants can still struggle to get enough of it.READ THE LATEST at Empress of Dirt: Easy Winter Composting in a Cold Climate
Researchers in Texas found that gardeners score higher in some aspects of life satisfaction -- and stay more physically active.READ THE LATEST at Empress of Dirt: How To Paint Shoes
It's the time of year when many people think of ways to eat healthier in the new year. And that may include a low-carb keto diet.READ MORE at Empress of Dirt: How to Give Up Sugar with the Keto Lifestyle
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